Vol. 21, No. 34; Thursday, June 17, 2021

Jun 17, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“English is a difficult language. It can be understood through tough, thorough thought, though.”
— Sydney Brainard


For the schedule of special events as well as the day-long activities for this weekend’s Oahe Days, go to www.oahedays.com.


Summary of recent games:
— Brookings: Post 8 lost the opener, 13-7, as Brookings had a seven-run second inning on walks, a three-run single and a three-run homer. Pierre won the nightcap, 10-6, using a six-run first inning to get off on the right foot. Maguire Raske had four RBIs and Jayden three RBIs in the doubleheader.
— Sioux Falls East: The visitors swept a twinbill from Post 8 by scores of 14-2 and 7-5. In the opener East put up six runs in the first inning. Andy Gordon had the only RBI for Pierre in a game that ended after five innings. In the nightcap a six-run second inning highlighted East’s offensive attack. Pierre pitching gave up 15 walks and hit four batters in the two games.
— Watertown: Post 8 lost an 11-1 decision in the doubleheader opener. However, Post 8 rebounded to win the nightcap, 4-1. Isaac Polak threw six innings, giving up six hits, one run and four strikeouts and walked two. Jayden Wiebe had a two-run hit to give Pierre a 3-1 lead. Lincoln Kienholz retired Watertown in order in the seventh as a reliever.
— Mitchell: The Eights swept Mitchell, 11-3 and 5-2. In the opener Cade Hinkle had three RBIs, including a go-ahead single in the sixth. Pierre trailed early, 3-0. Kienholz pitched 5 2/3 innings, and Jack Van Camp finished the game on the mound. In the second game Van Camp was the starter, going four innings of scoreless, hitless ball. Brecken Krueger threw three innings for the save. Bennett Dean drove in a pair of runs, and another run came on a Hinkle hit.
— Renner #2: Pierre swept a pair at home, 2-1 and 11-1. Dean’s complete game included one run, five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Jack Merkwan and Gary Nedved drove in the two Post 8 runs on infield ground-outs. The second game saw Andy Gordon break it open with a three-run double, and he had another RBI later. Jett Zabel as the starter went five innings, walking three, fanning three and allowing four hits and one unearned run.
— Aberdeen: Post 8 walked off Aberdeen, 5-4, on a two-run single by Jayden Wiebe in the bottom of the seventh. With the team trailing 4-3, a walk to Van Camp, a single by Aaron Booth and a sacrifice bunt by Brecken Krueger set the stage for Wiebe’s heroics. Each team had scored three runs in a wild first inning.
— Sturgis: The Pierre win streak reached seven straight when Isaac Polak silenced Sturgis, 8-0. His complete game included only two hits and no walks, and Polak retired Sturgis batters in 1-2-3 fashion in five separate innings.
— Rapid City Post 22: After 14 consecutive home games to open the Legion season, Post 8 went on the road for the first time last night to take on Post 22. The first game was a rousing success and Post 8’s eighth win a row, 9-8. The Hardhats went ahead 3-0 in the first inning when the first four batters all had hits off starter Jayden Wiebe. He settled down, however, and went 3 2/3 innings, giving up only one additional hit and two more runs while walking six and striking out one. In the top of the third Pierre got on the board on RBI singles by Andy Gordon and Bennett Dean. Post 22 got one run back in the bottom of the third, but Wiebe perhaps saved the game right then when he got an inning-ending strikeout with the bases loaded. Post 8 took a 6-4 lead in the top of the fourth. Jack Merkwan’s single and subsequent two-base outfield error brought in a run, a Cade Hinkle sacrifice fly tied the game, a Gordon RBI single put Pierre on top, and Dean scored a run on a triple. Pierre gained a gift run in the fifth on a balk with a runner at third base. With the lead at 7-5 in the top of the sixth, Aaron Booth hit a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole, and the latter of those runs proved to be the eventual winning run. In the bottom of the sixth inning the Hardhats got three runs back on a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single. A called third strike ended the inning with Pierre still ahead, 9-8. Jack Van Camp personally was peppered by Hardhat batted balls in the bottom of the seventh, but he made a spectacular play on a ball that hit him but which he threw to first base for the first out; got an assist on a force-out at second base for Out No. 2, and struck out a batter to end the game. Pierre had 14 hits off Hardhat pitching while Post 22 had 10 hits. In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Pierre got on the board early when Maguire Raske scored from third base on a wild pitch in the top of the first, and that would be the only Post 8 score in a 2-1 loss. The two Hardhat runs were unearned against starter Van Camp. The Post 8 record is 10-6 heading into a torrid schedule of at least 13 games in 10 days starting Friday.

Thursday-Sunday: at Dakota Classic tournament, Sioux Falls. (Pierre games: 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Wayzata, Minn.; 5 p.m. Saturday vs. Norfolk, Neb.; 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Sioux Falls West; 9:30 a.m. Sunday vs. Jackson, Minn.; potential quarterfinal, semifinal and final games to be determined, depending on record in pool play).
Tuesday: home vs. Excelsior, Minn., 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: home vs. Huron, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
June 25: at Minot, noon.
June 26-27: at Minot tournament.
June 29: at Brandon Valley, noon.
June 29: Vermillion (at Brandon), 2 p.m.
July 2: at Mitchell, 5 and 7:30 p.m.


Summary of recent games: Eight of the Trappers’ last 11 games have been against Sioux Falls, and Pierre went 4-4 in those contests. The Trappers were also swept in three vs. Fremont.

Tonight: home vs. Sioux Falls.
Friday-Saturday-Sunday: at Souris Valley (Minot).
Tuesday-Wednesday: at Sioux Falls.
June 24: home vs. Sioux Falls.
June 25-26-27: home vs. Wheat City.
June 29-30, July 1: at Souris Valley.


Summary of recent games: Four Corners defeated Miller, 16-6; swamped Plankinton Gold Sox, 18-3; lost to South Central, 11-2, and won over Wessington Springs, 16-6. The team has a 4-2 record through last Sunday’s game.

Sunday: home vs. Colome.
June 24: at Chamberlain.
June 27: home vs. Kimball-White Lake.
July 1: at Plankinton Bankers.


Thursday: almond.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: pina colada.
Wednesday-Thursday: coffee.
June 25-27: black cherry.
June 28-29: apricot.
June 30-July 1: blackberry.


Today: U.S. Open golf tournament, San Diego (June 17-20).
Today: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 17-20).
1 day: Oahe Days (June 18-19).
2 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 19-30).
3 days: Fathers Day (June 20).
8 days: Daytime Emmy awards, CBS-TV (June 25).
13 days: Sitting Bull Stampede rodeos, Mobridge (July 2-4).
14 days: Fort Pierre Fourth of July rodeos (July 3-4).
19 days: S.D. Golf Association men’s/women’s match-play state tournament, Hillsview (July 8-11).
24 days: Baseball All-Star Game, Denver (July 13).
26 days: The British Open golf tournament (July 15-18).
27 days: Pierre Players’ “Man of La Mancha” (July 16-18, 22-25).
28 days: Hills Alive music festival, Rapid City (July 17-18).
33 days: PGA Tour’s 3M Open, Blaine, Minn. (July 22-25).
34 days: Summer Olympics, Tokyo (July 23-Aug. 8).
34 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Brandon (July 23-27).
46 days: State amateur baseball tournament, Mitchell (Aug. 4-15).
47 days: NFL Hall of Game, Canton, Ohio (Aug. 5).
48 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 6-15).
54 days: Sully County Fair, Onida (Aug. 12-15).
54 days: American Legion World Series, Shelby, N.C. (Aug. 12-17).
55 days: Field of Dreams game, White Sox vs. Yankees, Dyersville, Iowa (Aug. 13).
62 days: 9-man and 11B football season openers (Aug. 20).
68 days: Corn Palace Festival, Mitchell (Aug. 26-28).
69 days: 11AAA, 11AA and 11A football season openers (Aug. 27-28).
75 days: State Fair, Huron (Sept. 2-6).
82 days: NFL season opener, Buccaneers vs. Cowboys, NBC-TV (Sept. 9).
83 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame Class of 2020 induction events, Chamberlain (Sept. 10-11).


Girls golf: At the state “AA” tournament Pierre finished 10th with a 159-over-par score. O’Gorman was the team champion at +54, and their Reese Jansa was the individual state champion at 8-under-par 134. Pierre’s best, Madilyn Brakke, tied for 8th place with a 26-over 168. Other scores: Ellie Jo Simpson, 29th, +33, 175; Haley Nadeau, tied for 30th, +34, 176; Andrea Mosteller, 76th, +66, 208; Hattie Baldwin, tied for 80th, +72, 214; Hadley Hart, 84th, +80, 222. Earlier at the ESD Conference tournament Pierre placed sixth at 77 over. Nadeau tied for fifth at 11-over 83, Brakke tied for 17th at 91, Hart had a 95 and Simpson scored a 96. Mitchell was the conference team champion at 49 over.


Golf: At the state “B” tournaments in Brookings Olivia Olsen had a 51-over 191 score. In the boys tournament Gavin Colson tied for 53rd at +39, 183, and Garrett Petersen tied for 83rd at +51, 195.


Golf: At the state “B” tournament in Brookings Daysen Titze tied for 53rd at +39, 183. Lathan Prince tied for 89th at +54, 198.


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 Twins summary of recent games: The last-place Twins split four games with Kansas City, lost two of three against the Yankees, lost two of three against Houston and most recently lost three of four at Seattle.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
Friday-Saturday-Sunday: at Texas.
Monday-Tuesday: home vs. Cincinnati.
June 24-25-26-27: home vs. Cleveland.
June 28-29-30, July 1: at Chicago White Sox.

Sioux Falls Canaries summary of recent games: In their last 11 games the Canaries swept three from Houston, lost three to Cleburne, went 2-1 against Winnipeg and lost two straight to Milwaukee.

Sioux Falls Canaries schedule:
June 17: home vs. Milwaukee.
June 18-19-20: at Fargo.
June 22-23-24: home vs. Houston.
June 25-26-27: home vs. Gary-South Shore.
June 29-30: at Kansas City.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons have been idle for two weeks. With a 2-2-1 record, they next play at FC Dallas this Saturday.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm won its third straight, 64-28, over Bismarck before a 50-32 loss to Spokane. With a 3-2 record the Storm plays at Iowa this Saturday, then hosts Bismarck June 26.


“I’m in a relationship with my air conditioner.”
— Unknown

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”
— Jane Austen


Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Steamboat Park amphitheater except on Sunday, July 4, at 9 p.m. The remaining schedule:
* June 23: “John Williams in Concert.”
* July 4: “Let Freedom Ring.”
* July 7: “Rock, Roll and Remember.”
* July 14: “Broadway Bound.”
* July 21: “Christmas in July.”
* July 28: “Director’s Favorites.”


Rapid City Rush: The Rush ended the regular season with 5-2 and 4-0 losses at Allen, ending the season with seven straight defeats.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings swept Bismarck in the best-of-3 semifinal series, 5-3, 4-1 and 3-1. That puts defending champion Aberdeen in the Robertson Cup semifinal best-of-3 at Blaine, Minn., against the Minnesota Magicians this weekend.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The tour had two tournaments in the past two weeks. At Des Moines Tom tied for 23rd place and earned $18,537 with his 69-74-69=212 weekend. He finished four under par. At Madison, Wis., last weekend Tom tied for 31st with a weekend of 72-69-73=214, 2 under par, and earned $16,920. This weekend is the Senior Open qualifier at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.


Music on the deck at the American Legion cabin starts at 5 p.m. each Sunday. Here is the upcoming schedule:

* June 20: Lance Spears.
* June 27: Andrea Royer and Katelyn Hump.


  • Those who had to change their holiday plans last Thanksgiving because Walmart stores were closed all day will have to do it again this coming November. Walmart announced its stores will again be closed on Thanksgiving.
  • The big man in shorts who positioned himself in the front row at a Mitchell school board meeting last year and refused to wear a mask in a building where masks were required, necessitating his removal by police officers, ran for a school board seat in the June 8 election. He finished fourth among six candidates, polling 1,000 votes fewer than the top vote-getter.
  • Having watched a lot of college baseball this month, I have stumbled across another of my many pet peeves. This one involves “vs.” The problem is that some of these sportscasters call that word “verse,” such as “The No. 1 seed verse the No. 2 seed.” THE WORD IS ‘VERSUS.’
  • I have others, including the annoying insurance commercials involving a guy in a yellow shirt named Doug and his LIMU EMU. Their key phrase is “Only pay for what you need.” That’s fine except that the word “only” is in the wrong place. “Only” goes with “for what you need.” In other words, “Pay only for what you need.” The dumbing-down of America continues.
  • When the University of St. Thomas joins the Summit League, the Tommies will not only give the league a strong presence in the Twin Cities market, but they will provide plenty of stiff opposition. The latest proof of that is that St. Thomas went all the way to the NCAA Division III national championship games in baseball.
  • In almost every election there’s another reminder that every vote counts. In the community of Baltic just north of Sioux Falls, the mayor’s race ended in a tie, 117-117. The winner has to be decided by a luck-of-the-draw procedure.
  • We are continuing on a summer schedule for The Midweek Update. So the next issue will show up on Facebook two weeks from today on Thursday, July 1.
  • After two great weekends of baseball in the regionals and super-regionals, we are down to eight teams in college baseball, and they begin play at the College World Series in Omaha on Saturday. Teams in Pool 1 starting play Saturday are Stanford vs. N.C. State and Arizona vs. Vanderbilt. In Pool 2 with their first games Sunday are Virginia vs. Tennessee and Mississippi State vs. Texas. After double-elimination bracket play, the two teams remaining will play for the best-of-3 championship series starting a week from now.
  • If you are game for performing a good deed today or tomorrow, here’s your chance. Sydney Hybertson, who was a junior guard on the Harrisburg girls basketball team this past winter, was involved in a horrendous head-on collision this week. She was left unconscious at the scene by a carload of juveniles who came at her in her lane, going the wrong way at high speed, and then left the accident scene. The 14-year-old driver of the other vehicle is being charged with felony hit-and-run. Photos of the Hybertson make a person wonder how Sydney survived. However, she did although she had a badly broken arm that required surgery and sustained a significant concussion which will require concussion therapy. Good ballplayer that she is, Sydney had planned to spend this summer playing travel team ball with the South Dakota Attack club. She has several college scholarships on the table, and of course all of that is uncertain right now. Sydney’s 18th birthday comes up this Sunday, June 20. If any athlete who played against her, any parent of athletes or anybody else wants to send her a note of support and birthday greeting, the Hybertsons’ address is P.O. Box 90533, Sioux Falls SD 57109.


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

Friday, June 18:
Patti Stolp, Julene Yackley, Oliver Gordon, Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan, Dana Darger, Rob Hall, Rex Craven, Terrance Waters, Chad Jingman, Don Dahlin, Kasey Light, Kylie Light, Tucker Light, Tiffany Light.
— 9th anniversary, Johnnie / Ami (Hanson) Kennell.
— 16th anniversary, Matt/Allison Jahraus.
— 33rd anniversary, Brad/Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse.
— 2nd anniversary, Seamus / McKayla (Marso) McDonough.
— 5th anniversary, Allen/Sadie (Fitzke) Goodman.

Saturday, June 19:
Kea (Boyd) Warne, Susan (Olson) West, Alexa Rydland, Jeremy Mikkelsen, Tom Lehmkuhl, Staci Holden, Ellie Fox.
— 39th anniversary, Monte/Tami Carda.
— 17th anniversary, Erin/Susanne Harmon.
— 17th anniversary, Casey/Amanda (Wood) Krog.
— 17th anniversary, Jason/JoAan Fuhrer.
— 17th anniversary, Jody/Christy (Maskovich) Ryland.
— 11th anniversary, Kody / Lindsey (Friez) Karschnik.
— 11th anniversary, Michael/Nicole (McComsey) Lewis.

Sunday, June 20:
Megan Sutley, Judy Foth, Caynen Carr, Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen, Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, Mary Fredrichs, Amos Hauck.
— 6th anniversary, Riley/Rachel (Hanten) Haag.
— 24th anniversary, Michael/Marcie (Lyngtad) Long.
— 7th anniversary, Tanner/Sarah (Pogany) Wald.
— 40th anniversary, Dave/Mary Voeltz.
— 23rd anniversary, Kyle/Tammy Richards.
— 12th anniversary Nick/Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans.

Monday, June 21:
TJ McCauley, Becky Sjerven, Wanda McKittrick, Eli Jun Welch-Okawa, Deann (Martin) Rausch, Austin Brown, Ami (Hanson) Kennell, Erin (Richter) Jerke, Andrew Eickbush, Andy Hanson, Stacy (Alt) Decker, Sawyer Antholz .
— 7th anniversary, George/Paige Sperry.
— 7th anniversary, Graham/Sam Schuetzle.
— 19th anniversary, Tim/Kimberly Melvin.

Tuesday, June 22:
Brian Englund, Vada Thielen, Matt Englund, Tane Owens, Bridget Dowling-Stoeser, Ed Welch, Kyle Englehart, Andrew Pietrus, Rainer Westall, Stephanie (Farries) Judson, Caitlin (Wagner) Graves, Portia (Hurney) Corbin.
— 8th anniversary, Willie / Sara (Kindopp) Gloe.
— 30th anniversary, Bob/Lori Sutton.
— 8th anniversary, Sam/Kelli (Livermont) Olson.
— 19th anniversary, Dustin/Regan (Schanzenbach) Byrum.

Wednesday, June 23:
Deb (Sorenson) Neilan, Kristen Marshall, Kila Vogel, Diane Smith, Kevn Lors, Brianne (Barnett) Roby, Beckett Reilly, Luke Shoup, Taylor Brock, Cleo Hilding, Summer (Pitlick) Mersinger, Ty Hardwick, Leanne Neuhauser, Cathy Barringer, Shawn Flottmeyer, Brandon LaBrie, A.Jay Heiss.
— 9th anniversary, Jerid/Jeanine (Van Ash) Maskovich.
— 20th anniversary, Mark/Kelly (Larson) Anawski.
— 21st anniversary, Elton / Karla (Richards) Blemaster.
— 14th anniversary, David/Emily (Naylor) Franks.
— 15th anniversary, Aaron/Amanda (Wharton) Brown.
— 9th anniversary, Brody / Andi (Pond) Andresen.

Thursday, June 24:
Grayson Miller, Jim Patten, Dallas Prater, Dennis Gibbs, Kylie Husted, Genny McMath, Jacob Parsons, Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan, Cora Jeffries, Elliot Riis, Jerren Deal, Gavin Wilson, Andrew Wulf.
— 10th anniversary, Kiel/Emily Ford.
— 15th anniversary, Brent/Jennifer Sogaard.
— 15th anniversary, Jason/Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp.
— 15th anniversary, Andy/Kari (Kietzmann) Potter.
— 16th anniversary, Chance/Erika (Rounds) Stoeser.
— Anniversary, Ricky/Vicki (Fosheim) Dant.
— 4th anniversary, Blake/Ashley (Brotsky) Hemminger.
— 4th anniversary, Andru/Brittany (Guindon) Meiners.
— 5th anniversary, Chuck/Alexa (Edman) Miesbauer.

Friday, June 25:
Joe Schueller, Drew Brandner, Muryl Paxton, Katie (Lakner) Dill, Dayna (Ludwig) Husman, Krista Smith, Steph Flyger, Diane Kehrwald, Shelby Smith, Shavonne Mitchell, Larry Mosiman, Brett Stewart, Jenny (Sprenkle) Terveen, Adam Mentele, Piper Word, Patrick Lechtenberg.
— 5th anniversary, Brian/Amy Pope.
— 5th anniversary, Neil/Kelsey Nemec.
— 5th anniversary, Andy/Brittany Hanson.
— 11th anniversary, Lucas/Jenna Oehlerking.
— 10th anniversary, Alex/Rachel Beckwith.
— 15th anniversary, Philip/Nicole (Krueger) Whitesitt.
— 16th anniversary, Tyler/Jessica (Wood) Steele.
— 10th anniversary, Brad/Rachel Lowery.

Saturday, June 26:
Rex Decker, Matthew Kachelmyer, Todd Taylor, Dick Stolp, Ed King, Grace Dozark, Jodi (Cowan) Harder, Alex Roberts, Deb (Micklos) Nelson, Steve Bass, Jesse Martin, Ryan Kennedy, Landon Miller, Jenna Everson, Ryan Bass, Jase Blair, Coy Gill, Jason Fuhrer, Linda (Matzen) Aaker, Elizabeth Weber.
— 17th anniversary, Matt/Kendra Hall.
— 17th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer.
— 11th anniversary, Chad/Amanda (Cerney) Johnson.
— 17th anniversary, Chris/Jodie (Reede) Crutcher.
— 17th anniversary, Jeremy/Julie Hand.
— 17th anniversary, Mark/Julia Schlekeway.
— 17th anniversary, Joshua / Heather (Konechne) Proff.
— Anniversary, Scott/Sandra (Kern) Mollman.
— We fondly remember Darlene Grace, the daughter of Erin and Susanne Harmon.

Sunday, June 27:
Craig Keller, Byron Reed, Jenna Nielsen, Carrie Messer, Gordon Van Ash, Keith Weigandt, Justin Kraemer, Brian Dozark, Heidi Vogel, Willard St. Claire.
— 23rd anniversary, Trent/Krista (Lovald) Miller.
— 51st anniversary, John/Roberta Lovald.
— 6th anniversary, Michael/Sarah Jo (Even) Tveidt.
— 18th anniversary, Corey/Tiffany (Winkler) Carr.
— 12th anniversary, Darin/Heather Noyes.
— 12th anniversary, Jafar/Jessica Karim.
— 40th anniversary, Jerry / Jo Mikkelsen.

Monday, June 28:
Torin Coolidge, Clayton Colson, Derrick Haskins, Kathy Sarvis, Brent Sutton, Pam Wenbourne, Kathryn Rich, Kari Porch, Leah Ahartz, Amanda Fredericksen, Spencer Wedin, Fran Welch (#91), Trey Johnson, Zach Kinsman, Marcia Mentele, Cole Uecker, Nick Formanek, Addison Van Houten, Brooke (Drewes) Dozark, Brendan Newman, Hilary Gray, Samantha Bahe, McKayla Kirkpatrick.
— 24th anniversary, Eric/Julie (Shangreaux) Sibson.
— 24th anniversary, Cory/Dawn (Henderson) Holmes.
— 7th anniversary, Zach/Alisha Kemink.
— 13th anniversary, Michael/Heather Herman.
—8th anniversary, Cody/Aimee (Bird) Van Houten.
— 7th anniversary, Matt/Allison Englund.
— 57th anniversary, Bob/Janet Judson.
— 57th anniversary, Arden/Judy Rapp.
— Anniversary, Monni / Karen Karim.

Tuesday, June 29:
Laurie (Koehn) Gilman, Leo Storms, Addison Eisenbeisz, Corbin Heiss, Jessica (Wilson) Bosma, Scott Rislov, Mya Parasons, Craig Dilley, Quinn Palmer, Hudson Stoeser, Tyler Smith, Daphne Jones, Mike Clegg, Matt Joens, Mark Knudson, Aaron Denton, Esther Barnes,
— 3rd anniversary, Jack/Eileen (Leong) Markel.
— 2nd anniversary, Cody/Kashia (Axthelm) Rosenau.
— 47th anniversary, Jay/Beverly Mickelson.
— 47th anniversary, Don/Darla (Pollman) Rogers.
— 25th anniversary, Todd/Roberta Peterson.
— 8th anniversary, James/Mandy (Jung) Moisan.
— 8th anniversary, Bryon / Karen (Engbrecht) Reiser.
— 8th anniversary, Josh/Alana Breske.
— 19th anniversary, Troy/Kristina (Buxcel) Fredde.
— 8th anniversary, Chris/Tracy (Shangreaux) Boom.

Wednesday, June 30:
Sequoyah Chavez, Melita Hauge, Laurie Gill, Wesley Hufford, Ross Wright, June Hansen, Dylan Nielsen, Taylor Anderson, Phyllis (Bollweg) Perkovich, Parker Merriam, Chris Williams, Arick Graham, Trait Thorne, Greg Adams, Raury Cruse, Lillian Bell, Dick Bradley, Maggie Thorne, Zane Erickson, Deryn Beck.
— 9th anniversary, Tyler/Jill Merriam.
— 3rd anniversary, Blake/Nicole Simon.
— 31st anniversary, Revi/Kea (Boyd) Warne.
— 59th anniversary, Lou/Pauline Manus.
— 15th anniversary, Derek/Michelle Hunsley.
— 14th anniversary, Josh/Katie (Shoup) Nebelsick.
— 14th anniversary, Ty/Cathy (Comes) Richter.

Thursday, July 1:
Joseph Nebelsick, Beckett Larson, Misty (Keller) Skinner, Crystal Dvorak, Reese Richardson, Owen LeBeau, Jodi Hartmann, Eleanor Berghorst, Hazel Leidholt, Dennis Ries, Cathy (Comes) Richter, Nathan Dryden, Catie Schroeder, Trevor Samuelson, Quinn Reimers, Nadine Kepford.
— 59th anniversary, Ron/Marilyn Mullivan.
— 16th anniversary, Justin/Shauna (Claussen) Diedrich.
— 16th anniversary, Jeremy/Amy Webb.


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


Jerry Hawkins, 82, passed away at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital June 8. His funeral service took place Monday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Jerry was born in Kansas and moved with his family to a farm east of Pierre in 1943. He graduated from Pierre High School in 1957. Jerry married Sheryl Soesbe in 1962, and they were blessed with six children, 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his extensive farming operation in Hughes County, Jerry was active with the South Dakota Wheat Commission, the U.S. Wheat Board and the Hughes County Commission, and he was a founding member of the Pierre Farmers Elevator Board. Jerry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sheryl Hawkins; five daughters, Kim (Doug) Paxton, Amy (Terry) Fitzke and Nikki Bothwell (Cody Warne), all of Pierre; Rise (Todd) Waldera of Alexandria and Sarah (Jess) Pekarski of Rapid City; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brother, Ron (Linda) Hawkins of Las Vegas, Nev., and his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Doris Hawkins of Pensacola, Fla., Ray and Abbie Rathbun of Fort Pierre, Rod and Judy Soesbe of Las Vegas and Cheri Soesbe of Rapid City.

Local students who achieved recognition on Augustana University’s spring semester Dean’s List are Caitlyn Hemmelman, Arden Koenecke, Natalie Mohr and Riggs Sanche.

Owen Shay, 88, formerly of Belle Fourche, died May 25. Survivors include his wife, Delaine; three sons, Ken (Jean) Shay of Pierre, Mike (Linda) Shay of Rapid City and John (Mary) Shay of Cambridge, Minn.; a daughter, Sylvia Olinger; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Meredith Keeler is now an optometrist. She graduated from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale.

Former Governors golf coach John Knox was officially inducted into the South Dakota High School Golf Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony during the “AA” girls tournament in Sioux Falls last week.

Todd Johnson and Jamie Huizenga won seats on the Pierre City Commission in the June 8 election. Vote totals: Johnson 896, Huizenga 83, Lucas Solberg 585, Amy Currie 389.

Andrew Van Gerpen of Pierre and his partner, Sam Batt of Watertown, placed third overall in the South Dakota Golf Association’s two-man championship last weekend with a weekend of 65-67=132, 12 under par, and were only one shot behind the two winning pairs. They were also second in Flight 1. Several other golfers from Pierre or with Pierre connections competed in the two-man tournament. Michael Keeton of Pierre and his partner, Brodie Hullinger of Brookings, placed ninth at 67-69=136, 8 under par. Pierre native Mike Swartz of Rapid City and his son, Jonah, tied for 21st at 71-70=141, 3 under par. Dr. Jon Schaack of Rapid City and his partner, Andrew Sullivan, tied for 35th at 75-70=145, 1 over. Heath Olson of Pierre and Shane Tipton, now of Rapid City, tied for 50th at 74-75=149, 5 over. Jon VanderMaten of Pierre and Ron Klinger, now from Arizona, tied for 100th at 93-79=172, 28 over par.

Belated golden wedding anniversary congratulations to Bill and Marie Molseed, who observed their 50th on June 5.

Carol McKee has completed a graduate degree in higher education/student affairs and social justice at Northern Illinois University.

Josh and Emily Zellmer of Rapid City are the parents of a son. Luke Joshua Zellmer was born June 13 and joins two sisters in the Zellmer family.

The Riggs High School Class of 1991 is gathering in Pierre this weekend for their 30-year reunion, beginning with a get-together at the Fieldhouse Friday evening.

The Rev. Tom Opoien, a former associate pastor at Lutheran Memorial Church, marked 25 years as a pastor recently. Besides Pierre and Hayes, he has served churches in Milan, Minn., and Custer and now is pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea.

Claire (Jansonius) Exner passed away June 2 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. She grew up in Jamestown, N.D. She and her husband, Joseph, raised their family in Morris, Minn. She is survived by her husband; two daughters; a son; three grandchildren; a brother, John Jansonius of Dallas, Texas, and a sister, Fern Barnett of Pierre. A private family service is planned for July 6 at the new South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls, and a celebration of Claire’s life will take place this fall in Morris.

Former Pierre resident Kelsey Collier-Wise, who was appointed mayor of Vermillion more than a year ago to fill a vacancy in that office, won her first term on her own in the June 8 election. She polled 367 votes. Among the four other candidates the one closest to Kelsey had 169 votes.

Rapid City dentist Dr. Eric Unkenholz sustained a knee injury in a biking accident two weeks ago and required surgery.

Pierre native Kristen Job has been volunteering at the U.S. Olympic swimming/diving trials in Omaha this week. She said on Facebook yesterday how much she has enjoyed meeting the Olympic swimmers, associating with them in the lounge and watching them in their warmups in the pool.

Tanner and Jamie (Dykstra) Fitzke have added a son to their family of two daughters. Sutton Gene Fitzke was born June 2 and warmly welcomed by sisters Lincoln and Tenley.

Randy Hartmann and Dennis James were returned to the Pierre School Board by voters in the June 8 election. Hartmann received 980 votes and James 902. Other vote totals: Lindsay Strohfus 554, Bree Oatman 384, Paul Giovanetti 287.

Marguerite (Cook Palmer) Scovel, who made music in Pierre for decades, passed away at the age of 100 on May 22 in Cottage Grove, Wis. The daughter of Lena and William Cook grew up in Langford and after a year at the University of Nebraska earned a degree in music education at USD. She met Loren Palmer at USD, and they were married in 1943. After Loren’s health began to deteriorate, Marguerite became his caregiver while raising their three children on her own. She began teaching at the Pierre Indian School, When that job was eliminated, she was transferred to a reservation school an hour away. For many years Marguerite was minister of music, including choir director and organist, at First United Methodist Church. In their adult lives Loren Palmer Jr. became a music educator, Ray Palmer became a 777 United Airlines pilot, and Mary Lou Palmer became a homemaker. Years after her husband’s death, Marguerite married Bruce Scovel, and they had 14 years together, eventually retiring in Naples, Fla. After his death her children became alarmed at her living alone in Florida, so Ray and his wife bought a condominium for her near their home in Wisconsin, and they cared for her for 17 years. Mary Lou and Loren Jr. moved in with Marguerite in 2017. Her survivors include her children, Loren Palmer Jr., Ray Palmer and Mary Lou Neuharth; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren in Rhode Island; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren in Omaha; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren in Orlando, and two grandchildren and a great-grandchild in Wisconsin.

Riggs High alumnus Michael Lyons was named the 2021 South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association’s Athletic Training Student of the Year. Michael will graduate from Presentation College in Aberdeen in the spring of 2022. He received his award at the association’s banquet in Sioux Falls.

Tad Perry has heard friends ask him, “Why do you live in such a cold place?” So this month when the temperatures in Pierre soared out of sight, he took a photo of the time/temperature sign at First National Bank that showed 110 degrees and posted it for his friends in warm climates to see.

Fourteen Northern State University honors program students were accepted to present their honors undergraduate research at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Orlando in October. One of them is Mackenzie McClemans, daughter of former Pierre teachers Pat and Patty (Schlekeway) McClemans of Watertown. Her topic is “Effectiveness of STEM Outreach Programs in Changing Attitudes Toward Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics.”

Annie Woodmansey of Pierre was second runner-up in the Miss South Dakota pageant and scholarship competition held in Brookings. In addition to her scholarship award of $2,000 for that placing, she received the Quality of Life scholarship and the Sylvia Tannehill Kindness scholarship, each for $1,000. Kaitlin O’Neill of Groton and Minnesota State University was named Miss South Dakota and advances to the Miss America competition in Connecticut in December.

A news release from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California highlighted U.S. Marine Capt. Tyler Bonnett, a graduate of Riggs High School who is an F35B Lightning II pilot with Marine Operational Test Evaluation Squadron 1 based at Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz. “He is a vital member of the Expeditionary Warfare School’s Blended Seminar Program because of his experience and background in aviation,” said Capt. Austin Keeley. After earning a degree in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota, Tyler worked for different aviation companies until deciding to apply for the U.S. Marine Corps’s Officer Candidate School. He went to Camp Pendleton from Yuma for the final weeks of a 16-week course in the Blended Seminar Program most of which had to be done online due to COVID-19. The course graduation took place June 4. “Bonnett brought everything he had to the program,” said Keeley, deputy director for the recruiting school at USMC Recruiting Depot San Diego and a fellow student in the seminar. “He performed in a way that elevated the performance of those around him.”

The website of the Deadwood Mickelson Trail marathon and half-marathon events, which took place June 6, showed that numerous runners with Pierre addresses or connections participated. The importance of such races is not the times and finish places of course, but the fact that they started and finished, no matter how long it took. In the full marathon School of Mines student Theron Singleton was fourth among 181 men in a time of 3:04.43. Jacob Parsons was 100th in 4:39.06. Kari Kroll was 273rd overall and 98th among 110 women in 6:40.05. Pierre native Jen de Hueck was the half-marathon winner among 995 women in 1:24.13. Kelsey Van Den Hemel was 18th in 1:38.33, Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth 171st in 1:59.36, Tarrah Sonnenschein 264th in 2:08.05, Alyssa Kahler 287th in 2:09.33, Michelle Brownback 338th in 2:14.06, Brittany Mehlhaff 378th in 2:17.02, Kellie Weinheimer 417th in 2:19.48, Kathleen Grigg 533rd in 2:29.55, Sarah Schumacher 576th in 2:34.33, Rea Riggle 658th in 2:44.32, Brandi Eckert 694th in 2:50.37, Shantel Kocer 700th in 2:51.23, Rhea Waldman 784th in 3:03.21, Valerie Jorgenson 855th in 3:20.08,< Anne Lewis 866th in 3:22.54, Leann Novak 878th in 3:25.23, Carla Berry 933rd in 3:52.48 and Jennifer Lauritsen 944th in 4:00.12. Among men who ran the half-marathon Shay Van Den Hemel was 12th out of 439 runners in 1:24.23. Todd Bertsch was 51st in 1:38.25, Brian Merrill 167th in 1:55.08, Brandon Cruse 232nd in 2:06.17, Derek Mentele 254th in 2:11.17, Brian Wieczorek 270th in 2:13.58, Sam Missal 280th in 2:16.30, and Dawson Lewis 412th in 3:23.02.

Seb Axtman posted Sunday that his cancer surgery last week went well. He is at home in Fort Pierre for rest and has to return to Sioux Falls this week to consult with his doctors there.

Kyle Sarringar and Leslie Mews became engaged last week. Kyle is a fifth-grade teacher in Pierre.

Joan Kessler, 76, Fort Pierre, died June 13 at home. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel with a prayer service and rosary there at 7. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Joan grew up in northwest Iowa and married Gerald Kessler in 1967. They lived in Yuba City, Calif., and Misowa, Japan, until moving to Pierre-Fort Pierre. She is survived by her husband, Gerald; her sons, Mark Kessler of Sioux Falls and Bruce Kessler of Pierre; six grandchildren, and her brothers, Luverne (Mary) Bruening of Wall Lake, Iowa, and Raymond (Pat) Bruening of Odebolt, Iowa.

Riggs High athletes earning recognition on the Academic All-State team for track and field include Regan Bollweg, Jacob Larson, Houston Lunde, Isaac Polak, Nolan Rounds, Kenzie Gronlund, Emma Lusk and Hannah Schochenmaier. From Sully Buttes High Garrett Petersen and Jill Hofer earned Academic All-State recognition.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader announced the nominees for its annual Sports Awards for the spring high school baseball season. Pierre’s Lincoln Kienholz is one of the nominees in that sport. Steve Steele, coach of the football team, is one of the Coach of the Year nominees.

Verne Endahl, 82, died June 6. Services were held at the East Nidaros Lutheran Church near Baltic. She is survived by four children, including Donna (Steve) Wegman of Pierre; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Shaun Cronin was re-elected to the Stanley County School Board, and Mitch Kleinsasser was elected to a vacant seat on the board in the June 8 election. The vote totals: Kleinsasser 173, Cronin 149, Kayla Magee 86, Kevin Carter 55. The voter turnout was only 11%.

Dr. Noel Chicoine is retiring from family practice after 36 years of service to the Pierre community and area. A party in his honor took place Wednesday afternoon at the Griffin Park storm shelter.

Wendell Marshall, a former school superintendent at Harrold, died June 4. His late wife, Donna, passed away in 2010. Mr. Marshall is survived by seven children, 23 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. He and his wife spent their retirement years at Pacific City, Ore.

Kashia (Axthelm) Rosenau graduated from UCLA with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology.

Gary Lower, 66, Pierre, who most recently lived at the Veterans Administration home in Hot Springs, died June 5. Memorial visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Feigum Funeral Home. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery July 13. Gary graduated from Riggs High School in 1972. He served in the U.S. Navy between 1972 and 1975 and was honorably discharged as a communications and intelligence specialist. He married Charlene Schweigert in 1983. They later divorced. Gary retired from River Cities Transit in 2016. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Allen Uecker; four granddaughters; his best friend, Charlene Lower, and her mother, Wahneta Schweigert; his sister, Vicky Lower, and his brother, Jeff Lower.

Onida native Dr. Alan LaFave, who spent 27 years on the Northern State University campus in various capacities, is one of the three finalists for the vacant presidency of NSU. LaFave left Northern to become president at Valley City State in North Dakota in December 2018.

The South Dakota death toll from COVID-19 has reached 2,026 as of yesterday’s Department of Health daily update. The state has 170 active cases of the virus. As of June 9 South Dakota ranked third-highest in the nation in COVID cases per 100,000 population. Meanwhile, the United States death toll surpassed the 600,000 mark this month.

A ribbon-cutting will take place at the South Dakota Discovery Center on Saturday, July 10, for Grandma Kay’s Wee Care, the newest Discovery Town station. From 1 to 4 p.m. that day there will be fun activities centered around health careers. The new station was built through a memorial gift honoring the late Kay Parker. A registered nurse for more than 60 years, Kay worked at St. Mary’s Hospital for more than 50 years in various capacities—the emergency room, the medical surgical floor, the ICU, the director of nursing office and surgery.


“As the news blares, “Busy is back,” I’m urging you to go slowly and have the strength to resist that call to be rushed back into the fray. Resist being overscheduled. Resist being told you can’t get anything done if you don’t jump into the rat race again and compete 24/7. Think about taking the time to reimagine and redesign your life. If not now, when?”
— Maria Shriver


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