Vol. 21, No. 6; Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

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“We can stay open, but the way we stay open is by following public health measures, which is why I’m out here in South Dakota, across the country, away from my family, pleading with the people of South Dakota to go to the state’s Department of Health website. Look at the numbers. Understand that they’re going out of control. And not just here, but across the country. That we’re worried about hospitalizations going up.

“Understand that we’re almost to a vaccine. We’re tired, but a finish line is in sight.”

— Vice Admiral Jerome Adams,
Surgeon General of the United States,
speaking in Pierre 11-10-20


All games at USD DakotaDome, Vermillion, and telecast on South Dakota Public Broadcasting:
11 a.m.: Class 9AA—Hamlin vs. Platte-Geddes.
3 p.m.: Class 9B—Wolsey-Wessington vs. Dell Rapids St. Mary.
7 p.m.: Class 9A—Warner vs. Canistota-Freeman.
2 p.m.: Class 11B—Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan vs. Winner.
7 p.m.: Class 11AA—Pierre vs. Brookings.
2 p.m.: Class 11A—Canton vs. Tea Area.
7 p.m.: Class 11AAA—Brandon Valley vs. Harrisburg.


Pierre never trailed in its 11AA state semifinal game at Yankton last Friday, but it was a tense, thrilling game nevertheless. When it was done, the Governors were bound to their fourth straight state championship game with a 21-12 victory, avenging one of Pierre’s two regular-season losses on the same field. Pierre can avenge the other one against Brookings in the title game this week.

After each team punted twice to start the game, the Governors broke onto the scoreboard when Lincoln Kienholz burst through the line and surged 50 yards for a touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter. Carston Miller’s kick made it 7-0.

Late in the second period on a fourth-and-one situation from the Pierre 16, Yankton’s Trevor Fitzgerald went the distance, but Cord Ellis blocked the Bucks’ extra-point try to keep the Govs in the lead at 7-6.

During the ensuing drive Pierre got a 34-yard gain from Maguire Raske, but the possession ended at halftime as Miller’s field-goal try glanced off one of the goalpost uprights.

On Pierre’s second possession of the third quarter the Governors had to take over on their own 26 after a 71-yard Yankton punt. But no problem! Kienholz connected with Raske on first-and-15 from the 21, and Raske went all the way to a score. Miller’s kick made it 14-6 with 6:22 left in the period.

On a Yankton possession extending into the early stages of the fourth quarter the Bucks moved deep into the red zone. The game may have been saved when the Governor defense stymied quarterback Fitzgerald with a one-yard loss on fourth-and-one from the 3-yard line, and Pierre took over on downs. This time the Governor offense couldn’t move out of its own territory, and the subsequent punt gave Yankton the ball at the Pierre 27. The Bucks got a touchdown from the 1-yard line to make it 14-12, but Ellis again rose to the occasion, stopping the Bucks’ two-point try.

A personal foul call against the Bucks on a Pierre incomplete third-down pass on the next possession kept the Govs’ drive alive. Raske took to the ground on four straight plays, reaching the Bucks’ 49. At that point Kienholz passed to Regan Bollweg who, with the help of a crucial block by Aaron Booth, scored with 4:10 left. Miller’s kick was good, and Pierre led by 21-12.

On Yankton’s desperation possession a sack by Gunnar Gehring was a key play. The defense stopped Yankton on fourth-and-eight, but a late hit call kept the Bucks’ hoes alive. A sack by Bollweg and Collin Brueggeman forced Yankton into a third-and-20 at the Pierre 38 with 2:30 left. A pass fell incomplete, but again a flag kept Yankton moving when Pierre was charged with a questionable defensive pass interference call. With 2:18 left, Ellis (again!) made the flags inconsequential when he intercepted a Bucks pass. When the offense moved to another first down on the strength of Raske runs, the verdict was in, and Kienholz was able to take to his knee on three successive plays to kill the clock and send the Govs to the DakotaDome.

Sophomore quarterback Kienholz completed nine of 20 passes for 90 yards with two TDs and one interception, and he carried 19 times for 105 yards.


Class AA SoDak 16 Thursday (winner of each match advances to state tournament):
— First game of state tournament:
#16 Spearfish at #1 Sioux Falls O’Gorman
#9 Rapid City Stevens at #8 Harrisburg
— Second game of state tournament:
#13 Sioux Falls Lincoln at Sioux Falls Washington
#12 Mitchell at #5 Aberdeen Central
— Third game of state tournament:
#14 Sturgis at #3 Huron
#11 Pierre at #6 Brandon Valley
— Fourth game of state tournament:
#15 Yankton at #2 Watertown
#10 Brookings at #7 Sioux Falls Roosevelt


“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy then is education.”

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Today: The Masters golf tournament, Augusta, Ga. (Nov. 12-15).
7 days: State volleyball tournaments, AA Brookings, A Watertown, B Huron (Nov. 19-21).
11 days: Pierre Parade of Lights (Nov. 23).
12 days: Capitol Christmas trees lighting ceremony (Nov. 24).
13 days: First day of “Christmas at the Capitol: (Nov. 25-Dec. 26).
14 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26).
15 days: Fort Pierre Christmas tree lighting ceremony (Nov. 27).
21 days: Pierre gymnastics opener at Huron (Dec. 3).
22 days: Pierre Players’ “Same Time Next Year” (Dec. 4-6, 10-12).
22 days: State oral interpretation tournament (Dec. 4-5).
23 days: Pierre wrestling opener at Rapid City (Dec. 5).
28 days: Riggs High choir concert (Dec. 10).
29 days: Pierre girls basketball opener vs. Harrisburg (Dec. 11).
29 days: Pierre boys basketball opener at Harrisburg (Dec. 11).
29 days: Rapid City Rush season opener (Dec. 11).
32 days: Riggs High band concert (Dec. 14).
32 days: Each state’s electors meet at state capitals to cast votes for President (Dec. 14).

This week’s schedules:
— Thursday:
Volleyball—at Brandon Valley in SoDak 16 round, 6 p.m.
— Friday:
Football—vs. Brookings in state 11AA championship game at Vermillion, 7 p.m.

Volleyball: The Governor girls ended their regular season with a 3-0 loss at Huron on game scores of 12-25 15-25, 14-25. Pierre became the #11 seed for the SoDak 16 playoffs and plays at Brandon Valley tonight.

Pierre’s record in its past state championship football games:
1988—Lost to Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 44-6.
2013—Defeated Watertown, 34-7.
2015—Lost to Yankton, 21-20 in double overtime.
2017—Defeated Harrisburg, 24-21.
2018—Defeated Huron, 38-20.
2019—Defeated Brookings, 32-16.

Athletes of the Week: The Pierre Athletic Coaches Association last week named Aaron Booth of the football team and Raegan Wiebe of the volleyball team as Athletes of the Week.

Cross country: Levi McKinley and Isaac Polak of the Governors were named to the Academic All-State team.

Fine Arts Performer of the Week: Emily Mertes, who was selected for All-State Orchestra, was honored with this recognition this week.

Football: Eight Governor players earned all-conference honors from the ESD Conference. On the offensive team are Maguire Raske, Regan Bollweg, Gunnar Gehring and Lincoln Kienholz. On the defensive team are Cord Ellis, Preston Taylor, Collin Brueggeman and Jayce Beastrom.


“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.”

— Thomas Merton


Volleyball: The Buffaloes lost at Mobridge-Pollock in the Region 6A semifinal round, 3-0, on game scores of 22-2,5 13-25, 23-25.


  • Because of the coronavirus situation in this state, Ohio State is the latest men’s basketball team to back out of the Crossover Classic men’s basketball tournament scheduled for the Sanford Pentagon two weeks from now. Earlier Utah chose not to be part of the event, which was moved to South Dakota from the Bahamas. Dayton has been secured to take Ohio State’s place.
  • We call your attention to the continuing online reading series offered by Black Hills Community Theatre. Available online now through Sunday is “War Golems,” featuring BHCT’s artistic director, Zach Curtis, recounting his father’s tour of duty during the Vietnam War. How to stream it? Go to https://bhct.org/war-golems/
  • A headline which read “The 44 Biggest Jerks in Sports History” caught my attention online the other day, so naturally I had to check it out. A couple who surprised me by being on the list are Rodney Harrison (on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and a former Patriot) and tennis star Serena Williams. Among those who did not surprise one bit for being on the list are Hope Solo (USWNT goalkeeper), Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Tonya Harding, Aaron Rodgers, Michael Jordan, Pete Rose, Shannon Sharpe, Dustin Johnson, Nick Saban, Phil Mickelson, Roger Clemons and Bill Bellicheck, Ben Roethlisberger and Tiger Woods. They included Tom Brady on the list of biggest jerks, too, at which point I exited the website.
  • A television viewer who spends any amount of time in front of the tube knows insurance commercials all too well. I can’t get out of my head the song that accompanies one of the All-State commercials, the one where the woman rolls out of bed, blankets and all, and continues to roll out the door and down the hill, wrapped in curtains and a garden hose while a guy sings “When I wake up in the morning, love, . . . . . and sunlight hurts my eyes . . . . . then I look at you . . . . . and I know it’s gonna be (gonna be, gonna be) . . . . . a lovely day.” I love the song and constantly wonder what it has to do with insurance. All-State also has given us the Mayhem guy, the “Safe Drivers Save 40%” guy and the commercial where a car glides smoothly down the street with a bunch of stuff riding on top—a cup of coffee, a Jell-O mold, a pair of slippers and a goldfish in a bowl full of water. We’ve had about enough of Flo and Jamie and their Progressive commercials. And Liberty’s Limu Emu and Doug gross me out. Because his athlete buddies are Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, I don’t think much of Jake from State Farm in their new commercials although I still like the one where the wife in her bathroom comes downstairs at 3 in the morning to find her husband (actor Vince Vaughn) talking to Jake (pause, pause) from State Farm. We know all of the strange things that have happened to Farmers customers; you know, “We’ve seen just about everything.” Rising to the top of the weird list are the Geico commercials, including Casper the Friendly Ghost haunting a couple in their new home and a bunch of frantic young people running scared and hiding behind the chain saws in a shed. I wonder how much the ad agency employees who came up with these ideas got paid for their efforts. But in the meantime, I keep humming, “When I wake up in the morning, love . . . . .”
  • The four Division I men’s basketball teams in the Dakotas will get together for three days of round-robin games at the Sanford Pentagon Dec. 10-12. USD, SDSU, UND and NDSU will take turns playing each other with games at 5:30 and 8 p.m. each night. Midco Sports Network will televise all six games, but if you want tickets, they go on sale Nov. 23.


Directions: Draw a square of 16 boxes (4×4). Number the boxes 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) Dodgers’ Bellinger
(5) Margarine
(6) Letter greeting
(7) Quick pull
(1) “Big Brother” winner Califiore
(2) Mediterranean evergreen species
(3) —- Martin, Jerry Lewis’ sidekick
(4) Nebraska city and college


“It’s going to be the states that denied COVID that are going to be paying the highest price.”

— Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York


South Dakota Mines football (Matt Heilman): Idle last week, the Hardrockers (2-2), host Nebraska-Kearney this Saturday.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustang bowlers were idle last weekend. They roll Friday and Saturday at the Hastings Bronco Open.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske, Gage Gehring, Josh Rowe): The Yellowjackets (0-2) return to action at home Saturday vs. Chadron State.

Presentation football (Michael Lyons): The Saints’ season ended with an 0-9 record after a 52-34 loss to Dickinson State.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Cobey Carr, Isaac Cliff): Idle last week, the Tigers (2-5) play at Jamestown this Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders are 6-1 after whipping Hastings, 62-10, last Saturday. Morris had one solo tackle and three assisted tackles. Northwestern is home at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Briar Cliff.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): The freshman guard from Sioux Falls Lincoln and the rest of the Coyotes don’t know their non-conference schedule yet. The Summit League conference season for USD opens at home Jan. 2-3 vs. Denver.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): The Coyotes have been selected as part of a four-team round-robin Crossover Classic tournament at the Sanford Pentagon Nov. 28-30. USD will play the nation’s #1 team, South Carolina, at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Gonzaga at 5 p.m. Nov. 29, and Oklahoma at 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Bradley Dean, Nick Wittler): The Tigers split two games at the NAIA tournament at the Sanford Pentagon. In a 66-63 loss to Valley City State, Bradley was 6-of-12 in field goals (3-of-9 in threes) and 4-of-5 in free throws for 19 points with two rebounds, an assist and two steals. DWU whipped Presentation, 71-48. In that one Bradley was 3-of-6 in field goals (1-of-3 in threes) and 4-of-5 at the stripe for 11 points with four rebounds, one assist and a steal. Nick got in for one minute in his college basketball debut and snared one rebound. After hosting Briar Cliff last night, DWU is home vs Doane Saturday and goes to Dordt next Wednesday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Lancers went 1-1 at the NAIA event in Sioux Falls. MMC defeated Presentation, 88-51, and lost to Valley City State, 84-51. Now 2-2, the Lancers played at Doane last night and is home vs. Briar Cliff Saturday.


Aberdeen Wings: The Wings’ games last weekend vs. Austin were postponed. The Wings are home this Friday and Saturday vs. Fairbanks.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The scheduled season opener vs. Des Moines was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns in Iowa. The Stampede opens this weekend Friday at Fargo and Saturday at home vs. Fargo.

Oahe Capitals boys varsity: Offense continued to be a strong point for the Caps in the preseason as they defeated Aberdeen, 8-4. Collin Lee made 34 saves in net. Elliot Leif had a hat trick with three goals, Kennan Howard scored twice, and Dre Berndt, Raef Briggs and Isaac Polak each scored once. Idle this coming weekend, the Capitals go to Rapid City for four games at the Rendezvous tournament the weekend of Nov. 19.


Everyone is welcome to participate. Send your winners of the following games to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Friday afternoon:
(1) 11AA championship: Pierre vs. Brookings
(2) Iowa at Minnesota
(3) Notre Dame at Boston College
(4) Wisconsin at Michigan
(5) Indiana at Michigan State
(6) USC at Arizona
(7) NFL: Philadelphia at New York Giants
(8) NFL: Seattle at Los Angeles Rams
(9) NFL: Houston at Cleveland
(10) NFL: Tampa Bay at Carolina
(11) Penn State at Nebraska
(We will count the first 10 games on this list that are actually played.)


NFL games on local TV this weekend (games subject to change by networks):
Thursday—Indianapolis at Tennessee, Fox and NFL Network, 7:20 p.m.
Sunday—Jacksonville at Green Bay, Fox, noon.
Sunday—San Francisco at New Orleans, Fox, 3:25 p.m.
Sunday—Denver at Las Vegas, CBS, 3:25 p.m.
Sunday—Baltimore at New England, NBC, 7:20 p.m.
Monday—Minnesota at Chicago, ESPN, 7:15 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings: After handling Green Bay the previous week, the Vikings won their second straight division game Sunday, 34-20 over Detroit. Now 3-5, Minnesota plays their other division opponent, Chicago, on the road Monday at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are 3-5 after a 34-27 loss at Atlanta. Denver plays at Las Vegas at 3:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS.


U.S. Men’s National Team: The USA on a European trip will play two international friendlies this week—today (Thursday) at 1:45 p.m. vs. Wales and Monday at 1:45 p.m. vs. Panama. Both matches will be televised on FS1.

Minnesota United FC: The Loons won their regular-season finale over Dallas FC, 3-0, and in so doing they clinched fourth place in the Western Conference and a home game in the first round of the MLS playoffs vs. Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Charles Schwab Cup championship in Phoenix, Tom had a first-round 74 but then carded 81 in the second round and withdrew from the event. Next Champions Tour event is Dec. 17-20 at the PNC Championship in Orlando.


Thursday, November 12:
Mike Fouts, Grady Johnson, Greg Vogel, Andy Jockheck, Melissa (Van Duzer) Edeburn, Bergen Murphy, Anita Nicholas.

Friday, November 13:
Casey Buechler, Jay Carroll, Kris Hewlett, Shanna Peterson, Tanner Foth, Barb (Hoover) Oson, Clark Kraemer, Ann (Sutera) Hepker, Shelli Ness, Langston Noyes, Courtney (Donnan) Vanden Berg.
— We fondly remember Aaron Clark on his birthday.

Saturday, November 14:
Brandon Brown, Josh Boyle, Emma Aadland, Dakota Bixler, Alison (Drewes) Haas, Brody Kelley, Addisyn Norman, Sandy Spencer, Hana (Bloomberg) Fretta.
— 40th anniversary, Randy/Colleen (Colson) Pool.

Sunday, November 15:
Scott Schuetzle, Robert Nagle, Chance Stoeser, Rik Drewes, Therese (Blake) Schutz, Lorlee (Day) Steever, Molly Ryan, Ivy Rollinger, Lisa (Ries) Kramer, Shane Hollingsworth, Max Fjelstad.

Monday, November 16:
Wes Spencer, LaTonya Anderson, Jack Merkwan, Daniel Magee, Brian Shekleton, Cathy Williams, Tristan Voller, Kris Schaffer, Hollie (Stutesman) Stoeser, Chad Uhrig.

Tuesday, November 17:
Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann, Jessica West, Claire Taylor, Aaron Goehring, Joseph Merriam.
— We fondly remember Wally Thomsen on his birthday.

Wednesday, November 18:
Denise (Marshall) Kjer, Cobey Carr, Linda Burchill, Chris Voller, Joe Jungman, Tom Hindman, Brendan Whitebird.

Thursday, November 19:
Karla Byrum, Bonnie Small, Ken Weinheimer, Rachel Zuercher, Chris Pope, Alice Geraets, DeeAnn Stevens, Caroline Tschetter, Jim Sampson, Mike Anderson, Rob Shoup, Taylor Lindekgel, Bethany (Goeden) Intorn, Kylor Knox, Kaid Knox, Aiden Dykstra, Brad Cruse.
— 9th anniversary, Michael/Macy (Welsh) Kaiser.
— 9th anniversary, Jared/Kim (Weischedel) McPherson.


Why wear a mask? “Do it because you care about your neighbors. Do it because you understand the science and keep our kids in school. Keep our workplaces open and get us back to normal quicker.”

— Vice Admiral Jerome Adams
Surgeon General of the United States


Long-time Pierre businessman Harvey Buhl died at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Nov. 6 at the age of 86. His funeral is being held this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at Community Bible Church. He grew up on the family farm near Lake City and went to school in Britton. He married Karen Schmidt in 1961, and they raised two children, Rodney and Rhonda. The Buhls came to Pierre in 1968 to take over Roberts Cleaners. They changed the name to Buhl’s Laundry and Dry Cleaners. Harvey and Karen also owned many rental properties in Pierre. He is survived by his wife; his son, Rodney Buhl of Pierre; his daughter, Rhonda Lipp and her husband John of Rapid City; 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The Stanley County school district returned to all distance learning for grades 6-12 for one week starting this past Monday.

Pierre native Stuart Martin, a prominent realtor in Rapid City, was critically injured in a four-wheeling accident Sunday and was Life-Flighted to Monument Hospital in Rapid City. According to a Facebook post from his wife, Buffy, on Tuesday, Stuart sustained a broken collarbone, internal injuries, two collapsed lungs, a lacerated spleen, a broken left clavicle and four jagged rib fractures. He had to be intubated and was placed on a ventilator for a time to help him breathe. A later post on Tuesday revealed there were no spinal injuries and that Stuart passed his breathing test (able to breathe on his own without the ventilator). Surgery will be necessary on at least his broken clavicle. The Martins are parents of a son, Mason, who was not injured in the accident, and a daughter, Austyn.

Congratulations to Landon Unruh, son of former Pierre residents Duane and Penny Unruh, who has become engaged to Danielle Jones.

Coronavirus updates: On Monday the state reported 907 new cases out of 1,768 tests, a positivity rate of 51.3%, and the death toll for November alone climbed to 112 and to 537 since the pandemic began. On Tuesday the news was even worse—three more deaths for a total of 540, the number of active cases going on in the state at 16,595, a total of 1,024 new cases in one day’s time, and hospitalizations numbering 600. Wednesday’s 1,362 new cases brought the number of active cases to 17,461 and the death toll to 567.

Rachel Byrum is the new pastor of Oahe Presbyterian Church on East Capitol Avenue. She and her husband, Josh Byrum, met in Seattle and spent six years in Rapid City before moving to Pierre a few years ago. Josh is the son of Brad Byrum and grandson of Onida residents Laurence and Karen Byrum.

Margaret Juhnke, 88, Pierre, died Nov. 2 at Avantara Pierre. She and her husband, Ronald, raised their four children on their farm south of Vivian. She worked at Midtown Market and the Presho Sale Barn as well as serving in community organizations. She is survived by three children, Randy Juhnke and his wife Doris of Chamberlain, Jerry Juhnke and his wife Diane of Enid, Okla., and Kent Juhnke and his wife Sandy of Vivian; her son-in-law, Brad Garrett of Pierre; seven grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Among those preceding her in death were her husband of 65 years and her daughter, Sharla Garrett.

Emily Mertes, violinist from Riggs High School, has been selected to be part of All-State Orchestra. Usually held in the fall, All-State Chorus and Orchestra this year are delayed to April in Sioux Falls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pierre native Leesa Johnson is engaged to Jack Carpenter. They live in Denver where Leesa is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Galen Theobald, 74, died Nov. 5 at Mabel’s Memory Care Unit at Edgewood after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. A private family service was held Tuesday. Galen came with his family from Kansas in 1954 and graduated from Riggs High School in 1964. He and Linda Ice were married in 1964 while he was attending SDSU. He completed his animal health degree in 1968. Galen and LInda raised two children, Roger and Dee. Galen worked as a pilot under his father-in-law, Cecil Ice. He flew thousands of hours as a charter pilot, a spray pilot, an air ambulance pilot and a state government pilot. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Roger Theobald and his wife Carolyn of Pierre; his daughter, Dee Crichton and her husband Doug of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, and four brothers, Clayton Theobald of Brookings, Larry Theobald of Wasilla, Alaska, Daryl Theobald of Aberdeen and Alan Theobald of Roswell, N.M.

Macy Bryant, daughter of Tyler and Megan Bryant of Sioux Falls, was named offensive most valuable player for the Harrisburg High School JV softball team this fall.

Election notes: * The marijuana ballot issues and sports wagering that were approved by voters don’t take effect until July 1, 2021. However, legislators have already admitted they will do what they can to overrule the rule of the people with at least one of the marijuana measures. * Voter turnout in Hughes County was 75.24%. Statewide the turnout was 73.88%. * The upcoming legislature will have 32 Republicans and three Democrats in the Senate (formerly 30-5) and 62 Republicans and eight Democrats in the House of Representatives (formerly 59-11).

Robert Hattum, 73, died at home near West Bend on Nov. 8. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church. He came with his family from Saskatchewan when his dad came to work on Oahe Dam. Robert grew up and attended school in Fort Pierre. He and Beverly McQuay were married in 1966. They made their home on the family farm at West Bend. He is survived by his son, Todd Hattum and his wife Chelsea of West Bend; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and his sister, Babe Magnusson of Pierre. Among those who preceded him in death were his wife, his son Mark, and his grandson Troy.

Wayne Mitchell, 90, Canton, who married the former Sharon Reidinger in Pierre in 2008, died Nov. 4 at his farm home. He is survived by his wife, six children, two siblings, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sid and Bethany (Goeden) Intorn of Aberdeen are the parents of a son, Lane Taylor Intorn, who was born Nov. 6. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches. He joins a sister, Sophie, 3, in their family.

Laura Johnson-Frame died Nov. 4 at the age of 66. Her funeral took place Tuesday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Graduating from Burke High School in 1972, Laura attended Sioux Falls College, then Eastern New Mexico University where she completed a bachelor of science degree in anthropology and history in 1976. She married Charles Ronald Frame in 1975. They lived in Albuquerque and Tucumcari in New Mexico and Sioux Falls before coming to Pierre in 1977. In 1978 they were in Kenya while Laura pursued graduate studies, then they returned to Pierre. During her career Laura worked in the secretary of state’s office, for the South Dakota Republican Party, for the Stulken Peterson accounting firm, for South Dakota Community-Based Services Association, for the South Dakota Education Association and for 15 years in the Department of Education as coordinator of the Title I Homeless Children and Juvenile Program. She is survived by her husband, Ron Frame; her daughter, Adrie Mullinix and her husband Ryan; three grandchildren; her mother, Mildred Johnson, and five siblings, Patricia Hanrahan and her husband Mark, Beverly Wilson and her husband Randy, Jeff Johnson and his wife Mary, Doug Johnson and his wife Carol, and Sarah Birney and her husband Alan.

Riggs High and SDSU alumnus Blake Dean is in his second year of physical therapy school at Baylor University in Texas. This month he has been in Fargo helping a phiysical therapy/occupational therapy firm with their patients.

Judy (Gardner) Farnsworth, 70, Pierre, died Nov. 4 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital from complications of COVID-19. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. next Friday, Nov. 20, at Faith Lutheran Church. Judy graduated from Riggs High School in 1968. She married Landis Weaver in 1968, and they had two sons, Michael and Thomas Weaver. She married Monte Farnsworth in 1982, and they had two children, Ian and Sarah. The Farnsworths settled in Pierre in 1988. Judy worked for 25 years in state government, retiring from the Department of Public Safety. She was an EMT and a CPR trainer. Survivors include her husband, Monte Farnsworth; her children, Michael Weaver, Thomas Weaver, Ian Farnsworth and his wife Nicole, and Sarah Farnsworth; eight grandchildren, and six siblings, Don Gardner, Thomas Gardner, Bill Gardner, Susan Gregory, Jan Deuter and Jacque Williams.

James Beckwith died Nov. 5. A 1960 graduate of Riggs High School, he worked on the family farm until taking up trucking where he worked for 50 years. His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Feigum Funeral Home.

Onida businessman Jamie Lamb was airlifted to Sioux Falls from the Pierre hospital over the weekend due to a heart issue. Greetings can be sent to him at this address: Avera Heart Hospital; Jamie Lamb, Room 252; 4500 W. 69th St., Sioux Falls SD 57108.

Kenneth Moncrief, 75, died Nov. 10. A memorial service will be held in his hometown at a later date. A native of Elwood, Neb., he made his home on a farm near Harvard, Neb., until moving to South Dakota several years ago. Among his survivors are two daughters, Kristi Auch and her husband Richard and Karol Bredenkamp and her husband Troy; four grandchildren, two siblings, and four step-siblings.


“And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of elections myself. But now let’s give each other a chance.

“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric.

“To lower the temperature.

“To see each other again.

“To listen to each other again.

“To make progress. We are Americans.

“The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season. A time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow and a time to heal.

“This is the time to heal in America.”
— President-elect Joe Biden, Wilmington, Del., 11-7-20




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