Vol. 22, No. 1; Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

Sep 2, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 3 comments


Every year I say this will definitely be the last year of The Midweek Update. Maybe this one will, considering that I’m 82 1/2 years old and there are selfish, uncaring, unvaccinated freedumb-lovers outside making life miserable for others and preventing there ever being anything resembling “normal” around here. So ready or not, alive as long as we can be, here we go into Volume 22 of The Midweek Update. I don’t know why it is Volume 22 because it seems as if we have been doing this much longer than 22 years! I guess it’s 22 years since we started counting!


Imagine, if you will, a people so conflicted that they will scream “All lives matter!” while simultaneously refusing to wear masks to protect all those lives that matter.


This week’s schedules:
Boys soccer: at Mitchell, 4 p.m.
Girls soccer: at Mitchell, 6 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Mitchell triangular, 11 a.m.
Cross country: at Augustana twilight meet, 6:30 p.m.
Football: home vs. Mitchell, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Madison, 10 a.m.
Cheer/dance: home invitational, 11 a.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis: home triangular (with Rapid City Central, Rapid City Christian and Aberdeen Roncalli), 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Mitchell, 7 p.m.

Athletes of the Week: The first Pierre Athletic Coaches Association honorees as Athletes of the Week were Cole Peterson of the boys soccer team and Jenna Gehring of the girls soccer team.

Volleyball: A weekend sweep in Rapid City for the Governor volleyballers is something that hasn’t happened all that often, but this year’s team accomplished it. Pierre won at Rapid City Stevens, 3-2, on game scores of 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 26-28, 15-4. Then they won at Central, 3-0, on game scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-13. In the latter match Ayvrie Kaiser had 14 kills while Reese Terwilliger had seven kills, two aces and four blocks. MaKenna Schlekeway had four kills as did Remi Price.

Football: The season opener between Class 11AAA’s No. 1 Harrisburg and Class 11AA’s No. 1 Pierre was a back-and-forth thriller for awhile, but the Tigers began to roll and eventually dealt the Governors a rare defeat, 56-20. University of Minnesota-bound Jacob Knuth threw a 56-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 Harrisburg lead, but Lincoln Kienholz connected with a 43-yard TD throw to conclude a four-play, 80-yard march that tied the game. Kienholz found Merkwan again on a similar play, this time a 54-yard scoring aerial that ended a six-play, 65-yard drive, and Pierre was ahead by 13-7. But Harrisburg was ignited, starting with Knuth’s two-yard plunge for a 14-13 Tiger lead, and they never trailed again. A Governor fumble was returned to the 13-yard line, and Knuth ran in for a score from the 7-yard line and a 21-13 first-quarter edge. In the second period Knuth threw TD passes of 85 and 61 yards, the latter on a fourth-down play. Kienholz’s touchdown pass to Cade Kaiser made it 35-20, but another Knuth scoring pass lifted Harrisburg to a 42-20 halftime lead. In the third quarter Pierre went on an eight-minute 16-play drive that resulted in no points, ending any hope of a miracle Pierre rally. The Tigers added two TD runs by Gavin Ross in a game that concluded with a running clock due to the margin of difference on the scoreboard. Knuth passed for 270 yards and four scores and ran in two scores. Ross carried 20 times for 203 yards and those two rushing TDs. Kienholz passed for 280 yards and carried 12 times for 91 yards. Kaiser had eight receptions for 96 yards and Merkwan his two TD catches for 97 yards.

Class 11AA football roundup:
* Last week’s scores:
Harrisburg 56, PIERRE 20.
* This week’s games:
Mitchell at Pierre.
Yankton at Aberdeen Central.
Brookings at Douglas.
Sturgis at Tea Area.
Huron at Spearfish (Saturday).
Watertown at Sioux Falls Lincoln (Saturday).

Cross country: At the Pierre Invitational the Governors had two varsity runners in the girls’ race, and Jazzlyn Rombough placed fifth with Autumn Iverson sixth. In the boys’ event Hayden Shaffer placed second, Jared Lutmer fourth, Blake Judson eighth and Brady Gere 13th.

Girls tennis: In duals played in Rapid City the Governors lost to Stevens, 8-1; beat Brandon Valley, 6-3, and lost to Rapid City Christian, 6-3. Against Stevens the only Pierre points were posted by the doubles team of Sydney Tedrow and Kara Weiss. In the win over Brandon Valley all three doubles teams won their matches, and Jocelyn Corrales, Caitlin Ott and Carissa Ott won their singles matches. Against Christian a singles win by Marlee Shorter and doubles wins by Shorter/Gracie Zeeb and Corrales/Caitlin Ott accounted for the Pierre team points. In the Rapid City Invitational tournament Pierre placed fifth with 119.5 points. Corrales in Flight 4 singles and Shorter/Zeeb in Flight 3 doubles placed third for Pierre’s best finishes. The Governors also had three fourths, two fifths and two sixths.

Boys golf: At Aberdeen’s invitational Tuesday the Governors were second with a team score of 306, 22 over par. Nick Bothun was high Pierre finisher in sixth with a 3-over 74. Sawyer Sonnenschein was seventh at 75. Other scores: Luke Olson 76, Jonathon Lyons 81.

Cheer/dance: At Aberdeen’s meet the Pierre cheer team was 13th with 172 points. The dance team was ninth overall with 228 points as the hip hop team placed ninth and the pom team fifth. At Watertown’s meet the cheer team placed 12th of 16 at 172. The dancers were fifth in pom, fifth in hip hop and eighth overall at 230.50 points.

Boys soccer: The Governors won once, lost once and tied once this past week. Pierre whipped Sturgis, 7-2, as Cole Peterson scored four goals, and Nathan Ehrisman, Rylan Derry and Kasey Broers one goal each. The Govs were shut down by Aberdeen Central, 7-0. In goal Carson Ahartz made seven saves. Pierre tied Watertown, 3-3, as Broers and Derry scored in the first half, and Derry put in a second-half goal to tie the game. Ahartz made 10 saves. The Govs stand at 3-2-1.

Girls soccer: The Pierre goals stand at 5-1, having scored five shutout victories. Pierre beat Sturgis, 5-0, as the Scoopers had only two shots on goal that Jenna Gehring stopped. Elli Hughes had two goals and Avery Davis, Ryann Barry and Ireland Templeton one goal each. In a 4-0 loss to Aberdeen Central Gehring made seven saves. On Tuesday Grace Richter scored late in the game for a 1-0 win over Watertown as the Govs outshot the Arrows, 14-4, and Gehring had to make only two saves.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Redfield invitational, 10 a.m.
Football: at Bon Homme (in Tyndall), 1 p.m.
Volleyball: home triangular, 1 p.m. (with Timber Lake and White River).

Football: The Buffaloes fell behind Parkston, 30-0, in their home opener, and a second-half rally fell far short in a 43-22 loss to the Trojans. SCHS is now 0-2.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes are 3-0 in the new season. SCHS defeated Bennett County on game scores of 25-16, 16-25, 25-8, 21-25 15-8. The Buffaloes took down Wall by a 3-2 score. On Tuesday a close match with Chamberlain ended with SCHS on top 3-1 on game scores of 24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-18.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Redfield invitational, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Miller, 6 p.m.
Football: home vs. Lyman, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Ipswich, 6 p.m.

Football: The Chargers and Corsica-Stickney exchanged early touchdowns, but the Chargers took a 14-8 halftime lead following Jordan Schall’s touchdown, then scored two touchdowns and a safety in the second half for a 30-8 win. Sully Buttes, now 2-0, had 318 total yards of offense compared to the Jaguars’ 179 total offense yards.

Volleyball: The SBHS girls placed third in the Yellowstone Trail Conference tournament in Onida, beating Leola-Frederick 2-0, beating Herreid-Selby Area 2-1, and losing to Potter County 2-1. On Tuesday Faulkton beat SBHS 3-0 on game scores of 18-25, 7-25, 16-25. SBHS has a 2-3 record.


Thursday: maple.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: blueberry cheesecake.
Wednesday-Thursday: almond.


Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings open their season at home at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Minot State on Midco Sports Network.

USF cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougars’ first meet is the Augustana twilight meet Friday evening.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): USD’s season-opening duals against Colorado State, Northwestern and Northern Colorado were canceled due to a COVID-19 positive test on the USD squad. The Coyotes are scheduled to spend this weekend in Louisville to play Northern Kentucky, Missouri and Louisville.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): The Tigers were shut out although allowing Dakota State only two field goals in a 6-0 loss, the fifth straight defeat at the hands of DSU in their rivalry series. DWU opens GPAC play at Mount Marty at 1 p.m. Saturday as Mount Marty plays its first-ever football game.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits kick off their season against Colorado State in Fort Collins Friday at 8 p.m. CDT.

Northern football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves open their season on the road at Minnesota State-Mankato tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans won at Dakota Wesleyan, 6-0, in their opener, beating DWU for the fifth straight year. DSU will be home at 4 p.m. Saturday vs. Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s soccer (Cam Ahartz): The Tigers lost an 8-1 game to Bellevue (Neb.). Now 1-2, DWU hosts Viterbo Saturday and goes to Mount Marty next Wednesday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison are at home for their season opener at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Albany.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Head coach Josh and his Yellowjackets are home tonight for their season opener vs. Dickinson State.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes played to a 0-0 tie at Colorado State and lost at Wyoming, 2-1. Now 1-1-1, USD plays at Creighton tonight (Thursday) and goes to Northern Iowa Sunday.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes open the season at 7 p.m. Friday at Kansas.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Lady Trojans’ scheduled four duals in Kansas were canceled, and Tuesday’s dual against DWU was postponed. So DSU has yet to open the season. They will try in Sioux City Friday and Saturday against Hastings, Lincoln Chistian, Life University and Park University.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks lost to Marist, 1-0, and lost in overtime to Long Island University, 1-0. Now 0-2, St. Joseph’s plays at Campbell Friday and at North Carolina-Greensboro Sunday.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustangs’ season-opening tournament is the Midwest Collegiate Championships in Wauwatosa, Wis., Oct. 3-4.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The #1-ranked Red Raiders rolled at Presentation, 66-9. Now 1-0, Northwestern opens GPAC conference play at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against Hastings.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Gracie Olivier): The 5-0 Tigers had their dual against Dakota State scheduled for Tuesday postponed. DWU goes to Nebraska today through Saturday and will play Ottawa, Hope International, Central Methodist and Rocky Mountain.

Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): The Tigers’ first meet is the Augustana twilight meet in Sioux Falls Friday evening.


Standings: Conf. Overall
Indiana State ………… 0-0 1-0
USD ……………………. 0-0 0-0
SDSU ………………….. 0-0 0-0
NDSU ………………….. 0-0 0-0
UND ……………………. 0-0 0-0
Illinois State ………….. 0-0 0-0
Youngstown State … 0-0 0-0
Southern Illinois …… 0-0 0-0
Western Illinois …….. 0-0 0-0
Northern Iowa ………. 0-0 0-0
Missouri State ……… 0-0 0-0

Games this weekend (all non-conference): SDSU at Colorado State, USD at Kansas, Albany at NDSU, Incarnate Word at Youngstown State, Southern Illinois at Southeast Missouri State, Western Illinois at Ball State, UND at Idaho State, Northern Iowa at Iowa State, Missouri State and Oklahoma State, Butler at Illinois State.


Don’t feel guilty for feeling blessed in these troubled times. Being sad or angry doesn’t help at all. Resistance is resistance through joy.

This is all you can do now:
* serenity in the storm.
* keep calm; pray every day.
* make a habit of meeting the sacred every day.

Show resistance through art, joy, trust and love.
— Hopi Indian Chief White Eagle


4 days: Labor Day (Sept. 6).
7 days: NFL season opener, Dallas at Tampa Bay (Sept. 9).
8 days: S.D. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Chamberlain (Sept. 10-11).
10 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (Sept. 12).
15 days: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 17-19).
16 days: Homecoming at Northwestern (Iowa) (Sept. 18).
17 days: Emmy awards, CBS-TV (Sept. 19).
21 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup arts festival (Sept. 23-25).
22 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 24).
22 days: “Dear Evan Hansen” opens in movie theaters (Sept. 24).
23 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 25).
23 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 25).
23 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 25).
23 days: Homecoming at U. of Minnesota (Sept. 25).
23 days: Blue & White Day at Dakota Wesleyan (Sept. 25).
24 days: Crazy Horse Memorial volksmarch (Sept. 26).
24 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (Sept. 26).
25 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 27).
28 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 30).
29 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Oct. 1).
29 days: South Dakota Festival of Books, Deadwood (Oct. 1).
30 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 2).
30 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 2).
30 days: Cougar Day at USF (Oct. 2).
30 days: Homecoming at U. of Nebraska (Oct. 2).


Badlands Sabres: Rapid City’s new team in the North American Tier-3 Hockey League are a week away from playing their first games. The Sabres open at Gillette Sept. 10, then play Gillette at home Sept. 11.


American Legion baseball: Pierre pitcher Jack Van Camp was named to the Class “A” All-State Legion baseball team. Another All-State selection was outfielder Nate Sprenkle of Sioux Falls East.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
Friday—at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m. (BSN)
Saturday—at Tampa Bay, 3:05 p.m. (FS1, BSN)
Sunday—at Tampa Bay, 12:10 p.m. (BSN)
Monday—at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN)
Tuesday—at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN)
Wednesday—at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN)
Thursday—at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN)


Midco Sports Network live TV games this weekend:
* Thursday, 6 p.m.: College football, USF vs. Bemidji State.
* Friday, 6 p.m.: High school football, Rapid City Central vs. Sioux Falls Washington.
* Saturday, 1 p.m.: College football, Augustana vs. Minot State.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm season ended in the first round of the IFL playoffs with a 69-42 loss at top-seeded Arizona.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings rallied late and lost to Kansas City, 28-25, in a game that was not nearly that close. Minnesota, finishing 0-3 in the preseason, opens the NFL regular season Sept. 12 at Cincinnati.

Indoor football: Rapid City will be home for a new indoor football team next season. A press conference announcing the team will be held Friday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the tour stop in Grand Blanc, Mich., Tom tied for 46th place with a weekend of 69-72-72=213 (3 under par). He earned $6,800. Next stop on the Champions Tour is the Ascension Charity Classic in St. Louis Sept. 6-9.


“I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your home, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity and peace of mind. The key is “Delete.”
— Elayne Boosler


World Cup: The U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) has 14 matches as part of the qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. There are eight nations in the CONCACAF grouping (North America, Central America and Caribbean), and the top three will qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-ranking team has a chance in a play-in match. The U.S. team has its first three matches this week—tonight at El Salvador, Sunday in Nashville against Canada and next Wednesday at Honduras.

Minnesota United FC: The Loons won at Houston over the Dynamo, 2-1. Next game for Minnesota is at Seattle against the Sounders at 4 p.m. Sept. 11.


Everyone is welcome to participate. Send your 10 winners of the games below to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Friday afternoon.

This week’s games:
(1) Dakota Wesleyan at Mount Marty.
(2) South Dakota State at Colorado State.
(3) South Dakota at Kansas.
(4) Georgia vs. Clemson.
(5) Notre Dame at Florida State.
(6) Penn State at Wisconsin.
(7) Alabama vs. Miami.
(8) Indiana at Iowa.
(9) Montana at Washington.
(10) BYU vs. Arizona.

In last week’s contest Jon Boer, Randy Pool and Greg Dean earned 10 points each with the best record of 7-3. At 6-4 for nine points were Kyle Richards, Thomas Voeltz, Laurie Johnson, David Ludwig and Jason Noyes. At 5-5 for eight points apiece were Mikal Kern, Seb Axtman and Eric James.


The state Department of Health reported yesterday 578 new COVID cases in the state, 159 of them in Pennington County. The number of active cases in the state stood at 5,370 in a state where only 59% of the eligible population has been vaccinated.

Some of this week’s developments:

  • On Tuesday Pennington County had twice as many cases in the county as any other county in the state, and the number of people on ventilators had doubled. Of the 159 new infections reported in Pennington yesterday, only 13 of those people had been vaccinated.
  • Sanford Health tightened its mask policy for both clinics and non-clinic facilities within its system. Sanford reported on Tuesday that of 136 hospitalized COVID patients, 129 were unvaccinated; of 37 patients in ICUs, 35 were unvaccinated; of 19 patients on ventilators, 18 were unvaccinated.
  • Nine South Dakota Army National Guard members have been deployed to assist with COVID-19 testing for Monument Health in the Black Hill’s where the state’s numbers of positive tests are the highest. For now the Guardsmen are assisting with testing in Rapid City, but further testing sites are likely in Custer, Sturgis, Spearfish and Deadwood.
  • Monument Health where COVID cases doubled in a week’s time announced an increase in the number of ICU beds available in its hospitals. As of last Friday the Monument hospitals in Rapid City and Sturgis had no staffed adult ICU beds available.
  • Monument Health earlier declared that employees must be vaccinated and wear masks. Protesters outside the hospital Monday, who may or may not have been hospital employees, carried hand-made signs. One of them read, “Drop the Mandates.” Another read, “Follow the science. Masks don’t work.” Those are not typographical errors here; that’s what the signs actually said.
  • The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in northwestern South Dakota was completely out of available COVID hospital beds and was sending patients as far away as Cheyenne, Wyo., and Denver for care.
  • The Rapid City Area Schools where the school board has refused to put any COVID-19 protocols in place Friday reported 20 active cases among staff and 92 among students. Twenty-one staff members and 231 students were in quarantine or isolation as of that day. By Monday there were 145 cases among students and 25 among staff, the number of cases in the district having quadrupled in a week’s time.
  • However, on the agenda for the RCAS school board’s agenda for next Tuesday the board will vote to discontinue notifications of COVID cases to families and staff; will vote to require parental consent each time a student is tested, and will vote to prevent administrators from closing any school for health reasons.
  • The Mitchell school board this week restored its mandatory mask mandate effective yesterday, and the vote was unanimous despite widespread opposition in the city and among the student body. A group of parents and students were out in force in front of the high school Wednesday morning, protesting the mandate with signs like “Let them breathe.” Meanwhile, at Yankton the school board reinstated its mask mandate by a 4-1 vote despite comparable opposition.
  • The Harrisburg school district changed its mask policy from “optional” to “strongly recommended.”
  • At Albert Lea, Minn., nearly 300 students were quarantining as of last Friday.
  • Singer Michael Buble concerts on tour this fall will required printed proof of being fully vaccinated two weeks before the event or a printed result of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the concert.
  • Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania called for a statewide mask mandate for schools, but Republicans wouldn’t allow a special session of the Legislature to consider it. Now, however, the state is going ahead with a mask mandate for all schools and day-care centers.
  • South Dakota is one of three states (with Alabama and Florida) which has stopped reporting its daily COVID test positivity rate. Now who would make that decision?
  • Last Thursday on the state Department of Health report, unvaccinated people accounted for 97% of all new cases, 93% of COVID hospitalizations and 95% of COVID deaths. On Tuesday of this week the DOH report said that there were more than a thousand new cases over the three-day weekend period and the average number of new cases over the past seven days was 400 per day.
  • The Chicago Cubs’ Class “A” Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team canceled its weekend series against Chattanooga to allow for additional testing and contact tracing of members of the Cubs organization.
  • A blow to presidential wannabee Governor DeSantis of Florida occurred when a judge blocked his order banning mask mandates, saying the governor overstepped his authority. Several school districts had defied DeSantis by applying their own mask mandates. Despite the court ruling, however, the state began withholding pay for some school board members in the defying districts.
  • Schools in Washington state that violate mask and vaccine mandates risk losing funding from the state under a new emergency rule.
  • USD had a volleyball road trip to Colorado canceled due to a positive COVID test inside their program.
  • The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros baseball organizations mandated that all non-playing staff become vaccinated.
  • The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Republican-led states where there are statewide bans against mask mandates on the grounds that those states’ policies discriminate against students with health conditions or disabilities. The states in question are Iowa, Utah, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
  • Americans traveling to Europe are facing reinstated restrictions due to the surge in COVID cases in the United States.
  • The SEC (Southeastern Conference) has ruled, unlike the other Power 5 leagues, that, if both teams cannot play a game, instead of it being called a “no-contest,” it will be ruled a loss for both teams in the conference standings.
  • The MLB Network (Major League Baseball Network) will not let John Smoltz and Al Leiter work inside the studios because they refuse to get vaccinated.
  • Black Hills Community Theater in Rapid City announces that, for the fall musical “Matilda” which opens Sept. 17, all audience members will be required to wear masks, due to the surge in COVID cases in the community and the large number of children in the play’s cast.
  • In the Sarasota County School District in Florida where masks are required, hundreds of parents found a loophole in the school’s policy and thus lined up at a pro-freedom, anti-mask chiropractor’s office for signed opt-out forms by a “medical professional.” The chiropractor office had pre-signed forms ready and passed them out without seeing any parents or children.
  • The Washington Nationals baseball club “parted ways” with all unvaccinated full-time employees yesterday.
  • Basketball players on the Nets and Knicks teams in New York and the Warriors in San Francisco who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to play in their home games due to local governments’ COVID policies.


Sept. 10: Kyle Kurth/Amanda Hossle.
Sept. 25: Nick Jung/Natalie Nagle.
Oct. 2: Jordan Lamb/Abbey Fjeldheim.


Thursday, Sept. 2:
Brian Knadle, Kelly (Lingle) Royer, Danielle Peters, Rachel (Knutson) Steece, Shayne McIntosh, Mary Ness.
— 4th anniversary, Jayson/Jordyn (Anderson) Herra.
— Anniversary, Andy/Kate (Robertson) Bartel.
— 15th anniversary, Chris/Carrie Rasmussen.
— 4th anniversary, Justin/Lisa (Jenssen) Harmon.
— 15th anniversary, James/Audra (Meyer) Cardwell.

Friday, Sept. 3:
Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts Tina (Geary) Vermeulen, Dylan Stader, Rona (Todd) Boettcher, Lance Nielsen, Alexandria Anderson, Benjamin Oehlerking, Nate White, Beckett Hangebrauck, Sean Billet, Doyle Holden, Jordan Shangreaux, Kyle Villa, Brian Pendergast, Austin Schneider, Dylan Gordon.
— 5th anniversary, Stephen/Katie Bollinger.
— 5th anniversary, Tyrel/Kallie (Dresbach) Hall.
— 5th anniversary, Jason/Sarah (Jeffries) McHenry.
— 16th anniversary, Terry/Amie Miller.
— 17th anniversary, Levi/Rose (Beckwith) Briggs.
— 15th anniversary, Jake/Chandra Miller.
— 16th anniversary, David/Robyn (Clausen) Bauer.
— 16th anniversary, Sean/Megan Tousley.
— 16th anniversary, Dusty/Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen.
— 27th anniversary, Tom/Gini Grannes.

Saturday, Sept. 4:
Emma Mangan, Laurie (Bonrud) Gronlund, Harper Juhala, Julia Disburg, Taman Eggers, Kara Brandlee, Lindsay Marshall, Paige Burkett, Ryan Johnson, Lucas Jeanotte, Alecia (Johnson) Bowers.
— 17th anniversary, Paul/Jamie (Rasmussen) Walter.
— 10th anniversary, Jake/Liz Mortenson.
— 10th anniversary, Justin/Kellie (Parker) Tollefson.
— 11th anniversary, Brett/McKenna Ripley.
— 17th anniversary, Ryan/Patricia Scarborough.
— 17th anniversary, Darin/Lynsey (Meyer) Anderson.
— 11th anniversary, Brett/Jenny Durick.
— 17th anniversary, Cory/Sara (Prunty) Tennant.

Sunday, Sept. 5:
Danielle (Clark) High Bear, Kirsten Libby, Josie Rue Turner, Jeff Mammenga, Wyatt Mersinger, Amy Petersen-Kolb, Scott Cichos.
— 1st anniversary, Ryan/Avery Grandpre.
— 12th anniversary, Scott/Melissa (Stevens) Gibson.
— 12th anniversary, Josh/Sam (Lytle) Irvine.
— 18th anniversary, Shad/Brandy (Beastrom) Ludemann.
— 6th anniversary, John/Erin (Ryan) Bush.
— 6th anniversary, Perry/Maggie (Nielson) Job.
— 57th anniversary, Bob/Mickey Miller.
— 57th anniversary, Dave/Connie (Doyle) Nighswonger.

Monday, Sept. 6:
Eli Pope, Michael Richards, Garrett James, Annette (Rawstern) Severson, Andy McKay Jr., Jared Thomas, Mary (Marshall) Scruggs.
— 18th anniversary, Scott/Dawn Kennedy.
— 7th anniversary, Dalton/Mackenzie Dalton.
— 7th anniversary, Patrick/Ashleigh (Baker) Ludwig.
— 2nd anniversary, Chris/Nino Iverson.
— Anniversary, John/Andrea Wellhouse.
We fondly remember Caleb Hauschild on his birthday.

Tuesday, Sept. 7:
Connie Tveidt, Jaxon Yackley, Brock Hyde, Finnley Oehlerking, Tate Gabriel, Mark Schlekeway, Sam Willard, John Burchill Jr., Ivy Flottmeyer, Kim (Sargent) Forgey, Jerid Maskovich, Josh Anderson, Kathy (Huse) Wika.
— 15th anniversary, Jordan/Jenni (Sprenkle) Terveen.
— 14th anniversary, Bryan/Amanda (Crompton) Treloar.
— 8th anniversary, Judd/Jessica (Durkin) Heinzmann.
— 8th anniversary, Andrew/BryAnn (Becker) Knecht.
— 8th anniversary, Paul/Jenny Denton.

Wednesday, Sept. 8:
Charley Grace Crawford, Chase Blair, Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen, Stuart Martin, Mary Gales Askren, Pam Durkin, Jessica Bucholz, Ryan Lauseng, Demaris Axthelm, Cindy Bahe.
— 3rd anniversary, Mitch/Rachelle (Schmidt) Likness.
— 3rd anniversary, Rick/Krista (Oehlerking) Miller.
— 15th anniversary, Allen/Lindsay (Lower) Uecker.
— 9th anniversary, Mark/Jessica Hardwick.
— 14th anniversary, John/Ashlee (Roemen) Keyes.
— 14th anniversary, David/Kaishia (Bernard) Anderson.
— 9th anniversary, Jason/Codi Kinsman.
— 14th anniversary, Andrew/Maggie (Moisan) Eickbush.
— 14th anniversary, Aaron/Ashley Denton.

Thursday, Sept. 9:
Lilian Cruse, Chase Hight, Michael Ahlers, Bobbi (Martin) Drewes, Heather (Juhala) Maxwell, Chandler Bartholomew, John Moisan, Taylor Flannery, James Moisan, Katie Hiemstra, Megan Johnson, Linda (Fjelstad) Schumacher, Samantha (Merrill) Pietz, Aubree Withers.
— 4th anniversary, Charlie/Carrie (Erickson) Kaufman.
— 4th anniversary, Mic/Nicole (Madden) Stulken.
— 15th anniversary, Matt/Sara (Schneider) Odden.
— 16th anniversary, Chad/Jenny (Riis) Babcock.
— 15th anniversary, Dustin/Joanne (Berg) Hight.


Florence Christian, 91, died at home in Pierre Aug. 31. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at 3 p.m. next Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery. Florence grew up in Draper, studied music at the University of Denver and earned a teaching degree at Black Hills State. She and Willard Christian were married in 1954. She taught at Kennebec and Rapid City. In 1987 the Christians moved to Pierre. Florence is survived by her brother Leroy; her sister Rosmarie; her children, Denise, Denny, Diane and Darrell; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mark Smith scored the second hole-in-one of his golfing career last week at Hillsview Golf Course. He scored his ace on the 14th hole.

The Riggs High School Classes of 1970 and 1971 will hold their 50- and 51-year reunions this holiday weekend. The two classes will have a joint mixer at Drifters in Fort Pierre Friday evening. The Class of 1970 will have a dinner Saturday evening at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. The Class of 1971 will have an early-bird mixer at the Hitching Horse tonight (Thursday) and a food-and-music event at the Legion cabin Saturday. For information the Class of 1970 contact person is Carol Erbe Harrmann at erbe.carol@gmail.com. The Class of 1971 contact person is Ken Shelbourn at 605-280-4822.

Betty Bishop, 88, O’Neill, Neb., died Aug. 23 at Arbor Care Center in O’Neill. Private graveside services will be held at a later time. Mrs. Bishop was a life-long resident of O’Neill. She is survived by three sons, Chad (Colleen) Bishop of Grand Island, Neb., Bill (Mary) Bishop of Pierre and Michael (Julie) Bishop of O’Neill; seven grandchildren, including Breanna Bishop and Wren Hollingsworth, and seven great-grandchildren.

Xzaylin Henderson of the choir was named Fine Arts Performer of the Week at Riggs High School.

Leila Geisler, 83, died Aug. 27 under hospice care. She had been a resident of Edgewood in Pierre. Leila was married to Howard Glover, and they had two daughters, Bobbi and Becca. They lived in Gettysburg and Chamberlain until Howard died in 1977. Leila married Lyle Dohman in 1979 and lived in Aurora, Neb., until his death in 1983. Leila married Dave Geisler in 1986 and lived in Murdo. She is survived by her husband, Dave Geisler of Murdo; her brother, Leland Jost of Alexandria, Va.; four sisters-in-law; her daughters, Bobbi (Gary) Drewes of Rapid City and Becca Vance of Pierre; four grandchildren, Joe Martin, Tom Martin, Aubree (Tyler) Kaiser and Jesse (Mario Bernal) Vance; and many stepchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. A private burial of Leila’s cremains will take place at a later date.

Jason Knox has been cast in the leading role of Marcus Brutus in Black Hills Community Theatre’s production of “Julius Caesar” in Rapid City. The play will be performed on two weekends in mid-November. Meanwhile, Jason and his son, Parker, are in the cast of this month’s “Matilda the Musical” play at BHCT.

Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit based in St. Paul, has selected 11 Rural Regenerator Fellows who live in communities of 50,000 or fewer people in Upper Midwest states. Each of the 11 will receive $10,000 in flexible funds to support their existing work or to launch a new project, and each of them will participate in two years of learning exchanges with their fellow rural artists. Pierre native Sandra (Kern) Mollman, one of the 11, is a mother and co-creator living north of Vermillion. She and husband Scott returned to the Dakotas 17 years ago to explore live theater. Their “pretend farm” has grown to two children, two dogs, three cats and 10 chickens. Sandy is a community-based theater maker, musician and writer, co-creating such projects as Cardboard Boat Regattas, Y Pony songs, Crumpled Paper Players cantastories, Zoom theater and more.

Marlin (Rocky) O’Daniel, 80, died Aug. 26 in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Isburg Funeral Chapel with a prayer service there at 7. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Rocky was born at Ashton, S.D., and moved with his family to Fort Pierre. He married Heidi Hanson in 1966. He worked for John Deere, Capital City Gas, the state in security and Don’s Sinclair and owned a gas station and a trucking company. His survivors include his wife, Heidi; his brother, Jim Stover; his sister, Carol Zuber; his children, Candice (Douglas) Boer, Justin (Michelle) O’Daniel, Allen (Tracy) O’Daniel and Maddix; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The Riggs High Class of 1960 will hold its 50- and 51-year reunion in Pierre on Sept. 17-19. For information contact Chuck Humphrey at humphrey0426@pie.midco.net or Connie Herseth Jacobs at cjjacobs@pie.midco.net.

Tammy (Row) Magana, 58, died Aug. 27. Born in Kansas, she came to Pierre with her mother in 1975 and attended Pierre schools. She worked all of her adult life as a caregiver, including at Maryhouse and OAHE Inc. She had two children and married Jose Magana in 2000. She is survived by her sons, Brady and Jose Jr.; her daughter, Casey; her mother, Judy Row; her brother Mike and her sister Lisa.

Jordan Shangreaux was married Saturday to Madison Mortenson in a spectacular setting on a horse ranch near Santa Fe, N.M., owned by Madison’s uncle. Jordan is an athletic trainer for Sanford Health in Aberdeen, and Madison is a hair designer/stylist.

The funeral service for Harry Harryman, 90, was held at Trinity Episcopal Church Aug. 27. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., and moved with his family to Oregon where he graduated from high school in Roseburg in 1948. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18, went to Naval Air Station Pensacola and was assigned to the fire station. In the 1960s he began a career in fire service administration and management in Arizona. Harry married Helen Hyde Levy in Tucson in 1979. They relocated to Huron where Harry was fire administration. In 1987 he was appointed state fire marshal by Gov. George Mickelson. Harry retired in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his sons, H. Brooks Harryman, Jr., Jeffery Harryman and Dana Harryman and their wives; his daughter, Karen Griffin, and her husband; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

An author talk by David Wolff will be presented at the Cultural Heritage Center next Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. Wolff will tell about early Deadwood and the role James K. P. Miller played in it. Wolff’s book, “The Savior of Deadwood: James K. P. Miller,” is available at the Cultural Heritage Center store.

Korner Grocery, a landmark in east Pierre, posted on Facebook that the store is up for sale but will remain open “for as long as it takes to sell.”

Patsy Kringel, 73, died Aug. 21. A celebration of her life will be held later. Patsy was born in Mobridge and came to Pierre with her family in 1952. She graduated from Riggs High School in 1965. She and Kris Kringel were married in 1970. After his death in 1982, she raised their children, Chad and Sarah, on her own. Patsy worked at the State Library. She had fought poor health for several years. Patsy is survived by her brother, Jerry Grage; her sister, Janice (Doug) Beemer; her son, Chad (Pam) Kringel; her daughter, Sarah (Chris) Hibbitts, and three granddaughters, Chrissa and Anna Hibbitts and Emily Kringel. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband; her sister and brother-in-law, Cleo and Larry Martin, and her sister-in-law, Judene Grage.

The Pierre Players community theater organization will host a season kickoff event at the St. Charles Lounge from 4 to 6 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 9. The announcement of shows coming to the stage during the 2022 January-to-December season will be made, there will be food and fun, and a brief membership meeting and election of board members will take place at 6 p.m. Patrons are welcome to stay for the full two hours or come-and-go.

Albert Ebach, 82, died Aug. 25 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital after battling cancer for four years. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Al grew up near Linton, N.D. He and Lorraine Schumacher were married in 1961, and they moved to Pierre where he worked on the Oahe Dam construction. Then he began a career as a Chevrolet automobile technician, working for numerous Pierre dealerships such as Hinkley, Colonel, Gustafson, Beck & Schultz, and Beck Motor Company. He retired in 2001 after a 40-year career. Al is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lorraine Ebach; his children, Jackie (Jim) Protexter of Pierre, Daryl (Julie) Ebach of Aberdeen, Brenda Burton of Sioux Falls, and David (Jamie) Ebach of Woodbury, Minn.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Pete Ebach, Father Al Ebach, Chuck Ebach, Allen Ebach and Nick Ebach, and four sisters, Loretta Scherr, Virginia Torkelson, Hilda Gartner and Paula Seeberg.

Scott Erickson, 64, died Aug. 30 after complications from surgery. He had recently returned to his hometown of Pierre after 30 years in Oklahoma. He grew up in Pierre with his brothers, David and Wade, and his sister, Debbie, and attended Lake Area Tech. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


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— Rita Mae Brown


  1. Shirley

    Thanks for sticking around Parker.

  2. Don Summerside

    The inmates may be running the asylum in the Rapid City schools and elsewhere — but don’t give up the ship!

  3. Seb Axtman

    I do not know if Greg Axtman advised you that Eric Axtman his younest Son has committed to Lafayette Univeristy in Easton, Pa- He is a Goalie and I might say avery good one!!!.


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