Vol. 22, No. 23; Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022

Feb 10, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.


This week’s schedules:
Gymnastics: at state meet, Mitchell.
Girls basketball: home vs. Bismarck.
Boys basketball: at Bismarck.
Gymnastics: at state meet, Mitchell.
Girls wrestling: at Harrisburg invitational.
Girls basketball: home vs. Brookings.

Gymnastics: The Governor girls did not qualify for this weekend’s state meet as a full team, but six girls will be going to compete in 10 events. Nevaeh Karber qualified for the bars, beam and floor exercise; Ryen Sheppick for the bars; Natalie Flottmeyer on the bars and in the vault; Emelia Loe in floor and vault, and Emerie Stephens and Kirsten Korber in the vault. At the ESD meet the Governors placed seventh with a team score of 133.775.

Boys basketball: Pierre defeated Yankton, 61-55, making five of seven late free throws to save the game. Lincoln Kienholz scored 33 points and Christian Busch 10. On Tuesday the Govs led by 14 points after the third quarter, but Huron outscored Pierre in the fourth period 24-9 and won the game, 53-52, on a last-second field goal by an eighth grader, Blake Ellwein. Kienholz had 21 points and Jackson Edman 14 to lead Pierre scoring. The Govs stand at 7-8.

Girls basketball: Pierre has a three-game winning streak and now stands at 6-9 for the season. Pierre beat Yankton, 57-27, and took down Huron, 55-39. In the latter game Ryann Barry and Ayvrie Kaiser each scored 15 points and Remi Price 11.

Boys wrestling: In duals Pierre whipped Huron, 75-6, and lost to Watertown, 35-21. In a dual Tuesday that ended the regular season, Pierre bested Mitchell, 46-15. Deegan Houska, Jayden Wiebe, Lincoln Schoenhard and Noah Williams won by decisions. Lucas Chamberlin, Rylan Shrake, Tristan Spencer and Blake Judson all won by major decisions. Scoring pins were Gavin Stotts, Nate Williams and Alex Oedekoven. At the Yankton invitational on Saturday, Pierre was third with 178.5 points in a tournament won by Rapid City Stevens. Pierre placers: Oedekoven second place, Schoenhard fifth, Noah Williams third, Nate Williams fifth, Jason Ducheneaux sixth, Chase Carda seventh, Houska fourth, Chamberlin fourth, Chance Carda fourth, Shrake fifth, Stotts third, Lucas Colman eighth, Josh Rydberg second.


This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball: at White River.
Gymnastics: at state meet, Mitchell.
Gymnastics: at state meet, Mitchell.
Girls basketball: home vs. Wall.
Boys basketball: home vs. Wall.
Girls basketball: home vs. Kadoka.
Boys basketball: home vs. Kadoka.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes are still having their best season in years despite two losses this week. SCHS lost to Chamberlain, 53-47, then fell at the hands of powerhouse Potter County, 73-50. In the latter game the Buffs were down 15-3 early but battled back to within six by halftime, but the Battlers pulled away in the second half. Lathan Prince was high scorer with 21 points, and Cormac Duffy contribute 10. SCHS now stands at 11-4.

Girls basketball: SCHS lost to Todd County, 70-48, and lost to Miller, 52-39, to fall to 3-14 on the season. In the latter game Mattie Duffy was high scorer with nine points while Jordyn Sosa, Taylee Stroup and Carlie O’Connor had eight apiece.


This week’s schedules:
Girls basketball: home vs. Mobridge-Pollock.
Boys basketball: home vs. Mobridge-Pollock.
Girls basketball: vs. Hamlin at Warner Classic, 12:30 p.m.
Girls basketball: home vs. Sunshine Bible Academy.
Boys basketball: home vs. Sunshine Bible Academy.

Girls basketball: The Charger girls defeated Potter County in Gettysburg, 61-34, and now stand at 13-3. Lydia Hill scored 28 points and Stevie Wittler 12.

Boys basketball: Sully Buttes lost to Potter County, 72-57. Marshall Wittler scored 16 points, Thomas Farries 14 and Dwight Kinney 13. SBHS then lost at Langford on a cold shooting night, 55-23. Marshall Wittler was high scorer with six points. On Tuesday the boys lost once again, this time at Herreid-Selby Area by a 54-48 score. The Chargers led at halftime but went on a 6 1/2-minute scoring drought to start the third period. Marshall Wittler scored 19 points and Landon Hepker 12. SB’s record is 5-10.


1 day: State gymnastics meet, Mitchell (Feb. 11-12).
3 days: Super Bowl LVII, Los Angeles (Feb. 13).
4 days: Valentines Day (Feb. 14).
11 days: Presidents Day (Feb. 21).
14 days: State wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls Premier Center (Feb. 24-26).
15 days: State Bantam B hockey tournament, Expo Center (Feb. 25-27).
16 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls Sanford Pentagon (Feb. 26-March 1).
16 days: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (Feb. 26).
19 days: State of the Union address (March 1).
19 days: Zesto opens in Pierre (March 1).
22 days: State girls varsity hockey tournament, Aberdeen (March 4-6).
23 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls Premier Center (March 5-8).
28 days: State girls basketball tournaments (AA Rapid City Monument Ice Arena, A Brookings Frost Arena, B Watertown Civic Arena) (March 10-12).
29 days: State boys varsity hockey tournament, Sioux Falls (March 11-13).
31 days: Daylight Saving Time begins (March 13).
35 days: State boys basketball tournaments (AA Sioux Falls Premier Center, A Rapid City Summit Arena, B Aberdeen Barnett Center) (March 17-19).
35 days: State high school visual arts gallery, Rapid City Monument (March 17-19).
35 days: NCAA Division I wrestling championships, Detroit (March 17-19).
44 days: All-State Band concerts, Brookings (March 26).
45 days: The Oscars, ABC-TV (March 27).


Oahe Capitals boys varsity: The Capitals defeated Watertown, 9-2, getting two goals each from Ashton Griese, Devin Dodson and Keenan Howard and a single goal each from Corbin Beastrom, Keller Herman and Dre Berndt. In goal Carter Schultz made 17 saves. The Capitals host Huron at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls lost to Watertown, 5-4. Olivia Swenson, Ashton Lee, Brylee Kafka and Cameron Larson each scored a goal, and Abigail Stewart Fromm made 29 saves in goal. The regular season ends for the girls this weekend with home games against Sioux Falls at 8 p.m Friday and Aberdeen at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: On another southern trip the Rush lost twice to Kansas City, 4-3 and 2-0, and won in overtime at Tulsa, 5-4. Rapid City is home vs. Wichita Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then plays at Norfolk next Wednesday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings split with Minot, winning 3-1 and losing 4-3. Aberdeen is home vs. North Iowa Friday and Saturday nights.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild won their sixth in a row, 5-0 over Chicago, then lost at Winnipeg, 2-0. Minnesota is home vs. Carolina Saturday and Detroit Monday before going to Winnipeg again next Wednesday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost in a shootout at Sioux City, 4-3. Sioux Falls plays at Des Moines Friday and Saturday.

Badlands Sabres: The Sabres split in Cody against Yellowstone, losing in overtime, 5-4, and winning, 3-1. The Sabres play Gillette twice this weekend, at home in Rapid City Friday and at Gillette Saturday.


“I’ve learned that the holes real friends leave don’t always need to be filled. In fact, they can’t be. I’ve learned to feel the absence that someone in your life can create and honor the hole as recognition of the enormity of the relationship that used to fill it.”
— Maria Shriver


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force defeated Agua Caliente, 116-109, and won over Birmingham, 111-104. After playing at Oklahoma City last night, Sioux Falls is home vs. Stockton Friday, Salt Lake City Saturday and Rio Grande Valley Tuesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves won all three of their games this week—128-117 and 118-105 over Detroit and 134-114 over Sacramento. After another game vs. the Kings last night, Minnesota plays at Chicago Friday, at Indiana Sunday and at home vs. Charlotte Tuesday.


Thursday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, USD vs. Omaha.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Women’s basketball, SDSU vs. Denver (MS2).
Friday, 6 p.m.: Girls basketball, Sioux Falls Washington vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman (MS2).
Friday, 7 p.m.: Men’s hockey, UND vs. Colorado College.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Women’s basketball, USD vs. Denver.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: Women’s basketball, SDSU vs. Omaha (MS2).
Saturday, 6 p.m.: Men’s hockey, UND vs. Colorado College.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Champions Tour was idle again last week. Play resumes at the Chubb Classic at Naples, Fla., Feb. 18-20.


  • It was good to see some familiar faces from Pierre years this past weekend. At the state one-act play festival I ran into Rapid City firefighter Jason Ziegler. At a Perkins restaurant Sunday morning for a birthday brunch, I visited with Ron and Bev Ingle, fellow Methodists from Pierre years. It made me feel a bit old, however, when their daughter, Connie Strahl, for whose wedding I played the organ many years ago, introduced her grandchildren. What???!!!


“He that raises a large family does indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow, but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure, too.”
— Benjamin Franklin


South Dakota Mines track/field (Erick Colman): The Hardrockers send athletes to meets at SDSU and Washburn in Topeka this Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan track/field (Cobey Carr, Abbigail Ferris, Morgan Oedekoven): At USD’s meet Cobey placed ninth in the triple jump at 40’3/4″. Abby was 24th in the 400-meter run in 1:15.57. She ran on the seventh-place 4×400 relay team whose time was :41.53. DWU competes Saturday at Mount Marty’s last-chance meet.

Northern track/field (Rachel Guthmiller): At NDSU’s Bison Open Rachel was 15th in the weight throw at 45’4 1/2″. The Wolves go to SDSU’s Indoor Classic Friday and Saturday.

Augustana track/field (Elizabeth Schaefer): The Vikings to to either the SDSU Indoor Classic or meets in Kansas this weekend.

Dakota State track/field (Houston Lunde): Houston placed 21st in the shot put at 37’8″ at NDSU’s Bison Open. DSU athletes go to meets at SDSU and Mount Marty this weekend.

Northern baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves went 1-2 in a season-opening trip south. In a 12-6 loss to Emporia State, the team was down 11-0 after four innings before making a game of it. Spencer went 0-for-3 but walked once and scored a run. In a 10-1 whipping of Central Oklahoma, Spencer was 2-for-5, driving in a run with a seventh-inning double and scoring a run himself. NSU then lost to Pittsburg State, 12-7. Spencer was 2-for-5 in that one and threw out a baserunner from his catching position. NSU next plays Feb. 18-19-20 at Washburn University in Kansas.

Colorado Mines women’s basketball (Liz Holter): The Orediggers lost to Metro State n overtime, 74-67, as Liz was 2-for-9 (1-of-6) and 0-of-0 for five points with five boards and three steals. In a 75-62 win over Colorado Christian she was 2-of-7 (0-for-3) and 4-of-67 for eight points with three rebounds and four assists. Finally Mines beat Regis, 73-58, and Liz was 3-of-4 (2-of-2) and 2-of-2 for 10 points with four rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Now 19-3 overall and 14-2 in the RMAC, Mines is home vs. Fort Lewis Friday and Western Colorado Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls track/field (Jessica Lutmer): At a meet hosted by Northwest Missouri State, Jessica placed 21st in the mile in 5:35.04 and 17th in the 3K event in 10:59.63. Cougars go Friday and Saturday to either the SDSU Classic or the NSIC Indoor Challenge at Mankato.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: The Jackrabbits won at home over USD, 89-79, to improve to 21-4 overall and stay unbeaten in the Summit at 12-0. SDSU plays at Denver Thursday and at home vs. Omaha Saturday.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): The Vikings defeated Winona State, 75-57, as Aislinn was 4-of-10 (0-for-4) and 9-of-10 for 17 points with 18 rebounds and seven assists. In a 68-64 win over Upper Iowa she was 7-of-18 (0-for-4) and 7-of-9 for 21 points with eight rebounds, four assists, a block and two steals. Augie is now 12-7 overall and 8-7 in the NSIC. The Vikings go to Concordia-St. Paul Friday and back to Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Lancers lost to Briar Cliff, 74-63, and lost to Hastings, 70-67. In the latter game LIncoln was 5-of-5 from the field for 10 points with seven boards and a block. MMC played at Dordt last night and goes to Northwestern Saturday. The record prior to last night was 7-19 overall and 3-14 in the GPAC.

Black Hills State track/field (Frank Becker): The Yellowjackets go to the SDSU Indoor Classic this weekend.

South Dakota State track/field (Addison Eisenbeisz): At USD’s meet Addy placed second in the high jump at 5’5 3/4″. The Jacks host their Indoor Classic this weekend.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): Mary lost to Augustana in a dual, 26-7. In his 148-pound match Lincoln lost a major decision by 11-3. Mary hosts Minot State Thursday and wrestles at Northern Sunday.

South Dakota State women’s basketball: The Jackrabbits tied USD at the top of the Summit League with 11-1 records by winning at home over USD, 75-65. SDSU is home vs. Denver Thursday and Omaha Saturday. The Jacks are now 15-8 overall.

South Dakota State swimming (Morgan Nelson): Idle last week, the Jackrabbit swimmers are off again this weekend. They swim in the Summit League meet at West Fargo Feb. 16-19.

Iowa Central baseball (Jack Van Camp): The Tritons begin their season Friday and Saturday with three games at Northern Oklahoma.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The opening of the season for the Bobcats is still a week away. They host Utah Valley Feb. 18-19-20.

South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): After beating SDSU substantially at home last month, the Coyotes lost at Brookings, 75-65. Chloe was 5-of-13 (0-for-3 in threes) and 6-of-6 for 16 points with three rebounds, three assists and a block. Now 18-5 overall and 11-1 in the Summit, USD is home vs. Omaha Thursday and Denver Saturday.

Wyoming wrestling (Tate Samuelson): Wyoming beat Northern Colorado, 21-15, in a dual. Tate won his 184-pound match with a 12-3 major decision. Wyoming wrestles at Air Force Friday.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Tyson Johnson): The Tigers beat York College in a dual, 24-18. Tyson won his 157-pound match with a pin. DWU’s next action is at home in the GPAC meet Feb. 18-19.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): In a 74-57 loss to Jamestown, Nick did not score but had three rebounds and an assist. Now 10-13 overall and 7-9 in the GPAC ahead of last night’s game vs. Northwestern, the Tigers go to Midland Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball: The Coyotes with two losses this week dropped back to 6-6 in the Summit and 13-10 overall. USD lost at SDSU, 89-79, then blew a second-half lead at Fargo Monday in a 76-74 loss to NDSU. Mason Archambault hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 74-74, but a Bison layup at the final buzzer won the game for them. USD plays at Omaha Thursday and at Denver Saturday.


South Dakota’s numbers have been declining slowly but steadily. However, Sanford Health medical officer Dr. Mike Wilde reminded South Dakotans this week that the number of active cases was under 200 last July as well, and then two spikes caused by Delta and Omicron variants followed. He cautioned the state to not think it’s all over.

Among this week’s other developments:

  • Thousands of truckers and others clogged Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, for a second straight weekend, protesting vaccinations and mandates. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists using the vaccine is the best and fastest way to curtail the COVID pandemic in his country.
  • The funeral bell of Washington National Cathedral tolled 900 times Monday, once for every 1,000 lives lost in the pandemic.
  • Governor Noem’s proposal to allow employees to gain exemptions from employers’ vaccination mandates cleared a Senate committee this week.


Thursday, Feb. 10:
Jessie Williams, Carie (Olson) Butter, Ericka Deneke, Kelly (Kindle) Hipple, Darcy Ann White, Luke ross, Jeanita (Adams) McNulty, Hart Hoover, Chris Dvorak.
— 5th anniversary, Adam/Andrea Baker.

Friday, Feb. 11:
Megan Tousley, Beth O’Toole, Josh Baker, Jackson Sleger, Jerilyn (Cass) Roberts, Aaron Engberg, Jonathan Urbach, Kerry (Johnson) Bowers, Beth Sachtjen, Chris Dockter, Kristin Gabriel, Colleen (Doyle) Lamb, Cheryl (Beckwith) Ulmen, Kelbie Frederick.

Saturday, Feb. 12:
Nicholas Deal, Shannon (Taft) Hallock, Cody Nelson, Dick Tobin, Julie Linn, Leonard Haggin, Lucas Hoover, Dave Osterkamp, Jay Davis, Greyson Shindle.

Sunday, Feb. 13:
Sylvie Martin, Cooper Gloe, Stacie Mosiman, Darin Smith, Gerda Jorgenson, Dorinda Daniel, Karla Miles, Suttyn Stahl, Michell Boe, Nathan Shay.

Monday, Feb. 14:
Nic Lohman, Brady Beck, Ryan Blake, Tammy (Groseclose) Serbousek, Mia Tousley, Leonore Friez, Joe Minder, Karisa Magee, Josh Hook, Kirby Welch, Elaine Yackley, Kathy Kraft, Kelli (Stephens) Ford, Veronica Urquhart, Grady Yost, Sydney Redden.
— 13th anniversary, Roger/Shelley (Marone) Locken.
— Anniversary, Greg/Joan Baker.
— Anniversary, Mike/Dana (Garry) Reiprich.
— 18th anniversary, Matt/Rebekah (Lawver) Boyer.

Tuesday, Feb. 15:
Tessa Jorgensen, Lincoln Sazama, Nolan Sazama, Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp, Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel, Lorena Hyde, Kendra (Woodburn) Zuercher, Curtis Egan, Ken Rausch.
— Anniversary, Dick/Carol Howard.

Wednesday, Feb. 16:
Drew Johnson, Bridget Hrdlicka, Dmitri Melius, Bennett Dean, Kent Hrdlicka, Barry Nuttall, Cecelia Mortenson, Deanie Knudtson, Marilyn Rasmussen, Mtt Farris, Hayden Shoup, Lori (Tennant) Sperry.
— 3rd anniversary, Jesse/Meredith (Lee) Roebuck.
— 12th anniversary, Tom/Chelsie Martin.

Thursday, Feb. 17:
Brady Walz, Ryan Murphy, Alec Anderson, Alisha (Hunt) Erickson, Austin Hillestad, Amy (McComsey) Nelson, Rowan Hillestad, Kendall Olson, Eileen Crandell, Jordan Heckenlaible, Kirsten (Smart) Bierema, Gilbert Brindza, Brian Bechard, Dan Genzler.


Stanley County High School’s one-act play, “The Staggering Heartbreak of Jasmine Merriweather,” advanced from the regional competition two weeks ago to the state one-act play festival at Rapid City Central last weekend. The SCHS play earned a coveted “superior play” award. In addition, four of the cast members—Abby Wyly, Cloey Voigt, Andruw Fredericksen and Colt Norman—earned “superior performer” awards. Other members of the cast were Steven Hasart, Cadence Hand and Talia Schmidt. Crew members were Ehran Cantu, Hayden Schmautz, Jackson Karber, Lane Baldwin and Summer Petersen. The play was directed by Jennifer Milliken and Shirley Swanson.

Zay Norman, 59, Hayes, died Jan. 31 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral was held Monday at the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre. Zay was the third of five children of Gaylord and Alice Norman. He lived his whole life on the family ranch northwest of Hayes. Zay attended Riggs High School and for 1 1/2 years Black Hills State University, then returned to the ranch. He married the former Carrie Gerber in 1989. Even after he lost his eyesight, Zay continued to ranch and participate in numerous community and cattlemen’s organizations and activities. He was appointed to the state Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired. Survivors include his wife, Carrie; his daughters, Shantel (Jake) Fanger of Hayes and Hailey (Rhett) Bothwell of Philip; his father and stepmother, Gaylord and Betty Norman; his brothers, Michael (Lori) Norman, Mork (Robin) Norman and Marty (Martha) Norman; his sister, Jill (Kevin) Mutchelknaus; his brother-in-law, Gaylon (Cindy) Gerber, and his sister-in-law, Kelly (Emmet) Warkenthien.
Jackson James Parsons, the son of Seth and Karae (Englehart) Parsons, was born Feb. 3, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 17 inches. He survived for 64 minutes. Our sympathy to the Parsons and Englehart families.

Joanna Lawler, formerly of Pierre, whose husband is Pierre native Rodger Hartley, is a new board member of the South Dakota Arts Council. A public defender in Rapid City, Joanna grew up in Minneapolis where she developed her love for the theater, performing in the Guthrie Theater’s “A Christmas Carol.” She graduated from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law in Evanston, Ill., and moved to Pierre. She was involved in Pierre Players in Pierre and has been a participant in the Firehouse, Seraphim and Flutter Productions community theaters in Rapid City. She and her husband are co-directors of the current show at Black Hills Community Theater.

Evan Nordstrom, a senior at Stanley County High, has signed his letter of intent to attend Dakota Wesleyan University and play football there.

Five members of the cast of Riggs High School’s one-act play, “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” earned “superior performer” awards at the state one-act play festival at Rapid City Central last weekend. They are Tyler Want, Patrick Valentine, Vick Becker, Sophia Maunu and Ainslee Hutchinson. Other members of the cast were Ellie Noyes, Kameron Eckstine, Abbie Pillen, Ain Peterson, Dani Devaney, Kendra Rounds, Liz Horan, McCahl Schmitz, Brooke Allison, Ashlynn Pitlick, Gavin Black Bear, Lilli Anne Doll and Nathan DeGreef. Crew members were Nicole Turner, Kate Mullett, Teyah Lewis and Taryn Bormann. Jenny (Gors) Hodges was director of the play with Arthur Hodges as student director.

Justin Ogan rolled a perfect 300 game in league bowling at Lariat Lanes Monday. It was the 13th 300 game rolled there this season.

Pamela Scarborough of Hayes died unexpectedly of a pulmonary aneurysm Feb. 2. Her funeral took place Wednesday at Community Bible Church. The daughter of Gary and Avis Norton grew up on a family farm in northern Minnesota. After earning an animal science degree from North Dakota State University, Pam came for her first job to the Pierre area as an adult farm education instructor. She met Marc Scarborough, and they were married in 1994. Pam home-schooled their three children. Survivors include her husband, Marc Scarborough; her children, Marli, Colby and LIam; her parents; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Rounds; her sister, Sharla (Cory) Peterman, and her other siblings, Michelle (Rob) Julian, Ryan (Patricia) Scarborough, Mike Rounds, Michele (Randy) Brich, Dennis Rounds, Doug (Jackie)( Rounds, Tim (Kristin) Rounds, Dan (Wendey) Rounds, Tom (Shelly) Rounds, Pat (Michelle) Rounds, Steve (DeAnn) Rounds, Scott (Kara) Rounds and Jamie (Cathy) Rounds.

Peyton Zabel is among the Texas State University students who earned recognition on the fall semester Dean’s List.

The fall semester Dean’s List at South Dakota State University included these local students: J.D. Carter, Tyanne Geppert, Carlee Natvig, Marinda Archer, Cade Currier (4.0), Grant Johnson (4.0), Shalie Weinheimer, Samuel Adams (4.0), Clay Ambach, Adam Ankrum, Kaylee Becker (4.0), Marshall Brown (4.0), Marlee Dravland (4.0), Brooke Easland, Addison Eisenbeisz (4.0), Daniel Ellenbecker, RyLee Fischer (4.0), Adam Goeden, Andrew Gordon, Halle Gronlund (4.0), Kenzie Gronlund (4.0), Jonathon Harmon (4.0), Ruth Howard (4.0), Allison Johnson, William Kessler, Kyla Keyes (4.0), Abbigail Kitts, Sawyer Lee, Nick Loe (4.0), Emma Lusk (4.0), Levi McKinley (4.0), Morgan Nelson (4.0), Ty Paulsen (4.0), Selah Rilling, Hudson Rohrbach, Matthew Rounds, Kailee Schultz (4.0), Taryn Senger, Kayli Severyn, Hattie Shaffer (4.0), Addy Smith (4.0), James Speck, Erika Stout, Jordan Thompson (4.0), Kylee Thorpe, Kenzie Trujillo, Emily Urban, Shay Van Den Hemel, Aubre Westover, Caytee Williams, Deni Zeeb (4.0).

Patricia Dillard, 74, Blunt, died Feb. 5. At her request no funeral service will be held. A native of California, she came to South Dakota in 1980. Eventually she and her husband, David, bought a home in Blunt. She has worked for the H&R Block tax preparation firm, for Custer State Park and for the U.S. Postal Service as a part-time worker. Survivors include her husband; three children, Ken, Kelly and Lee; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Odean Solberg, 93, died Feb. 5. His funeral will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. He graduated from high school at Garden City in 1947 and married Donna in 1951. Odean served in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Korea and earned several medals. In 1961 he and his wife left farming, and Odean attended computer school in Minneapolis. They later moved to Pierre where he worked for the Department of Transportation’s automated computer system. Later he worked for Automatic Vendors until retiring. Odean participated in many organizations. He was especially proud to be part of the color guard that participated in veterans’ military rites. Survivors include his wife, Donna; his children, Dwight, Marcia, Todd, Craig, Noel and Denise; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and four siblings.


Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
— Sallust


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