Vol. 22, No. 31; Thursday, April 14, 2022

Apr 14, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


The very first Easter taught us this—that life never ends and love never dies.
— Kate McGahan


Boys wrestling: The Governors had a post-season awards event recently. Among the recipients of the major awards: Most outstanding wrestlers, Blake Judson and Deegan Houska; Broer Hustler Award, Tristan Spencer; Obenauer Memorial Leadership Award, Blake Judson; most improved wrestler, Nathan Williams; Brooks Monfore Heart of a Champion Award, Deegan Houska; Future Governor Award, Alex Oedekoven; most wins and best winning percentage, Blake Judson; most pins and most technical falls, Blake Judson; most escapes, Chance Carda and Nathan Williams; most reversals, Chance Carda and Jayden Wiebe; most takedowns, Alex Oedekoven.

This week’s schedules:
Track/field: at Rapid City Central invitational, 9 a.m. postponed till Tuesday
Baseball: at Mitchell, 5 and 7 p.m.
Baseball: home vs. Brookings, noon and 2 p.m.
Boys tennis: home vs. Aberdeen Central, 10 a.m.
Track/field: at Rapid City Central invitational, 9 a.m. (postponed from Thursday).

Boys tennis: The Governors swept its home triangular Monday, beating Harrisburg 7-2 and Sioux Falls Christian 5-4. Pierre won five singles and two doubles matches against Harrisburg. The fourth, fifth and sixth flight singles players for Pierre won vs. Christian as did the first and third doubles teams. Last Saturday at Huron’s quadrangular the Governors beat Huron, 7-2; lost to Watertown, 5-4, and lost to Sioux Falls Lincoln, 8-1. Against Huron Matt Hanson, Blake Judson, Luke Leingang, Spencer Kelly and Matys Pribyl won singles matches, and the Leingang/Pribyl and Kelly/Crew Heier doubles teams won their matches. In the Lincoln dual Hanson was the only Pierre winner. Against Watertown Judson, Carter Schulz and Leingang won in singles and the Leingang/Pribyl team won its doubles match.

Girls golf: The Pierre team scored 349 points at Harrisburg’s meet Monday and placed fourth among 11 schools. Harrisburg was the team winner, followed by Aberdeen Central and Mitchell. The Pierre placers: Haley Nadeau, 11th, 84; Madilyn Brakke, 13th, 87; Ellie Jo Simpson and Hadley Hart, tied 16th, 89; Anrea Mosteller, 36th, 96.

Baseball: Pierre lost all three games on a Sioux Falls trip and now is 3-3. In a 7-5 loss to Brandon Valley, the Governors led 3-0, having scored two runs on a Lynx error and another on a Spencer Letellier sacrifice fly. Later Jayden Wiebe drove in two runs with a single. Brecken Krueger, Grayson Hunsley and Gary Nedved had two hits each. Pierre gave up 10 walks in a 17-3 loss to Harrisburg and got only two hits themselves while striking out 10 times. Harrisburg scored in each inning and ended the game with a grand-slam home run. In a 3-2 loss to Sioux Falls Jeferson, Nedved had three hits, Hunsley drove in a run with a double, and Jett Zabel batted in a run on a fielder’s choice play.

Girls track/field: At Huron’s meet Friday Danielle Beck scored the Pierre girls’ only first-place medal in the 300-meter hurdles in :51.63. Among the second-place medalists were Kali Ringstmeyer in the 200 in :27.76, Addison Cumbow in the 100-meter hurdles in :16.29, Lily Sanchez in the high jump at 5’0″, Marissa Matthews in the pole vault at 9’0″ and Aleise Christopherson in the triple jump in 32’9″. The 4×200 relay team of Ringstmeuer, Miara Tafoya, Nevaeh Beck and Christopherson placed second in 1:52.70.

Boys track/field: Two Pierre relay teams won their races at Huron’s meet. The 4×100 team of Cole Peterson, Brock Moser, Tucker Putzier and Caden Thompson won in :45.07. The 4×200 team of Peterson, Putzier, Thompson and Lance Bertram broke the tape in 1:33.31. Placing second were Putzier in the 200 in :23.29, Jared Lutmer in the 3200 in 10:02.41, Jack Merkwan in the 300-meter hurdles in :42.29 and Canyon Jones in the pole vault at 12’6″. The 4×400 relay team of Austin Foley, Josh Strand, Jones, and Carson Stoeser placed second in 3:38.01.


This week’s schedule:
Track/field: at Big Dakota Conference meet, Stephan, 11:30 a.m.


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry butter.
Monday-Tuesday: key lime.
Wednesday-Thursday: pineapple.


South Dakota women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): For the third straight year Chloe was named to the Summit League all-academic team for women’s basketball. She has maintained a 3.78 grade-point average while earning a degree in kinesiology and sports management. Meanwhile, the USD team, which won two games in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet 16, finished 24th in the nation in the final women’s basketball poll.

Dakota State track/field (Houston Lunde): At the Sioux City Relays Houston place 11th in the discus with a personal-best distance of 117’8″. DSU competes this week at the Red Raider Open in Orange City, Iowa.

Northern State track/field (Rachel Guthmiller): Rachel was named Northern’s South Dakota Army National Guard female athlete of the week for winning the javelin event at the meet at Canyon, Texas. She has the best javelin distance in the NSIC conference to so far this season and is the top 20 nationally. Her distance at Canyon was 141’8″. She also placed 11th in the discus at 118’7″. NSU sends athletes to the Al Cassel Open at Jamestown and the Blue Hawk Games at Dickinson, the blizzard permitting.

Black Hills State track/field (Frank Becker): At the Al Bauer meet at Mines, Frank placed fifth in the 400 in :51.80. BHSU sends athletes to the Blue Hawk Games at Dickinson, weather permitting, and several California meets this week.

South Dakota Mines track/field (Erick Colman): At Mines’ home meet Erick placed fourth in the shot put at 45’1/2″ and set a personal-best distance of 118’10” in the discus. Mines competes Friday at Nebraska-Kearney’s meet.

Iowa Central baseball (Jack Van Camp): The Tritons took two of three from Des Moines Area Community College. In addition to 10-4 and 17-7 wins, the team lost 11-1. In that game Jack was the last of five pitches, throwing the final one inning, facing seven batters and allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks and a strikeout. Iowa Central plays three this weekend at Iowa Western CC.

University of Sioux Falls track/field (Jessica Lutmer): Jessica placed 14h in the 1500 in 4:40.25 and now has the ninth-best all-time record in that event at USF. The Cougars compete this week at the Red Raider Open in Northwestern and Nebraska-Kearney’s meet.

South Dakota State track/field (Addy Eisenbeisz): Addy did not compete in Jackrabbit meets last week. The Jacks send some athletes to Azusa, Calif., Thursday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats, still ranked in the top 20 in the country this week, lost two of three against Georgia Southern. Peyton did not play in a 7-4 loss and a 10-9 win. In a 13-11 loss he was the fifth of seven Texas pitchers, facing five batters in one-third of an inning, allowing a walk, three hits and four earned runs, and took the pitching loss. On Tuesday Texas State dominated Baylor, 11-4. The Bobcats play three this weekend at UT-Arlington and next Tuesday host UT-San Antonio.

Northern State baseball (Spencer Sarringar): The Wolves lost two of three games to Minnesota State. In an 8-0 loss Spencer went 0-for-3. In a 5-0 loss he went 2-for-4, including a double. In an 11-7 win he was 2-of-4, was also hit by a pitch and scored three times. On Tuesday NSU lost twice to Augustana, 6-0 and 10-2. Spencer went 0-for-3 in the first game and 1-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Now 10-15 overall and 5-7 in the NSIC, the Wolves are scheduled for three this weekend against Minot State, weather permitting.


1 day: Good Friday (April 15).
3 days: Easter (April 17).
8 days: Pierre Legion Relays (April 22).
12 days: Riggs High spring band concert (April 26).
16 days: Riggs High prom (April 30).
19 days: Riggs High awards night (May 3).
21 days: Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence (May 5).
24 days: Mothers Day (May 8).
25 days: Riggs High spring chorus concert (May 9).
26 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (May 10).
28 days: NSIC track/field championships meet, Aberdeen (May 12-14).
30 days: Ellsworth AFB air show (May 14-15).


“I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the words engraved on the front of the Supreme Court building, ‘equal justice under law,’ are a reality and not just an ideal.”
— Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice


  • During a recent church service at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City, I happened to sit in the same pew as former Pierre residents John and Bobbi Brown, who are now happily retired and living near there on the northwest side of Rapid City. Bobbi’s elderly father was with them. The Browns’ daughter Erin, a veterinarian, and her husband also live in Rapid City. I’ve also run across Jerry and Myra Duba there at the church and at a symphony concert. I also appreciated Ken Buhler, who was upstairs at another theater for a play of Dorothy Rosby writings, for coming downstairs to the symphony concert where I was working to look me up and say hello.
  • Last week I wondered whether we will be calling Qatar, the country which will host the men’s soccer World Cup next winter, “cutter” or “ka-TAR.: John Culberson tells me that, when he was in Lemmon at sculptor John Lopez’s museum, he learned that John has sold some of his works to people in Qatar, and the natives there are adamant that their country be called “cutter,” not “ka-TAR.”


Minnesota Twins schedule:
Friday—at Boston, 1:10 p.m.
Saturday—at Boston, 3:10 p.m.
Sunday—at Boston, 12:35 p.m.
Monday—at Boston, 10:10 a.m.
Tuesday—at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday—at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday—at Kansas City, 1:10 p.m.

Pierre Trappers: The season opener will be at home May 26 vs. Sioux Falls. There are now five teams in the Expedition League for this summer, including the Trappers, Sioux Falls, Souris Valley (Minot), Red River (Grand Forks) and North Iowa. After their home series against Sioux Falls, the Trappers will go to North Iowa for their first road games. The league’s all-star game will be played at Hyde Stadium on July 17.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves closed the regular season with a 127-121 win over San Antonio and a 124-120 loss to Chicago. But the big news occurred Tuesday in the 7-8 play-in game. Minnesota, despite their big boys’ foul trouble all game long, rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-104, in a sold-out Target Center. The win earns the #7 seed for the Wolves, who open a Western Conference quarterfinal series at Memphis Saturday afternoon.


Aberdeen Wings: The Wings lost twice to Austin, 3-0 and 3-2. They play Austin at home Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd beat Des Moines, 5-3, and lost to Waterloo, 5-3. Sioux Falls is home Friday vs. Waterloo and Saturday vs. Tri-City.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost a 4-3 game in overtime to St. Louis, then rebounded with a 6-3 win over Los Angeles and a 5-1 victory over Edmonton. The Wild plays at Dallas Thursday, at St. Louis Saturday, at home vs. San Jose Sunday and at Montreal Tuesday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost three straight at Greenville, S.C., 5-4 in overtime, 6-3 and 7-6. The Rush still need a point to clinch a playoff spot and are running out of time. They are home for a three-game series against Tulsa last night, Friday and Saturday in which to get it done.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Champions Tour had an open weekend last week. Their next tour event is the ClubCorp Classic at Irving, Texas, on April 22-24.


Rapid City Marshals: The new indoor football team lost to Sioux City, 45-28, and now stands at 1-1. Rapid City plays at Gillette Saturday.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm lost to Quad City, 34-24. Sioux Falls plays at Iowa Saturday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Austin, 1-0. Minnesota hosts Colorado Saturday.


“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”
— John Lennon


Thursday, April 14:
Lola Schreiber, Dee Lundeen, Carolyn Elwood, Evan Zuercher, Sadie (Fitzke) Goodman, Mark Menning, Matt Bump.
— 10th anniversary, Eric/Niki (Cowan) Jaworski.
— 4th anniversary, Kai/Kayla Hanson.

Friday, April 15:
Brian Deal, Rachel (LeBeau) Hachem, Spencer Safe, Matt Christie, Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson, Dusty Beringer, Shannon (Dykstra) Herbert, Kelly Gerber, Nevaeh Hight, Jason Wulf, RyLee Fischer, Jake Wagner.

Saturday, April 16:
Nina Jordre, Tyler Bonnett, Geoff Simon, Sherri Zeller, Brett Wheelhouse, Mia Feyereisen.
— 1st anniversary, Conrad/Kaitlyn (Severyn) Adam.
— 6th anniversary, Kevin/Kaitlyn (Forman) Stiles.

Sunday, April 17:
Brandon Tedford, Beckett Merriam, Vinnie Olson, Anita (Shoup) Spitzer, Nancy Woster, Adam Molseed, Pat Weeldreyer, Ellen (Meyer) Walker, Ann (Schaack) Humphery, Aidan Stoeser, Ami Jo Davids.
— 40th anniversary, Tim/Kara Brandlee.
— 51st anniversary, Mike/Mary Thorson.
— 11th anniversary, Nick/Mallori (Barnett) Johnson.

Monday, April 18:
Blake Yackley, Darrel Curtis, Madi Gilkerson, Nathaniel Gough, Amelia Corbin, Scott Raue, Leo Mortenson, Jackie Haggin, Josia Fuerst, Darcy Unruh, Carly Myers, Harper Pool, Doug Jennewein.
— Anniversary, Reid/Tiffany Alt.

Tuesday, April 19:
Kerry (Leuning) Rosane, Erin (Nielsen) Nielsen, Shane Prunty, Brooks Garrett, Amanda Nielsen, Rhonda (Massey) Watson, Cheri (Olinger) Raymond, Robert Sautner, Olivia Perli, Sandii Bartels, Sawyer Garrett.

Wednesday, April 20:
Michael Burke, Elaina Rounds, Ty Holsteen, Kristin (VIken) Carlson, Jim Sutton, Steven Gordon, Marlee Casanova, Ryan Knox, Linda Euneau.
— 9th anniversary, Troy/Bonnie (Pitlick) Rus.

Thursday, April 21:
Kara (Kurth) Kuiper, Olivia Graff, Adam Bertsch, Mira Garrett, Danyelle Angyal, Colette Kemink, Donna Cole, Larissa FastHorse, Neil Nemec, Teresa (Zebroski) Murdoch, Melissa Gosselin, Alexander Becker, Vicki (Kinder) Rapp, Ava Stoeser.
— 10th anniversary, Jake/Tara Johnson.
— We fondly remember Hyrma Zakahi on her birthday.


Matt Blaseg is about to graduate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He, his wife (the former Taryn Wolf), and their daughter will return to Pierre where he will join Central Dakota Eyecare as an optometrist.

Randy Howe, 81, died at Maryhouse on April 6. His funeral took place Tuesday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. He and his twin brother, Andy, graduated from Huron High School in 1960. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967, served with the Air Force Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1969 and then served with the South Dakota Army National Guard from 1972 to 1994. In Pierre Randy managed restaurants and lounges and was the owner of the legendary Little Chef restaurant, a 10-seat diner at the corner of Pierre Street and Pleasant Drive. Catering was a large part of his businesses. Randy married Dottie in 1970. He worked for the state, including as chief driver examiner, then joined the South Dakota National Guard as a full-time employee, retiring as a command sergeant major. Randy played Santa Claus numerous times, and he helped Dottie with her Capitol Christmas trees project from 1981 to 1997. He is survived by his stepchildren, Russ (Sarah) Stoneback of Rockford, Ill., Barb (Harry) Christianson of Rapid City, Steve (Susan) Stoneback of Pierre, Jamie Damon of Pierre, Bob (Joanie) Damn of Pierre, and Kate (Don) Boyd of Pierre; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren,

Todd Peterson, Ph.D., is on the ballot as a vice president candidate in the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Todd and his wife live in Nashville.

Gloria Hanson won another term as mayor of Fort Pierre, defeating challenger Jim Hoffman in Tuesday’s election 341-207. In a race for a Ward II council seat Scott Deal defeated Carl Rathbun, 94-80.

In case you have travel plans over the next couple of weeks, have a mask handy. The CDC recommends extending the mask requirement for public transportation for two more weeks beyond when it was to expire next week.

Dave Potter, who went to school in Pierre until midway through the eighth grade, is leaving FirstService Residential, a property management firm in Orange County, Calif., after a decade on its staff.

Ruth Downs, 92, passed away at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital on April 2. A private committal took place at the Riverside Cemetery. Ruth graduated from Pierre High School in 1946. She married Jim Downs in June of that year. Ruth worked for more than 30 years at the Vilas Pharmacy. After Jim died, she met Rol Kebach, and they had 23 years of companionship. Survivors include her daughter, Jill (Damian) Prunty; her son, Dan (Barb) Downs; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and a special friend for the past five years, Mel Melzer.

Holly Knox was one of two representatives of Monument Health who attended the National Student Nurses Association conference in Salt Lake City last week. They manned the Monument recruitment booth at the conference, talking with nurses about prospective employment with the health system.

A collection of the artwork of central South Dakota artist Maryjane Huehl is now on the walls at the Woods Fuller law firm in Sioux Falls.

A memorial celebration of the life of Wanda Dilley, 79, who passed away Jan. 7, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at First United Methodist Church. Wanda had been a realtor since 1978. She was directed to hospice care in December and spent the last month of her life cared for by all of her family at the home of one of her children in Hartford. Wanda is survived by her husband of 61 years, Kerry Dilley; her children, Cari Linn Fossum, Dr. Shelly (Carlos) Ramos, Kyle Dilley, Todd Dilley, Craig (Tessa) Dilley and Rene (J.J.) Stolsmark; nine grandchildren, and two sisters, Patty Luecke and Diane Liebl.

So what has Jared Lindbloom been doing in New York City all these years? Find out tonight (Thursday) starting at 6:30 p.m. at Drifters in Fort Pierre. Jared will perform a solo acoustic show of his music. You who can’t be there can check on Jared’s newest music at this website: https://linktr.ee/pinkhoneymoan.

The Legends of Gold athletic enhancement firm, whose national headquarters are in Beresford, have added Tyler Jones, who was an outstanding wrestler at Mitchell High School and SDSU, to its elite staff of full-time coaches. Tyler, whose wife is the former Erin Schiefelbein of Pierre, joined the Legends of Gold staff in February. He looks forward to his sons—Slaton, 12, and Axl, 10—getting excellent wrestling training there. Tyler was a five-time state tournament placer and a two-time state champion while in high school and a four-time All-America wrestler and a two-time NCAA tournament finalist in college.

Eugene Warriner of Blunt died April 11. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. next Monday, April 18, at Feigum Funeral Home with a prayer service there at 6. The funeral will be Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blunt. Gene graduated from Blunt High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He worked briefly for the Department of Motor Vehicles before joining his father and brother-in-law in a farming and ranching operation. Later Gene ventured out on his own, creating a farming legacy for his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan Warriner; his son, Paul Warriner; his daughters, Pam Warriner and Lori (Sean) Billet; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Maj. Rick Miller has been named superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Miller’s wife is the former Krista Oehlerking.

Loren Mullett is retiring after 46 years as parts manager at Wegner Auto. A retirement party in his honor was held last week.

Eric Axtman, the youngest of the sons of Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman of Harrisburg, Pa., has signed his letter of intent to play soccer as a goalie at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Pierre native Dan Johnson and his wife, Lacy, became parents on April 5. Their daughter, Audra Rose Johnson, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 19 inches. The Johnsons live in Fort Collins, Colo.

Eddie Welch and his wife, Reina, are the owners of a new business in the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls. Find Eddie at the Coins & Collectibles of Sioux Falls store.

Tony Hillmer Sr., 61, Harrold, died March 31 at home. A memorial service was held last Thursday at the Harrold auditorium. Tony graduated from Riggs High School. He married Dawn Murphy in 1979, and they lived in Pierre, Minot and Omaha until coming back with their family to Harrold in 1996. Tony worked as a lieutenant with the Department of Corrections and held several roles with the Harrold school district. He is survived by his children, Darlene Hillmer, Liz (Damian) Julian of Sioux Falls, Adam (Samantha) Hillmer of Spearfish, Michael Hillmer of Springfield, Sarah Hillmer of Sioux Falls, Rachael (Braden) Wullstein of Sioux Falls, and Tony Jr. (Allison) Hillmer in Connecticut; 10 grandchildren; his mother, Alice Hillmer of Harrold; and his siblings, Jim Hillmer of Lignite, N.D., Marge (Bill) Stuwe of Pierre, Pam Dilln of Hay Springs, Neb., Brenda (Bob) Redden of Pierre, Bonnie Hillmer of Hemphill, Texas, and Connie Hirsch of Pierre.

Tori Thorpe is completing her first year of physical therapy school at USD with two years to go to get her doctor of physical therapy degree.


“The creative arts reach people at a point in their lives when they need it most. It’s like a song or an album is made and it almost has a radar to find the person when they need it the most.”
— Jon Batiste, Grammy Award-winning musician


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