Vol. 22, No. 39; Thursday, July 7, 2022

Jul 7, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 1 comment


“Power always thinks that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws.”
— President John Adams


Pierre Post 8: When the next Midweek Update appears two weeks from today, the matchups for the regional playoff series will be known and about to begin. They are not really “regionals,” however, since Legion baseball has resorted to what the state has done to basketball and volleyball—figuring seed points and matching teams with 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc. So, therefore, all teams in the state tournament could be from one little corner of the state. But they call this progress. The winners of seven such play-in series will advance to the state “A” tournament at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City, joining host team Post 22 in the field and starting July 27.

So far as those seed-point standings are concerned, Post 8 won a huge game last night, shutting down Rapid City Post 22, 3-0, at Hyde Stadium. The story was pitcher Lincoln Kienholz, who struck out 15, walked one and allowed four hits and no runs in his seven-inning complete game. In other words, of the 21 Hardhat outs, 15 were by strikeout. Kienholz drove in the first Pierre run with a hit in the second inning. Another run came home on the back end of a steal of second base. The third Post 8 run came on Bennett Dean’s solo home run in the fifth.

Kienholz struck out 11 through four innings, and then the pitch-count rule of no more than 105 pitches began to come into play. He got a break, however, when he retired Post 22 in the top of the fifth on only four pitches, leaving him with 31 to throw over the last two innings. In the sixth he threw 18, and the Hardhats got a man as far as third base but stranded him there. That left Kienholz with 13 pitches with which to retire Post 22 in the seventh. He struck out the first and second batters, leaving him at 103 pitches thrown. That meant he could face the next batter and throw as many pitches as necessary to get him out. The batter grounded out weakly to Kienholz himself, who threw to first to end the game, which took less than two hours to play.

Post 8 could have had insurance runs earlier, loading the bases in the first and fourth innings without scoring any runs. The Eights left 12 men on base and had 10 hits.

In the past two weeks Post 8 lost to Sioux Falls East twice, lost a one-run game at Mandan, went 2-1 in the Minot tournament with wins over Glendive, Mont., and Billings and a loss to Brainerd, Minn., split a doubleheader against Mitchell, split two games against Minot, and lost a single game to Renner. Tuesday’s doubleheader vs. Mitchell was canceled due to weather. The remainder of the regular-season games starts Friday through Sunday at the Gopher Classic in the Minneapolis area, but those games don’t matter because none of the opponents will be South Dakota teams. Back to real business next week, Post 8 has the chance to improve its standing and hopefully even get high enough to host a regional series rather than have to play it on the road. The games next week: July 13, home vs. Sturgis, 5 and 7 p.m.; July 15, single game at Bismarck, 5 p.m.; July 16, home vs. Brandon Valley, 5 and 7 p.m.; July 18, two home games vs. Aberdeen. The dates for the regional series in which Pierre will be involved are July 22-24.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Friday: at Texas, 7:05.
— Saturday: at Texas, 3:05.
— Sunday: at Texas, 1:35.
— Tuesday: Milwaukee, 6:40.
— Wednesday: Milwaukee, 12:10.
— July 14-17: Chicago White Sox, 6:40, 7:10, 1:10, 1:10.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds remain in last place in the six-team Western Division of the American Association with a 17-29 record through Monday’s games. Sioux Falls is at home vs. Sioux City tonight and Fargo-Moorhead Friday through Sunday, then home again July 19-20-21 again vs. Fargo-Moorhead.

Pierre Trappers: The teams that withdrew from the Expedition League after last season apparently knew what they were doing. The four-team league began to fall apart last week when the new Red River team at Grand Forks abruptly ended its season. Now the league is calling it quits for the season but will have a best-of-five “championship series” between runaway first-place Souris Valley and the Trappers, starting tonight (Thursday). All games in this series will be played at Hyde Stadium. Game times are 6:35 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 5:35 Sunday if necessary, and 6:35 Monday if necessary. Pierre had a 12-22 record through Monday’s final regular-season games.

Little League: The East River subdistrict tournament is being hosted by Pierre this year. It starts with a pair of games Friday night at Griffin Park with Capital City Little League vs. Huron LL at 4 p.m., followed by Brandon Valley LL vs. Sioux Falls LL at 6:30. The double-elimination tournament continues Saturday and Sunday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom missed the cut at the U.S. Senior Open with a two-day scorecard of 75-74=149, 7 over par. Next on the tour schedule is the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship this weekend through Sunday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost a league game to Miami, 2-1, and up to that point had gone a lowly 1-6-1 in their last eight games. Since then the Loons won 3-2 MLS games over Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake. Minnesota plays at Vancouver this Friday, home vs. Kansas City next Wednesday and home vs. D.C. July 16 and a non-league friendly vs. Everton July 20.

Sioux Falls City FC (Anna Bondy, Molly Knoblauch): The first season for the Sioux Falls team in the women’s soccer league ended with a 4-3-1 record. The team lost its last two games to Maplebrook Fury, 4-2, and to Salvo FC, the best team in the league, 5-1.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm lost to Massachusetts, 69-55. Sioux Falls will play at home Saturday vs. Green Bay, then play at Frisco July 16.


1 day: S.D. Little League east-river subdistrict tournament, Pierre (July 8-11).
6 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Cinderella: (July 13-31).
9 days: Hills Alive music festival, Rapid City (July 16-17).
12 days: Major League Baseball all-star game, Los Angeles (July 19).
15 days: State Little League tournament, Rapid City (July 22-25).
20 days: State ‘A” Legion baseball tournament, Rapid City (July 27-31).
27 days: Central Plains Regional Legion baseball tournament, Rapid City (Aug. 3-7).
29 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 5-14).
34 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Something Rotten” (Aug. 10-20).
34 days: Major League Soccer all-star game, Minneapolis-St. Paul (Aug. 10).
35 days: Sully County Fair, Onida (Aug. 11-14).
35 days: Field of Dreams game (Cubs vs. Reds), Dyersville, Iowa (Aug. 11).
42 days: First day of school in Pierre (Aug. 18).
51 days: BluntFest, Blunt (Aug. 27).


“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”
— Plutarch


At the Republican state convention late last month former attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley was chosen as the party’s candidate for attorney general in the November election. Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden was nominated to be the candidate for lieutenant governor again. The current secretary of state, Steve Barnett, will be in that office only till the end of the calendar year because the party kicked him out in favor of Monae Johnson, who will be the candidate on the November ballot. She campaigned for ousting Barnett on the basis of election transparency. Other Republican candidates will be incumbents Rich Sattgast for state auditor, Josh Haeder for treasurer and Chris Nelson for public utilities commissioner. Current legislator Brock Greenfield will be the party candidate for commissioner of school and public lands.

The Democratic state convention will be held in Fort Pierre this Friday and Saturday, and that party’s candidates for these state offices will be selected there.


Music begins on the deck at the Legion cabin at 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Upcoming entertainers:
— July 10: Homestretch Band.
— July 17: Shoup & Pfeiffer.


The city band performs each Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Steamboat Park Amphitheatre. Upcoming concerts:
— July 13.
— July 20.
— July 27.


The summer musical at the Playhouse, “Cinderella,” opens next week and continues through July 31. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.


“We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in a classroom.”
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Trump press secretary and now Republican candidate for governor of Arkansas


  • Another major-college basketball game has been scheduled by the people at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. Defending national women’s champion South Carolina will make another trip back to South Dakota, this time to play the SDSU women at the Pentagon on Dec. 15.
  • It’s close to time for you and every other voter to start getting educated regarding the November general election ballot. There will be two measures regarding the expansion of Medicaid, Constitutional Amendment D and Initiated Measure 28. In order for Medicaid to be expanded so that 40,000 more low-income South Dakotans will be eligible, it will be necessary to vote FOR both measures. The language in both measures accomplishes the same thing, and, if they both were to be approved, whichever of them receives more votes will take effect. Amendment D is supported by the state’s major health-care systems and would change the state constitution. Initiated Measure 28 has been spearheaded by Rick Weiland’s Dakotans for Health. He initially presented it as a way to give voters another option in case the 60% voting threshold had been passed in June (it failed, so 51% will be sufficient). Now some people want Weiland to pull his measure off the ballot, but he doesn’t want to do that. The fear is that people will choose one or the other to vote for, thus voting against the other, and that both may fail, giving the Republican power-brokers what they want—for Medicaid expansion to fail. Therefore, it seems the only choice is for voters to vote in favor of BOTH measures. To clarify all of this, check out the South Dakota NewsWatch website and search for the story on these measures. Start at https://www.sdnewswatch.org.
  • This coming fall is the year the Pride of the Dakotas marching band from SDSU will march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. So it’s no surprise that so far 300 students have signed up to be part of the Pride. Those should be some spectacular halftime shows in Brookings this fall.
  • Just for the record: Here in wide-open South Dakota, we have just seen the highest COVID-19 levels since March.
  • The next Midweek Update will show up two weeks from today on Thursday, July 21. This will be the last two-week gap between issues. Starting on July 21 we will return to a weekly issue.


Thursday: key lime.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: peach.
Wednesday-Thursday: coffee.
July 15-17: blackberry.
July 18-19: almond.
July 20-21: peppermint.


Thursday, July 7:
Brydon Denton, Derek Newcomb, Kirk Albertson, Jessica Nicholas, Crayton Bouchie, Lucas Solberg, Kris Monroe, Derald Gross, Marylinn Baker, Chelsea (Neuhauser) Hoy, Michelle Moreno, Austin Christopherson.
— 5th anniversary, Zach/Christina Merrill.
— 4th anniversary, Matt/Korie Tetzlaff.
— 71st anniversary, Marvin/Dorothy Massey.
— 10th anniversary Jared/Courtney (Thompson) Geigle.
— 32nd anniversary, Jeff/Gea (Gjsedal) Eckhoff.
— 15th anniversary, Darin/Molly (Huber) Hausmann.
— 15th anniversary, James/Audra (Meyer) Cardwell.
— 10th anniversary, Austin/Kristy Unruh.

Friday, July 8:
Bret Graves, Kolton Knox, Megan (Snow) Fischer, Paul Denton, Henry Clegg, A.J. Domeyer, Traci Corcoran, Jaden Griese, Rachel Propst, Kaelyn Konechne, Kayla Gabriel, Jeannette Schipper, Angie Bishop, Cooper Stoeser.
— 5th anniversary, Cole/Sierra Oakley.
— 33rd anniversary, Dennis/Dorothy (Nygaard) Gibbs.
— 16th anniversary, Joe/Beth Stolp.

Saturday, July 9:
Adeline Bollinger, Thomas Butler, Andrea Johnson, Lindsey (Haskins) Philips, Michael Hanson, Ryan Mikkelsen, Allen Geuther, Liz Markley, Maurya Petrick, Nick Nuttall, Matt Tetzlaff, Bryan Adams, Carol Carney, Trigg Townsend, Drew Palmer.
— 11th anniversary, Darrin/Anna (Schreiner) Galinat.
— 11th anniversary, Dylan/Susan (Zabel) Dowling.
— 61st anniversary, David/Judy Perry.
— 18th anniversary, Jon/Christina (Zellmer) Nath.
— 6th anniversary, Shawn/Whitney (Stoeser) Schnabel.
— 11th anniversary, Paul/Amy (Hyde Petersen) Kolb.
— 34th anniversary, Clark/Jayne (Knox) Kraemer.

Sunday, July 10:
Tenley Hipple, Christian Petrick, Julie Jeffries, Shad Ludemann, Lukus Leidholt, Kennen Barber-Ensz, Adam Reiss, Shane Hillmer, Casey Crawford, Lynne Reuter, Jill (Storsteen) Weber, Brad Wire.
— 52nd anniversary, Tom/Esther Harmon.
— 46th anniversary, Jim/Rosa Iverson.
— 30th anniversary, Steve/Angela (Voeltz) Lang.
— 18th anniversary, Chris/Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell.
— 18th anniversary, Brandon/Crystal Lowery.
— 18th anniversary, Scott/Laura Carbonneau.

Monday, July 11:
Sarah Frost, Ty Falcon, Aric Frost, Somer (LaRosh) Garrigan, Father Tom Anderson, Denise Gehring, Jaime Rutschke, Don Sieck, Joe Martin, Jennifer (Thorson) Nedrebo, Jackie (Thorson) Richey, Taya (Dockter) Runyan.
— 7th anniversary, Devin/Jessica Rounds.
— 7th anniversary, Matt/Katie (Gordon) Field.
— 7th anniversary, Taylor/LaTora Becker.
— 19th anniversary, Kristian/Steph (Vogel) Lund.
— 19th anniversary, Craig/Tara (Hicks) Knapp.
— 19th anniversary, Jonathan/Ranelle (Knight) Lueth.

Tuesday, July 12:
Stephen Rae, Marla Mosiman, Jason DeWitt, Nick Jeanotte, John Lakner, Kelsee (Larsen) Stahl, Mary Jo Johnson, Hallie Pottorff, Edward Ford, Leesa (Johnson) Carpenter, Jessica Kuchta-Miller, Sherise (Baumberger) Wittler, Melissa (Stevens) Gibson, Jesse Ahlers, Cailyn Hausmann.
— 8th anniversary, Jacob/Kashia (Axthelm) Shumaker.
— 73rd anniversary, Ed/Rhoda Baer.
— 8th anniversary, Jared/Carrie (Gonsor) Sanderson.
— 25th anniversary, Jon/Joette (Johnson) Nesladek.
— 19th anniversary, David/Jocelyn (Freidel) Ragan.

Wednesday, July 13:
Jacob Howard, Lindsey Buntrock, Cheryl (Cruse) Bailey, Dawn (Lamb) Wagner, Byron Jennings, Christopher Smith, Aralyn Vogel, Mandee (Prue) Brinkmanm, Tyler Van Zee, Peggy Meyer, Matt Massey, Vicki (Ramse) Blake, Brandon Nickels.
— 59th anniversary, Mack/Karen (Small) Wyly.
— 9th anniversary, Chris/Angela (DiBenedetto) Smith.
— 9th anniversary, George/Heather (Knox) Sazama.
— 17th anniversary, Brian/Jessica (Crompton) Black.
— 9th anniversary, Joshua/Jessica (Callahan) Carr.
— 20th anniversary, Ryan/Tessa (Heiss) Krueger.

Thursday, July 14:
Tanner Kost, Garrison Gross, Andrea Clarke, David Voeltz, Brenton Crane, Heather (Clausen) Redetzke, Grant Jones, Tim Storly, Lindsey Coit, Amanda Engels, Kim (Pibal) Mentzer, Gavin Gran, Shirley Swanson.
— 10th anniversary, Tom/Brooke Hindman.
— 10th anniversary, Gavin/Samantha (Hestdalen) Van Zee.
— 4th anniversary, Shawn/Rebekah (Hartmann) Hlavacek.
— 49th anniversary, Larry/Mary Jo Johnson.
— 43rd anniversary, Dennis/Lynette James.
— 15th anniversary, Chris/Mandee (Prue) Brinkman.

Friday, July 15:
Drake Hagen, Joe Prieksat, Haley Hohn, Gloria Merriam, Kylie (Sutton) Knudson, Ruth Smith, August Delvo, Jennifer Urbach, Daniel Ellenbecker, Gina (Schaefer) Ahlers, Zach Gilkerson, Brittanie (Blaseg) Rezac, Cindi Menzel, Jean Mott.
— 6th anniversary, Bryan/Grace Beck.
— 5th anniversary, Cody/Erica (Guthmiller) Paxton.
— 5th anniversary, Will/Lindsay Uhrich.
— 22nd anniversary, Chris/Gina (Schaefer) Ahlers.
— 16th anniversary, Joe/Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson.

Saturday, July 16:
Gwen Jockheck, Bob Duncan Jr., Brenda Stephens, Ki Weingart, Hayden Miller, Ariana Hunt, Nikki Hoyme, Stephanie Odden, Dorothy Lamb (#90).
— 5th anniversary, Kyle/Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth.
— 1st anniversary, Max/Jessie (Chalcraft) Foth.
— 6th anniversary, Kevin/Kristin (Meagher) Bowen.
— 17th anniversary, Matthew/Melissa (Wernke) Davis.
— 52nd anniversary, Mike/Kim (Hazelrigg) Kirley.
— 15th anniversary, Chris/Karen (Van Camp) DeJabet.

Sunday, July 17:
Brecken Axlund, Jeremy Unruh, Chad Snodgrass, Logan Larsen, Nance Orsbon, Tony Darger, Matt Heard, Steve Robinson, Simon Gilmore, Austin Gildemaster, Hudson Parsons, Karen DeAntoni, Rachel Wulf, Stella Hangebrauck, Marilyn Spaid, Crew Lund, Finnian Murphy, Chuck Finley, Dean Sorenson, Cliff Curry, Pat Prince, Justin Scott.
— 40th anniversary, Rich/Lori (Smith) Shangreaux.
— 1st anniversary, Nick/Jantina Burke.
— 12th anniversary, Austin/Kari Lucas.

Monday, July 18:
Ken Jaeger, Jean Riedy, Julie (Stahl) Welch, Jean Donahue, Amanda Crompton, Jill Burger, Kayleen Stoeser, Jason Kotilnek, Paisley Boyer, Amy Leidholt, Joseph Schrempp, Elizabeth Leidholt, Stine Gundersen, Khloe Spaid, Dan Baltzell, Graham Schuetzle, Matti Shaw, Wyatt Fox.
— 13th anniversary, Jeffery/April (Chicoine) Smith.
— 7th anniversary, Dustin/Laura (Hofer) Gaspar.

Tuesday, July 19:
Mike Swenson, Robert Hardwick, Karli (Larsen) Williams, Peter Hodges, Fern Barnett, Andre Sengos, Josee Linn, Brittney Munyon, David Mackey, J.J. Iverson, Jaime (Snyder) Hamm.
— 19th anniversary, Tanner/Elena (Hyde) Norman.
— Anniversary, Leonard/Jackie Haggin.

Wednesday, July 20:
Karsin Garrigan, James Marie Nold, Damon Thielen, Marcy Fifield, Harper Yackley, Jacque Hahn, Michelle Leidholt, Kellie (Englehart) Beck, Molly (Huber) Hausmann, Phil Sheffield, Siri Segrud, Carol (Marshall) Crain, Brandi Hahn, Mike Tveit, Audrey Moodie, Pamela Bonrud, Colton Hanson, Patrick Wellner, Steven Cronin, Brandon Swenson, Miranda Tracy, Chase Bolte, Amy LaFave.
— 10th anniversary, Tyler/Chelsey Coverdale.
— 15th anniversary, Joe/Lisa Martin.
— 48th anniversary, Dennis/Lois Ries.
— 15th anniversary, Lance/Megan (Ulmen) Fravel.
— 20th anniversary, Travis/Amber (Osnes) Antholz.

Thursday, July 21:
Starla Curtis, Bill Stahl, Michelle (Bartel) Chenoweth, Adriane Wegman, Maclin Hayes Schmidt, Mandi Wharton, Ciara Tipton, Rhett LeBeau, Tyrel Larson.
— 4th anniversary, Sam/Ashley Leidholt.
— 4th anniversary, Mike/Charlotte Snyder.
— 22nd anniversary, Dusty/Jacquelyn Johnson.
— 16th anniversary, Brent/Katie (Lakner) Dill.


“The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance.”
— Albert Camus


Leona “Lee” (Murdock) Schuler, 95, died Oct. 24 last fall at home in Tucson, Ariz. A celebration of her life is taking place this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pierre. Lee was a native of Timber Lake and graduated from Northern State College in 1952. She took a job teaching 10th grade English and coaching debate and declam in Pierre in the fall of 1952. She met Harold Schuler and married him in March 1953. The Schulers alternated between Pierre and Washington when Harold worked for U.S. Sen. Francis Case. After his retirement, they lived in Pierre. Lee worked in various capacities at the Legislature and was active at the church and the American Cancer Society and in many community efforts. The Schulers became snowbirds in Tucson in 1980. They relocated to Tucson permanently when the attraction of grandchildren arose. Lee is survived by her children, Lynda Schuler, Mark Schuler and Debra (Gary) Cromwell; her grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lucille Whiting in Mesa, Ariz., and a brother-in-law, Will Kulp in Greeley, Colo. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband and three siblings.

Caleb Huxford, one of the sons of Kevin and Caren (Howard) Huxford of Rapid City, now has 41 states checked off in his goal of running a 5K in each of the 50 states. The family took a summer trip to Alaska and the West Coast, and besides checking off more states for Caleb, they caught a king salmon at Juneau, Alaska, as another highlight. Caleb began his goal seven years ago and now has nine states to go.

Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts has accepted a new position as school librarian at J. C. Thompson Elementary School in the Northwest Independent School District in Haslet, Texas. The Hibbitts family lives in nearby Keller, Texas. Both Keller and Haslet are suburbs on the north side of Fort Worth.

Long-time Onida resident Cliff (Butch) DeSautell, 90, died at home June 24. Services were held June 30 at Community Bible Church in Pierre. He grew up in Texas and graduated from Monte Vista High School there in 1949. He served with the U.S. Army National Guard in Korea and with the U.S. Marine Corps where he was a gunner on a tank platoon on the front lines. In 1955 he came to South Dakota with Clyde Colson and worked for various Sully County farmers and businesses. He married the former Genita Bush in 1956. Butch partnered with Sheldon Bright in Onida Builders. In 1982 he purchased Peavey Lumber, which became DeSautell Lumber. Later he hired Jamie Nye to manage the yard. After retiring, Butch still drove combines during harvest seasons. He and Genita made the Pike Haven resort area their summer home for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Genita DeSautell, and his daughters, Denise Garber and Deneen (Mark) Clausen. Among those who preceded him in death was a daughter, Delane.

Chuck Iverson, who coached briefly at Sully Buttes High School in the 1970s, has retired effective June 30 as deputy athletic director at Mount Marty University in Yankton. Iverson started at Mount Marty in 1991 as women’s basketball coach and athletic director. In 2008 he retired from the coaching and remained as A.D. In 2017 he became deputy A.D.

Justin and Karli (Larsen) Williams and family now live in Rapid City. Justin works at the city attorney’s office there, and Karli works at Black Hills Pediatric Dentistry where she just marked her eight-year anniversary.

Jordan and Abbey Lamb became parents for the first time on June 27. Their son, Kannon Joe, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 20 inches. Jordan is manager at Oahe Electric Cooperative’s headquarters at Blunt.

Brenda Goeden has retired as program manager at the South Dakota Dental Association after 20 1/2 years of employment there.

Evan Roth has returned home to Oakland after a summer getaway to the South American nation of Colombia. In August Evan will begin his 10th school year as a special education teacher in San Francisco.

Charlotte Hyde, 95, died June 20 at Highmore Healthcare. Services were held June 27 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The former Charlotte Uecker was one of 11 children of Charles and Polly Uecker and grew up along Chapelle Creek in Hughes County. She graduated from Canning High School in 1941 and earned a teaching certificate at Wessington Springs Junior College. Charlotte married Charles Hyde in 1945, and they became the parents of five children. Charlotte spent 32 years of cooking for hired men and managing the ranch in the Big Bend area. She is survived by two sisters, Goldie Kelly and Florence Bartlett; four children, Jerilyn (Art) Gregg of rural Harrold, Terrill Hyde of Bend, Ore., Chuck (Nita) Hyde of Bend, and Ross (Deb) Hyde of rural Harrold; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Dan Hyde; her brothers, Charles, Louis, Ted, George and Sonny Uecker, and her sisters, Marie, Pauline and Clara.

Lincoln Kienholz, who will be a senior at Riggs High School this fall and who has been a highly-sought-after football quarterback, announced last week he has chosen the University of Washington in Seattle as the place where he will go to school and play football. The new head coach at UW is Kalen DeBoer, a South Dakota native and a former coach at the University of Sioux Falls. Lincoln plans to be a pre-dental major at UW.

Cole Uecker has been selected as the new executive director of the board of directors for Disability Rights South Dakota (DRSD), succeeding Tim Neyhart. Cole has been with DRSD since 2015 as advocacy services representative and later as staff attorney and most recently as director of the Client Assistance Program and adult team lead. The DRSD has its corporate office in Pierre with field offices in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Cole graduated from Riggs High School in 2000, spent four years with the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Black Hills State, then graduated from the USD law school in 2014.

A reminder: A celebration of the life of Barry LeBeau will be held at 1 p.m. this Saturday, July 9, at the American Legion cabin. Those who can’t attend but who would like to share a memory or two of Barry can address mail to Rondell LeBeau at 1702 Abbey Rd. #219, Pierre SD 57501.

Eric Axtman, youngest of the three sons of Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman of Harrisburg, Pa., graduated from high school last month. He is headed to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he will play men’s soccer as a goalkeeper.

Pierre native Garrett Pochop was married June 18 to Allison Verville, formerly of Peoria, Ill. Garrett and Allison have known each other since childhood. The Pochops are making their home in West Des Moines, Iowa. where Garrett works in investment banking with Piper Sandler and Allison is a physical therapist. Both played soccer during their college years, Garrett at Simpson College in Iowa and Allison in St. Louis.

Jarron Beck, son of Ryan Beck and Kellie Englehart Beck, has been named to the 2022-23 boys soccer U16 Team South Dakota.

Jack O’Dea, 88, Fort Pierre, died June 23. His funeral was held June 29 at Feigum Funeral Home. Jack attended Philip High School and worked on the family farm at Ottumwa. He joined the U.S. Army in 1953, was stationed in Germany and earned his discharge in 1955. He married Charlotte Bergeson in 1968 and raised her three children as his own. They had two children together. They stayed on the ranch until 2008 and moved into Fort Pierre as Jack semi-retired. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his son, Patrick (Lori) O’Dea; his daughter, Tammie O’Dea; three grandchildren and three great-grandchild; three stepchildren and two step-grandchildren; five brothers and six sisters.

Dorothy Lamb will observe her 90th birthday on Saturday, July 16. There will be a reception in her honor at the Phoenix Center in Onida from 2 to 4 p.m. that afternoon. Friends can send greetings to Dorothy at P.O. Box 27, Onida SD 57564.

To help Lucas Yellow Hawk, Sully Buttes student, reach the national high school rodeo in Wyoming for which he has qualified, there will be an event at the Medicine Creek Bar & Grill in Blunt at 3 p.m. this Sunday, July 10. The proceeds from free-will donations will go to help finance Lucas’ trip to the rodeo.

Andy Jockheck, on summer vacation with his wife Joie (Schuetzle) and their two sons from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, caught a home run ball off the bat of Mike Trout at Angels Stadium in Anaheim in a game against the Chicago White Sox.

Riggs High golfer Madilyn Brakke’s summer golfing is off to a good start. Maddie sank a hole-in-one on the 14th hole at Hillsview Golf Course on June 29.

Fred Baade, 88, died June 21. Services were held June 28 at Madison Avenue Church of Christ. Fred grew up at Canning and attended school at DeGrey, Canning and Pierre. He helped build Oahe Dam as a welder. He worked for the Hughes County highway department for 27 years, retiring in 1997. Early in his adult life he took on the responsibilities of the family farm with his brother, Darrell. Fred married Bonnie Frost in 1952, and they had nine daughters. They moved into Pierre in 1975 and wintered in Mission, Texas, for many years. Fred is survived by six of his daughters, Nancy Ponton, Nila (Art) Hader, Norine (Dave) Riis, Renee Baade, Connie (Ron) Fehrman and Jody (Shane) Clarambeau; 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his wife; three daughters, Tina Baade, Lorrie Llamos and Twila Baade; his brother Darrell, and his sisters Nine and Arlene.

Jason Maciejczak, who will be a senior at Riggs High this fall, has committed to the University of North Dakota to play football with the Fighting Hawks. He is transferring to Pierre because his parents are moving from the Rapid City/Box Elder area where his dad was football coach at Douglas and will now be an assistant coach with the Governors.

Lucas Hoover was married to Amber Henderson on June 17 in a ceremony held at Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills. The newlyweds live in Aberdeen where Lucas is a civil engineer with Helms & Associates.

Bonnie Libner, 74, died July 3 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Visitation will be tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a time of sharing at 6, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Bonnita Kilber moved with her family to Fort Pierre in 1957 when her father began work on Oahe Dam. She graduated from high school at Parshall, N.D., in 1965. Bonnie married Dennis Hughes in 1968, and they had two children. After Dennis’ death in 1977, Bonnie and her children moved from Colorado to Fort Pierre. She married Merle Libner in 1983, and Bonnie became stepmom to his daughter, Bridget. Bonnie worked in the lunchroom at the Stanley County school from 1981 to 2014. She is survived by her husband, Merle Libner of Fort Pierre; her children, Denise (Keith) Albertson of Pierre and Danny (Bobbie) Hughes of Omaha; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Ron (Colleen) Kilber of Gilbert, Ariz., and three sisters, Bernie Jorgenson of Parshall, N.D., Patricia Miller of Pierre and Pam (Jeff) Metzinger of Pierre.

Aric Williams, who was an outstanding wrestler during his Riggs High days, isn’t finished with that sport yet. He revealed last week that he is going to start at Dakota Wesleyan University this fall to pursue his master of business administration degree and wrestle with the Tigers.

Linda (Fravel) Vevig, 66, died at home at Draper June 27. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 1 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Linda attended rural schools at Orton and Mission Ridge and graduated from high school in Fort Pierre in 1974. She married Randy Vevig in 1975. The Vevigs worked for Raymond Shields east of Pierre until 1979 when they moved to the Sletto ranch near Draper. Linda worked as a waitress, a school bus driver and a Jones County deputy sheriff and was employed by West Central Electric, First National Bank of Murdo and the state of South Dakota. Survivors include her husband, Randy Vevig; her mother, Phyllis Fravel of Mission Ridge; her brothers, Ron Fravel of Mission Ridge and Lynn (Mary Beth) Fravel of Fort Pierre; her sister, Kathryn Stewart of Rapid City; her brother-in-law, Steve Vevig of Rapid City; her children, Brandon (Stephanie) Vevig of Draper, Lana Vevig of Fort Meade and Beth Vevig of Bellevue, Neb., and 11 grandchildren.

Vona Johnson and Blake Barringer were sworn in Tuesday night to begin new terms on the Pierre City Commission.

Jason and Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen, who live in the Watertown area, revealed this week they are expecting their second child around Dec. 1. They have a daughter, Mia, who turned 4 in April.

In the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, of which Black Hills State and the School of Mines are members, they give the Brechler Award to the one team in each sport that compiles the highest grade-point average. In football that award for this past school year goes to the BHSU team coached by Pierre native Josh Breske, for its combined 2.995 GPA. Westminster won that award in nine sports, Regis in five sports, and Black Hills State and two others in three sports each.

Morgan (McLain) Willard, who lives in Tea with husband Sam and their children, has a new private practice called Women’s Nutrition Company. Her website, which is still in the development stage, says the company is “a resource for women who need nutrition guidance for whatever they may be dealing with.” In addition to her new venture, Morgan is keeping her “day job” at Avera.

Carla Madden, 62 died July 1 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Carla was born in the state of Washington in 1960 and was immediately adopted by Marvin and Lois Fackelman. She graduated from Stanley County High School in 1978. Carla married Roger McGruder in 1983, and they became the parents of three children—Jennifer, Rachelle and Katey. They later divorced. Carla married Dave Madden in 2004, and they combined their families, adding Todd and Nicole. After closing her home daycare business, Carla was the in-school suspension supervisor at Riggs High School for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband, Dave Madden; their children, Jennifer Hill, Rachelle (Mike) Holsten, Katey McGruder, Todd (Mollee) Madden and Nicole (Mic) Stulken; 14 grandchildren, and a life-long friend, Deb (Tim) Kirkpatrick.


“The biggest point is, ladies and gentlemen, you have to vote not based on every little issue that bothers you but based on who is going to uphold their oath to the Constitution because it’s the only thing that matters.”
— U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, member of the House’s Jan. 6 investigating committee

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  1. Davi ThoreSon

    This would be a good year for the voters of SD to follow the advice of the Republican Representative of Illinois.


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