Vol. 22, No. 42; Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

Aug 4, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
— Benjamin Franklin


  • Pierre Post 8 vs. Brandon Valley: After a walkoff loss to Brookings, 7-6, on opening day of the state tournament, Post 8 won an 8-7 game over Brandon Valley on Thursday. Down early, the Eights caught up at 2-2 on Matt Hanson’s fifth-inning single. Down 5-2, Pierre went ahead on a two-run single by Lincoln Kienholz and a two-run single by Hanson. With the score tied at 6-6 and Brandon Valley in position to walk it off with the bases loaded and only one out, pitcher Isaac Polak got out of trouble and sent the game into an extra inning. In the top of the eighth Jayden Wiebe’s double scored Grayson Hunsley and put Pierre ahead again, 7-6. In the bottom of the eighth Brandon Valley pushed its potential tying runner to second base with nobody out, but Aaron Booth entered the game in relief and promptly struck out three consecutive batters to end the game, eliminate Brandon Valley and sent Post 8 on to the third day.
  • Pierre Post 8 vs. Rapid City Post 22: Pierre’s season ended with a 20-22 record Friday, and the third game of the tournament was a disaster right from the start. The Hardhats scored five runs in the first and five more in the second inning, and it was never a contest as Pierre lost 13-2 in a game that ended after 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule. Post 22 got 13 hits and only one of its batters struck out in their four at-bats. Kienholz’s solo home run accounted for the first Pierre run. The other run came on Hunsley’s RBI hit.
  • State ‘A’ Legion tournament scoreboard:
    — Wednesday
    Brookings 6, Pierre 5 (8 innings).
    Mitchell 4, RC Post 320 – 1.
    SF East 14, Brandon Valley 2 (5 innings).
    RC Post 22 – 4, Harrisburg 2.
    — Thursday
    Pierre 7, Brandon Valley 6 (8 innings); Brandon Valley eliminated.
    Harrisburg 4, RC Post 320 – 2; Post 320 eliminated.
    SF East 3, Brookings 1.
    Mitchell 8, RC Post 22 – 2.
    — Friday
    Harrisburg 8, Brookings 0; Brookings eliminated.
    RC Post 22 – 13, Pierre 2; Pierre eliminated.
    SF East 15, Mitchell 7
    — Saturday
    Harrisburg 7, Mitchell 0; Mitchell eliminated.
    RC Post 22 – 6, SF East – 5 (9 innings).
    — Sunday
    RC Post 22 – 8, Harrisburg 6; Harrisburg eliminated.
    Championship: RC Post 22 – 5, SF East 1.
  • Central Plains Regional Tournament at Rapid City:
    — Wednesday’s scores:
    Omaha Millard South 12, Moville (IA) 2.
    Omaha Creighton Prep 6, Mankato (MN) 5.
    West Fargo 10, Sioux Falls East 8.
    St. Michael (MN) 11, Rapid City Post 22 – 1 (6 innings).
    — Thursday’s schedule:
    Elimination game: Moville vs. Sioux Falls East.
    Elimination game: Mankato vs. Rapid City Post 22.
    Millard South vs. West Fargo.
    Creighton Prep vs. St. Michael.


Thursday: cinnamon.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: pineapple.
Wednesday-Thursday: root beer.


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Toronto, 6:40 p.m.
— Friday: Toronto, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: Toronto, 6:10 p.m.
— Sunday: Toronto, 1:10 p.m.
— Tuesday: at Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
— Wednesday: at Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

Four Corners: The team will open play at the state amateur tournament in Mitchell at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Salem. If they win, they will play either Dimock-Emery or Hartford-Humboldt at 5:30 Tuesday.

Sioux Falls Canaries: In the past week the Birds went 2-4 in six games against Kansas City. The Canaries close a homestand tonight (Thursday) vs. Winnipeg, then go east for three games at Gary-South Shore and three at Lake Country before returning home Aug. 12.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost a great chance to pad their points total in the standings when they fell into a 4-4 tie with Portland at home Saturday. Minnesota plays at Colorado at 8 p.m. Saturday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The Tour was idle last weekend. Play resumes this Friday through Sunday at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.


NFL preseason games on TV this week:
— Tonight (Thursday): Jacksonville vs. Las Vegas (at Canton, Ohio), 7 p.m., NBC.

Minnesota Vikings preseason schedule:
— Sunday, Aug. 14: at Las Vegas, 3:25 p.m. (NFL Network).
— Saturday, Aug. 20: home vs. San Francisco, 6 p.m.
— Saturday, Aug. 27: at Denver, 8 p.m. (NFL Network).

Missouri Valley Football Conference: Here’s a surprise! (Not.) The preseason poll of MVFC media and coaches has NDSU expected to be the conference champ. Another surprise! (Not.) SDSU is in second place in the poll. After them come these teams: 3, Missouri State; 4, Southern Illinois; 5, Northern Iowa; 6, USD; 7, UND: 8, Illinois State; 9, Youngstown State; 10, Indiana State; 11, Western Illinois.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference: Here is what the NSIC media and coaches think will be the standings at the end of the football season: 1, Augustana; 2, Bemidji State; 3, Minnesota-Duluth; 4, MSU-Mankato; 4, USF; 6, Winona State; 7, Northern; 8, Wayne State; 9, MSU-Moorhead; 10, Mary; 11, Concordia-St. Paul; 12, Minot State; 13, Southwest Minnesota State; 14, Upper Iowa.


1 day: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 5-14).
6 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Something Rotten” (Aug. 10-20).
6 days: Major League Soccer all-star game, Minneapolis-St. Paul (Aug. 10).
7 days: Sully County Fair, Onida (Aug. 11-14).
7 days: MLB Field of Dreams game (Cubs vs. Reds), Dyersville, Iowa (Aug. 11).
8 days: Trader Days, Fort Pierre (Aug. 12-14).
14 days: First day of school in Pierre (Aug. 18).
15 days: Central States Fair, Rapid City (Aug. 19-27).
23 days: BluntFest, Blunt (Aug. 27).
27 days: South Dakota State Fair, Huron (Aug. 31-Sept. 5).
32 days: Labor Day (Sept. 5).
35 days: NFL season opener (Bills vs. Rams) (Sept. 8).
36 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Chamberlain (Sept. 9-10).
36 days: Badlands Sabres season opener (Sept. 9).
38 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (vs. Green Bay) (Sept. 11).
39 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 12).
39 days: Sanford International golf tournament, Sioux Falls (Sept. 13-18).
40 days: Stanley County High homecoming coronation (Sept. 13).
42 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 15).


You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
— Malcolm X


*** In another week or two, I will be asking for your help in listing the local and area (Pierre, Stanley County, Sully Buttes) athletes who will be participating in college sports anywhere. Our listing will also include teams coached by our local products as well as kids and grandkids of present or former local residents. We want to follow them all during the upcoming school year. So keep this in your mind and let me know the athletes whom I may be overlooking.

*** Our first football contest of the year will appear here in The Midweek Update two weeks from today in the Aug. 18 issue.

*** Congratulations to the baseball program I lived and died with for six summers—Vermillion Post 1. The Verm boys won the state “B” Legion tournament in Gregory on Tuesday, finishing off Winner/Colome, 8-7, in eight innings in the championship game played in 103-degree heat (it felt like 113). Vermillion had lost earlier in the tournament so had to come back through the losers’ bracket to get the job done.


Thursday, Aug. 4:
Karen Palmer, Kellen Casanova, Kimberly (Bartels) Malone, Kayla Trebesch, Sadie Lund, Jessica Olson, Laurel Holcomb, Mike Powell.
— 10th anniversary, Luke/Kristen Edwards.

Friday, Aug. 5:
Lukas Erlenbusch, Jameson Merrill, Sara (Schneider) Odden, Gabe Vogt, Rachel Guthmiller, Derik Wright, Jerry Jargvis, Tanner Steele,
— 50th anniversary, Jerry/Myra Duba.
— 5th anniversary, Brian/Tara (Hyde) White.
— 5th anniversary, Travis/Nicole Rinehart.
— 16th anniversary, Ross/Anna (Van Duzer) Yost.
— 17th anniversary, Hunter/Stephanie Roberts.
— 55th anniversary, Milt/Dawn Morris.
— We fondly remember Shirley Doyle on her birthday.

Saturday, Aug. 6:
Patti (Mercer) Jordre, Tenley Fitzke, Janet (Schuh) Fulk, Nick Bengs, Boston Bryant, Samantha Flynn, Justin Williams, Lynette McCarty, Matthew Booth, Chris Brinkman, Kipp Stahl, Greg Byrum, Michelle Dvorak, Ryan Yackley, Lincoln Schoenhard, Lois Byrum, David Perry.
— Anniversary, Rod/Terry Fisher.
— 17th anniversary, Mike/Corinna (Bevers) Christopher.;
— 11th anniversary, Jacob/Chezarae Shoup.
— 56th anniversary, Jim/Judy Ulmen.
— 45th anniversary, John/Mary (Junkman) Hoover.
— 17th anniversary, Travis/Becky Lindekugel.
— 6th anniversary, Scott/Bailey (Armstrong) Wagner.

Sunday, Aug. 7:
Sylvia Jo Imsland, Reese Fisher, Rylan Ludemann, Sam Fjelstad, Jeremy Hamm, Judi West, Jane Naylor, Leighton Hoover, Suzanne Stahl, Tate Rinehart, Bob Tobin, Rick Swanson, Chev Hackett.
— 46th anniversary, Myron/Debbie Bryant.
— 18th anniversary Roby/Krista Bass.
— 39th anniversary, Geoff/Beth (Pospisil) Simon.
— 18th anniversary, Benjamin/Shannon (Dykstra) Herbert.
— 57th anniversary, Ken/Diane Stofferahn.
— 18th anniversary, Josh/Jessica (Wilson) Bosma;
— 46th anniversary, Myron/Anita Rau.
— Anniversary, John/Jan Artz.
— 13th anniversary, John/Laura Williams.
— 13th anniversary, Justin /Stacey Briese.
— 12th anniversary, Lucas/Mary (Holm) Keahey.
— 12th anniversary, Wayne/Melissa (Stewart) Crawford.
— 12th anniversary, Chad/Winter (Nicholas) Hendrickson.
— 12th anniversary, Garrett/Kelsey (Bartel) Glynn.

Monday, Aug. 8:
Korina Deal, Drew White, Mike Herman, Jayce Tetzlaff, Patrick Gengler, Declan Pope, Daniel Timmons, Sam Holden, Dantae Dvorak, Dylan Dowling, Kristen Job, Molly Kreycik, Roger Johnson, Brody Mullett, Marla Willard.
— 7th anniversary, Ryan/Cassie Blake.
— 7th anniversary, Ali/Rachel (LeBeau) Hachem.
— 24th anniversary, Jonathan/Andrea (Viken) Urbach.
— 24th anniversary, Nathan/Jill (Storsteen) Weber.
— 13th anniversary, Max/Lisa Huber.

Tuesday, Aug. 9:
Brynn Sogaard, Remington Reilly, Mary (Sutera) Sieck, Megan (Joachim) Jaeger, Jenny Hallenbeck-Orr, Rebecca (Zebroski) Neises, Collin Livermont.
— 36th anniversary, Jeff/Lisa Mammenga.
— 8th anniversary, Ryan/Kelly (Lingle) Royer.
— 25th anniversary, Chuck/Hope (Hoover) Brenny.
— 14th anniversary, Justin/Stephanie (Mutschler) Pierson.
— 19th anniversary, Nick/Brittany (Bailey) Jarecke.
— 47th anniversary, Terry/Janet (Stahl) Hofer.
— 58th anniversary, John/Linda Knox.
— 19th anniversary, Chris/Jenny Derry.
— 25th anniversary, Chris/Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts.

Wednesday, Aug. 10:
Kyndal Van Zee, Gracie Weinheimer, Sue Light, Christopher Nath, Stella Lindbloom, Stephanie Bengs, Ron Lutz, Laynee Brandt, Kaydee Hewlett, Liv Smith.
— 20th anniversary, Toby/Amber Bryant.
— 20th anniversary, Brett/Stacy Anderson.
— 20th anniversary, Joseph/Michelle (Maskovich) Soulek.
— 20th anniversary, Thomas/Dulcie (Bellander) Stotts.
— 10th anniversary, Dustin/Cidna Pitlick.

Thursday, Aug. 11:
Courtney Sheffield, Susan Quinn, Scott Lamb, JoAnn Nelsen, Tom Opoien, Alex Ludemann, Terry Becker, Archie Haag.
— 4th anniversary, Nick/Sasha (Kean) Bishop.
— 4th anniversary, Steve/Cassie Long.
— 22nd anniversary, Mark/Meghann (O’Day) Kjolsrud.
— 10th anniversary, Jim/Lindsey (Jungwirth) Costello.
— 15th anniversary, Austin/Lindsey Schneider.
— 15th anniversary, Clinton/Missy (Drew) Figland.
— 16th anniversary, A.J./Amanda (Huck) Stoeser.
— 37th anniversary, Dave/Denette (Eisnach) Becker.


It’s not that we find more patience as we grow older. It’s that we get too tired to care about all the pointless drama.


Out at the Playhouse they are between their third and last shows of the summer. “Something’s Rotten,” set in the 1950s, is a fun story of brothers who attempt to outdo Shakespeare and write the world’s first musical. That play will be performed in 2 p.m. matinees next Wednesday, Aug. 10; Sunday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 20, and in 7:30 p.m. evening shows Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Aug. 10 through 20. For ticket reservations call 605/255-4141 or visit www.blackhillsplayhouse.com.

Just a reminder: Because Playhouse Road is closed east of the Playhouse, you have to go to the city of Custer and then drive out to the Playhouse or go to Hermosa, drive through the park and access the Playhouse from there.


Only five more Sunday evenings of music on the deck at the Legion cabin remain for this summer, whether the temperature is in triple digits or cooler. Here are the upcoming performers, starting at about 5:30 p.m. each Sunday:

— Aug. 7: Hank Harris.
— Aug. 14: Lance Spears.
— Aug. 21: Hidden Timber Band.
— Aug. 28: The Valentines.
— Sept. 4: Ham & Cheese.


Susanne Ruhnke, 73, died July 26 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her funeral took place Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. The daughter of William and Marian Brumbaugh, she graduated from Riggs High School in 1967. Susanne married Jerry Snyder in 1965, and they became the parents of Shannon and Shanna. She married Dennis Winters in 1971, and they had two children, Chad and Sarah. Susanne married David Ruhnke in 1992, and his children, Angela and Walter, were added to her family. Susanne is survived by her husband; her brother, Mike (Kathy) Brumbaugh of Aberdeen; her half-sisters, Sherry Kelly of Pierre and Janice Denton of Houston; her daughters, Shauna Hoffman of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Sarah (Taylor) Sonnenschein of Pierre; her son, Chad (Emberly) Winters; her stepson, Walter (Bonnie) Ruhnke, and 10 grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents; her brother, Bill Brumbaugh, and her son Shannon Snyder.

Talk about a trip with one’s grandparents! Claire Brakke left this week with her grandparents, Verne and Deb Brakke, on a trip to Greece.

If you think your school is starting early, think about Chase and Lavin Carda, the children of Pierre natives Andy and Janelle (Kvislen) Carda of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville. They started their school year Monday of this week. Chase is a sophomore and Lavin a seventh grader. Janelle works for the American Cancer Society, and Andy is still employed with Amgen, a biotechnology/biopharmaceutical company.

The funeral for Debi Englehart, 65, is being held this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Memorial Church. She passed away unexpectedly in Sioux Falls Saturday while she was there staying with her grandson on his hockey weekend. The daughter of Jim and Ag Brasel graduated from Riggs High School in 1975 and married her high school sweetheart, Bill Englehart. After living in Watertown for two years, they returned to Pierre and raised their family of three children in Pierre. Debi was a true grandma to her own eight grandkids, joyfully traveling widely to attend their activities, but also a special grandma to just about everyone else. She was an avid photographer, recording family and community events. Debi worked for the state for 44 1/2 years, first with the South Dakota Retirement System and retiring from the Bureau of Human Resources. Her survivors include her husband, Bill Englehart; her children, Kellie Beck of Pierre, Kyle (Heather) Englehart of New Orleans, and Karae (Seth) Parsons of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren; her mother, Ag Brasel; her sisters, Pat (Don) Bramwell, Michele Jackson, C.J. (Ron) Wunsch and Helen (Tom) Huebner; her brother, Butch (Jane) Brasel, and many nephews and nieces. Among those who preceded her in death were her father, a sister, a brother and two grandsons.

Members of the Riggs High School Class of 1973 should save the dates of Sept. 8-9, 2023, for their 50-year reunion. Class members can stay in touch with reunion plans and can check in with addresses and other information at the Facebook page entitled Riggs Class of 73.

Brianne (Barnett) Roby of Minneapolis will be running in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, representing Mercy Homes for Boys & Girls, an organization that provides shelter, food, clothing and support for kids ages 9-24 in Chicago. She welcomes friends’ donations to her fund-raising effort. Go to her Facebook page entitled Brianne Barnett Roby.

Kyle and Lisa Melby are moving this week from Colorado to Smyrna, Tenn. Kyle is transferring there with Sunbelt Rentals. Lisa resigned from the Good Samaritan Society after 34 years with them. The Melbys’ son, Jayce, and his girlfriend are moving to Nashville, too. Jayce has a job there with Fidelity, and his girlfriend will enter the physician assistant program at Lipscomb University. The Melbys’ daughter, Jaxon, is beginning her final semester and final season of volleyball at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. After their move her parents will be only six hours away from seeing her games instead of halfway across the country.

LaVonne Raap, 87, Groton, died July 30 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Groton. A native of Pierpont, Mrs. Raap and her husband, Chuck, raised their four children and farmed in the Groton area. LaVonne for many years was the school lunch lady in Groton until retiring in 2019. She was also an Avon representative for more than 20 years. She is survived by four children, Kim (Dee Dee) Raap of Sioux Falls, Kris (Bob) Schneider of Pierre, Kevin (Marcia Hiles) Raap of Andover and Koni (Seth) Sims of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three siblings.

The South Dakota Nonprofit Network has awarded its “Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership” award to Stephanie Judson, president and CEO of the South Dakota Community Foundation based in Pierre.

Onida native and long-time Pierre resident Lois Byrum moved this week to Sioux Falls where her daughter, Karla, lives. Lois’ 90th birthday is this Saturday, Aug. 6, and a party in her honor open to the public will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix Center in Onida. Friends can send greetings to Lois at 3408 W. Ralph Rogers Rd., #A210, Sioux Falls SD 57108.

Former Pierre residents Jerry and Myra Duba will observe their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Friday). Friends can send them greetings to 1045 Kingswood Dr., Rapid City SD 57702.

Lon Kightlinger posted a photo of him and his son, Andrew, in the Catskills in New York state where Andrew is directing a movie.

Onida native Tom Gerken and his wife, who live in Maine, are leaving this weekend on a two-week ride (he on his motorcycle and she in the attached passenger car) from Maine to South Dakota for his high school class 50-year reunion and to visit as many Hall of Fame buildings as they can find along the way.

Bob and Carolyn Riter’s 50th wedding anniversary is tomorrow (Friday). The long-time Pierre residents are the parents of three children, Ashley Riter Collins, Lindsey Riter-Rapp and Matthew Riter. Greetings can be sent to the Riters at 2704 Dunes Dr., Fort Pierre SD 57532.

Dick Dunwoody, 70, died July 27. His funeral service was held Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church. Dick came to Pierre with his family from Aberdeen to open Oahe Glass Company in 1963. Dick graduated from Riggs High School in 1970. He attended Southern State College from 1971 to 1974, earning a degree in industrial arts. He worked for many years for his father’s local company. He was Pierre’s fire chief from 1974 to 1981. Dick married Mary Lou Eisenbeisz in 1983, and they became the parents of two daughters. He is survived by his wife; his daughters, Ashley (Markus) Thiel and Kelsey (Daris) Kampfe; three grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Laura) Dunwoody; his sisters, Gail Dunwoody and Nancy Dunwoody; and his sisters-in-law, Linda (Lari) Ott, Sharon (Andy) Anderson and Connie (Lionel) Nold.

The cast has been selected for “Average Family,” the play written by Pierre native Larissa FastHorse which will be the opening show of the upcoming season at Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City. The performance will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 9, and Larissa will be in Rapid City to help produce the play.

Ken Beringer, 90, died July 20. Funeral Mass was celebrated July 26 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Ken taught in Winner, Salem and Lennox before going to Vermillion in 1963. He taught and coached and was the first business manager in the Vermillion school district. He officiated football and basketball for 35 years and coached American Legion baseball for more than 20 years. He and his late wife, JoAnne, were both inducted into both the Vermillion High School and USD athletic halls of fame. Ken is survived by three sons, Ken (Joan) Beringer, Jeff (Cindy) Beringer and Jon (Deb) Beringer; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a brother. Among those who preceded him in death were his wife of 67 years; a son and four siblings. Condolences can be sent in care of Jeff Beringher at 2505 Capital St., #202, Yankton SD 57078.

Breanna Bishop has been named senior director of strategic communications at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., in the East Bay area east of Oakland. Breanna joined the laboratory in 2011, was public affairs deputy director from 2016 to 2021 and has been acting director of the public affairs office since June 30 last year. Prior to joining the lab she was public relations manager at the School of Mines in Rapid City. Bre earned her B.S. in mass communications at Mankato State and her master’s in higher education administration at USD.

Brayden Richard Stoeser is the newborn son of Cody and Cassie (Rausch) Stoeser. He was born July 21 and joins brother Isaac, 8; sister Ava, 7, and brother, Logan, who will be 3 in October, in the family.

Friends have begun a fund-raising effort for Dave and Anissa Grambihler. While they have been contributors to various phases of the community, they are perhaps best known for their Grey Goose pumpkin display at Halloween time for more than 20 years. Dave was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Donations to help the Grambihlers get through this crisis can be made in pumpkin baskets located around the community or in a special account established at BankWest (P.O. Box 998. Pierre SD 57501).

Onida native Norman Allison, 88, died July 27. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, followed by inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday morning, Aug. 8. The son of the late John and Ellen Allison graduated from Onida High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy for nearly 20 years during the Korean and Vietnam eras. He and his wife, the former Marilyn Beitler, became the parents of four sons. The Navy took the Allisons to many places, especially Norfolk, Va., and Lexington Park, Md. After his Navy service Norm was a field representative for Geico insurance and sold real estate through his Allison Insurance Agency. He later was food services director for the Meade school district at Sturgis and worked in a similar job at Lamesa, Texas, and Flagstaff, Ariz. In 1983 Norm married his wife, Kaye, and they returned to Rapid City in 1994. Survivors include two sons, Kirk Allison of Rapid City and Greg Allison of Littleton, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Tiffany (Rick) Goebel of Greenfield, Wis.; a stepson, Dean (Toni) Kinney of Boulder Canyon, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, two sons, brother Alvin “Timer” Allison, and his former wife, Marilyn.

Spencer Sarringar, who played baseball at Northern State University during the school year, is one of four players from the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League, a summer college baseball circuit, who participated in a Major League Showcase at LaCrosse, Wis., in front of major league scouts. In Bismarck this summer Spencer batted .292 with three home runs and 27 runs batted in. The selected athletes were divided into four teams, each playing a game, at the showcase. (News courtesy of KCCR Sports.)

Madie Brink, who earlier this year completed her master’s degree at the University of Washington, has begun work at the University of Sioux Falls as assistant athletic director and director of athletics communications.

Rapid City attorney Mitch Johnson, who is the father of Pierre native Nick (Mallori Barnett) Johnson, checked himself into the emergency room last Friday, and before the weekend was over he was undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery. He was said to be doing a little better by Monday in the intensive care unit at Monument Hospital.

DeWitt Miles, who graduated from Onida High School in 1953 and was the student manager for that year’s state “B” championship basketball team, died March 26. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became a life-long farmhand. He is survived by his sister, Rose (Walter) Ranft; five nieces and a nephew. There will be a service for the family only.

Remember COVID? The pandemic that “ended” a year ago? South Dakota reported seven new deaths this week and a whopping 1,574 new cases, just in time for the influx of thousands of people for the motorcycle rally.

Eugene Nagel, 82, Gettysburg, died July 25 at Avera Oahe Manor in Gettysburg. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg. Mr. Nagel was a life-long farmer but also served his community as an EMT for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Stella; two daughters, three grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister, Irma (Tom) LeFaive.


August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades and dies, the final moments of fun before the freeze.
— Rasmenia Missoud


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