Vol. 22, No. 43; Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

Aug 11, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.”
— President James Madison


— Girls tennis: vs. Spearfish at Pierre invitational, 5 p.m.
— Girls soccer: at Douglas, 4 p.m.
— Boys soccer: at Douglas, 6 p.m.
— Girls tennis: vs. St. Thomas More at Pierre invitational, 8 a.m.
— Girls soccer: home vs. Spearfish, noon.
— Boys soccer: home vs. Spearfish, 2 p.m.
— Boys golf: at Brandon Valley invitational, 2 p.m.
— Boys golf: at Sioux Falls Washington meet, 8 a.m.


Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: lemon.
Wednesday-Thursday: blue mood.


  • We’re just a week away from our first football contest of the season. Here’s how it works: Everyone is welcome to participate by picking the winners of 10 games each week. There is no cash involved, no prize, no nothing. If you turn out to be the season-long champion next February, you get absolutely nothing but your name here in the Midweek Update and whatever bragging rights you wish to spread on Facebook. Each weekend’s list of 10 games to pick will appear here in the Midweek Update each Thursday. However, if you want to get a jump-start, the list of games will appear on my Facebook home page (Parker Knox) each previous Sunday evening. Thus, for next week’s Contest #1, the games will show up on my Facebook page this coming Sunday evening and will be here in the Update next Thursday. Either “comment” on my Facebook page with your 10 winners or send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com. Each week in the Update we will list the previous week’s winners. We compile points all season long in this manner—you get 10 points if you have the best record among all our contestants; 9 points if you have the second-best record; 8 points if you have the third-best record. However, you get no points if your record is worse than .500. We could have six people getting 10 points each week; we might have only one, and so it goes. Watch for the first list of games this coming Sunday or in next week’s Update. For the first week we will have just high school games to pick; the second week will have high school games and a smattering of early college games. After that we will concentrate mostly on college and NFL games.
  • While you’re sitting there daydreaming with a cup of coffee, help me out. Send me the names of Pierre, Stanley County or Sully Buttes alumni who will be participating in college sports somewhere this fall. Or grandkids of local and area residents. Or former residents of our area who are coaching anywhere. We want to follow them and their teams for all of the coming school year. I have started making a list, but I’ve been gone from the Pierre area for a long time, so I don’t know as many people any more. Send me your names, please, to parkerhome16@hotmail.com.
  • With the NFL season fast approaching, it will interesting to see what glimpses we get of our own Brandon Cruse as he officiates NFL games for the first time. I did not know about the website at www.footballzebras.com where officials are listed by crews and crews’ assignments to specific games will be posted.


2 days: Trader Days, Fort Pierre (Aug. 12-14).
8 days: First day of school in Pierre (Aug. 18).
9 days: Central States Fair, Rapid City (Aug. 19-27).
17 days: BluntFest, Blunt (Aug. 27).
21 days: South Dakota State Fair, Huron (Aug. 31-Sept. 5).
26 days: Labor Day (Sept. 5).
29 days: NFL season opener (Bills vs. Rams) (Sept. 8).
30 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame inductions, Chamberlain (Sept. 9-10).
30 days: Badlands Sabres hockey season opener (Sept. 9).
32 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (Sept. 11).
33 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 12).
34 days: Stanley County High homecoming coronation (Sept. 13).


Minnesota United FC: The Loons’ long streak of games without a loss came to an end with a 4-3 loss at Colorado. The Loons play at Nashville at 7 p.m. Sunday on FS1.


“We live our comfortable lives in the shadow of a disaster of our own making. That disaster is being brought about by the very things that allow us to live our comfortable lives.”
— David Attenborough


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Friday: at Los Angeles Angels, 8:38 p.m.
— Saturday: at Los Angeles Angels, 8:07 p.m.
— Sunday: at Los Angeles Angels, 3:07 p.m.
— Monday: Kansas City, 6:40 p.m.
— Tuesday: Kansas City, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: Kansas City, 12:10 p.m.

Four Corners: The local amateur team lost their first-round game to Salem at the state tournament in Mitchell by a 5-4 score.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds went 5-5 in their last 10 games through Sunday, including a rare three-game winning streak late last week. Through Sunday Sioux Falls had a 29-43 record and was 3 1/2 games behind fourth-place Lincoln and Sioux City in the six-team Western Division. The Canaries are at Lake Country tonight, home Friday through Sunday vs. Lake Country, and then on the road Monday through Thursday at Fargo-Moorhead.


NFL live preseason games on TV this weekend:
* Thursday, 6 p.m.: New York Giants vs. New England, NFLN.
* Friday, 5 p.m.: Atlanta vs. Detroit, NFLN.
* Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Green Bay vs. San Francisco, NFLN.
* Saturday, noon: Kansas City vs. Chicago, NFLN.
* Saturday, 3 p.m.: Indianapolis vs. Buffalo, NFLN.
* Saturday, 6 p.m.: Seattle vs. Pittsburgh, NFLN.
* Saturday, 8 p.m.: Dallas vs. Denver, NFLN.
* Sunday, 3:25 p.m.: Minnesota vs. Las Vegas, NFLN.

Minnesota Vikings: The first preseason game is at Las Vegas at 3:25 p.m. CDT Sunday on NFL Network.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, Tom tied for 55th place. He played the tournament in rounds of 69-73-72=214, 4 over par, and earned $5,287.50. The next tour stop comes this weekend at the Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie, Wash.


“The day will come when our republic will be an impossibility. It will be an impossibility because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. A republic cannot stand upon bayonets, and when the day comes when the wealth of the nation will be in the hands of a few, then we must rely upon the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation to the changed conditions.”
— President James Madison


On the riverside deck at the Legion cabin, the music starts about 5 p.m. or so each Sunday. Remaining performers:
* Aug. 14: Lance Spears.
* Aug. 21: Hidden Timber Band.
* Aug. 28: The Valentines.
* Sept. 4: Ham & Cheese.


“Something Rotten” is the final show of the summer. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. this Sunday, next Tuesday, and Saturday, Aug. 20. For ticket reservations call 605/255-4141 or visit www.blackhillsplayhouse.com.


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

Friday, Aug. 12:
Cooper Hogan, Lindsay Ambur, Taylor Murtland, Courtney Zander, Molly (Wilbur) Budmayr, Mary (Holm) Keahey, Bo Rosane, Kari Anderson.
— 5th anniversary, Chris/Ashlee Voller.
— 43rd anniversary, Dave/Marcia Mack.
— 16th anniversary, Tim/Lindsey (Simons) Ferber.
— 16th anniversary, Jeff/Jamie (Stokke) Lemire.
— 22nd anniversary, Kevin/Julie Lors.
— 22nd anniversary, Christopher/Jessica (Yost) Cox.

Saturday, Aug. 13:
Kory Davis, Misti (Currier) Baumberger, Sam Herrscher, Charissa Howarad, Bobbi (West) Meyer, Leto Knudson, Finn Meiners, Andi Mancuso.
— 11th anniversary, A.J./Tisa Wharton.

Sunday, Aug. 14:
Ethan Harder, Wyatt Rumrill, Eloise Cermak, George Summerside, Andrew Johnson, Mike Walton, Mike Zellmer, Rebecca Cruse, Tim Maher, Michaela Stroup, Gay Rhoades, Heath Stoeser, Jackson Goodman, Jordyn Ripperger, Spencer Thomas, Jonathan Pfleger.
— 12th anniversary, Chris/Victoria Bell.
— 52nd anniversary, Mike/Diana Vogel.
— 12th anniversary, Justin/Jill (Sickler) Gilmore.
— 41st anniversary, Tony/Shiela Mangan.
— 17th anniversary, Nate/Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel.
— 18th anniversary, Rick/Katie (Skrondahl) Melius.
— 35th anniversary, Doug/Deb Smith.

Monday, Aug. 15:
Meredith (Lee) Roebuck, Kathy (Hoover) Pautz, Hunter Roberts, Jason Christenson, Danny Snow, Jesse Nystrom, Heath Houdek, Jack Steece, Brian Kemnitz, Jared Dutton, Ellie Knudson, Autumn Iverson, Dianne Weyer.
— 15th anniversary, Sam/Amber (LaBrie) Shaw.
— 42nd anniversary, Mark/Glennis (Parsons) Zarecky.

Tuesday, Aug. 16:
Terry Keller, Gaylon Gerber, Mike Vogel, Brittney (Nuttall) Binger, Ann (Schroyer) Schwartz, Nancy Shoup, Susan Culberson, Dustin Van Balen, Trudie (King) Feldman, Melanie (Bunkowske) Cruse.
— 8th anniversary, Derek/Natalie Van Roekel.
— 53rd anniversary, Monte/Barb Hillestad.
— 36th anniversary, Rodney/Marla Mosiman.
— 14th anniversary, Robert/Samantha (Merrill) Pietz.
— 19th anniversary, Tom/Jill (Novotny) Hart.
— 19th anniversary, Eric/Misty (Doll) Brenden.
— 19th anniversary, Jerry/Doralynne (Micklos) Jarvis.
— 14th anniversary, Terry/Brrenda (Crandell) Carroll.
— 19th anniversary, Devin/Kimberly (Bartels) Malone.

Wednesday, Aug. 17:
Olive Williams, Asher Williams, Rachel (Hermanson) Knutson, Stephanie (Colwill) Harmon, Lois Telford, Adam Snow, Karen Stengle, Brad Curtis, Ryan Callahan.
— 20th anniversary, Josh/Katie Melgaard.
— 20th anniversary, Bob/Cara (Roseland) Gray.
— 21st anniversary, Jeremy/Penny Ripperger.
— 15th anniversary, Jesse/Megan Ahlers.
— 9th anniversary, Mitchell/Casi (Huizenga) Popko.

Thursday, Aug. 18:
Landyn Uecker, Kathy Lindekugel, Mike Larsen, Hannah Stahl, Kyle Weaver, Jerrid Conway, Brooke (Graff) Albertson.
— 4th anniversary, Todd/Hillary (Handcock) Leiferman
— 4th anniversary, Jason/Micki Noyes.
— 10th anniversary, Jamey/Erin (Titze) Herr.
— 55th anniversary, Larry/Dee Lundeen.
— 13th anniversary, Isaac/Anna Vogel.
— 55th anniversary, Larry/Anita Zastrow.
— 15th anniversary, Will/Stephanie (Magedanz) Bartsch.


Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Jaden Flor, Nathan Cook): The Trojans will have their first scrimmage next Wednesday, this one against Mount Marty. Collin is listed as a sophomore linebacker and Jaden a freshman defensive end (both from Riggs High) and Nathan a sophomore tight end (from Stanley County).

St. Thomas women’s soccer (Molly Knoblauch): Molly, a freshman midfielder/forward from Coon Rapids, is the granddaughter of former Pierre resident Juanita McKeever and the daughter of the former Kristin McKeever. The Tommies lost an exhibition match to the University of Minnesota, 2-0, Monday. They play additional exhibitions against St. Cloud State tonight (Thursday) and Sunday at Minnesota State-Mankato before their first real match against Green Bay next Thursday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Zanin sisters from Pierre include Joana, a fifth-year senior forward, and Janaina, a junior midfielder. The Coyotes have two exhibition matches scheduled—tonight against Briar Cliff and Saturday against Creighton. The season opens for good next Thursday at home against Loyola-Chicago.


Ayvrie Kaiser, who will be a senior at Riggs High this fall, has committed to attend Northern State University and play volleyball with the Wolves, starting a year from now.

Country Cookin’, the annual fund-raiser for the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre, will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 17. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 10. The menu includes pan-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, melons, bread, iced tea and lemonade.

Edward “Andy” Ricketts, 74, long-time Fort Pierre resident, died Aug. 4 at a veterans hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. this Friday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel, followed by a service there at 11. The son of George and Lola Ricketts, Andy attended school in Fort Pierre until enlisting in the Navy at the age of 17. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After his service he joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world while based out of Houston and New Orleans. He married Kay Jean Anderson, and they later divorced but remained friends. The last few years of Andy’s life were spent at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota Veterans Home in Hot Springs. He is survived by his sisters, Linda White and Janet Ricketts; his brothers, Bob (Jean) Ricketts and Bill (Audry) Ricketts, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Laurie Johnson, who is a registered nurse, worked her last night shift at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, last week. She had been there for 12 years after first being a travel nurse. Laurie’s new job is at Seton Hays Hospital in suburban Kyle, Texas, and Laurie’s job will be only five minutes from her and Cody’s home.

After 13 years out of the classroom, Nick Graves has taken a social studies teaching position at West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Chase Carda, son of Andy and Janelle (Kvislen) Carda, placed first in the Mount Juliet Kiwanis 5K race in Mount Juliet, Tenn., where the Cardas now live.

Mason Martin, son of Pierre native Stuart Martin and his wife of Rapid City, has signed to play for a second season with the Badlands Sabres hockey team that is based in Rapid City. Last season Mason scored 13 goals and had 19 assists. He graduated from high school in May 2021.

Cora (Stulken) Millard, 90, Presho, died Aug. 1. Services were held Aug. 5 at the Presho Methodist Church. Cora graduated from high school in Wessington Springs in 1950 and married Archie Millard in 1953. In 1957 the Millards bought a farm south of Presho. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Doug, Kenny, Kevin, Brian and John Stulken, and three sisters, Bertha Hines, Karen (John) Maciejewski and Catherine (Earl) Siefken.

Kyle McKeever and Mistie (Smith) O’Daniel were married last Saturday, Aug. 6.

Surprise Package, the local vocal ensemble which traditionally performs a concert during the Christmas season, will sing an hour of gospel music at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sully County Fair in Onida, leading up to the all-faiths worship service on the fairgrounds at 10:30.

Long-time Pierre residents Conrad and Alta Otterness observed their 61st wedding anniversary this month.

Arlene (Siewert) Hayward, 96, died Aug. 5. A private graveside service was held at Riverside Cemetery. She graduated from high school at Naper, Neb., in 1943 and then earned teaching certificates. She and Donald Hayward were married in 1947. They moved to Kimball in 1961, and Arlene worked for Northwestern Public Service Company until retiring in 1983. The Haywards moved to Pierre in 1989 to be near their son and his family. Arlene is survived by her son, Donald (Rosemary) Hayward of Pierre, and her grandson, Jeff (Kristin Rau) Hayward of Sioux Falls.

Jarret Ripperger left this week for boot camp with the Wisconsin Air National Guard at San Antonio. The son of Jeremy and Penny Ripperger will be joining the same Air National Guard unit of which his mother is already a member. The Rippergers live in Dousman, Wis., halfway between Milwaukee where Jeremy works and Madison where Penny works.

There is a Pierre connection to the Bottum family, but your Update editor can’t remember exactly what it is. Nevertheless Pierre folks who know the Bottums or know of them will find interesting a School of Mines website story about Faith Bottum, a 2021 civil engineering graduate of SDSM&T. She now works as an editor at the Wall Street Journal. Find the article at https://hardrock.sdsmt.edu/mag…/an-engineer-on-wall-street.

Among the newest members of the board of directors of Arts South Dakota is Michael Pangburn of Pierre. So is Larry Rohrer of Beresford, a long-time familiar face on South Dakota Public Television. So are legislators Rep. Reynold Nesiba of Sioux Falls and Rep. Tamara St. John of Sisseton.

The Pierre Educational Foundation announced the largest donation ever made to the foundation in its history. A $1.6 million donation from the estates of the late Alvin and Evelyn Benesh. The donation establishes the Evelyn Benesh Music Scholarship and the Alvin H. Benesh Engineering Scholarship, which will go to Riggs High seniors pursuing music and engineering degrees. Mr. Benesh was a federal highway engineer for many years. Mrs. Benesh was a conservatory-trained pianist and later taught many students in piano from her home studio in Pierre.


“Unless we find a whole lot more Liz Cheneys, individuals all over the country, in every city, county and community, regular folks who have the courage to speak up, call a lie a lie, work and vote to defeat the liars and the lunatics, we will lose our democracy. It will happen on our watch, yours and mine, our generation, the generation that once proclaimed peace and love and founded Earth Day will aid a abet, or simply watch, the disenfranchisement of millions, of women, of people of color, of LGBTQ people, of brown people and Native people, we will aid or watch the destruction of our planet’s climate, and the ability of countless species to survive here, including us, the founders of Earth Day. And we will say by our silence or acquiescence that the replacement of our Republic with a cult of personality, that the destruction and corruption of our democracy—the legacy of the greatest generation and every generation before us—is OK. Or at least not as important as not making waves, being liked, keeping our “friends.” It is all connected. And the place it connects is within the individual conscience of each and every one of us. Our own little piece of responsibility. Our own view of the person in the mirror.”
— Douglas Wood


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