THOUGHT FOR TODAY
“On a bad day I look around and try to focus on really specific things I’m thankful for—that tree, my dog, the green grass. It’s hard to be sad while being grateful.”
— Angie Harmon
29 days to Sept. 23, the first day for absentee voting and in-person voting at county auditors’ offices.
60 days to Oct. 24, the deadline for new voter registrations or current voter registration changes.
75 days to Nov. 8, Election Day.
PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP
This week’s schedules:
Girls tennis: vs. Brandon Valley (at Rapid City), 2 p.m.
Girls soccer: home vs. Sturgis, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer: home vs. Sturgis, 6 p.m.
Cross country: home for Pierre invitational, 10 a.m.
Boys golf: at Huron invitational, 10 a.m.
Girls tennis: at Rapid City invitational, 2 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Rapid City Stevens, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Rapid City invitational, 8 a.m.
Cheer/dance: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Rapid City Central, 2 p.m.
Football: home vs. Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Boys golf: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
Girls soccer: at Watertown, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer: at Watertown, 6 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at Watertown invitational, 5 p.m.
Girls tennis (5-1): The Governors had an exceedingly good weekend trip to the Sioux Falls area. Pierre shut out Harrisburg, 6-0, in a dual cut short due to weather; lost to Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-3; whitewashed Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 9-0, and shut out Sioux Falls Washington, 9-0. Kourtney Walti won all four of her singles matches in those four duals. The doubles team of Caitlin Ott and Jocelyn Corrales went 4-0 in their matches on the trip. In addition to Walti in singles and Ott/Corrales in doubles, the other point against Lincoln’s perennial powerhouse team was earned by Marlee Shorter in singles.
Boys golf: At the home invitational tournament Tuesday the Governors were the first-place team with a 6-under-par team score of 282, a school record. Pierre bested runner-up Watertown by six shots. Sawyer Sonnenschein and Luke Olson tied for second place individually with 3-under 69s, three strokes behind champion Jake Olson of Watertown with a 66. Nick Bothun was fifth at 70, Lincoln Houska eighth at 74 and Jack Bartlett in a tie for 13th at 75. Charlie Simpson carded an 88.
Volleyball (1-0): The season opened on a high note as the Governors bettered Watertown, 3-1, Tuesday. The game scores were 20-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-23. Ayvrie Kaiser had six service aces and 13 kills, Makenna Schlekeway eight kills, Remi Price seven kills and Reese Terwilliger seven kills.
Girls soccer (2-2): After winning their first two games the girls lost twice this week. In a 2-0 loss at Sioux Falls Roosevelt the girls managed only one shot on goal. In the net Peyton Dillman stopped three shots on goal. On Tuesday the Governors lost to Aberdeen Central, 3-1, with Ryann Barry scoring the only Pierre goal.
Boys soccer (2-2): With a 1-1 record after their first two games the Governors shut out Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4-0. Landon Bertram scored a goal, Rylan Derry scored on a penalty kick and an additional goal, and Cesar Ramirez scored the fourth goal. Carson Ahartz made four saves. On Tuesday the boys lost to Aberdeen Central, 2-1, with Nathan Ehrisman scoring the lone Pierre goal.
STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP
This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Winner meet, 10 a.m.
Football: at De Smet, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Wall triangular (with Bennett County), 2 p.m.
Volleyball: at Chamberlain, 6:30 p.m.
Football (0-1) The Buffaloes lost their season opener at home to Sully Buttes, 16-6. After the Chargers had gone ahead by 16-0 with scores late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, SCHS got on the scoreboard on a 52-yard pass play between quarterback Broch Zeeb and Chase Hanson with 6:24 left in the game. The Buffs accumulated 163 yards of total offense.
Volleyball (1-0): The Buffalo girls scored a 3-0 win over Highmore-Harrold in their season opener Tuesday. The game scores were 25-21, 25-10, 25-17.
SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP
This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. Potter County, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at YTC tournament, Roscoe, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Faulkton, 5:15 p.m.
Football (1-0): The Chargers won their season opener at Stanley County, 16-6. Quarterback Landon Hepker, who carried the ball 22 times for 70 yards, bulled over the goalline from the 3-yard line at 2:16 of the third period to break a scoreless deadlock. With 11:03 left in the game Thomas Farries broke free for a 56-yard touchdown run to give SBHS some breathing room. Hepker scored the two-point conversion try both times. The Charger offense accumulated 230 total yards.
Volleyball (0-1): The Chargers lost to a strong Jones County team Tuesday, 3-0, on game scores of 15-25, 20-25, 23-25.
ZESTO SHERBET SCHEDULE
Friday-Sunday: black cherry.
FOOTBALL CONTEST #2
In our first contest of the season last week Levi Neuharth got all of his games correct except for Wagner’s loss to Miller/Highmore-Harrold. He rings the bell with a 9-1 record, our 10-point winner for Contest #1. At 8-2 for nine points each were Jon Boer, Dawn Magee and Randy Pool. Coming in at 7-3 for eight points apiece were Seb Axtman, Eric Lusk, Jake Bartels and Brad Cruse.
This will be the last week we include high school games as finally the college season begins with the NFL just two weeks away. Everyone is welcome to participate. Send your 10 winners to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday afternoon:
(1) Nebraska vs. Northwestern (in Dublin)
(2) Wyoming at Illinois
(3) Bemidji State at Augustana
(4) Northern State at Wayne State (Neb.)
(5) Huron at Tea Area
(6) Watertown at Brookings
(7) Yankton at Mitchell
(8) Harrisburg at Sioux Falls Jefferson
(9) Sturgis at Rapid City Central
(10) Aberdeen Central at Pierre
COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP
Missouri Baptist football (Shawn Schnabel): Shawn, who coached for three years at Riggs High and then seven years at Black Hills State, is still at Missouri Baptist University in suburban St. Louis where he is offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. The MBU team opens its season at Lyon College in Arkansas this Saturday.
South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits kick off their season at Iowa on Sept. 3.
Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): The season opener for the Bison is at home in Washington, D.C., against Waynesburg (Pa.).
St. Thomas women’s soccer (Molly Knoblauch): The Tommies won their season opener over Green Bay, 2-0. St. Thomas is home vs. Drake tonight, Chicago State Saturday and Utah Tech Monday.
Hot Springs High School football (Ben Kramer): Ben’s Bison won a thrilling season opener at Redfield, 14-13. Trailing 13-7, Hot Springs went on a late fourth-quarter 85-yard drive in only four plays, the last a touchdown pass with 1:46 left to tie the game. The extra point gave Hot Springs the win, but it wasn’t assured until a Bison player intercepted a desperation Redfield pass on the last play of the game. Hot Springs is home this Friday against McCook Central-Montrose.
University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougar runners open their season Sept. 2 at the Augustana twilight meet.
University of Sioux Falls wrestling: At USF where women’s wrestling will be added to the list of sports next school year (2023-24), Pierre native Toby Bryant has been named head coach. USF is also bringing back men’s wrestling after a decade without offering that sport. After a stellar wrestling career at Riggs High School where he won individual state championships in his freshman, junior and senior years (1994, 1996, 1997), Toby wrestled at SDSU from 1997 through 2000. He became a graduate assistant at Northern State where he completed his master’s degree in 2003. While serving as Aberdeen Central’s head wrestling coach from 2003 to 2010, he secured his second master’s degree. Since then Toby and his family have lived in Sioux Falls, and Toby has been working as an administrator in the Harrisburg district. He also has been owner since 2015 of his own Metro Wrestling Academy. Toby and his wife, Amber, are the parents of four daughters—Tevan, who is now a freshman at Northern; Dessa, Autumn and Hadley.
Lafayette (Pa.) men’s soccer (Eric Axtman): The season opens tonight at home in Easton, Pa., against Fairleigh-Dickinson and Monday against Albany.
North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison will be home Sept. 3 against Drake for their season opener.
South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes lost to Loyola-Chicago, 1-0, then lost on Sunday to Northern Iowa, 2-1. The USD goal was scored by Joana at 83:07. Now 0-2, USD is home today vs. Colorado State, plays at Portland State in Oregon Sunday, then back home vs. Dordt Tuesday.
St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): St. Joe’s opens the season tonight in Annapolis against Navy.
Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders will get Morningside out of the way early this year, opening the season in Sioux City against the Mustangs Sept. 3.
Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Coach Breske’s Yellowjackets kick off their season next Thursday at Dickinson State.
Augustana men’s golf (Bennett Geraets): The Viking golfers don’t open the fall season until Sept. 6-7 at Winona, Minn., in the super regional fall preview meet.
Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings open their season on the road at Concordia-St. Paul next Thursday night.
Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Jaden Flor, Nathan Cook): The season opener has arrived for the Trojans. They kick it off in Madison tonight against DWU at 7 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.
Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): The Tigers’ first meet will be in Sioux Falls at the Augustana twilight meet Sept. 2.
Northern State football (Jacob Howard): The Wolves’ season opener is only a week away, next Thursday at home against Upper iowa.
Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers open their season tonight at Dakota State at 7 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.
Charleston volleyball (Jaxon Melby): The season openers for the Charleston women are Friday against Adelphi and Post and Saturday against Malloy and New Haven.
Aberdeen Central football (Justin Briese): The former Pierre Governor has his first game as the Eagles’ head coach at Pierre this Saturday night.
WORDS OF WISDOM
The people who threw mask tantrums at Target now want to have a civil war to defend a reality TV star’s right to steal classified nuclear documents.
— The Other 98%
PARKER’S PERSONAL NOTES
- The Black Hills Playhouse board of directors has announced the shows for next summer’s season. They include “Lifespan of a Fact,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “9 to 5” and “Silent Sky.”
- Next summer’s state Legion baseball tournament for the varsity teams will be hosted by Yankton. Meanwhile, the Central Plains Regional will again be hosted by Post 22 in Rapid City.
- If you’re a football fan, you already know the NFL has Thursday night games. However, if you plan to watch them at home this season, you will need to subscribe to Prime Video if you don’t already do so. The opening-night game Sept. 8 will be on NBC, but after that all of the Thursday games will be only on Prime Video. As for me, I’ll pass.
2 days: BluntFest, Blunt (Aug. 27).
7 days: South Dakota State Fair, Huron (Sept. 1-5).
11 days: Labor Day (Sept. 5).
14 days: NFL season opener, Bills at Rams (Sept. 8).
15 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Chamberlain (Sept. 9-10).
15 days: Badlands Sabres hockey season opener (Sept. 9).
17 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener vs. Green Bay (Sept. 11).
18 days: Sanford International golf tournament events, Sioux Falls (Sept. 12-18).
18 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 12).
19 days: Stanley County High homecoming coronation (Sept. 13).
21 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 15).
22 days: South Dakota Film Festival, Aberdeen (Sept. 16-18).
22 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 16).
29 days: South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings (Sept. 23-25).
29 days: Stanley County High homecoming day (Sept. 23).
29 days: Absentee and in-person voting for general election begins (Sept. 23).
30 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 24).
30 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Sept. 24).
30 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 24).
30 days: Cougar Day at U. of Sioux Falls (Sept. 24).
31 days: South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame induction, Sioux Falls (Sept. 25).
36 days: Smith-Noem gubernatorial candidates debate (Sept. 30).
37 days: Homecoming at Nebraska (Oct. 1).
37 days: Homecoming at Minnesota (Oct. 1).
37 days: Homecoming at North Dakota State (Oct. 1).
37 days: Homecoming at Northwestern (Iowa) (Oct. 1).
39 days: State ‘AA’ boys golf tournament, Mitchell (Oct. 3-4).
42 days: State ‘AA’ girls tennis tournament, Rapid City (Oct. 6-7).
42 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 6).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “The Crucible” (Oct. 7-9, 13-15).
43 days: Baseball playoffs begin (Oct. 7).
44 days: Gypsy Day at Northern State (Oct. 8).
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL UPDATE;
Class 11AA update:
— Games this week: Friday, Watertown at Brookings, Belle Fourche at Douglas, Huron at Tea Area, Yankton at Mitchell, Spearfish at St. Thomas More; Saturday, Aberdeen Central at Pierre, Sturgis at Rapid City Central.
NFL preseason games on live TV this weekend:
— Thursday: Green Bay at Kansas City, 7 p.m., NFLN.
— Thursday: San Francisco at Houston, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
— Friday: Seattle at Dallas, 7 p.m., NFLN.
— Saturday: Jacksonville at Atlanta, 2 p.m., NFLN.
— Saturday: Los Angeles Rams at Cincinnati, 5 p.m., NFLN.
— Saturday: Minnesota at Denver, 8 p.m., NFLN.
— Sunday: New York Giants at New York Jets, noon, NFLN.
— Sunday: Detroit at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m., CBS.
Where is Brandon Cruse? To see which game Brandon and his crew are working this weekend, go to www.footballzebras.com, look for the Week 3 assignments and look for the Carl Cheffers crew. Last weekend the Cheffers crew worked the Los Angeles Chargers’ home game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Denver Broncos: It was only a preseason game, but nevertheless the Broncos were embarrassed in a 42-15 loss at Buffalo, and it wasn’t that close. Denver (1-1 in the preseason) ends with a home game against the Vikings Saturday night.
Midco games on live TV this weekend:
— Thursday: Dakota Wesleyan at Dakota State, 7 p.m.
— Friday: Bismarck Century at West Fargo, 7 p.m.
— Saturday: Sioux Falls Washington at Rapid City Stevens, 6 p.m.
— Saturday: Sturgis at Rapid City Central, 9:15 p.m.
Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
— Friday: San Francisco, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: San Francisco, 6:15 p.m.
— Sunday: San Francisco, 1:10 p.m.
— Monday: Boston, 6:40 p.m.
— Tuesday: Boston, 6:40 p.m.
— Wednesday: Boston, 6:40 p.m.
Sioux Falls Canaries: The Canaries went 1-9 in their last 10 games through Sunday to stand at 31-54. The team will be home tonight vs. Sioux City, Friday through Sunday vs. Kansas City and Tuesday through Thursday vs. Lincoln.
Minnesota United FC: The Loons won a game crucial for playoff positioning over Austin FC, 2-1. The Loons are home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Houston, then go to Real Salt Lake next Thursday.
PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic in Endicott, N.Y., Tom tied for 61st place with a 1-over-par 72-72-73=217, earning $2,940. The Champions Tour goes this weekend to Grand Blanc, Mich., for the Ally Challenge tournament.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“There should be a draft where every young person has to do one year of something—military, public works—something so that we all feel invested in the same game because that’s the part that we have lost.”
— Jon Stewart
Rob Kittay of Pierre has been elected to the USA Hockey board of directors representing the Northern Plains District (NPD), which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. He was elected to a three-year term as a new director for NPD as the district registered more than 20,000 participants for the first time in the 2021-22 season. The board of directors governs the affairs of USA Hockey. Each of the 12 USA Hockey districts gets up to four directors.
Kittay started refereeing and playing youth and junior hockey in Minnesota before moving to South Dakota. He started coaching when the Oahe Hockey Association in Pierre was first organized. He coached the Capitals boys high school team for 25 years, winning the South Dakota state tournament in 2011 and was named South Dakota high school hockey Coach of the Year six times. His teams won the South Dakota league four times. Rob is also the South Dakota state coach-in-chief and the state boys development coordinator.
Kittay is only the second South Dakotan to be named to the board. Dave Tronnes of Mitchell was the first on the board when the NPD was formed in 2007. Eric Ballard of Jackson, Wyo., was also elected to the board to complete the term of Duane Dillnger, who was elected to an international position.
Thursday, Aug. 25:
Chris Lopez, Gina (Kotilnek) Hickenbotham, Michael McKillip, Gary Johnson, Kelsey Nincehelser, Dustin Hight.
— 49th anniversary, Rick/Gloria Merriam.
— 4th anniversary, Steven/Katelynn Gordon.
— 10th anniversary, Andy/Debra Yackley.
— 10th anniversary, Brandon/Cassie (Kinsman) Deffenbaugh.
— 10th anniversary, Brandon/Cori (Bechtold) Haag.
— 32nd anniversary, Tim/Thea (Miller) Ryan.
— 4th anniversary, Sam/Katie (Duenwald) Williamson.
Friday, Aug. 26:
Pat Clark, Barb Bjorneberg, Nick Dooley, Jensen Kusser, Scott Hipple, Liz (Winter) Marso, Hannah Reiprich, Ursula Waack, Johnathon Mehlhaff, Braeden Bruning, Hope (Hoover) Brenny, Landry Blake, Trestin Johnson, Jamie (Dykstra) Fitzke, Chad Grunewaldt.
— 11th anniversary, Chad/Emily (Currey) Kiel.
— Anniversary, Chris/Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen.
— 44th anniversary, Kevin/Connie Tveidt.
— 5th anniversary, Taylor/Angie (Kemnitz) Owens.
— 5th anniversary, Jerry/Darcie (Mennenga) Tveidt.
Saturday, Aug. 27:
Amber (Osnes) Antholz, Joe Dravland, Alison Weyer, Ainsley Ries, Cameron Villa, Megan Robertson, Thomas Simon, Kodi Jo Spaid, Nicole Stengle, Kirstyn Larsen, Lauren Bauer.
— 6th anniversary, Mike/Jenna Zellmer.
— 11th anniversary, Jason/Sarah (Linn) Hyde.
— 11th anniversary, Brandon/Sasha (Yackley) Bertsche.
— 17th anniversary, Levi/Crystal (Fosheim) Neuharth.
— 11th anniversary, Scott/Debbie (Wagoner) Mees.
— 11th anniversary, Joel/Anne (Rounds) Harrington.
— 29th anniversary, Joe/Stephanie (Colwill) Harmon.
Sunday, Aug. 28:
Brylon Beck, Pierce Danforth, Anita Zastrow, Mike Mehlhaff, Whitney (Stoeser) Schnabel.
— 12th anniversary, Shawn/Kristy (Sobolik) Luskey.
— 18th anniversary, Aaron/Carisa (Rathbun) Marshall.
— 18th anniversary, Andrew/Kayla (Johnson) Koob.
— 6th anniversary, Charles/Cleo (Hilding) Berg.
— 1st anniversary, Jordan/Madison Shangreaux.
Monday, Aug. 29:
Dan Nielsen, Dalton Carroll, Carolyn Fouts, Lisa Kahler, Jared Neilan, Elin Johnson, Lincoln Boer, Zach Merwin, Jocelyn Olson, Stella Thier.
— 7th anniversary, Cliff/Kristen (Gilbertson) Curry.
— 7th anniversary, Drew/Pam Garry.
— 53rd anniversary, John/Sylvia Moisan.
— 13th anniversary, Eric/Niki (Fergen) Rodawig.
— 7th anniversary, Clayton/Kacie (Cross) Etzkorn.
— 13th anniversary, Abe/Kate Storms.
Tuesday, Aug. 30:
Amanda Tinker, William Maier, Chris Johnson, Henry Runyan, Barry Johnson, Addison Sarvis, Lindy (Bouchie) Geraets, Nathan Vetter, Michelle (Koehn) Fox, Audra Sarvis, Laura White, Morgan Finley.
— 20th anniversary, Cody/Aimee (Stoeser) Nickolas.
— 19th anniversary, Kyle/Heather (Smith) Englehart.
— 8th anniversary, Kip/Kelsey (Ahlers) Rounds.
— 53rd anniversary, Randy/Alice Wright.
Wednesday, Aug. 31:
Hank Hoffman, Cecelia Hight, Joliz (Schaefer) Beskow, Chloe Harder, Holly Knox, Heather (Knox) Sazama.
— 10th anniversary, Todd/Julia (Weisgram) Lintner.
— 20th anniversary, Jare/Krystl (Anderson) Vermundson.
— 49th anniversary, Gary/Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson.
— 20th anniversary, Bradley/Amy (Klein) Greba.
— 48th anniversary, Blake/Cathy Barringer.
— 9th anniversary, Peter/Serena (Norman) Townsend.
— 9th anniversary, Mark/Sarah (Zinter) Detwiler.
— 3rd anniversary, Tom/Parker Johnson.
— 3rd anniversary, Cody/Bailey (Bradford) Nelson.
Thursday, Sept. 1:
Lauren (Gilsrud) Thayer, Josh Baldwin, Brett Ripley, Taylor Mickelson, Janet (Ellis) Leidle, Jess Ellingson, Trace Beck, Tarina (Zebroski) Kopren, Katie Nold, Jetta Whitebird, Megan Stulken, Diane (Lomheim) Schlenker.
— Anniversary, Nick/Renee Osterkamp.
— 10th anniversary, Brandon/Kia (Otten) Rieger.
— 10th anniversary, Cody/Cassie (Rausch) Stoeser.
— 15th anniversary, Shawn/Tracy Hostler.
— 15th anniversary, Kellan/Angie (Huxford) Pfleger.
— 10th anniversary, Kevin/Lauren Hall.
SUNDAYS AT THE LEGION
Summer Sunday evenings at the deck of the Legion cabin are winding down to a precious few. Music starts about 5 p.m. Remaining performers:
— Aug. 28: The Valentines.
— Sept. 4: Ham & Cheese.
NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS
Suddenly there is a race for sheriff of Hughes County. Pierre police officer John Weber, a former sheriff of Jones County, beat the deadline for independent candidates to file for the general election and will be on the Nov. 8 ballot against incumbent sheriff Patrick Callahan.
In Sioux Falls the two children of Marcus and Jocelyn (Newman) Frohm have begun the new school year at St. Mary School. Daughter Elle is a fourth grader, and son Mason is a second grader.
Matthew Lusk, after a summer internship at Fischer, Rounds & Associates in Pierre, began his junior year at SDSU this week. But first he took and passed the South Dakota PUC insurance license exam.
Chris Sonnenschein’s three kids are off to another school year. Daughter Jersey is a freshman at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix while sons Clay and Brody are a junior and a sophomore, respectively, at Harrisburg High School.
Mikal Kern has begun his 13th year in the school system at Wyndmere, N.D., and his sixth as elementary principal and ninth as an assistant football coach. His daughter Jo is a second grader this year.
Barbara (Shangreaux) Tillman, 87, died Aug. 18. At her request no funeral will take place. Barbara graduated from Pierre High School and married Wayne Tillman in 1956. She worked for the state for 35 years in the departments of health and social services. She is survived by her children, David (Mary Ann) Tillman, Marnie (Ron) Farris and Darcie (Scott) Versluis; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
“Jackrabbit Joe” Merriam, son of Tyler and Jill Merriam, is a third grader in the Brookings school system this fall.
Ground was broken last week for the Yellowstone Senior Living complex in Fort Pierre. The building will house 19 independent living suites, 31 assisted living suites and 13 memory care units. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio News.)
Eric Sprenkle’s three sons are back in school, too. Nate is a sophomore at SDSU where he majors in business and economics and minors in accounting. Zach is a sophomore at Bishop O’Gorman High School, and Noah is a fifth grader. Eric is married to the former Cindy Sonnenschein.
Allen Lesniak, 83, died at home Aug. 16. Services were held at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He spent 28 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He, his wife Shirley and their three daughters moved to Pierre in 1981. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Martha (Bob) Watkins, Ann Peacock and Dana (Earl) Holben; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerome (Jeanie) Lesniak, and a sister, Nancy Soda.
The Pierre Players community theater organization has announced cast members of “The Crucible,” which will be staged in October. The participating actors will be Abigail Stanley, Jack Mortenson, Shelby Bergeson, LaTrisha Schindler, Madeleine Amende, Laura Kelly, Tyler Seeley, Chloe Lewis, Kristina Harms, Matt McQuistion, Michelle Deyo-Amende, Robert Louder, Issac Gonzales, Scott Lee, Charis Blanchette, Justin Munyer, Jamie Myers and Joseph Knofczynski.
Seth and Karae (Englehart) Parsons in Sioux Falls like other parents have their kids off to school. Mya is a third grader, Parker is a first grader, and Leah is in the toddler room.
Also in Sioux Falls are Will and Lynnette Coolidge. Their Sophia is a second grader while their son Torin, is 5 years old. Will is a pharmacist with Avera McKennan Hospital.
Lori (Stulken) and Shawn Blom of Sioux Falls have a sophomore daughter, Tessa, playing mellophone in the outstanding Sioux Falls Lincoln marching band. The Patriot band had a preview night this week to give parents and fans a chance to see what they will be working on this fall.
The 90th birthday of Joan Likness will occur on Sept. 11, but her family is hosting a come-and-go birthday party for Joan over Labor Day weekend on Sunday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Farr House, 106 E. Wynoka. Persons planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Mary (Likness) Keeler at 605/280-3148. Friends can send birthday cards to Joan at 407 N. Harrison, Pierre SD 57501.
Dr. Brianne (Barnett) Roby of Minneapolis will again be part of a Children’s Surgery International volunteer surgical team going to Hermosillo, Mexico, in September. Bri and her colleagues will perform a wide range of pediatric maxillofacial surgeries for children who have significant needs.
Up in Bismarck the three sons of Matt and Blair (Simon) Picchietti are back in school. The boys are Gavin, a sixth grader; Nolan, a third grader, and Owen in kindergarten.
Marlys Foster, 84, died Aug. 17. Services are being held this (Thursday) morning at 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, followed by burial at her hometown of Colman. Marlys and her husband Richard and their family lived in Dell Rapids, Selby, Murdo and Onida before moving to Pierre in 1984. They had seven children. In Pierre Marlys worked at the Filling Station Cafe and for many years as a clerk at Anderson’s Clothing.
Elise Holcomb, who earned her bachelor’s degree at SDSU, is teaching seventh-grade math at Whittier Middle School in Sioux Falls this fall. She is the daughter of Jeff and Robyn (Starks) Holcomb.
In Maryland where Kelly Neiles-Brindza is a professor at the College of St. Mary, she and husband MIke have their youngsters in school. Maggie is a first grader, and Bert is in a pre-kindergarten 4 class.
Former Pierre residents Bill and Judy Martin observed their 60th wedding anniversary last week. Friends can send greetings to them at 2713 E. 51st, Sioux Falls SD 57103. The Martins’ children are Clint Martin of Sioux Falls, Stuart Martin of Rapid City and Laura Slowey of Yankton. They have eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Jerry Bollinger was a little girls’ dad last week. Now even more so! Jerry and Aly had their third daughter, Remi Jean Bollinger, on Aug. 19. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 20 inches. She joins sisters Aria, 4, and Mackenzie, 3, in the family. Jerry has worked for the Crawford, Murphy & Tilly engineering firm since January 2013 but now is in its Kansas City office, having transferred from Indianapolis.
Pierre native Rachel Propst and her fiance, Alexander Auch, were married Aug. 20 at an events center in Harrisburg. They met at SDSU where both were distance runners on the cross country and track teams. They are making their home in Vermillion, and both will be commuters—Rachel to a pharmacy position in Sioux City and Alex to Yankton where he has a mechanical engineering job. Rachel completed her pharmacy residency after earning her degree from SDSU.
Pierre native Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte and her husband, Dan, have their three kids back in school in Brookings. They are Isaac, a senior; Emily, a sophomore, and Ben, a seventh grader.
Shawn and Sara Ludemann of Rapid City are the parents of Auden Eliza. Their new daughter was born Aug. 20, weighing 6 pounds, 14.5 ounces, and measuring 18 inches. She joins a sister, Rylan, in their family.
Mark and Kelli (Larson) Anawski have their two children in the Brookings school system where Jasmine is a senior and Stephen a freshman.
Joe Lamb, a fixture of the Onida community all of his life, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 21, at home toward the end of a day when he, his wife and their extended family were celebrating his and Dorothy’s 72nd wedding anniversary. A celebration of his life will be held, at his request, in the back shop at Lamb Chevrolet & Implement in Onida at 11 a.m. Saturday, preceded by an hour of visitation. Following burial at the Onida cemetery, there will be fellowship at the multi-purpose room of the Sully Buttes school. The second child of Tony and Veo Lamb was born in 1931 in a dugout east of Onida. As he grew up, he worked at family businesses, including a service station and grocery store. He excelled in sports but chose to remain at home after school to work with his family. He married Dorothy Hyde on Aug. 21, 1950. Joe and Dorothy bought a house across from Lamb Service, and that has remained their home all of these years. He bought the oil, gas and tire business from his father, bought a Chevrolet dealership, added Allis-Chalmers and International Harvester farm equipment, and expanded into grain bins, a hardware store and another gas station. In 1982 while Joe was undergoing cancer treatments, he sold his businesses to his sons. Joe beat cancer, and he and Dorothy went to work for their sons. He worked every day until his death. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Lamb; his children, Dan (Colleen) Lamb, Nancy (Terry) Weischedel, Jamie (Susan) Lamb, Jeff (Becky) Lamb and Joey (Brenda) Lamb; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Dick (Cheryl) Hyde, Bob (Brenda) Hyde and Steve (Kathy) Hyde, and many nephews and nieces. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents; his sister, Delores (Howard) Hanson; his brothers, John (Emma) Lamb and Charles Lamb, and his parents-in-law, Conrad and Louise Hyde.
The start of a school year involves everybody in the Bisbee household in Brandon. Jason is beginning his 21st year as an eighth grade math teacher in the Brandon Valley district. His wife, Erin, is teaching first grade at Fred Assam Elementary in Sioux Falls but in the Brandon Valley district. As for the Bisbee offspring, Tristan is a senior, Adeline is a ninth grader, Nolan is a seventh grader and twins Ryan and Lincoln are first graders.
Pierre native Scott Heibel continues to live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and work for Collins Aerospace, formerly known as Rockwell Collins. Scott and his wife, Michele, have all three of their children in school this fall—daughter Kallie in fourth grade, son Garret in second grade, and daughter Aria in kindergarten.
Jayson Herra is still a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy and is again a school resource officer at Patriot Elementary in the Douglas school district at Box Elder.
In Harrisburg Chance and Erika (Rounds) Stoeser have their five older children back in school—Regina, a freshman; Tristan, a seventh grader; Georgi, a fourth grader, Layla, a second grader, and Ali, a kindergarten student. Still at home and too young for school are Tarrent and Mel.
“If you haven’t realized it yet, we are currently witnessing the loss of democracy as we know it. Humanity is literally welcoming tyranny as it rolls out to every corner of the world. Most people are too gutless to do anything about it, and they pretend everything is okay. If you keep pretending nothing is happening, then humanity is in for some seriously rough times ahead, groovers!”
— Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting