Vol. 22, No. 5; Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

Sep 30, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“October had tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a fall of beautiful adventures that made me believe in miracles.”
— Sarah Guillory, “Reclaimed”


The regular season for soccer teams concludes tonight (Thursday) after which the definite pairings for Tuesday’s first-round games will be revealed by the SDHSAA. The quarterfinals will follow on Saturday, Oct. 9, and the semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The four state championship games (“A” girls, “A” boys, “AA” girls, “AA” boys) will be played at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls on Saturday, Oct. 16.

If the playoffs were to begin today, the following would be the first-round pairings in Class “AA.” However, these could change after the results of tonight’s games are known:
#16 Brookings at #1 Brandon Valley
#15 Sioux Falls Jefferson at #2 Aberdeen Central
#14 Sturgis at #3 Sioux Falls Lincoln
#13 Yankton at #4 Rapid City Stevens
#12 Sioux Falls O’Gorman at #5 Rapid City Central
#11 Mitchell at #6 Pierre
#10 Sioux Falls Roosevelt at #7 Harrisburg
#9 Watertown at #8 Spearfish
#16 Harrisburg at #1 Sioux Falls Jefferson
#15 Watertown at #2 Yankton
#14 Brookings at #3 Aberdeen Central
#13 Brandon Valley at #4 Rapid City Stevens
#12 Rapid City Central at #5 Sioux Falls Washington
#11 Sioux Falls Roosevelt at #6 Spearfish
#10 Sioux Falls O’Gorman at #7 Sioux Falls Lincoln
#9 Pierre at #8 Huron


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Watertown invitational, 2 p.m.
Volleyball: at Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 7 p.m.
Football: home vs. Huron, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Brandon Valley, 2:30 p.m.
Boys golf: at state tournament, Huron, 9 a.m.
Boys golf: at state tournament, Huron, 8 a.m.
Volleyball: at Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at Brandon Valley invitational, 5 p.m.
Girls soccer: first-round playoff game.
Boys soccer: first-round playoff game.

Boys golf: At the ESD Conference tournament Pierre placed third with a 320 team score. Nick Bothun placed sixth with a 78 and Sawyer Sonnenschein ninth with a 79, and both thus earned all-ESD recognition.

Football: Right from the start the Governors made Yankton’s homecoming game an uphill battle for the Bucks. On the first play Lincoln Kienholz connected with Jack Merkwan on a 72-yard touchdown play. A few moments later Kienholz crossed the goalline from six yards out, and the Govs were on their way. Their 14-3 lead held up until the fourth quarter when Cole Peterson nailed a field goal and Kienholz plunged over from the 1-yard line to complete an 11-play drive. The Bucks got a late touchdown to narrow the final score to 24-10. Kienholz had 31 carries and completed nine of 29 passes for 405 total yards.

Class 11AA football update:
Records: Tea Area 5-0, Pierre 4-1, Brookings 4-1, Aberdeen Central 3-2, Yankton 2-3, Watertown 2-3, Huron 2-3, Spearfish 2-3, Mitchell 1-4, Sturgis 0-5, Douglas 0-5.
Last week’s scores:
Pierre 24, Yankton 10
Huron 21, Aberdeen Central 14
Brookings 43, Mitchell 14
Tea Area 44, Watertown 13
St. Thomas More 36, Douglas 0
Rapid City Stevens 38, Sturgis 21
Spearfish 30, Custer 0
This week’s games:
Huron at Pierre, Tea Area at Douglas, Aberdeen Central at Watertown, Yankton at Mitchell, Belle Fourche at Sturgis, St. Thomas More at Spearfish, Brookings at Sioux Falls Washington (Thursday).

Cross country: At Rapid City Central’s meet Hayden Shaffer placed ninth among 143 runners in 16:27.82, leading the boys team to sixth place. Jared Lutmer placed 17th and Blake Judson 37th. The Pierre girls placed 12th of 16 schools, topped by Autumn Iverson in 48th place and LizBeth Crosby in 49th. Jazzlyn Rombough finished 79th and Lennix Dupris 88th.

Volleyball: The Governors won at Rapid City Christian, 3-1, on game scores of 21-25, 25-9, 25-13, 25-14. Pierre’s record is 9-1.

Cheer/dance: At Rapid City Stevens, the dance team placed second overall with a 231.25 score, placing second in pom and second in hip-hop. The cheer team was third at 184.5. At O’Gorman’s meet the dance team was 10th overall, placing fourth in pom and ninth in hip-hop.

Girls tennis: Pierre finished sixth at the ESD conference tournament. The best placings were Jocelyn Corrales’ third in her singles flight and the doubles team of Sydney Tedrow/Kara Weiss taking third in their flight. Other singles: Tedrow lost in the consolation semifinals; Marlee Shorter sixth; Weiss fifth; Caitlin Ott sixth; Carissa Ott fourth. Other doubles: Corrales/Caitlin Ott, fifth; Shorter/Gracie Zeeb, fifth.

Boys soccer: The regular season ended as the Governors tied top-ranked Jefferson, 1-1, and lost to Huron, 5-1. Rylan Derry’s successful penalty kick with 1:19 left in the game enabled Pierre to tie Jefferson. Against Huron Cole Peterson had the only goal. The final regular-season record is 6-5-2.

Girls soccer: Avery Davis’ goal off Grace Richter’s cross was the only score as Pierre beat Sioux Falls Jefferson, 1-1. Jenna Gehring made three saves in goal. Pierre swept Huron, 5-0, outshooting the Tigers 34-0. Ava Flottmeyer had three goals, Ragan Rae one and Avery Davis one. The final regular-season record is 9-3-1.


Oct. 2: Jordan Lamb/Abbey Fjeldheim.


This week’s schedules:
Football: at Lemmon, 6 p.m. MDT.
Cross country: at Highmore-Harrold meet, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Lyman, 6:30 p.m.

Football: The Buffaloes stormed to a homecoming victory over White River, 50-36, and are now 2-4. Lathan Prince passed for three touchdowns and ran for one himself. On the receiving end of his TD throws were Daysen Titze, Barret Schweitzer and Gavin Irving. Meanwhile, Levi Stover and Andruw Frederickson each ran for a score.

Volleyball: SCHS lost to Potter County, 3-0, then swept Crow Creek, 3-0, on game scores of 25-15, 25-12, 26-24. The Buffaloes stand at 8-7 for the season.


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: at Philip.
Football: at Herreid-Selby Area, 7 p.m.
Cross country: at Highmore-Harrold meet.
Volleyball: at Timber Lake.
Cross country: at CSDC/YTC meet.

Volleyball: The Chargers swept Sunshine Bible, 3-0; lost to Highmore-Harrold, 2-0; beat Sunshine again, 2-0, and lost to Potter County, 3-0. Game scores in the latter match were 17-25, 12-25, 23-25. Sully Buttes’ record is 7-11.


Thursday: butter pecan.


“To be noticed without striving to be noticed. This is what elegance is about.”
— Luciano Barbera


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: Detroit, 6:40 p.m.
— Friday: at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: at Kansas City, 6:10 p.m.
— Sunday: at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m.
(End of season)


Badlands Sabres: Idle last weekend, the Sabres hit the road to Bozeman for Friday and Saturday games.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings split a pair with North Iowa, winning 3-2 and losing 6-5. Aberdeen is home Friday and Saturday vs. St. Cloud.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost their preseason opener to St. Louis, 6-2. Minnesota plays at Colorado tonight and will be home vs. Colorado Monday and St. Louis Wednesday.

Rapid City Rush: The season hasn’t started yet. The Rush open with a pair of home games vs. Tulsa Oct. 22-23.

Sioux Falls Stampede: As the USHL season opened at the Fall Classic in Pittsburgh, the Stampede went 1-1, beating Muskegon and losing to Chicagoi. Sioux Falls plays at Sioux City Saturday.


1 day: Riggs High homecoming day (Oct. 1).
2 days: Cougar Day at USF (Oct. 2).
2 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 2).
2 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 2).
2 days: Homecoming at U. of Nebraska (Oct. 2).
4 days: State boys golf tournament, Huron (Oct. 4-5).
7 days: State girls tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 7-9).
8 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 9).
8 days: Homecoming at U. of Mary (Oct. 9).
8 days: Riggs High band at March to the Meridian, Yankton (Oct. 9).
13 days: Riggs High play (Oct. 14-16).
14 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 15).
15 days: State soccer championship games, Sioux Falls (Oct. 16).
17 days: Riggs High choir concert (Oct. 18).
18 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Oct. 19).
20 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 21).
20 days: 9-man and 11B football playoffs begin (Oct. 21).
21 days: Pierre Players’ “A Little Piece of Heaven” (Oct. 22-24, 28-30).
21 days: Rapid City Rush season openers (Oct. 22-23).
22 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 23).
22 days: State cross country meets, Sioux Falls (Oct. 23).
22 days: State cheer/dance meet, Brandon (Oct. 23).
27 days: Football playoffs quarterfinals (Oct. 28).
29 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Rapid City (Oct. 30).
35 days: Football playoffs semifinals (Nov. 5).
41 days: Football playoffs championship games (Nov. 11).
41 days: Volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 11).
41 days: Riggs High Veterans Day program (Nov. 11).
48 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 18-30).
55 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25).


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): After leaving the Sanford International at Sioux Falls, the Champions Tour went to the PURE Classic on the Pebble Beach course in California. Tom tied for 47th with a 72-73-73=218, 2 over par, and earned $7,700. Next on the schedule is the Furyk & Friends event at Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 8-10.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons shut out Houston, 2-0. Minnesota hosted D.C. last night and goes to Dallas Saturday.


Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience—this is the ideal life.
— Mark Twain


Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
— Friday, 5 p.m.: Football, Sioux Falls Roosevelt vs. Sioux Falls Jefferson.
— Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Football, NDSU at UND.
— Saturday, 6 p.m.: Men’s hockey, Bemidji State at UND.
— Saturday, 6 p.m.: Football, Dixie State at SDSU (on MSN2).

NFL live games on local TV this weekend (subject to change by networks):
— Thursday, 7:20 p.m.: Jacksonville at Cincinnati, NFL Network.
— Sunday, noon: Cleveland at Minnesota, CBS.
— Sunday, noon: Detroit at Chicago, Fox.
— Sunday, 3:20 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Green Bay, CBS.
— Sunday, 7:20 p.m.: Tampa Bay at New England, NBC.
— Monday, 7:15 p.m.: Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: Looking impressive after two losses to open the season, the Vikings dominated Seattle, beating the Seahawks for the first time since 2009, 30-17. Now 1-2, Minnesota is home Sunday vs. Cleveland at noon on CBS.


Minnesota Timberwolves: With A-Rod pulling some of the strings, how can the Wolves go wrong! Minnesota plays the first of four preseason games Monday at home vs. New Orleans.


  • How strongly does this fact call for term limits? Iowa’s Sen. Chuck Grassley is 88 years old. EIGHTY-EIGHT! He announced last week he will be a candidate for re-election. Grassley has been in Congress for 62 years. I doubt if our Founding Fathers ever intended for U.S. Senator to be a life-long occupation.
  • From today it’s 252 days until the primary elections on June 7, and that day will be your chance to vote “No” on Amendment C, even if it is the lone, single issue or race on your primary ballot. The Republican legislature is hoping you won’t bother to vote that day.
  • More likely than not, the person who controls the remote-control device for your TV set demanded that the set be tuned to the football game Sunday night. So, if you love Broadway as much as I do, you missed the Tony awards and their spectacular “Broadway’s Back” two-hour special. Many of the music numbers were duets performing some of the great hits from recent musicals, and you really should look them up. Try the CBS-TV website to see if the entire special is available for viewing. Or search for “Broadway’s Back” on YouTube to find some of the musical numbers. You don’t want to miss Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel doing “I’ve Been Changed for Good” from “Wicked.” Another highlight was “Wheels of a Dream” from “Ragtime” sung by Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell. “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., who emceed the whole show, sang a duet with his wife, Nicolette Robinson, on “You Matter to Me” from “Waitress.” Very moving and beautiful! And try Andrew Rannells and Tituss Burgess on “It Takes Two” from “Into the Woods.” It wasn’t a duet, but one of the blockbuster numbers was done by Tony-winning Adrienne Warren, the star of “Tina Turner the Musical.” All of this was much more entertaining than the football game most of you watched, especially because of the way it ended.


Last week Mikal Kern and Eric Lusk posted 8-2 records for 10 points each. At 7-3 for 9 points apiece were Ryan Knox and Seb Axtman. Earning 8 points each for 6-4 marks were Kyle Richards, Eric James, Levi Neuharth and Randy Pool.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Cincinnati at Notre Dame
(2) Northwestern at Nebraska
(3) Oklahoma at Kansas State
(4) Arkansas at Georgia
(5) Michigan at Wisconsin
(6) Arizona State at UCLA
(7) Oregon at Stanford
(8) NFL: Baltimore at Denver
(9) NFL: Cleveland at Minnesota
(10) NFL: Carolina at Dallas


South Dakota football: The Coyotes led at halftime with 23 points on the board but didn’t score again in a 31-23 loss at Missouri State. Now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Valley, USD is home Saturday for Dakota Day vs. Indiana State at 1 p.m.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings are rolling with a 4-0 record after a 52-24 win over Bemidji State. Colton had one assisted tackle. Augie goes across town to play USF at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders are 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the GPAC after a 31-7 win over Concordia. They have an easy mark this weekend when they play at Mount Marty at 1 p.m. in Yankton.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s team kept Swarm Day homecoming fans entertained through double overtime before beating Adams State, 51-48. Now 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the RMAC, the Yellowjackets go to Durango to play Fort Lewis at noon Saturday.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): The Coyotes won their two Summit League openers, beating SDSU, 3-1, and NDSU, 3-0. Against the Jacks Brooklyn had three digs. In the Bison match she had four service aces, four digs and an assist. Now 5-6 overall and 2-0 in the Summit, USD plays at Oral Roberts Thursday and at Kansas City Saturday.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks lost two 2-1 matches this week, one to UMass and the other to Hofstra. Now 3-7, St. Joseph’s plays at George Washington on Saturday and at home vs. St. Louis next Wednesday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): Idle last week, the Coyotes host St. Thomas Friday and Western Illinois Sunday.

South Dakota State rodeo (Rafe Wientjes): At the rodeo in Fort Dodge, the SDSU men placed fifth and the women second. The last rodeo of the fall season will be this weekend at Dickinson State in North Dakota.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans won 3-0 matches over Presentation and Mayville State. Against the Saints Nicole had two kills, 16 assists and a dig. In the Mayville match she had 20 assists and seven digs. Now 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the NSAA, Dakota State is home Saturday vs. Dickinson State and Sunday vs. Valley City State.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): The Tigers won over Hastings, 27-16. Now 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC, DWU goes to Concordia Saturday.

Black Hills State rodeo (Riley Hannum, Sydney Theobald): At the Fort Dodge, Iowa, rodeo, Sydney placed third in barrel racing in :29.47. The BHSU rodeo team goes to Dickinson State’s rodeo this weekend.

Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): Idle last week, the Tiger runners go to Briar Cliff’s invitational Friday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison were idle last week. This Saturday they go up to Grand Forks to play UND at 1:30 p.m. on Midco Sports Network.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans defeated Mayville State, 20-16, and are now 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the NSAA. They play at Waldorf Saturday.

Northern State football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves rolled over the University of Sioux Falls, 41-10. Now 3-1, NSU is home vs. UMary at 2 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jacks looked the part of a No. 2-ranked team as they destroyed Indiana State, 44-0, in a game whose score could have been much worse had SDSU not let up on the gas pedal halfway through. Now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Valley, the Jacks are home for non-league play against Dixie State (Utah), at 6 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports’ #2 channel.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): Finally their season opener is here. The Mustangs roll at Wauwatosa, Wis., in the Midwest Collegiate event this weekend.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Gracie Olivier): The Tiger girls won over Dordt, 3-1, and Briar Cliff, 3-0, and are now 15-1 for the season. After playing at Northwestern last night, DWU goes to Morningside Saturday and is home vs. Dakota State Tuesday.

University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): At Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational, Jessica placed 75th amid the big-time competition in a time of 24:21.6. Next on the Cougar schedule is the Lewis College meet in Romeoville, Ill., Oct. 9.

Augustana golf (Natalie Young): At Southwest Minnesota State’s Mustang Invitational the Viking women were the first-place team with a 603 score. Natalie was 19th with a 79-79=158 scorecard. This weekend Augie hosts its own invitational.

Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
Conference standings: SDSU 1-0, Southern Illinois 1-0, Missouri State 1-0, Western Illinois 1-0, NDSU 0-0, UND 0-0, Northern Iowa 0-0, USD 0-1, Indiana State 0-1, Illinois State 0-1, Youngstown State 0-1.
Overall records: SDSU 3-0, NDSU 3-0, Southern Illinois 3-1, Missouri State 2-1, UND 2-1, Northern Iowa 2-1, USD 2-2, Indiana State 2-2, Illinois State 2-2, Youngstown State 1-2, Western Illinois 1-3.
Last week’s scores:
SDSU 44, Indiana State 0
Western Illinois 38, Youngstown State 35
Southern Illinois 35, Illinois State 17
Missouri State 31, USD 23
This week’s games: Dixie State at SDSU, Indiana State at USD, Missouri State at Illinois State, NDSU at UND, Southern Illinois at Western Illinois, Youngstown State at Northern Iowa.


Yesterday’s Department of Health report revealed not a single death in the past day, the first time since Sept. 1 without a COVID fatality. Nevertheless, the toll stands at 2,133. There are 522 new cases, bringing the total number of active cases in South Dakota to 7,461.

Some of this week’s developments:

  • The 10 additional deaths due to COVID-19 reported by the Department of Health last Friday marked the largest daily death toll since Feb. 11.
  • As of Sept. 24 there had been 56 COVID deaths in South Dakota this month, more than the totals of June, July and August combined. On Monday of this week, 59 of the 66 counties had “high community spread,” meaning a 10% or greater positive test rate.
  • The West Central School District at Hartford and Humboldt is requiring masks in school starting today.
  • Monument Hospital’s ICU staff in Rapid City has been forced to make choices they’ve never had to make before—deciding which patients will have to wait for an ICU bed. In a Rapid City Journal interview, George Sazama, head of the ICU unit (who also happens to be my son-in-law), told of one man waiting for open-heart surgery with no bed available. He was sad, mad and angry but understands the situation. “I don’t know what’s going to be left when the dust settles because people are tired,” Sazama said. The hospital has been bringing in traveling nurses to work in the ICU. “We have to pay them a ridiculous amount to come here while our own staff are working harder for less,” Sazama said.
  • Thirty-three South Dakota legislators (six senators and 27 representatives, all of them Republicans, of course) have signed onto a resolution against any attempt by the Biden administration to put into place any national vaccination or testing mandate. According to the list posted by KELO-TV, neither of District 24’s two representatives, Rep. Weisgram or Rep. Mortenson, are included. Most of the 33 are those you would expect to see on the far-right side of any highly conservative issue. Why vaccinations or masks or anything connected with COVID-19 is political is a topic for discussion some other time. The resolution in this case can’t be brought up during any of the special sessions the Legislature is cooking up, so it likely can’t be raised before the full Legislature until January.
  • Up in Bismarck, all of the Starbuck’s locations have gone to drive-through service only due to COVID-related staffing issues. The same is true of one of the Walmart stores there, which closed at 2 p.m. Tuesday and did not reopen until this (Thursday) morning. Most of the Starbuck’s locations in Sioux Falls are also going to drive-through status only.
  • United Airlines began the process of terminating 593 employees who did not get vaccinated.
  • Their union says dozens of Massachusetts state troopers are resigning over a COVID vaccine mandate.
  • Avera Medical Group in Pierre is suspending walk-in patients at its clinic, going back to requiring appointments for non-emergency medical services as was done at the beginning of the pandemic.


Thursday, Sept. 30:
Jim Mehlhaff, Jeff Holden, Joan Adam, Leigh Ann Dunn, Chelsey Diez, Dusty Johnson, Tonya Brady-Jones, Allison Lindbloom, Mike Huxford, Todd Bertsch, Joey Tetzlaff, Kelley Trebesch, Rod Fisher, Ezra Rosenau.
— 4th anniversary, Austen/Abbie (Ramsey) McCloud.
— 5th anniversary, Jason/Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen.
— 16th anniversary, Shawn/Lori (Stulken) Blom.
— 4th anniversary, Sean/Shayna (Gross) Mehlhaff.
— 4th anniversary, Adam/Salina (Ballesteros) Sharkey.
— 10th anniversary, Jay/Lindsey (Suedkamp) Griffith.

Friday, Oct. 1:
Mikal Kern, George Sazama, Josh Hartmann, Karlie Slape, Sarah Farnsworth, Michael Lindbloom, Kelsey Collier-Wise, Joelle (Sarvis) Ellenbecker, Karae (Englehart) Parsons, Janell (Sarvis) Juhnke, Dawn Harris, Michael Rydland, Randi (McQuistion) Norman.
— 10th anniversary, Derek/Jennifer (Jensen) Newcomb.
— 10th anniversary, Dustin/Jamie (McQuistion) Haefner.
— 22nd anniversary, Brad/Joelle (Sarvis) Ellenbecker.

Saturday, Oct. 2:
Brea Lyn Steele, Jenna (Wickersham) Morin, Nancy Baker, Brent Hepker, Jayce Beastrom, Briana (Tobin) Bales.
— 17th anniversary, Jon/Lacie (Boyle) Herman.
— 17th anniversary, Brian/Brooke (Drewes) Dozark.
— 11th anniversary, Tyler/Angel Nemec.
— 10th anniversary, Donny/Abby Keyser.

Sunday, Oct. 3:
Stephanie (Collison) Thier, John Barnett, Annika (Russell) Manke, Mackenzie Bollinger, Ellery Humphery, Ami Hanson, Eero Lehmkuhl, Paulette Disburg, Jolene Schall, John Rounds, Jill Gilmore, Tyson Paxton, Christian Hess, Chris Rusmrill.
— 6th anniversary, Thomas/Brianne Trimble.
— 6th anniversary, Kyle/Carly (Myers) Schrempp.
— 12th anniversary, Nic/Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan.
— 34th anniversary, Mike/Kristi Jordan.
— 6th anniversary, Ronn/Kendra (Ott) Beyer.

Monday, Oct. 4:
Andrina Larson, Henry White, Mandy Vogel, Stacia Nissen, Ross Sperry, Jean Rounds, Gini Grannes, Kelly Zinter, Kate (Robertson) Barthel, Steph (Dvorak) Delvo.
— 12th anniversary, Nate/Rachel Kuchta.
— 7th anniversary, Bryce/Alyssa (Colton) Sutton.
— 7th anniversary, Matt/Carrie Bunkowske.

Tuesday, Oct. 5:
Griffin Johnson, Dolton Lasley, Sarah Raecke, Hailley Fouts, Erika (Rounds) Stoeser, Angie Iverson, Lindsey Rogers, Sophia Hove, Andre Melius, Jill (Penticoff) Dean, Drew Sweetman, Cody Henson Hullinger, Eric Hipple, Seth Waitman, Sandy (Case) Klatt, Jeanne Dahlin, Kelsey (Dunwoody) Kampfe.
— 31st anniversary, Russ/Connie (Walton) Hohn.
— 8th anniversary, Dan/Kelli (Stuwe) Maberry.

Wednesday, Oct. 6:
Brynn Stoeser, Brayden Wittler, Kristie (List) Magnino, Susan Weaver, Erika (Snow) Andreas, Kris Bradley, Matthew Lukkes, Tom Merrill, Jamie (Stokke) Lemire, Heather (Smith) Englehart.
— 9th anniversary, Jesse/Jessica Weintraub.
— 3rd anniversary, Cale/Sarah (Like) Pell.
— 14th anniversary, Eric/Jessi (Huber) Herrscher.
— 3rd anniversary, Rodd/Megan (Vockrodt) Bauck.

Thursday, Oct. 7:
Sarah Uhrich, Christopher Johnson, Tony Parker, Aftin (Riehle) Eich, Mikaela Knutson, Dora (Adams) Goddard, Adam Fuller, Deb Hyde, Niki (Fergen) Rodawig, Monae Johnson, Jordyn Wilson, Helen Zander, Brandon Deffenbaugh, Jake Johnson, Katelyn Harris, Sam Edman.
— Anniversary, Terry/Jane Tousley.
— 4th anniversary, Robert/Ann (Smith) Teachout.
— 4th anniversary, Brian/Allie Long.


Old age comes at a bad time. You finally know everything, just in time to forget it.
— Coffee and Jelly Beans

Sometimes the “majority” means only that all the fools are on the same side.

A life of success is well and good, but it is not nearly so satisfying as a life of significance.

To the optimist the glass is half full. To the pessimist the glass is half empty. To the engineer the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Some men see things as they are and ask “Why?” Others dream things that never were and say “Why not?”
— George Bernard Shaw


Jim Mollison was honored as he retired from the Capital City Campus (formerly Capital University Center) board of directors after four decades of service. He also leaves a scholarship that was established by him and his late wife, Susan, for a non-traditional student. Jim is being succeeded on the board by Rhea Waldman. (News courtesy of Today’s KCCR News.)

Larry Severson, 74, died at home Sept. 25. Visitation is taking place this (Thursday) morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral begins at 10 a.m. there. The oldest son of Sig and Eva Marie Severson attended Onida High School and Northern State College. He married Linda Weischedel in 1968. Larry served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge in 1970. He worked for the city of Onida, then attended SDSU in Brookings. In 1972 the family moved to Pierre. Larry worked for 38 years for local John Deere dealerships and served with the South Dakota Army National Guard for more than 20 years, retiring in 2009. Larry is survived by his mother; his wife; his son Jeffrey (Kimberly) Severson of Aberdeen; his daughter, Jennifer (Derek) Stern of Berthoud, Colo.; his sister, Alice (Robert) Jones of Kansas City; his brothers, Jim Severson of Pierre, Pete (Trish) Severson of Onida and Ric (Annette) Severson of Pierre, and five grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his father, a nephew, and his father-in-law, Gerald Weischedel.

Taya (Dockter) Runyan has been appointed executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, succeeding Jodie (Hickman) Anderson, who served in that position for more than 16 years. Taya has been in public service for more than a decade, most recently as general counsel and director of agricultural services for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre will hold a Country Fair on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend the annual (except for 2020) fall bazaar, which includes baked goods, crafts, homemade candy, homegrown produce, gift baskets, fresh caramel rolls for breakfast, and a lunch counter with homemade soup, sandwiches, chips and homemade pie by the slice. Proceeds will benefit local, regional and global mission efforts. Faith Lutheran Church is located on N. Euclid Ave. in Pierre.

State treasurer Josh Haeder announced he will seek a second four-year term when Republicans select their slate of candidates at their state convention next June.

Nick Jung and Natalie Nagle were married in Pierre last Saturday.

Gary Iverson, 84, Brookings, died Sept. 20. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Gary is survived by five brothers, Jim (Rosa) Iverson of Pierre, Bill (Jackie) Iverson of Anchorage, Alaska, Don Iverson of Brookings, John Iverson of Brookings, and Richard Iverson of Bandon, Ore.; three sisters, Colleen (David) Cox of Los Angeles, Connie (Bill) Jones of Arlington, Texas, and Sr. Janice Iverson of Watertown; 23 nephews and nieces, and 20 great-nephews and great-nieces.

Tristan Voller, 2-year-old son of Chris and Ashlee Voller of Billings, Mont., who was diagnosed earlier this month with leukemia, is likely to be able to return home to Billings by the second week of October, according to Facebook posts by family members.

Congratulations to Vick Becker and Oksana Mutchelknaus, who were crowned at Riggs High’s homecoming coronation festivities Monday night.

Mike Westall, 54, a member of the Riggs High School Class of 1985, died at home in Harrisburg Sept. 25. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church with a prayer service there at 7. After high school Mike served with the Army National Guard from 1985 to 1994. He earned an auto body repair degree from Western Dakota Tech. In 1997 Mike married Kimberly Wharton, and they lived in Pierre, Toronto, Watertown and Harrisburg. Mike worked for his dad at Red’s Painting and Decorating, for Capital City Aircraft, for Dykehouse Painting in Brookings, for Precision Aircraft and Krantz Auto Body in Watertown, and for Anderson Collision, Crimson Fire, Adams Thermal, and at the time of his death, for Heiman Fire. He is survived by his wife, Kim Westall of Harrisburg; his son, Arthur; his daughter, Crystal; his mother, Bea Westall of Mesa, Ariz.; his siblings, Brenda Jahner of Tempe, Ariz., Maxine (Troy) Slaybaugh of Show Low, Ariz., Jeff (Kris) Westall of Edina, Minn., and Jane (Dave) Harvey of Chandler, Ariz.; and his brothers-in-law, Duane Wharton of Pierre and And (Sharon) Wharton of Peoria, Ariz. Among those who preceded him in death were his father, Red Westall, and his daughter, Karlie.

Carey Smalley has sold her business, The Corner in Onida, to Onida native Wayne Miles. Carey owned the business on HIghway 83 for 6 1/2 years.

The Rev. David Zellmer has retired. Again! He just completed a nine-month tenure as interim pastor of First Lutheran Church in Brookings.


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