Vol. 22, No. 6; Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

Oct 7, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“Baseball is more than a game. It’s like life played out on a field.”
— Juliana Hatfield


First-round scores:
S.F. Jefferson 3, Harrisburg 0
S.F. O’Gorman 2, Huron 1
Aberdeen Central 8, S.F. Roosevelt 0
S.F. Washington 3, Brandon Valley 0
R.C. Stevens 10, Watertown 0
S.F. Lincoln 1, Pierre 0
Yankton 3, Brookings 0
R.C. Central 6, Spearfish 4
Saturday’s quarterfinal pairings:
#8 S.F. O’Gorman at #1 S.F. Jefferson
#5 S.F. Washington at #4 Aberdeen Central
#7 S.F. Lincoln at #2 R.C. Stevens
#11 R.C. Central at #3 Yankton

First-round scores:
Aberdeen Central 6, Brookings 1
Watertown 2, Harrisburg 0
R.C. Stevens 3, Yankton 0
Spearfish 4, S.F. O’Gorman 1
Brandon Valley 3, Sturgis 1
S.F. Roosevelt 1, Pierre 0
S.F. Lincoln 1, S.F. Jefferson 0
R.C. Central 5, Mitchell 2
Saturday’s quarterfinal pairings:
#9 Watertown at #1 Aberdeen Central
#5 Spearfish at #4 R.C. Stevens
#10 S.F. Roosevelt at #2 Brandon Valley
#6 R.>C. Central at #3 S.F. Lincoln


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: at Huron, 7 p.m.
Football: home vs. Watertown, 7 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at Mitchell invitational, 10 a.m.
Cross country: at ESD Conference meet, Brandon, 1 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Harrisburg, 7 p.m.

Cross country: At Watertown’s meet the Pierre girls placed ninth and the boys fifth. Autumn Iverson placed 35th in 21:18.0 and LizBeth Crosby 36th in 21:20.0. In the boys’ race Hayden Shaffer placed second in 16:22, Jared Lutmer third in 16:37 and Mason Dell 26th in 17:26.

Boys soccer: The Governors’ season ended abruptly in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday in a 1-0 loss to Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Girls soccer: Pierre got off only three shots against Roosevelt and lost the first-round playoff game to the Rough Riders, 1-0. Jenna Gehring made seven saves in her last high school game.

Football: The Governors led Huron in the homecoming game at halftime by 61-7, and that was also the final score. Lincoln Kienholz threw for eight touchdowns—four to Jack Merkwan and one each to Cade Kaiser, Brock Moser, Matt Hanson and Trey Lewis—as he completed 16 of 27 passes for 396 yards. Kienholz also ran in one touchdown on the ground. Pierre scored on nine of 10 first-half possessions in accumulating 456 total yards to Huron’s 183.

Class 11AA football update:
Records: Tea Area 6-0, Pierre 5-1, Brookings 4-2, Aberdeen Central 3-3, Yankton 3-3, Watertown 3-3, Huron 2-4, Spearfish 2-4, Sturgis 1-5, Mitchell 1-5, Douglas 0-6.
Last week’s scores:
Pierre 61, Huron 7
Watertown 30, Aberdeen Central 0
Sturgis 45, Belle Fourche 21
Sioux Falls Washington 35, Brookings 14
Tea Area 63, Douglas 6
Yankton 45, Mitchell 0
St. Thomas More 22, Spearfish 21
This week’s games:
Watertown at Pierre
Brookings at Huron
Aberdeen Central at Tea Area
Spearfish at Douglas
Brandon Valley at Mitchell
Sturgis at Yankton

Volleyball: Pierre lost to O’Gorman, 3-1, on game scores of 25-22, 14-25, 23-25, 20-25. Then the Governors lost to Brandon Valley, 3-1, on game scores of 25-19 17-25, 15-25, 22-25. Pierre got back on track Tuesday with a 3-0 sweep at Aberdeen Central on game scores of 25-17 25-20, 25-22. Ayvrie Kaiser had 17 kills and Remi Price 14 kills against the Golden Eagles.

Boys golf: The Governors tied for sixth place at the state tournament among 14 teams. O’Gorman and Lincoln tied for first place, and O’Gorman won the playoff tie-breaker to earn the state championship. Pierre had a team score of 65-over 641. Sawyer Sonnenschein, after an 83 on Monday, shot a 73 on Tuesday to move up the standings into an eventual tie for 13th place at 83-73=156. Luke Olson tied for 16th place at 78-79=157. Nick Bothun tied for 28th at 12-over 81-79=160. Lincoln Houska tied for 44th at 88-80=168. Jonathan Lyons tied for 71st place at 93-91=184. The individual state champ was Jake Olson of Watertown with a 2-under 142.

Cheer/dance: At Brandon Valley’s meet Tuesday the dance team placed 12th overall, going 10th in hip hop and sixth in pom.

Girls tennis: Pierre finished in a strong fourth place among 13 teams at the state “A” tennis tournament with 289 team points, trailing champion Mitchell at 499.5, runner-up Rapid City Christian at 408 and Yankton at 406.5. Four Pierre singles players and two doubles teams all advanced out of Monday’s play into Tuesday’s semifinals. At the end Caitlin Ott’s second place in the Flight 5 singles was Pierre’s highest finish. Jocelyn Corrales placed third in Flight 4, and the Flight 3 doubles team of Marlee Shorter and Gracie Zeeb were also third. Finishing fourth were Shorter at Flight 2 singles, Carissa Ott at Flight 6 singles, and the Flight 1 doubles team of Sydney Tedrow and Kara Weiss. Tedrow placed fifth at Flight 1 singles and Weiss fifth at Flight 3 singles. Also fifth was the Flight 2 doubles team of Corrales and Caitlin Ott.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Pierre meet.
Volleyball: at Colome.
Football: home vs. Sunshine Bible.
Cross country: at Philip meet.
Volleyball: home triangular, 1 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Sully Buttes.

Football: The Buffaloes survived a long road trip when they won at Lemmon/McIntosh, 27-8.


This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. Langford Area, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Northwestern tournament.
Volleyball: at Stanley County.
Cross country: at Region 4B meet.

Football: After a three-week layoff due to a forfeited game and a bye week, the Chargers returned to the gridiron but lost at Herreid-Selby Area, 56-6.

Volleyball: The Chargers lost to Philip, 3-0; lost to Timber Lake, 3-1, and lost to Highmore-Harrold, 3-0, this week.


Be like a duck, paddling and working very hard inside the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling and calm face.
— Manoj Arora


Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
Records: SDSU 4-0, NDSU 4-0, Southern Illinois 4-1, Missouri State 3-1, Northern Iowa 3-1, USD 3-2, UND 2-2, Indiana State 2-3, Illinois State 2-3, Youngstown State 1-3, Western Illinois 1-4.
Conference standings: Southern Illinois 2-0, Missouri State 2-0, SDSU 1-0, NDSU 1-0, Northern Iowa 1-0, USD 1-1, Western Illinois 1-1, UND 0-1, Indiana State 0-2, Youngstown State 0-2, Illinois State 0-2.
Last week’s scores:
SDSU 55, Dixie State 7
USD 38, Indiana State 10
NDSU 16, UND 10
Missouri State 41, Illinois State 20
Southern Illinois 31, Western Illinois 30
Northern Iowa 34, Youngstown State 7
This week’s games:
UND at USD, 2 p.m.
Southern Illinois at SDSU, 2 p.m.
Northern Iowa at NDSU, 1 p.m.
Western Illinois at Indiana State
Missouri State at Youngstown State

South Dakota football: In their 104th Dakota Days game the Coyotes whipped Indiana State, 38-10. USD hosts UND at 2 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings’ unbeaten season was spoiled in the Key to the City rivalry game as they lost to USF, 28-26. Now 4-1, Augie hosts Upper Iowa for the Viking Day game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders are now 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the GPAC after a 56-17 trouncing of Mount Marty. Northwestern is idle this weekend, then returns to action Oct. 16 at Jamestown.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s Yellowjackets are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the RMAC. They made the long road trip to Durango, Colo., worth the trouble by beating Fort Lewis, 45-17. BHSU is home this Saturday at 6 p.m. vs. Colorado Mines.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits exploded in the second quarter on their way to rolling Dixie State, 55-7. SDSU is home this Saturday at 2 p.m. vs. Southern Illinois.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): The Tigers were shut out by Concordia, 34-0. Now 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC, DWU is home Saturday at 1 p.m. vs. Doane College.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): There was no blowout win last weekend as the Bison won a close encounter up the road at UND, 16-10. Now 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the MVFC, NDSU is home Saturday vs. Northern Iowa.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans lost to Waldorf, 26-21, and are now 2-1 in the NSAA and 3-2 overall. DSU hits the road to Dickinson State Saturday.

Northern State football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves lost their Gypsy Day game to University of Mary, 49-42. Now 3-2 in the NSIC, Northern goes to Winona State for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustangs will open their season this Sunday at the Cedar Valley Open.

University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougars were idle last week. They return to competition Saturday at Romeoville, Ill.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Viking women are a force on the course. They won their own invitational with a team score of 605. Natalie tied for second with a 76-74=150 weekend. Augustana plays next Oct. 18-19 at the Midwest Classic hosted by Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): Morgan ran at Briar Cliff’s meet last Friday, but the school website did not list her time. DWU runners to to Dordt’s meet in Sioux Center this Saturday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janina Zanin): The Coyotes defeated St. Thomas, 4-0, and lost to Western Illinois, 2-1. Now 6-2-2, USD plays at Oral Roberts Friday and at Kansas City Sunday.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): The Coyotes lost at Oral Roberts, 3-1, but won at Kansas City, 3-2. Now 6-7 overall and 3-1 in Summit League matches, USD plays St. Thomas at the Sanford Pentagon tonight (Thursday), then hosts Western Illinois Saturday and UND Monday.

Black Hills State rodeo (Sydney Theobald, Riley Hannum): The BHSU women’s rodeo team stand in first place in the region at the end of the fall season, and the BHSU men are in fifth place. At the second of two Dickinson State rodeos last week, Sydney placed seventh in barrel racing in a time of 36.51. She is ninth in the region standings in barrel racing as they break for winter.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Gracie Olivier): The Tigers are 16-3 after 3-1 losses to Northwestern and Dakota State and a 3-0 sweep of Morningside. DWU is home vs. Jamestown Friday, on the road to St. Mary in Omaha Saturday and back home vs. Dordt next Tuesday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): Peyton, who is now a redshirt sophomore at Texas State University in San Marcos, is listed on DI Baseball magazine’s Top 50 impact junior-college transfer players list after an outstanding spring season at Iowa Western Community College.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans swept Dickinson State, 3-0, as Nicole had 17 assists and one dig. In a 3-2 loss to Valley City State she had 23 assists and 11 digs. On Tuesday as DSU beat DWU, 3-1, Nicole had a kill, 23 assists and seven digs. DSU is home Thursday vs. Viterbo and Friday vs. Waldorf.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks won over George Washington, 2-0, this week. After hosting St. Louis last night, St. Joe’s plays at St. Bonaventure Saturday and at Lafayette Tuesday.

South Dakota State rodeo (Rafe Wientjes): The fall season ended with two rodeos at Dickinson State last weekend. At the winter break the SDSU men are fourth in the regional standings, and the women are fourth in theirs.


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Sunday: strawberry.
Monday-Tuesday: maple.
Wednesday-Thursday: coffee.


2 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 9).
2 days: Homecoming at University of Mary (Oct. 9).
2 days: Riggs HIgh band at “March to the Meridian,” Yankton (Oct. 9).
7 days: Riggs High fall play (Oct. 14-16).
8 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 15).
9 days: Soccer state championship games, Sioux Falls (Oct. 16).
11 days: Riggs High choir concert (Oct. 18).
12 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Oct. 19).
14 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 21).
14 days: 9-man and 11B football playoffs begin (Oct. 21).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “A Little Piece of Heaven” (Oct. 22-24, 28-30).
15 days: Rapid City Rush season openers (Oct. 22-23).
16 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 23).
16 days: State cheer/dance meet, Brandon (Oct. 23).
16 days: State cross country meet, Sioux Falls (Oct. 23).
21 days: Football quarterfinal playoff games (Oct. 28).
23 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Rapid City (Oct. 30).
29 days: Football semifinal playoff games (Nov. 5).
35 days: Football championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 11-13).
35 days: Volleyball SoDak 16 playoff games (Nov. 11).
35 days: Riggs High Veterans Day program (Nov. 11).
42 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 18-20).
49 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25).


“Dignity, decency and safety have to be the mission of each and every one of us, and we have to get louder about proclaiming that to be the case. There is no doubt in my mind that everywhere we look we are up against rage, hate, division and fear. We are up against our fellow citizens behaving in a way that I never thought was possible in the public arena. We are up against public officials who lie, demean and are trying to ruin the very fabric of our democracy. It is scary and shocking, and unless we open our collective eyes to the reality of what is going on around us in plain sight, it will be too late to reclaim the decency and dignity that were once the hallmark of our country and of most Americans.”
— Maria Shriver


Badlands Sabres (Mason Martin): On the road in Bozeman, the Sabres split, winning in overtime 3-2 and losing 6-3. Mason had a goal in the win. The Rapid City team is home this Friday and Saturday against Butte.

Aberdeen Wings: It is rare when the Wings lose twice in the same weekend, but it happened against St. Cloud in losses by 3-1 and 2-1 scores. Now 2-3, Aberdeen goes to Bismarck Friday and Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: The season openers will be Oct. 22-23 at home vs. Tulsa.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost at Sioux City, 5-2. Now 1-2-0, Sioux Falls plays at Lincoln Friday and hosts the Stars Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Colorado, 6-4, and beat Colorado, 3-1, in a pair of preseason games. Now 1-2 in the preseason, the Wild played St. Louis last night, hosts Chicago tonight and goes down to Chicago Saturday as the preseason schedule continues.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The tour was off last weekend, but play resumes at Jacksonville, Fla., this Friday through Sunday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to D.C., 3-1, and tied Dallas, 0-0. Minnesota is home vs. Colorado at 2 p.m. Sunday on Bally Sports North.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves won their preseason opener over New Orleans, 117-114. They play at Denver Friday and at the Los Angeles Clippers Monday as preseason play continues.


NFL games on local TV this weekend:
Thursday: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 7:20 p.m., Fox and NFL Network.
Sunday: Detroit at Minnesota, noon, Fox.
Sunday: Tennessee at Jacksonville, noon, CBS.
Sunday: New York Giants at Dallas, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
Sunday: Buffalo at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday: Indianapolis at Baltimore, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports live TV games this week:
Thursday: Volleyball, Omaha vs. UND, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Volleyball, St. Thomas vs. USD, 7 p.m. (Midco Sports Two).
Friday: Men’s hockey, Niagara vs. UND, 7 p.m.
Friday: High school football, Dell Rapids vs. Madison, 7 p.m. (Midco Sports Two).
Saturday: College football, UND vs. USD, 2 p.m.
Saturday: College football, SDSU vs. Southern Illinois, 2 p.m. (Midco Sports Two).
Saturday: Men’s hockey Niagara vs. UND, 6 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings: Two good games in a row were too much to expect. The Vikings’ offense went cold in a 14-7 loss to Cleveland. Now 1-3, Minnesota is home vs. Detroit at noon Sunday on Fox.


  • Now we know what performers I won’t see when I don’t watch the Super Bowl halftime show next February. I have at least heard of Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg although I’m not sure if they sing or rap or just exist, but I don’t have a clue who Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar are. Since the Super Bowl will be in Los Angeles, just give me the USC marching band.
  • Congratulations to my friends in the Vermillion school system and community for their success in Tuesday’s school bond election. A majority of 74.79% voted “Yes” for the bonds which will build a new elementary school attached to the current middle school. Unfortunately only 1,206 voters were interested enough to vote, either in advance of Election Day or at the polls that day.


Losses by Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon and the Vikings caused problems for our contestants last week. Nevertheless, Nathan Vetter, Jason Noyes and Eric Lusk survived with 7-3 records for 10 points each in our season-long competition. At 6-4 for 9 points were Ryan Knox, David Ludig and Kyle Richards. At 5-5 for 8 points each were Mikal Kern, Jon Boer, Eric James, Thomas Voeltz, Randy Pool and Greg Dean.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Oklahoma vs. Texas
(2) Penn State at Iowa
(3) Alabama at Texas A&M
(4) Boise State at BYU
(5) Notre Dame at Virginia Tech
(6) UND at USD
(7) Michigan at Nebraska
(8) NFL: Denver at Pittsburgh
(9) NFL: Buffalo at Kansas City
(10) NFL: Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers


“I’m falling in love with the vibrant colors as the leaves transform.
I’m falling in love with the smell of spiced pumpkin cakes, pies and cookies.
I’m falling in love with the cold October rain.
I’m falling in love with October again and again.”
— Charmaine J. Forde

May you be as strong as the oak, yet flexible as the birch. May you stand tall as the redwood, live gracefully as the willow and may you always bear fruit all your days on this earth.

Even the strongest hands can lose their grip, the greatest minds can become cloudy, and the biggest of hearts can break. So be kind. Just always be kind.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid and dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
— Thomas Sowell

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
— William Wordsworth

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it.

Learning requires the humility to admit what you don’t know today. Unlearning requires the integrity to admit that you were wrong yesterday.


Yesterday’s Department of Health COVID-19 update revealed six more deaths, bringing the South Dakota death toll to 2,167. Sixty-six people are in ICUs in the state, 39 of them on ventilators. Among the state’s eligible population 71% have now received one dose of vaccine, and 62% are fully vaccinated.

Some of the past week’s developments:

  • As of last Thursday there 875 COVID cases between staff and students in the Rapid City school district where the school board majority refused to put in place any protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Once federal regulators fully approve the vaccine for anyone ages 12-15, California will require students in grades 7-12 in both public and private schools
    to get vaccinated.
  • Los Angeles is instituting one of the nation’s strictest vaccine mandates. Shots will be required for anyone entering a bar, restaurant, gym, nail salon or indoor sports event.
  • The United States death toll since the COVID-19 pandemic began passed the 700,000 figure. The number of COVID deaths in 2021 have already surpassed the total number of deaths for all of 2020, which we assumed was the year of the pandemic.


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

Friday, Oct. 8:
John Yackley, Cruz Hollingsworth, Stephen Bollinger, Ruby Delvo, Michael Zarecky, Gary Redden, Janice Beemer, Brandon Wheelhouse, Rob Case (#70).
— 38th anniversary, Erik/Kathy Stasch.
— 5th anniversary, Josh/Kimberly Tetzlaff.
— 5th anniversary, Tate/Kristin Gabriel.
— 5th anniversary, John/Ashley Moisan.
— 10th anniversary, James/Courtney Lee.
— 10th anniversary, Chris/Tara (Dieken) Mangan.

Saturday, Oct. 9:
Linda Ott, Lari Ott, Torin McTighe, Shirley Barber, Jessica Asmussen, Kirsten (Stephens) Page, Teresa Serie, Zachary Rabern, Alyssa Stahl, Tayler Owens, Melissa Stewart, Quincy Christie.
— 50th anniversary, Everett/Darla Lawver.
— 11th anniversary, Adam/Cassidy (Rogers) Kulesa.
— 22nd anniversary, Jake/Tania Vogel.
— 5th anniversary, Brian/Jenna Shekleton.

Sunday, Oct. 10:
Kristen (Tate) Carter, Jovi Jaeger, Bill Dunn, Sharon (Hinsey) Menzel, Rebecca Hofeldt, Jared Erickson, August Smart, Heather Mangan, Ashley (Sargent) Crosby, Jesse Hiatt, Kaylee Becker, Tracy (Stoeser) Frost, Matthew Ahlers, Tom Rounds, Avery Schroer, Auston Buchholtz, Amyu Thorson, Susan Johnson, Kanton Decker, Kade Whitebird, Avry Whitebird.
— 51st anniversary, Wayne/Carol Carney.
— 6th anniversary, Tyrel/Tara (Undeberg) Mitchell.
— 6th anniversary, Zachery/Valerie Erickson.
— 1st anniversary, Scott/Celeste Howard.
— 12th anniversary, Scott/Dawn (Kilian) Bradley.
— 11th anniversary, A.Jay/Lindsay (Stoeser) Heiss.
— 12th anniversary, James/Abby (Barber) Burgum.
— 12th anniversary, Adam/Megan (Linn) Bertsch.
— 22nd anniversary, Scott/Julia Jones.

Monday, Oct. 11:
Devon Russell, Patsy Kringel, Chad Lindbloom, Jared McEntaffer, Cheryl Frost, Grace Hoffman, Ian Farnsworth, Austin Rounds, Nicole Gednalske.
— 9th anniversary, Justin/Natalie Scott.
— 7th anniversary, Brad/Susan Urbach.

Tuesday, Oct. 12:
Levi Froke, Megan (Ulmen) Fravel, Dena Farlee, Kerri Morris, Chelsea Steffen, Coulton Lentz, Jordan Hoover, Amanda (Huck) Stoeser, Tina (Peterson) Ottenbacher, Sam Leidholt, Laura (Schoen) Carbonneau, Erin Brown, Aaron Hanson, Howard Mark Weischedel, Bennett Palmer.
— 19th anniversary, Josh/Alice Ley.
— 19th anniversary, Cory/Jessica (Evenstad) Haeder.

Wednesday, Oct. 13:
Brady Neiles, Braxtyn Mitchell, Connie Holm, Brett Oakland, Brian Oakland, Amy (Sutton) Muller, Heather Kleinsasser, Jean Denton, Jim Wedin.
— 14th anniversary, Aaron/Carin (Glover) Kietzmann.
— 37th anniversary, Paul/Dawn Marso.
— Anniversary, Daniel/Crystal (Byrum) Frost.
— 9th anniversary, Jordan/Maari (Sweetman) LaBrie.

Thursday, Oct. 14:
Becky (Jungman) Diischer, Amanda Hammer, Rene (Dilley) Stolsmark, Mandy Thomas, Laurel Sharp, Adam Riley, Rachel Wegman, Glenda (Eckman) Antonovich, Patricia Monson, Jessica 9Helhaff) Jones, Wyatt Smith, Kelan Harris, Clayton LaBrie, Tyler Sutto, Kirby Shaw, Samantha Stahlecker, Bonnie Brady, Jason Zeigler, Deanna Anderson.
— 4th anniversary, Chris/Alana (Arnold) Schmidt.
— 3rd anniversary, Jesse/April Beesley.
— 4th anniversary, Parker/Maddy (Keeler) McKittrick.


Named Fine Arts Performers of the Week at Riggs High last week were choir members Kate Mullett and Ashlyn Pitlick. This week Ain Peterson of the drama department was so honored.

Fern Barnett returned to her alma mater, Jamestown High School in North Dakota, as her 1969 state gymnastics championship team was inducted into the Jamestown High School Hall of Fame.

“Ashland Falls,” an English ghost story, is the Riggs High fall play. The play will be performed at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings next week. Take note of the early curtain time.

Pierre native Sam Holden is back on familiar ground at the Black Hills State campus in Spearfish, having been named assistant athletics director for events and internal operations. Sam earned his bachelor’s degree at BHSU in 2010 and his master’s there in 2012. After a stint as assistant basketball coach at Mount Marty College in Yankton, he went to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., as athletics facilities and events supervisor, a position in which he was event manager for all home athletic events and overseer of the day-to-day operations of the athletics facilities. Moving up to St. Mary’s at Moraga, Calif., Sam spent two years there as assistant athletics director for facilities, then was promoted in 2019 to associate athletics director for facilities.

Natalie Likness began a new job as member services coordinator with the South Dakota Bankers Association.

Helen Dutt, 80, died Sept. 28. A memorial service took place in her hometown of Hoven on Monday. Helen came to Pierre in 1989 to be closer to family members. She worked for the state for more than 15 years. She also worked in the lunch program at McKinley Elementary School where she enjoyed the children. She is survived by her son, Mark Dutt; her grandsons, Mathew, Joshua, Zachary, Treigh and Ethan, and her great-grandson, Brayden. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband, Milo Dutt; her daughter, Melissa Falcon, and four siblings.

Suzanne (Hertel) Stahl retired from Avera St. Mary’s Hospital “after 35 years, 26 days, 5 vehicles and thousands of miles, bad weather and road construction,” she said on her Facebook page. Suzanne lives in Onida where her husband, Bill, is Sully County sheriff.

Jackson Swartz of Rapid City Stevens, whose dad is Pierre native Mike Swartz, tied for fourth place at the state boys “AA” golf tournament with a 6-over-par 150 scorecard.

Riggs High senior Ashton Lee has signed a letter of intent to play hockey at Jamestown College in North Dakota.

Darlene Cudmore, 66, died at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Oct. 2 after suffering a massive heart attack while camping at Oahe Downstream. Visitation wlll be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), followed by a prayer service at 6:30, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be at Isburg’s at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Darlene grew up on a farm north of Kennebec. She attended schools in Kennebec, Reliance and Presho. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service for nearly 30 years. Darlene married Rodney Cudmore in 1975. They lived in Kadoka until her transfer to the Pierre post office. Survivors include her husband; her children, Lonna Jackson of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Clay (Karen) Cudmore of Pierre; her stepdaughter, Kimberly Davis of Lawton, Iowa; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Linda Vavra of Nisland, and her brother, Bob Anderson of Winner.

Thomas Oliva is the new Hughes County finance officer, succeeding Jane Naylor, who just retired.

Jared Randen, who graduated from Riggs High School in 2002 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter, has been selected for the rank of Navy Chief, a coveted position with more responsibilities. He and his family have been based in Hawaii for the past couple of years.

The next “Author Talk” program at the Cultural Heritage Center will feature Pierre author and historian Bill Markley, who will discuss his book, “Geronimo and Sitting Bull.” Free to the public, the program is set for 7 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 14.

Joanne Shoup, 69, died Sept. 27 after battling cancer. Her funeral was held Monday at Feigum Funeral Home. Joanne was a native of Wheatland, Wyo., and graduated from high school at Darby, Mont. She attended National College of Business in Rapid City. She married Larry Joe Shop in 1971 and worked her entire career with the state of South Dakota while her husband farmed in Sully County. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Heather Shoup of Tremont, Ill., and Tara Shoup-Paulsson of Uppsala, Sweden; two grandchildren; and four siblings, Dora Stone, Sandra DuVall and William DuVall of Pierre and Lora Grant of Santa Fe, Texas.

David Gerdes, 79, who practiced law for 40 years, died Sept. 29. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Drifters in Fort Pierre at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11. Dave graduated from Lemmon High School in 1960. As a lieutenant in the South Dakota National Guard, he and his 211th Engineer Company were deployed to Seattle during the Berlin crisis. Dave graduated from Northern State College in 1965 and from the USD law school in 1968. That year he married Karen Hassinger. During his many years as a lawyer, he tried more than 70 jury trials with the firm of May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson. He represented many organizations and firms as their attorney. Dave was a former president of the South Dakota Bar and the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce and was a member of many legal and professional organizations. He is survived by his wife, Karen Gerdes of Pierre; his son, Jim (Gretchen) Gerdes of Spearfish; his daughter, Amy (Mike) Thelen of Sioux Falls; his brother, Karl (Pam) Gerdes of Davis, Calif.; and his Norwegian AFS brother, Bjorn (Sissel) Opjordsmoen.

Sandra Bickett, 75, died Sept. 28 at Bethesda of Beresford. A memorial service was held Wednesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford. Sandra, her husband Ken, and their family lived in Onida from 1976 until his death in 1987. Ken worked as a foreman for East River Electric Power Cooperative. Sandra is survived by her five children, Daneen (Greg) Koppman of Sioux Falls, Dianne (Jack) Nielsen of Beresford, Steven (Tammy) Bickett of Stillwater, Minn., Paul (Chris) Bickett of Middleton, Wis., and Mark (Julie) Bickett of Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren, and a brother, Dallas Glaser of Rochester, Minn.


“You cannot wait for an untroubled world to have an untroubled moment. The terrible phone call, the rainstorm, the sinister knock on the door—they will all come. Soon enough arrive the treacherous villain and the unfair trial and the smoke and the flames of the suspicious fires to burn everything away. In the meantime it is best to grab what wonderful moments you find lying around.”
— Lemony Snicket


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