Vol. 22, No. 7; Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Oct 14, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.
— Paulo Coelho


Boys quarterfinals:
S.F. O’Gorman 2, S.F. Jefferson 0.
S.F. Washington 2, Aberdeen Central 1.
R.C. Stevens 3, S.F. Lincoln 0.
Yankton 2, R.C. Central 1.
Boys semifinals:
S.F. O’Gorman 3, S.F. Washington 2.
Yankton 3, R.C. Stevens 2.
Championship: Yankton vs. S.F. O’Gorman, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Girls quarterfinals:
R.C. Stevens 2, Spearfish 0.
Aberdeen Central 6, Brookings 1.
S.F. Lincoln 4, R.C. Central 2.
S.F. Roosevelt 1, Brandon Valley 0.
Girls semifinals:
R.C. Stevens 3, Aberdeen Central 1.
S.F. Roosevelt 1, S.F. Lincoln 0.
Championship: R.C. Stevens vs. S.F. Roosevelt, 5 p.m. Saturday.

The two ‘AA’ championship matches listed above, as well as the two ‘A’ championship matches (S.F. Christian vs. Tea Area in boys at 1 p.m. and Dakota Valley vs. West Central in girls at 11 a.m.) will all be televised live on SDPB.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Huron invitational, 4 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at ESD meet, Watertown, 5 p.m.
Volleyball: at Yankton, 7 p.m.
Football: at Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Huron, 7 p.m.

Cheer/dance: At the Mitchell invitational the Pierre cheer team placed fourth. The dance team was fourth overall with a second in pom and a sixth in hip hop.

Cross country: The Pierre boys team placed third of nine, behind only Aberdeen Central and Harrisburg, at the ESD Conference meet. Hayden Shaffer placed second in 16:41.52, Jared Lutmer sixth in 17:22.22 and Mason Dell 13th in 17:43.22. Brady Gere finished 22nd and Blake Judson 33rd. The girls team was seventh of eight schools. LizBeth Crosby placed 16th in 21:25.25, Autumn Iverson 30th and Jazzlyn Rombough 38th.

Volleyball: It was another winning week for the Governor girls. They swept Huron, 3-0, on game scores of 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, breaking a 32-game losing streak against Huron dating all the way back to 2008. Ayvrie Kaiser had 12 kills and 3 aces. On Tuesday the Governors knocked off #3 Harrisburg in an exhilarating match, 3-2, on game scores of 17-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 16-14. In the decisive fifth set, Pierre was down 9-2 but rallied to win 16-14. Reese Terwilliger had 12 kills, Lily Sanchez 10 kills, and Remi Price nine kills.

Football: In a back-and-forth game with plenty of fireworks, Pierre outbattled Watertown, 52-42, after leading at half by only 31-28. A touchdown in the final seconds of the first half gave the Governors the lead they would never relinquish. To start the third period Jayden Wiebe returned the kickoff 94 yards, setting up a five-yard touchdown run by Trey Lewis, who had a fine game as he replaced the injured Brock Moser. Pierre’s lead grew to 17 points in the second half, but Watertown rallied to within 38-35 at one point. Lincoln Kienholz rushed 20 times for 157 yards and passed for 222, completing 10 of 17 passes with three of them for touchdowns—two to Matt Hanson and one to Jack Merkwan. Jack had four total catches for 122 yards. Lewis carried 18 times for 123 yards and two scores.

Class 11AA football update:
Records: Tea Area 7-0, Pierre 6-1, Brookings 5-2, Yankton 4-3, Aberdeen Central 3-4. Watertown 3-4, Spearfish 3-4, Huron 2-5, Sturgis 1-6, Mitchell 1-6, Douglas 0-7.
Last week’s scores:
Pierre 52, Watertown 42
Spearfish 24, Douglas 6
Brookings 42, Huron 14
Tea Area 42, Aberdeen Central 20
Yankton 48, Sturgis 7
Brandon Valley 42, Mitchell 0
This week’s games:
Pierre at Aberdeen Central
Yankton at Brookings
Mitchell at Watertown
Tea Area at Spearfish
Huron at Sioux Falls O’Gorman
Douglas at Belle Fourche
St. Thomas More at Sturgis


Thursday: coffee.
Friday-Sunday: huckleberry.
Monday-Tuesday: pumpkin.
Wednesday-Thursday: black cherry.
(Final day is Oct. 24.)


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at regional meet, Chamberlain.
Volleyball: at Dupree, 6:30 p.m.
Football: home vs. Dupree, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Kadoka triangular, 5:30 p.m.

Football: The Buffaloes had no challenge from Sunshine Bible Academy, winning 56-6 and ending the game early in the third quarter. Several young Buffaloes players got more than usual playing time as SCHS improved to a 4-4 record.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes defeated Colome, 3-1; beat Todd County, 3-0, and won over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 3-1. On Tuesday they lost to Sully Buttes, 3-2, on game scores of 24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 17-25, 10-15.


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: home vs. Mobridge-Pollock, 5 p.m.
Cross country: at Region 4B meet, Gettysburg.
Football: at Potter County, 2 p.m.
Volleyball: at Herreid-Selby Area (in Herreid).

Volleyball: The Chargers lost to Northwestern, 2-0; lost to Leola-Frederick, 2-0, and defeated Stanley County, 3-2. The game scores in the latter match were 26-24, 15-25, 16-25, 25-17, 15-10.

Football: The Chargers’ last regular-season home game resulted in a 22-8 win over Langford Area. Replacing quarterback/linebacker Landon Hepker, who was lost to a season-ending injury, Thomas Farries took over and passed for 109 yards and rushed for 82 yards. He completed 11 of 18 passes. Jordan Schall carried for 77 yards. Langford was held scoreless until a fourth-quarter touchdown. SBHS stands at 4-3 heading to an afternoon game at Potter County Friday.


“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then neither is bathing, but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”
— Zig Ziglar


Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
Conference records: Southern Illinois 3-0, NDSU 2-0, USD 2-1, Missouri State 2-1, Northern Iowa 1-1, SDSU 1-1, Western Illinois 1-2, Indiana State 1-2, Youngstown State 1-2, UND 0-2, Illinois State 0-2.\
Overall records: NDSU 5-0, Southern Illinois 5-1, SDSU 4-1, USD 4-2, Missouri State 3-2, Northern Iowa 3-2, Indiana State 3-3, UND 2-3, Illinois State 2-3, Youngstown 2-3, Western Illinois 1-5.
Last week’s scores:
USD 20, UND 13
NDSU 34, Northern Iowa 20
Indiana State 37, Western Illinois 27
Youngstown State 41, Missouri State 33
Southern Illinois 42, SDSU 41 (overtime)
This week’s games:
SDSU at Western Illinois, noon.
USD at Northern Iowa, 4 p.m.
NDSU at Illinois State, 2 p.m.
UND at Southern Illinois, 2 p.m.
Indiana State at Missouri State.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes won at home over North Dakota, 20-13. The Coyotes play at Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday on KELOXTRA in eastern South Dakota and on CW of the Black Hills in western South Dakota.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings are 5-1 after a 37-20 win over Upper Iowa on homecoming. Jett and Colton each was credited with a solo tackle. Augie plays at Wayne State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The unbeaten Red Raiders were idle last week. They return to action at Jamestown Saturday.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks lost to St. Louis in double overtime, 3-2; defeated St. Bonaventure, 1-0, and tied Lafayette in double overtime, 3-3. Now 5-8-1, St. Joe’s hosts Duquesne Saturday and goes across town to LaSalle Wednesday.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Gracie Olivier): The Tigers lost to Jamestown, 3-0; lost to St. Mary, 3-2, and won over Dordt, 3-1. Now 17-5 overall and 7-3 in the GPAC, DWU, after playing Mayville State last night, hosts Hastings Friday, Doane Saturday and Presentation Tuesday.

Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): DWU ran at Dordt’s meet in Iowa Saturday, but the school’s website has not posted any individual results. DWU runs next Oct. 23 at Mount Marty’s invitational.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): The Mustang men placed fifth of 11 schools at the season-opening tournament at Waterloo, but individual scores were not posted. Morningside’s next meet is Oct. 30 at the Jayhawk Challenge in Lawrence, Kan.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s Yellowjackets lost to Colorado Mines, 41-20, and are now 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the RMAC. BHSU goes to Gunnison to play Western Colorado at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): SDSU led 20-0 early in the game but eventually lost in overtime to Southern Illinois, 42-41. After SIU had gone ahead on its overtime possession, the Jacks scored a touchdown but chose to go for two points and the win rather than kick an extra point to re-tie the game. That costly decision failed, and now SDSU may have lost home-field advantage in the playoffs and important seeding. In the fourth quarter while the Jacks still had the lead of seven points, their field-goal try for a 10-point lead was blocked. The Salukis marched to the tying score that forced O.T. SDSU plays at Western Illinois this Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): The Tigers defeated Doane, 17-13, and are now 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the GPAC. DWU plays at Dordt Saturday.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans lost at Dickinson State, 34-14,, and are now 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the NSAA. DSU is home Saturday at 4 p.m. vs. Valley City State.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison stay perfect with a 34-20 win over Northern Iowa. NDSU goes to Illinois State Saturday.

Northern State football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves outscored Winona State, 52-49. Joe had one reception for six yards. The Wolves are home at 6 p.m. Saturday against Minot State on Midco Sports.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): In a 3-1 loss to Oral Roberts, Joana had three shots and scored USD’s only goal at 22:07, giving the Coyotes a temporary 1-0 lead that held up till halftime. In a 1-0 win over Kansas City Joana had four shots. Now 7-3-2 overall and 2-2-0 in the Summit League, USD is home vs. UND Friday and vs. NDSU Sunday.

University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): At a meet in Romeoville, Ill., Jessica placed 174th in a time of 25:30.5. Next meet for the Cougars is the NSIC conference meet at Wayne, Neb., Oct. 23.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): Idle last week, the Viking golfers’ next action is Monday and Tuesday at Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): In a 3-1 loss to Viterbo, Nicole had 16 assists and six digs. In a 5-1 win over Waldorf she had three kills, 11 assists, four digs and a service ace. Now 12-5 overall and 4-3 in the NSAA, DSU hosted Bellevue last night and hosts Mount Marty Tuesday.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): The Coyotes rolled through three opponents this week, capturing 3-0 wins over St. Thomas, Western Illinois and UND. Now 9-7 overall but 6-1 in Summit League play, USD goes to Omaha tonight and to Denver Saturday.


If you work with the construction gang instead of the wrecking crew, you will know what a beautiful world this can become.

Learning is how you evolve. Unlearning is how you keep up as the world evolves.

“I am certain that, after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit.”
— President John F. Kennedy

Your journey is not the same as mine, and my journey is not yours, but, if you meet me on a certain path, may we enmcourage each other.

One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding is sufficient.
— Charles M. Blow

Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.

Stick by the happy, smiling, generous, positive, helpful, kind people, and when they’re not that way, stick by them anyway because soon they will need somebody, too.
— Bryan Skavnak


  • In case you are one who skips over the sports stuff here in the Update, be advised that Pierre’s football game at Aberdeen this Friday night will be televised live on Midco Sports.
  • Not all things are bad these days, Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” movies are only a week away!
  • I should be on “The Price Is Right.” I went to the grocery store with $60 cash in hand, and the stuff I threw into my cart came to a total of $59.16. I am a winner! However, I doubt if I could act like those nuts on the TV show, all the jumping up and down, the screaming, the hugging, so forget the idea.
  • We mentioned two weeks ago that we need to become accustomed to dialing the area code prior to the phone number for all calls, even local calls, starting next summer. Well, perhaps sooner than that! At least on my phone. A message showed up the other day that told me that I have to start using the area code for even local calls starting Oct. 24. So check your service provider. Or just wait and see. I guess that, if your local call doesn’t go through, it may be because you didn’t dial the area code first.


“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable—the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street by a gusty wind and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”
— Hal Borland


Minnesota Wild: In preseason play the Wild beat St. Louis in overtime, 4-3; beat Chicago in overtime, 3-2, and lost to Chicago, 5-1. The regular season begins with the Wild at Anaheim at 9 p.m. Friday on Hulu and at Los Angeles at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Bally Sports North. The home opener is Tuesday vs. Winnipeg at 7 p.m. on BSN.

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

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost twice to Lincoln, 6-1 and 3-1. Now 1-4-0, Sioux Falls is home vs. Sioux City Friday.

Badlands Sabres (Mason Martin): The Sabres lost to Butte, 6-4, then beat Butte, 3-2 in overtime. In the loss Mason scored at 2:32 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Badlands goes to Helena for Friday and Saturday games.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings split with Bismarck, winning 4-1 and losing 3-2. Now 5-5, Aberdeen’s next games are at home Oct. 22-23 against North Iowa.


Midco Sports live TV games this week:
— Friday, 7 p.m.: High school football, Pierre at Aberdeen Central.
— Friday, 7 p.m.: High school football, Fargo Davies vs. Fargo North (on Midco Sports Two).
— Saturday, 6 p.m.: Men’s hockey: Bemidji State at UND.
— Saturday, 6 p.m.: College football: Minot State at Northern State (on Midco Sports Two).

NFL live games on local TV this week (subject to change by the networks):
— Thursday, 7:20 p.m.: Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, Fox and NFL Network.
— Sunday, noon: Minnesota at Carolina, Fox.
— Sunday, noon: Kansas City at Washington, CBS.
— Sunday, 3:30 p.m.: Dallas at New England, CBS.
— Sunday, 7:20 p.m.: Seattle at Pittsburgh, NBC.
— Monday, 7:15 p.m.: Buffalo at Tennessee, ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: Though the Vikings led by 10 with four minutes left and Detroit went ahead, 17-16, on a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 37 seconds left, the Vikings got into field-goal position on the strength of two long pass completions by Kirk Cousins. Blake Joseph then kicked the game-winner as time expired in Minnesota’s 19-17 win over Detroit. The Vikings go to Charlotte to play Carolina at noon Sunday on Fox.


1 day: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 15).
2 days: Soccer state championship games, Sioux Falls (Oct. 16).
4 days: Riggs High choir concert (Oct. 18).
5 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Oct. 19).
7 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 21).
8 days: Pierre Players’ “A Little Piece of Heaven” (Oct. 22-24, 28-30).
8 days: Rapid City Rush season openers (Oct. 22-23).
9 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 23).
9 days: State cross country meet, Sioux Falls (Oct. 23).
9 days: State cheer/dance tournament, Brandon (Oct. 23).
14 days: Football quarterfinal playoff games (Oct. 28).
16 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Rapid City (Oct. 30).
22 days: Football semifinal playoff games (Nov. 5).
24 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 7).
28 days: Football championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 11-13).
28 days: Volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 11).
28 days: Riggs High Veterans Day program (Nov. 11).
34 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 18-20).
41 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25).


State Rep. Taffy Howard of Rapid City made it official this week, declaring her candidacy to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson in the Republican primary next spring. Howard has been in the state House of Representatives since 2017. Republican voters can expect such far-left topics as Right to Life, pro-gun issues, and auditing the 2020 election to be at the forefront of her campaign. She has stated in the past that she feels Johnson has not stayed faithful to such conservative talking points.


Yesterday’s Department of Health report showed 1,008 new cases in one day’s time and 6,089 active cases in the state. The South Dakota death toll has risen to 2,177.

Some of this week’s developments:

  • Gov. Abbott in Texas has banned vaccination mandates by private businesses. His state has had 70,000 deaths due to COVID-19 during the pandemic.
  • Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich, that state’s highest-paid state government employee, is running out of time as he continues to refuse to be vaccinated. The governor’s order is that state employees who are not vaccinated by Oct. 18 will be terminated. The coach now apparently has found religion. He is seeking a religious exemption. On the form he must file there are six questions, and one of them is “How long have you had this religious belief?” His proper answer should probably be “about five minutes.”


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Colorado, 3-1. They play at Austin Saturday and at home next Wednesday vs. Philadelphia.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves won two more preseason games this week, 114-112 in overtime over Denver and 128-100 over the Los Angeles Clippers. A game tonight at Brooklyn ends the preseason. The Wolves’ NBA opener is next Wednesday at home vs. Houston


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Furyk & Friends event in Jacksonville, Tom tied for 19th place, only 10 strokes behind the winner, Phil Mickelson. Tom had a scorecard of 71-72-68=211, 5 under par and earned $24,166.67. That was his best payday of the season except for the U.S. Senior Open. This weekend the Champions Tour goes to Cary, N.C., for the SAS Championship.


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

Friday, Oct. 15:
Eric Schmidt, Charlotte Kraemer, Ross Anderson, Jenny (Miller) Goehring, Lillian Hight, Sophia Coolidge, Kay Thomas, Josh Rogers, Hope Armstrong, Anthony Rounds, Eleanor Eichstadt, Maleah Becker.
— 5th anniversary, Michael/Jessica Fuchs.
— 10th anniversary, Paul/Danielle (Ryan) Schroeder.

Saturday, Oct. 16:
Josh Vogt, Paul Sowers, Mike Adams, Andersen Jastorff-Gillies, Drew Mickelson, Paula Barber, Andrew Durbin, Charlie Moore, Monica Ortbahn, Gail Eichstadt, Piper Goodman, Brandi Burton, Lincoln James, Margaret Ellefson, Evan Lee, Serena (Douglas) Thomas.
— 17th anniversary, Mitch/Christina (DeYonge) Riley.
— 67th anniversary, Art/Mary Rezac.

Sunday, Oct. 17:
Jennifer Steece, Benjamin Weingart, Alex Lauseng, Josh Nebelsick, George Rapp, Marlow Parsons, Gunnar Gates, Oliver Nebelsick.

Monday, Oct. 18:
Ryan Fromm, Misty Scott, Tasha Unkenholz, Mark Swenson, Tammy Withers, Aubrey (Hunt) Stofferahn, Mackenzie Burger, Michael Putnam, John Burchill III, Troy Heien, Sue Schaefer, Maxwell Pool, Sharon (Harkless) Metzinger.
— 46th anniversary, Gary/Kathy Sarvis.
— 7th anniversary, Wayne/Vanessa (Kinkler) Yackley.

Tuesday, Oct. 19:
Archer Edelen, Franklin Hansen, Jolynn Riis, Hilary (Woodburn) Hunt, Carrie (Gerber) Norman, Brian Timp, Mary Jean Lomheim, Lydia Nuttall, Connor Berg, Carol Heintz.
— 9th anniversary, Greg/Kayla (Petersen) Barringer.
— We fondly remember Jack Unkenholz, who passed away 12 years ago today.

Wednesday, Oct. 20:
Shelley Erickson, Gerry Cass, Bill Lytle, Carter Ahlers, Brittany (Bailey) Jarecke, Jon Dravland, Betty Morford, Lois Welch, Rohini Knudson, Kevin Tiger, Emerson Antholz, Lisa Heffernan, Deb (Kern) Workman.
— 9th anniversary, Josh/Stacie (Ries) Swanstrom.

Thursday, Oct. 21:
Jonathan Bell, Stephen Williamson, Jenna (Neuhauser) Tschetter, Nick Hodgin, Shirley Schnabel, Chris Bondy, Susan Colleran, Corey Carr, Marcia (Davis) Kozel.
— 4th anniversary, Cody/Brook (Jennings) Hutchison.


Last week losses by Alabama and BYU adversely affected every one of our contestants. However, defeats by the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, Denver and Cleveland fouled the best efforts of many of the others. Nevertheless, Eric James missed only the Alabama and BYU losses in posting an 8-2 mark and 10 points. At 7-3 for 9 points was Greg Dean. At 6-4 for 8 points each were Kyle Richards, Seb Axtman, Thomas Voeltz, Randy Pool and Jason Noyes.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) UCF (Central Florida) at Cincinnati
(2) Nebraska at Minnesota
(3) Fresno State at Wyoming
(4) Iowa State at Kansas State
(5) Kentucky at Georgia
(6) Oklahoma State at Texas
(7) NFL: Minnesota at Carolina
(8) NFL: Arizona at Cleveland
(9) NFL: Las Vegas at Denver
(10) NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore


Congratulations to Kirk Albertson and Virginia Peterson, who were married Monday.

Visitation for Greg Vogel, 63, who passed away Oct. 7, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) with a prayer service at 7 at Isburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Greg grew up in Aberdeen, attending the Catholic schools and then Central High School from which he graduated in 1976. He attended Mitchell Technical Institute to become an electrician. He was most recently employed b Onida Electric with plans to retire in December. Greg married Kila Brunmeier in 1979, and they raised two daughters, Amanda and Aimee. Greg was also a father for six foreign exchange students and 15 Pierre Trappers baseball players, all of whom made their homes in Pierre with the Vogels. Greg served 21 years with the South Dakota Army National Guard, retiring in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Kila; his daughters, Amanda (Clint) and Aimee (Cody), all of Pierre; five grandchildren; three brothers, Mike (Diana) in Minnesota, Bob (Tammy) in Iowa and Steve (Ronnie) in Texas; three sisters, Barb in South Dakota, Mary (John) in Nebraska and Monica (Loren) in Montana; his mother-in-law, Edna Brunmeier of Onida, and his sister-in-law, Kaleen Wolforth of Onida. Among those preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Fran Vogel, and his father-in-law, Kenneth Brunmeier.

The Emerald Regiment marching band from Riggs High School participated in Yankton’s March to the Meridian competition Saturday, bringing home third place in the parade competition and a first place for musical effects.

Spencer Sarringar, who plays baseball at Northern State University during the school year, spent the summer with the Bismarck Larks in the Northwoods League. He received the Rawlings “Finest in the Field” Award among the league’s catchers for his .994 fielding percentage.

Joseph and Brittanie (Blaseg) Rezac revealed on Facebook that they are expecting a baby girl in April.

Doris (Kennedy) Weischedel, 93, died Oct. 6 at Avera Oahe Manor in Gettysburg after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The funeral was held Monday at the United Methodist Church in Onida. The daughter of Earl and Ada Kennedy, Doris was the second youngest of eight children. She graduated from Onida High School in 1946 and married Gerald Weischedel in 1947. They raised five children. The Weischedels moved into Onida in 1963, and Doris helped her husband with his job as Sully County sheriff. In 1975 they moved to Newcastle, Wyo., where Gerald worked in the oil fields and Doris had a 30-year career with Weston County Health Services, retiring in 2006. In 2007 they moved back to Onida and in 2011 to the state veterans’ home in Hot Springs. In 2015 Doris became a resident of Oahe Manor. She is survived by her children, Linda Severson of Pierre, Terry (Nancy) Weischedel of Gettysburg, Julie Smith of Hendricks, Minn., Melanie (Tom) Gebo of Douglas, Wyo., and Brad (Kamile) Weischedel of Salt Lake City, and her grandson, Randy (Christine) Weischedel of Lennox, whom they adopted and raised; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband; her parents; a son-in-law, Larry Severson; and seven siblings, Lucille Weber, Marvin Kennedy, Clair Kennedy, Grace Simon, Betty Ripley, Rosella Groseclose and June Kellogg Norman.

Crowned homecoming king at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pa., was Eric “Rock” Axtman, the youngest of the three sons of Greg and Sarah (Adam) Axtman. He is the grandson of Seb and Carol Axtman of Pierre and the late Tom and Pat Adam.

Pat Iversen, 81, died Oct. 5. The funeral was held Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Pat married Frank Iversen in 1964, and they lived on the family ranch along the Bad River. During the 1980s she worked in the lunchroom at the Stanley County schools. In 2011 they moved into Pierre. Pat is survived by her husband; her sisters, Devera Miller and Sharon Ward; her children, Sam (Diane) Jacobs, Dana (Annis) Iversen, Diane Arhart and Dawn Iversen; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Gary Hanson, who has been a member of the Public Utilities Commission for 20 years, will be done with political office at the end of his current term, which doesn’t happen until 2026. He told his plans this week to Argus-Leader writer Jonathan Ellis. Hanson has run in 18 elections and won every one of them. He served in the state Senate, on the Sioux Falls city commission, as Sioux Falls mayor and finally on the PUC.

Darrell Baade, 81, died Oct. 5. His funeral was held Oct. 9 at Madison Avenue Church of Christ. Darrell grew up on a farm at Canning. He lived with Henry and Alvina Halbert after both of his parents had died by the time he was 7. He eventually farmed with his brother, Fred. Darrell married Janet Beals, and they raised four daughters. Darrell farmed from 1962 to 2021. Earlier, as a young man, he worked on Oahe Dam and at Fort Pierre Livestock. Later in life he married Dottie Semmler. Darrell is survived by his brother, Fred; his daughters, Loretta (Chris) Bell, Cindy (Richard) Smith, Mary (Scott) Schaefer and Lezlie (George) Loomis; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

The dates of this fall’s Zonta Holiday Craft Show at the Ramkota are Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14.

The Fine Arts Performer of the Week at Riggs High School is choir member Amber Sargent-Granberg.

Long-time Pierre businessman Tony Wegner, 84, died Oct. 6 at Sun City West, Ariz. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. this Friday, Oct. 15, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. The son of H. Varro and Salome (Fischer) Wegner attended Pierre schools through his sophomore year, then finished high school at St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul. He graduated from USD in 1959 with a degree in business administration and accounting. After two years in the U.S. Army, he was discharged with the rank of first lieutenant and went to work for 3M in Minneapolis. In 1964 Tony returned to Pierre to work with his uncle at Wegner Auto. In 1966 he and his brother, Hank, took over the family dealership. Tony served 40 years as president of Wegner Auto. Outside of the business Tony was involved in countless community organizations and public service opportunities. He was president of the Pierre/Fort Pierre Community Foundation for seven years and a director of the South Dakota Community Foundation for six years. He was appointed to the committee charged with bringing a four-lane highway from Interstate 90 to Fort Pierre. Tony married Sharon Cordova in Arizona in 2004 and gained an instant family of two stepdaughters and four grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his stepdaughters, Christine (Michael) Burdick and Sandra (Andrew) Fernandez; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister, Helen Wegner; his nephew, Jim (Beverly) Wegner, and his niece, Judy (Kirk) Miller. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents; his brother, Hank Wegner, and his niece, Jenny Wegner Boocock.


Sometimes you can’t see the road ahead, but as you keep going, it gets clearer. Stay the course as the fog of life dissipates.
— Sanjo Jendayi


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