Vol. 22, No. 8; Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

Oct 21, 2021 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
— Maya Angelou


Class AA boys: Yankton 1, Sioux Falls O’Gorman 0.
Class AA girls: Sioux Falls Roosevelt 2, Rapid City Stevens 1 (after 2 overtimes and 6 rounds of penalty kicks).
Class A boys: Sioux Falls Christian 3, Tea Area 2.
Class A girls: West Central 2, Dakota Valley 1.


This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. Brookings, 6 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Douglas, 7 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at state meet, Brandon, 11 a.m.
Cross country: at state meet, Sioux Falls, noon.
Volleyball: home vs. Brookings, 7 p.m.

Soccer: Cole Peterson of the Governors was named to the All-State first team. Cole set the school record for goals in a single season with 17, and he also surpassed the career goals record. He and Rylan Derry were named to the ESD all-conference team in boys soccer. On the all-ESD girls team are Pierre players Jenna Gehring and Avery Davis.

Cheer/dance: At the ESD meet the Pierre dance team placed fourth overall, earning second in hip hop and third in pom.

Volleyball: The Governors swept Yankton, 3-0, but were upset by Huron, 3-1, on game scores of 23-25, 25-19, 14-25, 19-25. In the latter dual Ayvrie Kaiser had 16 kills. Huron had nine service aces in the match. Pierre is now 13- with three regular-season duals remaining.

Football: The Governors roared to a 32-0 lead at Aberdeen Central, then saw the Golden Eagles regain some life in the second half and rally to within 10 points at 45-35. But Pierre held on to win by 52-35. Late in the game when Aberdeen stayed on offense in a fourth-and-16 situation at their own 49-yard line and failed to get a first down, Lincoln Kienholz connected with Matt Hanson on a touchdown pass from that point on the field to apply the dagger to the Eagles’ comeback hopes. It was the seventh touchdown pass of the game for Kienholz, who completed 17 of 26 passes for 380 yards. Two of the TD passes were to Jack Merkwan, who now holds the school record for touchdown receptions in a single season. Two also went to Hanson, two to Jett Zabel and one to Cade Kaiser. After Pierre’s lead had surged to 45-20, Aberdeen scored twice to come to within 10 points, the second of those scores coming after the Eagles successfully executed an onsides kick. In addition to his seven TD passes, Kienholz also scored a TD on the ground from three yards out. This week’s home game vs. Brookings is for the ESD conference title and the #2 seed in the upcoming playoffs, which would mean home games in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Class 11AA football update:
Records: Tea Area 8-0, Pierre 7-1, Brookings 6-2, Yankton 4-4, Aberdeen Central 3-5, Watertown 3-5, Spearfish 3-5, Mitchell 2-6, Sturgis 2-6, Huron 2-6, Douglas 0-8.
Last week’s scores:
Pierre 52, Aberdeen Central 35
Brookings 35, Yankton 20
Mitchell 27, Watertown 13
Tea Area 45, Spearfish 12
Sioux Falls O’Gorman 46, Huron 0
Belle Fourche 20, Douglas 13
Sturgis 29, St. Thomas More 22
This week’s games:
Brookings at Pierre
Sturgis at Douglas
Yankton at Watertown
Mitchell at Huron
Spearfish at Belle Fourche
West Central at Tea Area
Sturgis at Douglas
Sioux Falls Roosevelt at Aberdeen Central


Cross country: At the regional meet in Chamberlain the SCHS girls team qualified for the state meet as a team for taking second place. SCHS placers: Gracie Olson seventh, 21:10.18; Kaysen Magee ninth, 21:20.03; Sarah Fosheim 15th, 22:25.22; Rachel Nemec 17th, 23:26.34; Bailey Siedschlaw 18th, 23:36.18.

Football: The Buffaloes scored their second straight shutout, ending the regular season with a 50-0 win over Dupree.

bSCHS won over Dupree, 3-1; lost to Kadoka Area, 3-1, and lost to New Underwood, 3-1. The Buffaloes’ record is 12-11.

This week’s schedules:
Football: at Lyman in first-round playoff game.
Volleyball: home vs. Highmore-Harrold, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country: at state meet, Sioux Falls.
Volleyball: home vs. Jones County, 6:30 p.m.

Class 9AA playoffs update:
First-round games Thursday
#16 Elkton-Lake Benton at #1 Hanson
#9 Platte-Geddes at #8 Chester Area
#13 Stanley County at #4 Lyman
#12 Leola-Frederick Area at #5 Timber Lake
#15 Bon Homme at #2 Parkston
#10 Garretson at #7 Hamlin
#14 Lemmon-McIntosh at # Ipswich
#11 Canistota-Freeman at #6 Florence-Henry
Quarterfinals next Thursday; semifinals Nov. 5.


Cross country: At the regional meet in Gettysburg in the boys varsity race, Griffin Petersen placed fifth in 17:42.55, and Darion Osterkamp was 28th n 20:00.70. The Miller boys and the Potter County girls won the team titles.

Football: The Chargers’ last regular-season game ended in the third quarter as Potter County won at home, 50-0, outgaining Sully Buttes by a 313-95 margin. SB’s regular-season record was 4-4.

This week’s schedules:
Football: at Alcester-Hudson in first-round playoff game.
Volleyball: home vs. HItchcock-Tulare, 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball: The Chargers lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 3-1, on game scores of 15-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-25. Lydia Hill had 13 kills. SBHS also lost to Herreid-Selby Area, 3-1, on game scores of 24-26, 25-27, 25-16, 14-25. The Chargers stand at 8-19.

Class 9B playoffs update:
First-round games Thursday
#16 Estelline-Hendricks at #1 Avon
#9 Sully Buttes at #8 Alcester-Hudson
#13 Langford Area at #4 Gayville-Volin
#12 Corsica-Stickney at #5 Dell Rapids St. Mary
#15 Colome at #2 Faulkton Area
#10 New Underwood at #7 Harding County-Bison
#14 Jones County at #3 Potter County
#11 Faith at #6 Hitchcock-Tulare
Quarterfinals next Thursday; semifinals Nov. 5.


Thursday-Sunday: black cherry.
(Sunday is the final day till spring.)


1 day: Pierre Players’ “A Little Piece of Heaven” (Oct. 22-24, 28-30).
1 day: Rapid City Rush season openers (Oct. 22-23).
2 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 23).
2 days: State cross country meet, Sioux Falls (Oct. 23).
2 days: State cheer/dance meet, Brandon (Oct. 23).
4 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 25).
7 days: Football playoff quarterfinals (Oct. 28).
9 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Rapid City (Oct. 30).
15 days: Football playoff semifinals (Nov. 5).
17 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 7).
21 days: Football championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 11-13).
21 days: Riggs High Veterans Day program (Nov. 11).
21 days: Volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 11).
28 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 18-20).
35 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25).


Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): The Tigers had a break in their schedule last week. They resume running Saturday at Mount Marty’s invitational.

Morningside bowling (Alex Badger): Idle last week, the Mustang bowlers’ next meet is at the University of Kansas on Oct. 30.

University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougars did not run last week. They compete this Saturday at the NSIC conference championship meet in Wayne, Neb.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings won at Wayne State, 32-24. Jett was credited with one solo tackle. Now 6-1, Augie plays at Minnesota State-Mankato at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota football: The Coyotes won on the road at Northern Iowa, 34-21. Now 3-1 in the Valley and 5-2 overall, USD is home at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Illinois State.

Northern State football (Joe King, Jacob Howard): The Wolves trailed Minot State at home, 35-23, but scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win 36-35. Jacob blocked a Minot State field-goal attempt late in the game. The Wolves play at Concordia-St. Paul at noon Saturday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison shut out Illinois State, 20-0. Now 3-0 in the Valley and 6-0 overall, NDSU is home vs. Missouri State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans defeated Valley City State, 24-10. Now 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the NSAA, DSU hosts Iowa Wesleyan in non-conference action at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Josh Rowse): The Tigers lost to Dordt, 45-13, and now stand at 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the GPAC. DWU hosts unbeaten Northwestern at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits trailed at lowly Western Illinois for awhile but played a strong second half to run past the Leathernecks, 41-17. SDSU is now 2-1 in the Valley and 5-1 overall. It’s Hobo Day weekend, and SDSU will host Northern Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): The Yellowjackets lost at Western Colorado, 44-28, to fall to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the RMAC. BHSU plays New Mexico Highlands at home at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders rolled Jamestown, 63-7, to stay perfect at 6-0 in the GPAC and 7-0 overall. Northwestern plays at Dakota Wesleyan at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota volleyball (Brooklyn Bollweg): The Coyotes won 3-2 over Omaha and lost to Denver by the same score. Now 10-8 overall and 7-2 in the Summit, USD plays at SDSU Friday.

Dakota Wesleyan volleyball (Gracie Olivier): The Tigers are 21-5 after a four-win week—3-0 over Mayville State and Hastings, 3-1 over Doane, and 3-0 over Presentation. DWU goes to Midland Friday and to Concordia Saturday.

Augustana women’s golf (Natalie Young): The Vikings placed sixth among 16 schools at the Midwest Classic at Central Missouri with a team score of 633. Natalie tied for 37th with 82-79=161. Augie plays Monday and Tuesday at The Tulsa Cup.

Dakota State volleyball (Nicole Sarringar): The Trojans defeated Bellevue, 3-2, as Nicole contributed 12 assists and 12 digs. In a 3-0 sweep over Mount Marty she had a kill, 18 assists and eight digs. Now 14-5, DSU plays Friday at Dickinson State, Saturday at Valley City State and Tuesday at Mount Marty.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): USD shut out both North Dakota schools, winning 1-0 over UND and 5-0 over NDSU. Against the Fighting Hawks, Joana had two shots. She had one shot against the Bison. Now 9-3-2 overall and 4-2-0 in the Summit, USD hosts SDSU at 1 p.m. Sunday.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks defeated Duquesne, 3-1, and now stand at 6-8-1. After hosting LaSalle last night, St. Joe’s hosts Navy next Tuesday.

Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
Conference standings: Southern Illinois 4-0, NDSU 3-0, USD 3-1, Missouri State 3-1, SDSU 2-1, Northern Iowa 1-2, Youngstown State 1-2, Western Illinois 1-3, Indiana State 1-3, UND 0-3, Illinois State 0-3.
Overall records: NDSU 6-0, Southern Illinois 6-1, SDSU 5-1, USD 5-2, Missouri State 4-2, Northern Iowa 3-3, Indiana State 3-4, Youngstown State 2-3, UND 2-4, Illinois State 2-4, Western Illinois 1-6.
Last week’s scores:
SDSU 41, Western Illinois 17
USD 34, Northern Iowa 21
Southern Illinois 31, UND 28
Missouri State 37, Indiana State 7
NDSU 20, Illinois State 0
This week’s games:
Illinois State at USD, 1 p.m.
Northern Iowa at SDSU, 2 p.m.
Western Illinois at UND, 2 p.m.
Missouri State at NDSU, 2:30 p.m.


I’ve discovered that, when we have built a life of meaning and of belonging for ourselves, then the need for “more” slowly fades into the background.
— Maria Shriver


Rapid City Rush: The season openers are finally here. The Rush open the season at home Friday and Saturday against Tulsa.

Aberdeen Wings: Idle last week, the Wings are home this Friday and Saturday against North Iowa.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Sioux City, 4-3, and are now 1-5-0 in the young season. Sioux Falls plays Tri-City in Kearney, Neb., Saturday.

Badlands Sabres: Helena dealt the Sabres a pair of beatings, 9-1 and 8-1. Now 4-6, Badlands’ next games are at home in Rapid City Oct. 29-30 against the same Helena team.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are off to a 3-0 start in the new NHL season. They won 2-1 at Anaheim and won 3-2 at Los Angeles before winning an exciting home opener over Winnipeg, 6-5, in overtime. Minnesota remains at home Saturday vs. Anaheim and Sunday vs. Nashville, then goes to Vancouver Tuesday.


Minnesota Timberwolves: In their NBA season opener the Wolves hosted Houston last night. Minnesota plays New Orleans both Saturday and Monday at home, then goes to Milwaukee next Wednesday.


There is rarely good news regarding COVID-19 here in wide-open South Dakota, but this week there is some. Better than 99% of South Dakotans who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 have not tested positive or tested positive a second time.

Argus-Leader reporter Jonathan Ellis wrote last weekend that data is trending in the right direction. Through last Thursday, 73% of South Dakotans had at least one vaccination. The number of active cases dropped more than 25% between Sept. 20 and Oct. 15.

Nevertheless 13 more deaths were reported between Thursday noon and Friday noon, bringing the state’s COVID toll to 2,202. Up to that point, there had been 60 deaths due to COVID in this state in October alone. In Pennington County 72 more positive tests pushed the county’s total to 20,030 in the pandemic, and 1,201 cases remained active.

As of yesterday (Wednesday), two more deaths raised the state toll to 2,205. Two hundred remain hospitalized, 33 of them on ventilators. The number of active cases is still high at 5,723, but that compares to 7,325 as recently as Oct. 1.

Some of the past week’s developments:

  • An Ohio state law banning mandatory vaccinations in public schools went into effect.
  • At Laramie High School in Wyoming, a 16-year-old girl who refused to wear a mask served two consecutive two-day suspensions. The mask mandate was set to expire last Friday, but school trustees voted 6-1 to extend it to Nov. 12. The girl was arrested when she refused to leave the high school.
  • United States borders will open to vaccinated international travelers Nov. 8 for the first time in 18 months.
  • Allison Williams, veteran ESPN sidelines reporter, is leaving that network after deciding not to comply with its vaccination mandate.
  • You’ve heard the line from the song, “He fought the law, and the law won.” That happened to the state of Washington’s highest-paid employee, Nick Rolovich, the head football coach at Washington State who is now the former coach. Because he refused to comply with the vaccination mandate for state employees, he has lost his $3 million-per-year job, and so have his unvaccinated assistant coaches. Now, of course, Rolovich is suing the university, saying the athletic director had it in for him. More than 100 State Patrol employees in Washington also lost their jobs.
  • Country singer Travis Tritt is canceling some shows on his tour where there are mask or vaccination mandates in place.
  • Here’s one more reason why, if you fly, you wear a mask. Forty per cent of TSA employees are not vaccinated.
  • According to CDC data, even vaccinated Americans who are age 80 or older are at higher risk of dying from COVID than anyone (vaccinated or not) under the age of 50. But in wide-open and free South Dakota, elderly are pretty much dispensable if they interfere with our “God-given freedoms.”
  • Incentive programs in 19 states, such as sweepstakes or payoffs to people who agree to become vaccinated, did not impact the vaccination levels.
  • Children ages 5-11 could become eligible for vaccinations for COVID within the next month.
  • The National Hockey League suspended Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks for 21 games for submitting a fake vaccination card. He will lose $1.68 million of his $7 million salary.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop Maine’s mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for health workers.


NFL games on local TV this weekend (subject to change by the networks):
Thursday: Denver at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m., Fox and NFL Network.
Sunday: Kansas City at Tennessee, noon, CBS.
Sunday: Washington at Green Bay, noon, Fox.
Sunday: Chicago at Tampa Bay, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
Sunday: Indianapolis at San Francisco, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday: New Orleans at Seattle, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports live games on TV this week:
Friday, 7 p.m.: High school football, Harrisburg vs. Brandon Valley.
Friday, 7 p.m.: High school football, Minot vs. Bismarck Century (MS2).
Saturday, 1 p.m.: College football, USD vs. Illinois State.
Saturday, 2 p.m.: College football, UND vs. Western Illinois (MS2).

Minnesota Vikings: Giving up a 10-point lead late, the Vikings were taken into overtime at Carolina but survived on a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass, 34-28, over the Panthers. Now 3-3, Minnesota has a bye this week, then hosts Dallas on Sunday night, Oct. 31.


Never doubt that the change you want to see in the world begins with your taking responsibility for yourself.
— Maria Shriver

Leaves descending to the ground,
Orange, magenta, green and brown.
The cool, crisp breezes in the air.
Autumn season must be here.
— Charmaine J. Forde

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
— Thomas Paine

Money can’t buy happiness, but it surely makes misery easier to live with.

I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one.

At the end of the day I’d rather be excluded for whom I include than be included for whom I exclude.

Never regret anything that has happened in your life. It cannot be changed, undone or forgotten. So take it as a lesson and move on.
— Bryant McGill


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom did not play at the SAS Championships in Cary, N.C., last weekend. Next on the Champions Tour is the Dominion Energy Classic at Richmond, Va., this weekend.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons defeated Austin, 1-0. Minnesota hosted Philadelphia last night and goes to Los Angeles Football Club Saturday.


“It is your choice. It is absolutely, positively up to you. But there’s consequences that come with that.”
— Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on his decision to require all of his employees to be vaccinated.


  • The time has come. Starting Sunday, you must dial the area code as part of any phone number you are calling, even local calls. Of course if you want to retain your “God-given freedoms,” you can choose not to do so. It’s your choice.
  • Black Hills Playhouse this week is revealing its 2022 season this week, one show one day at a time. On Monday we learned the first BHP show next summer (June 3-12) will be Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop.” Set on April 3, 1968, the play follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who has just given his legendary “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech and retired to Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He couldn’t know that the maid who delivered his room service would bring him to a deeper understanding of the movement he helped create and what his legacy would inspire. Then on Tuesday the BHP revealed that the second show (June 18-July 3) will be a unique presentation of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” If I understand the plan correctly, Playhouse veterans Dan Workman and Jeff Kingsbury will alternate as Felix and Oscar, the two mismatched, recently divorced bachelors who move in together to save on expenses. I guess that means we will need to see the show twice, once with Dan as Felix and Jeff as Oscar, then the second time with Dan as Oscar and Jeff as Felix! What fun that should be! Show #3 to be performed July 13-31 will be Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” a classic fairy tale with a new, revised musical score.
  • Remember those years many years ago when in the fall of every school year we got three days off while the teachers (well, some of them!) went to the SDEA convention? Whatever happened to that event? I was reminded of that when I read that this weekend it is expected the number of airline passengers leaving Minneapolis-St. Paul will soar as families take one last fall vacation during the MEA vacation.
  • After today there are 231 days until you will have the chance to vote “No” on Amendment C at your primary election June 7. Even fewer days than that if you vote early. Don’t let this legislative majority pull off this scam by scheduling a constitutional amendment vote on Primary Election Day when it is likely only Republicans will have any contests upon which to vote!
  • I’ve never been sure just what it is that Kanye West does—does he sing? play? do something important? simply exist? Google tells me he is a rapper. Well, fine. But now I see that a court has allowed him to legally change his name to Just Ye. That doesn’t surprise me one bit, considering he chose to marry one of those Kardashians and he named his kids Chicago West, Saint West, Psalm West and North West.
  • The preseason women’s college basketball poll ranks South Carolina as #1 in the nation as usual. That team will come to Sioux Falls next month to play USD.
  • It was already 17 years ago this week that the Red Sox, down 3 games to none vs. the Yankees in the American Legion Championship Series, won four in a row to win that series, the first team to ever do so. Then they went on to win the World Series. That was my first fall away from Pierre after leaving the Capital Journal and semi-retiring. Hard to believe I’ve been gone from Pierre for 17 years!
  • It is nervous time for the SDSU football team and their legion of fans after that cocky, ill-advised decision to go for two points against Southern Illinois in an attempt to win the game in overtime instead of tying it up with an extra-point kick. It failed. Now every game is a must-win contest so far as the playoffs are concerned, and the same is true for Northern Iowa’s team, which comes to Hobo Day this Saturday. UNI won on Hobo Day in 2015 and 2017, and in 2019 it was UNI which eliminated SDSU from the playoffs.
  • If you have spent any time visiting Denver or if you went there on a band trip, you know of Casa Bonita, the fabulous restaurant out there on West Colfax Avenue with the unique Spanish-Mexican decor. According to the daily Axios Denver newsletter, a group called “Save Casa Bonita” is trying to save the restaurant from demolition. The group is objecting to plans for the sale of Casa Bonita to the creators of “South Park” for $3.1 million as part of a bankruptcy case and wants to buy it for $3.5 million, keeping it from destruction.
  • I easily tire of hearing broadcasters defend umpires—oh, poor dears, what a hard job they have, blah, blah, blah. This week there was another one singular umpire call that probably changed the entire baseball season. Remember earlier in the month when a first-base umpire, standing 100 feet from home plate, was asked if a Giants batter checked his swing or not (it was obvious he had not swung); he called it a “strike,” ending the Giants’ season and advancing the Dodgers. On Tuesday night this week in the ninth inning with the Astros and the Red Sox tied 2-2, a pitch thrown by Boston’s Eovaldi was definitely a strike that would have ended the inning and keep the game tied 2-2. Instead the plate umpire called it a ball, the inning continued, and the Astros scored seven runs before it was over. Instead of Boston leading the series 3-1 with an eventual win, the series ended up tied. I hope all four of these remaining teams lose, and I have not been watching the games at all since the Rays, Yankees and Giants were eliminated, but I do switch over to watch the final inning sometimes after checking the score. Now comes the NBA season, and sad to say, the referees there aren’t any better.


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

Friday, Oct. 22:
Tessa Beyer, Lincoln Englehart, Corie Oliva, Paisley Bramblee, Chris Mullett, Joni (Haugan) Sengos, Dan Snyder, Pat Anderson, Carey Smalley, Garrett Gordon, Joy (Peck) Colson, Alexa Berg, Gwen Smith.
— 16th anniversary, Bobby/Katrina Duncan.
— 10th anniversary, Justin/Somer (LaRosh) Garrigan.

Saturday, Oct. 23:
Eileen Kramer, Celia Costello, Susie Fuller, Theresa (Frick) Jones, Seth Hoffman, Cassandra Jones, Michelle Van Camp.
— 44th anniversary, Ted/Sheryl Hall.
— 6th anniversary, Travis/Vera (Van Winkle) Tipton.

Sunday, Oct. 24:
Craig McTighe, Mike Rounds, Jacob Beastrom, Carletta Zebroski, Austin Lentsch, Beau Salmonson, Minnie Budmayr.
— 23rd anniversary, Dan/Brooke (Severson) Lusk.
— 18th anniversary, Lonnie/Danielle Ballweg.
— 1st anniversary, Brian/Lacy (Nielsen) Fike.

Monday, Oct. 25:
Jami Neumiller, Josh Graves, Diane Kafka, Maxine Blasdell, Brent Sogaard, Trevor Fisher, Todd Madden, David Reiss, Sandra (Kern) Mollman, Sullivan Vogel, Pat Powers, Tom Ripley, Emily Weber, Stephanie Strang, Kelly Meagher-Pitlick.
— 18th anniversary, Lance/Stacy Hosman.

Tuesday, Oct. 26:
Miles Schock, Shannigan Heckenlaible, Josh Gilkerson, Madyson Hammell, Tifaine Thompson.
— 18th anniversary, Matt/Stephanie (Hull) Joens.

Wednesday, Oct. 27:
Janet Ricketts, Haylie Ripperger, Kinsley Christenson, RoseMary Currier, Bev Zebroski, Bev Smedley, Chris Rasmussen, River Iverson, Keith Hrdlicka, Carter Schiefelbein.

Thursday, Oct. 28:
Kyle Cichos, Logan Stoeser, Kristi Hestdalen, Samantha Beck, Megan (Rapp) Deal, Kendra (Ott) Beyer, Jane Pitlick, Luralynn Davenport, Kathryn Lindbloom, Trevor Larson, Madison Siebrasse, Thelma Allison, Jodi Gabriel, Katherine Breske.
— 4th anniversary, Brady/Alyssa (Hudecek) Graff.
— 32nd anniversary, Jeff/Wanda (Ping) Adel.


Greg Dean posted an 8-2 record to gain 10 points in our season-long competition. At 7-3 for nine points apiece were Thomas Voeltz, Dawn Magee, Randy Pool and Eric James. At 6-4 for eight points each were David Ludwig, Mikal Kern and Kyle Richards.

This week’s contest games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning:
(1) Northern Iowa at South Dakota State
(2) Clemson at Pittsburgh
(3) Maryland at Minnesota
(4) Oregon at UCLA
(5) USC at Notre Dame
(6) Oklahoma State at Iowa State
(7) LSU at Mississippi
(8) Wisconsin at Purdue
(9) NFL: Cincinnati at Baltimore
(10) NFL: Kansas City at Tennessee


Joan Ramsey, 84, died Oct. 16. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. this (Thursday) morning at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. In 1956 she married Dan Ramsey, and they raised four children on their farm in eastern Hughes County. Joan worked for the state, the Fort Pierre Livestock cafe, the restaurant and Teen Town in Harrold, Tumbleweed Lodge, Big Bend Ranch and Hidden Valley School. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Rick) Bierle of Rapid City; her sons, Tim Ramsey of Hermosa and Troy (Rene) Ramsey of Harrold; her daughter-in-law, Pandora; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband of 63 years and her son, Todd.

Liza (Sizer) Clark, who has worked for state government for 16 years, will resign as head of the Bureau of Finance and Management at the end of the year. She has held that position since 2016. Liza and her husband, Zach, are the parents of two daughters.

Chelsea (Wright) Hattum, 48, rural Harrold, died Oct. 11 at her home near West Bend. Her funeral was held Oct. 19 at First United Methodist Church in Pierre. The daughter of the late Billy and Leonda (McMullen) Wright grew up in Blunt and graduated from Sully Buttes High School. She married Todd Hattum in 1993, and they ranched at the Hattum farm at West Bend. Chelsea is survived by her husband; her children, Mariah, Taylor, Casey, Shelby, Amy and Chad Hattum; two grandchildren, and a brother, Derik Wright.

Update readers in the Sioux Falls area can now pick up a copy of the fall issue of “Faces to Watch” magazine now on newsstands. One of the three performing artists spotlighted in this issue is William Cedeno Torres, husband of Pierre native Katherine (Van Gerpen) Cedeno Torres. Will is principal flutist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Carol (Butler) Jones, Fort Pierre, died Oct. 13 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her funeral took place Oct. 19 at the Community & Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre. Carol moved to Pierre with her family when her father worked on Oahe Dam. She graduated from Riggs High School in 1963 and then attended Rapid City Business College. Carol married Ronald Jones in 1966, and they lived in Fort Pierre, Colorado Springs and Aberdeen. He died in a bull-riding accident in 1969. In 1978 Carol married Dick Jones, and she gained three stepchildren. Carol worked for nearly 50 years in patient access at Medical Associates Clinic for 37 years and St. Mary’s Hospital for 12 years. She is survived by her husband, Dick Jones; her children, Tony Jones of Fort Pierre, Wendy Bushmire of Camarillo, Calif., Todd Jones of Fort Pierre, and Tim (Michelle) Jones of Fort Pierre; 12 grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary (John) Krouser, Ruth Ann (Gary) Stampka and Jean (Tom) Enlow.

Members of the Pierre Senior Center will be busing tables at Pizza Ranch between 5 and 8 p.m. this Monday, Oct. 25. They will be raising funds for Senior Center activities.

William “Bill” Benesh, 72, died Oct. 12. He spent his entire life in the Benesh home at 120 S. Adams that was built by his parents, the late Alvin and Evelyn Benesh. He entered Maryhouse after a fall 22 months ago. A celebration of his life was held Oct. 19 at Community Bible Church.

Vern Dockter, 78, died Oct. 19 in Rochester, Minn. His funeral took place Oct. 16 at Faith Lutheran Church. In 1962 Vern moved to Fort Pierre to work for Ray Rathbun and later owned Vern’s Standard for 2 years. He worked for the state in charge of HVAC systems for the Capitol complex, retiring in 2005 ater 37 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Fort Pierre; his sons, Bryan (Pam) Dockter of Pierre and Kim (Becky) Dockter of Sioux Falls; his daughter, Jackie (Shaner) Mattheis of Pierre; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and his brothers, Donnie (Shirley) Dockter of Ashley, N.D., and Terry (Linda) Dockter of Pinedale, Wyo.

This is opening weekend of Pierre Players’ last 2021 show, “A Little Piece of Heaven.” Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play continues with evening performances Thursday through Saturday next week.

Warren “Tiny” Sporer didn’t have children of his own, but he worked with countless numbers of local youngsters at the Boys & Girls Club and Pierre Indian Learning Center. Especially as a youth wrestling coach did he impact local kids. Tiny passed away Oct. 13 at Avantara Long-Term Care in Pierre. His funeral took place Wednesday at Isburg Funeral Chapel. Born in Faulkton, Tiny graduated from Riggs High School in 1966 and attended Dakota State at Madison. He married Verla Judd, and they lived in Mobridge and Isabel until moving to Pierre in 1976. Tiny worked for the city of Pierre in the signs and paint department and later in the parks department. He is survived by a nephew, Terry Sporer. Preceding him in death were his wife, his parents, and his brothers, Gerald and Arlo.

Stan Comeau of Port Angeles, Wash., who worked in local radio in Pierre at KCCR in the early 1980s, died in September at the age of 61 after battling complications aggravated by COVID-19. He graduated from Anoka Senior High School in Minnesota in 1978 and from Brown Institute, a broadcasting school in Minneapolis, in 1979. He married the former Diana Lamb of Onida in 1982. Stan spent 42 years in radio broadcasting as a program director, a music director, an ad creator and most recently as sales manager for Radio Pacific. He is survived by his wife; his son, Heath (Lindsay) Comeau; his daughters, Amber (Joe) Pursley and Brandi (Jeff) Finley; eight grandchildren; his mother, Bonnie Comeau, and five siblings. A memorial service was held Oct. 16 in Port Angeles.

Jim Soyer, chief of staff for Gov. Bill Janklow and a staff member for governors George MIckelson, Walter Dale Miller, Mike Rounds and Dennis Daugaard, died at the age of 74 at Ava’s Hospice House in Sioux Falls last Friday. Details regarding funeral mass had not yet been posted as of yesterday afternoon. For information go to the website of Miller Funeral Home of Sioux Falls.


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