Vol. 23, No. 1; Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022

Sep 1, 2022 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“September is a 30-days-long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather and the exhausting but thrilling adventures.”
— Lea Malot


This week’s schedules:
Girls soccer: home vs. Mitchell, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer: home vs. Mitchell, 6 p.m.
Volleyball: at Douglas, 6:30 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Mitchell triangular (vs. Mitchell, 11 a.m.; vs. Yankton, 1 p.m.).
Cross country: at Augustana twilight meet, Sioux Falls, 6:30 p.m.
Football: at Brookings, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Madison, 10 a.m.
Cheer/dance: home invitational, 11 a.m.
Volleyball: at Aberdeen Central, 3 p.m.
Girls tennis: home quadrangular (vs. Aberdeen Roncalli, 10 a.m.; vs. Rapid City Central, 2 p.m.).
Volleyball: home vs. Mitchell, 2 p.m.

Volleyball (3-0): The Governors won two more matches this week to stay perfect. Pierre defeated Rapid City Stevens, 3-1, on game scores of 25-21, 18-25, 25-9 and 25-21. Avyrie Kaiser had 20 kills, Reese Terwilliger three aces and six kills, Lily Sanchez six kills and Makenna Schlekeway six kills. The Govs shut down Rapid City Central, 3-0, on game scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-11. Kaiser had 11 kills, Terwilliger nine kills, Sanchez eight kills and Schlekeway seven kills.

Football (1-0): The five-time state champion Governors came out blazing as the season began at home against Aberdeen Central. Lincoln Kienholz passed for six touchdowns—three to Jack Merkwan and three to Jett Zabel. Kienholz also ran in a six-yard touchdown, and Jayden Wiebe returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score as Pierre won by 54-15.

Girls tennis (7-2): The Governors won two of three duals in Rapid City, beating Brandon Valley 5-4, beating Rapid City Christian 9-0 and losing to Rapid City Stevens 7-2. At the Rapid City Invitational the Governors placed third behind Stevens and Brandon Valley. Sydney Tedrow and Kara Weiss won their flight of doubles, Jocelyn Corrales/Caitlin Ott placed third and Marlee Shorter/Kourtney Walti placed fourth. In singles Weiss placed second in her flight, Corrales third, Tedrow fourth, Walti fourth, Ott fourth and Ella Fisk seventh.

Cheer/dance: At the Aberdeen invitational Saturday Pierre was third in pom, fourth in hip hop and fourth overall out of 15 teams. At the Watertown invitational the cheer team place 11th and the dance team seventh. In dance categories the Governors were fourth in hip hop and sixth in pom.

Boys golf: At the Huron invitational the Governors were seventh with a 51-over day. O’Gorman was team champion at +15, followed by Watertown at +17 and Harrisburg at +29. Nick Bothun tied for 19th with a 10-over 82. Other scores: Sawyer Sonnenschein 83, Lincoln Houska 86, Jack Bartlett 88, Luke Olson 90, Charlie Simpson 96. On Tuesday at the Aberdeen meet the Governors were second, seven strokes behind champion Watertown and 24 strokes better than third-place Aberdeen. Bothun and Sonnenschein tied for second place with 3-over 74s. Other scores: Houska 78 for eighth place, Olson 79, Simpson 87, Bartlett 92.

Girls soccer (4-2): The Governor girls defeated Sturgis, 2-0, with goals by Lexie Hillmer and Bria Sargent and two saves by keeper Ireland Templeton. On Tuesday the girls rallied to beat Watertown, 2-1.

Boys soccer (3-2-1): Pierre defeated Sturgis, 3-0, as Rylan Derry scored two goals and Ashton Griese one. On Tuesday the boys tied Watertown, 1-1.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Augustana twilight meet, Sioux Falls, 6:30 p.m.
Football: home vs. Dupree, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home triangular (with White River and Little Wound), 1 p.m.
Cross country: at Hoven invitational, 1 p.m.

Football (0-2): The Buffaloes lost at De Smet, 36-7. They trailed 36-0 when a running clock began. The Buffs have scored 13 points in their first two games.

Volleyball (3-1): Stanley County lost to Wall, 3-0, on game scores of 22-25, 24-26 and 20-25. The Buffaloes defeated Bennett County, 3-0, on game scores of 25-15, 25-11 and 25-12. On Tuesday SCHS won over Chamberlain, 3-1, on game scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-10 and 25-21.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Redfield meet, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Miller, 5 p.m.
Football: at Langford Area, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Ipswich, 5:15 p.m.
Cross country: at Hoven invitational, 1 p.m.

Football (2-0): The Chargers stunned Potter County, a state finalist last season, 36-6, to stay unbeaten. Thomas Farries ran in a score from seven yards out and Gavin Barber recorded a safety to make it 10-0. After the Battlers narrowed the score to 10-6, Landon Hepker scored from five yards out, and Barber scored at the end of a 40-yard pass play from Farries for a 24-6 halftime lead. Lucas Arcoren tallied a 44-yard touchdown run, and Farries scored from 1 yard. SBHS accumulated 278 yards on the ground and 63 through the air. The Chargers lost senior wide receiver/defensive back Marshall Wittler for the season due to an injury.

Volleyball (2-3): The Chargers played a spectacular dual at Faulkton Tuesday, falling on the very last play. SBHS lost a 3-2 match by game scores of 25-22, 20-25, 18-25, 25-17 and 13-15. At the YTC tournament Sully Buttes defeated McIntosh, 3-0; lost to Herreid-Selby Area, 3-2, and defeated Leola-Frederick, 2-1.


Thursday: coffee.


22 days to Sept. 23, the first day of absentee voting and in-person voting at county auditors’ offices.
53 days to Oct. 24, the deadline for first-time voter registration and current voter registration changes.
68 days to Nov. 8, Election Day.


Sioux Falls Canaries: Through Sunday the Canaries were 32-61 and 1-9 in their last 10 games. They end the American Association season at home tonight against Lincoln and then on the road Friday through Monday at Winnipeg.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Friday: at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
— Saturday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:15 p.m.
— Sunday: at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m.
— Monday: at New York Yankees, 12:05 p.m.
— Tuesday: at New York Yankees, 6:05 p.m.
— Wednesday: at New York Yankees, 6:05 p.m.
— Thursday: at New York Yankees, 6:05 p.m.


Softball becomes a sanctioned high school sport in South Dakota next spring, but in the meantime club softball continues. The Pierre fastpitch team began the season with a split of two games last weekend. Pierre dominated Baltic-Colman-Flandreau, 14-2, as Jenna Bucholz had a triple and a single, driving in four runs, and Maya Shorter hit a three-run triple. In the other game Tea walked off Pierre with two last-inning runs, 5-4. Erin Leiferman had three RBIs and Emma Hall one.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): At the Ally Challenge in Grand Blanc, Mich., Tom tied for 59th place with a 1-over-par 73-73-71=217, earning $3,600. The Champions Tour is idle this holiday weekend but resumes play at the Ascension Classic in St. Louis Sept. 9-11.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons defeated Houston, 2-1. After a game at Real Salt Lake last night, the Loons are home vs. Dallas at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.


Ham & Cheese will provide the music for the last Sunday evening entertainment on the Legion cabin deck this weekend, starting at about 5 p.m.


Last week all of our contestants got two free games correct because I mistakenly included two games that won’t be played for two more weeks! Nevertheless, we had a winner. Randy Pool missed only the Nebraska debacle and posted a 7-1 record for 10 points. At 6-2 for nine points each were Seb Axtman, Jon Boer, Kyle Richards, Beth Rinehart, Brad Cruse and Jason Noyes. At 5-3 for eight points each were Dawn Magee, David Ludwig, Mikal Kern and Eric James./

Contest #3 games (everyone welcome to send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) SDSU at Iowa.
(2) USD at Kansas State.
(3) Cincinnati at Arkansas.
(4) Oregon vs. Georgia.
(5) UND at Nebraska.
(6) BYU at South Florida.
(7) Utah at Florida.
(8) Notre Dame at Ohio State.
(9) Florida State vs. LSU.
(10) Clemson vs. Georgia Tech.


Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
— Friday: Pierre at Brookings, 7 p.m. (MSN2).
— Friday: Mandan vs. Bismarck Century, 6:30 p.m.
— Sunday: Soccer: UND vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos won the last preseason game over Minnesota, 23-13, finishing the preseason with a meaningless 2-1 record. Denver opens the regular season in the Monday night opener Sept. 12 at Seattle.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings lost at Denver, 23-13, to end the preseason with a record of 0-3. Minnesota opens the regular season at home vs. Green Bay at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 11.

Class 11AA roundup:
— Last week’s scores:
Pierre 54, Aberdeen Central 15
Brookings 26, Watertown 3
Yankton 45, Mitchell 6
Tea Area 45, Huron 6
Belle Fourche 27, Douglas 16
St. Thomas More 21, Spearfish 0
Sturgis 38, Rapid City Central
— Records vs. 11AA teams:
1-0: Pierre, Brookings, Yankton, Tea Area.
0-0: Douglas, Spearfish, Sturgis.
0-1: Mitchell, Watertown, Huron.
— This week’s games:
Pierre at Brookings
Tea Area at Aberdeen Central
Huron at Watertown
Yankton at Spearfish
Rapid City Stevens at Douglas
Sturgis at Mitchell (Saturday)


“The greatest part of the population is not very intelligent, dreads responsibilities and desires nothing better than to be told what to do. Provided the rulers do not interfere with its material comforts and its cherished beliefs. it is perfectly happy to let itself be ruled.”
— Aldous Huxley


  • Up at the top of this Update you will see “Volume 23, Number 1.” That means we are starting the 23rd year of doing this. Actually I’m not sure why it says Volume 23 because we were doing this before 1999, but whatever. I guarantee there will NOT be a Volume 24.
  • Those of you who go in to Minneapolis for a Twins game every baseball season will have a lot more options in 2023. No longer will each team have to play every other team in its own division 19 times (doesn’t it seem to you that the Twins are always playing Detroit or Kansas City?). That number will go down to 13 games next year, just two trips in and two trips out for each team in the same division. Instead, every team will play every other team in both leagues. In the case of National League teams, the Twins will play eight of them at home in 2023 and the other seven of them on the road. That will be reversed in 2024. So you can plan your trips to Target Field for next year, here is the list of home series and their dates for 2023:
    — April: 6,8-9 Houston; 10-11-12 Chicago White Sox; 21-22-23 Washington, 24-25-26 New York Yankees, 27-28-29-30 Kansas City.
    — May: 9-10-11 San Diego; 12-13-14 Chicago Cubs; 22-23-24 San Francisco; 26-27-28 Toronto.
    — June: 1-2-3-4 Cleveland; 13-14 Milwaukee; 15-16-17-18 Detroit; 19-20-21-22 Boston.
    — July: 3-4-5 Kansas City; 7-8-9 Baltimore; 21-22-23 Chicago White Sox; 24-25-26 Seattle.
    — August: 4-5-6 Arizona; 15-16 Detroit; 18-19-20 Pittsburgh; 24-25-26-27 Texas; 28-29-30 Cleveland.
    — September: 8-9-10 New York Mets; 11-12-13 Tampa Bay; 22-23-24 Los Angeles Angels; 26-27-28 Oakland.


4 days: Labor Day (Sept. 5).
7 days: NFL season opener, Bills vs. Rams (Sept. 8).
8 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame inductions, Chamberlain (Sept. 9-10).
8 days: Badlands Sabres hockey season opener, Rapid City (Sept. 9).
10 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener vs. Green Bay (Sept. 11).
11 days: Sanford International golf tournament events, Sioux Falls (Sept. 12-18).
11 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 12).
12 days: Stanley County High homecoming coronation (Sept. 13).
14 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 15).
15 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 16).
15 days: South Dakota Film Festival, Aberdeen (Sept. 16-18)
29 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 30)


South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits open their season of high expectations at Iowa of the Big 10 at 11 a.m. Saturday on FS1.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): The season opens Friday at home in Washington vs. Waynesburg (Pa.).

Missouri Baptist football (Shawn Schnabel): In the season opener in Arkansas MBU lost to Lyon College, 24-12. The home opener is this Saturday vs. Iowa Wesleyan.

Hot Springs High School football (Ben Kramer): The Bison lost their home opener to McCook Central/Montrose, 16-7. Now 1-1, Hot Springs hosts Lakota Tech of Pine Ridge this Friday.

University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougar runners go across town to the Augustana twilight meet Friday to open their season.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison season begins with a home game against Drake at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The radio broadcast of NDSU games is always available on the football schedule page at www.gobison.com.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders kick off the season at Morningside Saturday.

Northern State football (Jacob Howard): The Wolves kick off their season tonight (Thursday) at home against Upper Iowa. Jacob this week was named one of the four team captains for the Wolves.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes lost to Colorado State, 3-1, as the Rams scored three goals in the last 17 minutes. USD tied at Portland State in Oregon, 2-2, as Joana assisted on the first Coyote goal. On Tuesday USD dominated Dordt, 8-0, for its first win of the season. Now 1-3-1, USD plays at Southern Utah Friday and at Utah Tech Sunday.

Dakota Wesleyan cross country (Morgan Oedekoven): The Tiger runners open their season at the Augustana twilight meet Friday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers lost to Dakota State in the season opener, 29-19. DWU plays Saturday at Jamestown.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings open their season tonight (Thursday) at Concordia-St. Paul.

Augustana men’s golf (Bennett Geraets): The Viking golfers open Sept. 6-7 in a conference tournament preview at Winona, Minn.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Jaden Flor, Nathan Cook): The Trojans beat DWU for the sixth straight year, 29-19. Collin was credited with one solo tackle. DSU plays Saturday at Wisconsin-La Crosse.

St. Joseph’s (Pa.) men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks lost their season opener at Navy, 1-0. St. Joe’s plays Friday at Boston University and Tuesday at Delaware.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s team’s season opener is tonight (Thursday) at Dickinson State.

St. Thomas women’s soccer (Molly Knoblauch): The Tommies defeated Drake, 2-0; bested Chicago State, 1-0., and lost to Utah Tech, 1-0. Molly, who is just a freshman, got into the Chicago State game for 17 minutes. Now 2-1, St. Thomas hosts Idaho tonight and goes to Northern Iowa on Labor Day.

Lafayette men’s soccer (Eric Axtman): The Leopards varsity lost to Fairleigh-Dickinson, 1-0, and shut out Albany, 2-0. Now 1-1, Lafayette plays at Mt. St. Mary’s in Maryland Friday and at Drexel in Philadelphia Tuesday.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): To open the season the Charleston women went 4-0 in games in New York and Connecticut. The team defeated Adelphi, 3-2; beat Post, 3-0; did the same to Malloy, 3-0, and defeated New Haven, 3-1. Jaxin played in one of the three games of the Post match. Now 4-0, Charleston goes to Florida for matches against Spring Hill, Rollins, Barry and Florida Tech Friday and Saturday.


“The appointment of the next Supreme Court justice must be made in the people’s interest and in the nation’s interest, not in the interest of any partisan faction.”
— U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont


Thursday, September 1:
Trace Beck, Katie Nold, Lauren (Gilsrud) Thayer, Josh Baldwin, Brett Ripley, Taylor Mickelson, Janet (Ellis) Leidle, Jess Ellingson, Tarina (Zebroski) Kopren, Megan Stulken, Diane (Lomheim) Schlenker, Jetta Whitebird.
— 10th anniversary, Kevin/Lauren Hall.
— Anniversary, Nick/Renee Osterkamp.
— 10th anniversary, Brandon/Kia (Otten) Rieger.
— 10th anniversary, Cody/Carrie (Rausch) Stoeser.
— 15th anniversary, Shawn/Tracy Hostler.
— 15th anniversary, Kellan/Angie (Huxford) Pfleger.
— We fondly remember Jim Valnes, who passed away 3 years ago today.

Friday, September 2:
Danielle Peters, Rachel (Knutson) Steece, Kelly (Lingle) Royer, Brian Knadle, Shayne McIntosh, Mary Ness.
— 5th anniversary, Jayson/Jordyn (Anderson) Herra.
— Anniversary, Andy/Kate (Robertson) Bartel.
— 16th anniversary, Chris/Carrie Rasmussen.
— 5th anniversary, Justin/Lisa (Jenssen) Harmon.
— 16th anniversary, James/Audra (Meyer) Cardwell.

Saturday, September 3:
Tina (Geary) Vermeulen, Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts, Dylan Sazama, Rona (Todd) Boettcher, Jordan Shangreaux, Lance Nielsen, Dylan Gordon, Kyle Villa, Austin Schneider, Brian Pendergast, Nate White, Beckett Hangebrauck, Benjamin Oehlerking, Alexandria Anderson, Doyle Holden, Tanner Boggs, Sean Billet.
— 16th anniversary, Jake/Chandra Miller.
— 17th anniversary, David/Robyn (Clausen) Bauer.
— 17th anniversary, Sean/Megan Tousley.
— 17th anniversary, Dusty/Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen.
— 28th anniversary, Tom/Gini Grannes.
— 18th anniversary, Levi/Rose (Beckwith) Briggs.
— 17th anniversary, Terry/Amie Miller.
— 6th anniversary, Stephen/Katie Bollinger.
— 6th anniversary, Tyrel/Kallie (Dresbach) Hall.
— 6th anniversary, Jason/Sarah (Jeffries) McHenry.

Sunday, September 4:
Emma Mangan, Ryan Johnson, Laurie (Bonrud) Gronlund, Harper Juhala, Julia Disburg, Taman Eggers, Kara Brandlee, Lindsay Marshall, Paige Burkett, Lucas Jeanotte, Alecia (Johnson) Bowers.
— 18th anniversary, Paul/Jamie (Rasmussen) Walters.
— 11th anniversary, Jake/Liz Mortenson.
— 11th anniversary, Justin/Kellie (Parker) Tollefson.
— 12th anniversary, Brett/McKenna Ripley.
— 18th anniversary, Ryan/Patricia Scarborough.
— 18th anniversary, Darin/Lynsey (Meyer) Anderson.
— 12th anniversary, Brett/Jenny Durick.
— 18th anniversary, Cory/Sara (Prunty) Tennant.

Monday, September 5:
Jeff Mammenga, Josie Rue Turner, Kirsten Libby, Danielle (Clark) High Bear, Scott Cichos, Amy Petersen-Kolb, Wyatt Mersinger.
— 13th anniversary, Scott/Melissa (Stevens) Gibson.
— 13th anniversary, Josh/Sam (Lytle) Irvine.
— 19th anniversary, Shad/Brandy (Beastrom) Ludemann.
— 7th anniversary, Perry/Maggie (Nielson) Job.
— 58th anniversary, Bob/Mickey Miller.
— 58th anniversary, Dave/Connie (Doyle) Nighswonger.
— 7th anniversary, John/Erin (Ryan) Bush.
— 2nd anniversary, Ryan/Avery Grandpre.

Tuesday, September 6:
Jared Thomas, Garrett James, Annette (Rawstern) Severson, Andy McKay Jr., Mary (Marshall) Scruggs, Eli Pope, Michael Richards.
— 19th anniversary, Scott/Dawn Kennedy.
— 8th anniversary, Dalton/Mackenzie Decker.
— 8th anniversary, Patrick/Ashleigh (Baker) Ludwig.
— 3rd anniversary, Chris/Nino Iverson.
— Anniversary, John/Andrea Wellhouse.
— We fondly remember Caleb Hauschild on his birthday.

Wednesday, September 7:
Connie Tveidt, Jaxon Yackley, Brock Hyde, Ivy Flottmeyer, John Burchill Jr., Sam Willard, Mark Schlekeway, Tate Gabriel, Finnley Oehlerking, Kim (Sargent) Forgey, Jerid Maskovich, Josh Anderson, Kathy (Huse) Wika.
— 16th anniversary, Jordan/Jenni (Sprenkle) Terveen.
— 15th anniversary, Bryan/Amanda (Crompton) Treloar.
— 9th anniversary, Judd/Jessica (Durkin) Heinzmann.
— 9th anniversary, Andrew/BryAnn (Becker) Knecht.
— 9th anniversary, Paul/Jenny Dentonb.

Thursday, September 8:
Charley Grace Crawford, Demaris Axthelm, Ryan Lauseng, Jessica Bucholz, Chase Blair, Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen, Mary Askren, Pam Durkin, Cindy Bahe, Stuart Martin.
— 16th anniversary, Allen/Lindsay (Lower) Uecker.
— 10th anniversary, Mark/Jessica Hardwick.
— 15th anniversary, John/Ashlee (Roemen) Keyes.
— 15th anniversary, David/Kaishia (Bernard) Anderson.
— 10th anniversary, Jason/Codi Kinsman.
— 15th anniversary, Andrew/Maggie (Moisan) Eickbush.
— 3rd anniversary, Josh/Kelsy Vogt.
— 15th anniversary, Aaron/Ashley Denton.
— 4th anniversary, Mitch/Rachelle (Schmidt) Likness.
— 4th anniversary, Rick/Krista (Oehlerking) Miller.


Jenny Hallenbeck Orr, who is a former associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Pierre, is leaving the parish ministry to be part-time chaplain of Hospice of the Red River Valley’s Bismarck area team. Jenny has been one of the pastors at McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck for six years.

A memorial service for 1-month-old Cooper Briggs will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at Fischer’s Lilly Park in Fort Pierre. The son of Austin and Holly Briggs passed away Aug. 26 in Sioux Falls.

Ryan and Trish Murphy’s four children are back in their schools. Daughter Rowan is a high school junior, son Finn a freshman, son Declan a seventh grader and daughter Bergen a fourth grader. The Murphys live in Dell Rapids.

Chris Peterson was honored at Beck Motor Company on his 25th anniversary working there.

Brandon Cruse and his NFL officiating crew worked the Washington-Baltimore preseason game last weekend. To see where his crew works each week this fall, go to www.footballzebras.com on Thursday of each week.

Chase Harmon, son of Joe and Stephanie (Colwill) Harmon of Spearfish, was married Aug. 27 to Courtney Peters.

Josh and Cheri (Olinger) Raymond of Sioux Falls have their two children in the Harrisburg school system again—Ty a sophomore involved in baseball and Molly an eighth grader involved in softball. Cheri is an attorney with the Lynn Jackson Shultz & Lebrun law firm.

Roger Bamsey, 81, died Aug. 24 at Monument Hospice House in Rapid City. No services will be held. A native of Howard, Mr. Bamsey and his wife Nadene lived in several South Dakota communities, including Pierre and Fort Pierre. He worked for the Department of Labor, at the State Veterans Home as business manager, at South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Vermillion, at the Deadwood Gulch Resort, at CETEC Engineering, at Custer State Park as business manager and at the Central States Fair/Black Hills Stock Show. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, six grandchildren, a brother and two sisters, including Myrna Kay (Ronald) Merriman of Pierre.

Kassi (Schuetzle) Wilson is teaching first grade in Sturgis for the second straight year, and it is her 15th year of teaching. Her and Josh Wilson’s boys are all in school in one form or another—Jax in fourth grade, Cooper in first grade, Lincoln in daycare/preK1 and Cruze in daycare 1.

Pierre folks, remember the birthday party celebrating the 90th birthday of Joan Likness will be held this Sunday, Sept. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Farr House, 106 E. Wynoka. If you are planning to attend, RSVP Mary Keeler at 605/280-3148. It is a come-and-go event. Joan’s actual birthday is Sept. 11.

Jafar and Jessica Karim of Rapid City have their three daughters back in school—Soraya and Sienna in sixth grade and Josie in fourth grade.

In Sioux Falls the four children of Jarrod and Amber (Anderson) Edelen are in school, too—Archer in eighth grade, Charlie in sixth grade, Ben in fourth grade and Lila in kindergarten.

A celebration of the life of former Pierre resident Sandy Spencer of Rapid City will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Elks Country Club in Rapid City.

Josh and Katie (Shoup) Nebelsick sent all four of their sons off to school Tuesday. Will is an eighth grader, Oliver a fifth grader, Joey a second grader and Franklin a first grader.

In Minneapolis the two children of Jeff and Brianne (Barnett) Roby are in school for the new year. Maddie is in middle school as a sixth grader, and Jake is a second grader.

Daryll Stuart, 82, died Aug. 22. Inurnment is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the cemetery in Canning, followed by a celebration of his life at the home of Rex and Deb Hillmer in Canning. Daryll attended school in Blunt, then served with the U.S. Army as a medic in the demilitarized zone in Korea between 1958 and 1960. He married Mary Lou Hillmer in 1960, and they had four children. He worked for many years as a truck driver for several companies. He is survived by his children, Darylynn (Monte) Plucker of Parker, Shellie (Shayne) Krog of Fort Pierre, Daryll (Chad Davis) Stuart II of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Erin Ruhl of Rapid City; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, two step-great-great-grandchildren, sister Deloris (Casey) Hannum and brother Dean Stuart.

Kyle and Tammy Richards in Rapid City sent their son, Alec, off to USD for his freshman year. Meanwhile, their daughter, Alya, is a junior at Stevens High School, transferring from St. Thomas More.

Val (Kunsman) Fairbanks has begun her 20th year of teaching and her 16th in the same school. She has 18 first graders in her classroom in Sparks, Nev. The Sparks and Reno schools are all part of the Washoe County School District.

Matt and Sara (Schneider) Odden live in Rapid City where their son Noah is a seventh grader this fall and daughter Audrey is a third grader.

Long-time Onida and Pierre resident Eula (Fern) Schumacher died in Sturgis at the age of 95 on Aug. 26. Her funeral is being held this (Thursday) morning at 10 a.m. at the Rock Point Church in Sturgis. Interment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery. Fern grew up in North Dakota. She moved in 1950 to Onida to care for her grandparents, Alfred and Eva Svenson. She married Marvin Schumacher in 1951, and they became the parents of five children—Vixie, Marvin Jr., Fredrick, Ladd and Bud. They made their home for a long time in western Sully County where Marvin worked for George Bush Sr. Fern graduated from the Pierre School of Practical Nursing in 1972, then worked at Rivercrest Manor. In 1973 she moved to Redfield where she became director of nursing at the Eastern Star Home. They moved to Sheridan, Wyo., where Fern worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Hospital. In 1996 Fern and Marvin moved into the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. After Marvin died in 2000, the veterans there took Fern under their wing. She later lived at the Meadowbrook nursing home in Rapid City, moved to Sheridan in 2016 to be near her daughter and in March of this year became a resident of a nursing home in Sturgis. She is survived by four of her children, Vixie (Dennis) Miller of Black Hawk, Fredrick (Sun Cha) Schumacher of North East Space, Md., Ladd (Sonja) Schumacher of Glenrock, Wyo., and Bud (Merret) Schumacher of Glenrock; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Also in Rapid City are Lance and Jerilyn (Cass) Roberts, both of whom are on the administrative staff at the School of Mines. Their kids are Olivia, a high school junior, and Lucas, a seventh grader.

The Pierre High School Class of 1960 will have its rescheduled 60-year reunion on Sept. 14 at Drifters in Fort Pierre at 5:30 p.m. For information contact Dianne (Newlon) Roisum at dianneroi@sio.midco.net.

The Class of 1962 of PHS will gather for its 60-year reunion at the American Legion cabin from 2 p.m. to close on Sept. 23. For information contact Linda (Schooler) Bettison at linbet@charter.net.

In Rapid City the kids of Kellan and Angie (Huxford) Pfleger are in school—Cora in eighth grade, Evelyn in seventh grade and John in third grade.


“I believe in the critical importance of participating in the political system—from voting to standing for election. It’s both rewarding and necessary that men and women of good will and clear thinking engage in honest, open debate.”
— Michael Nutter


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