Vol. 23, No. 21; Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023

Feb 9, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
— Franklin P. Jones


“The Outsider,” a play about a politician which should make Pierre audiences either comfortable or make them squirm or both, opens a two-week run next week. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, and Thursday through Saturday, March 2-3-4. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.

Ashley Boone and Sarah Burger are directing the show. Cast members are Kristina Harms, Aaron Siebersma, Janet Martin, Jay Miller, Del Bartels, Lori Langdeaux and A.J. Holland.

Ticket reservations can be made by calling 224-7826 and leaving a message (show date preferred, number of seats required, payment method, etc.).


The Riggs High School entry, “Pirates!”, earned “superior play” recognition at the state one-act play festival hosted by O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls last weekend.

Three of the members of the cast—Ashlyn Pitlick, Patrick Valentine and Henry Thronson—each earned “superior actor” honors. The Pierre play also was honored with a “superior technical design” award. Besides all of that, two ensembles within the cast earned “superior ensemble” recognition. One such group was the police, including Conner Lehr, Liz Horan, Nia Bear, LilliAnne Doll, Ava Gors, Lillie Kellar, Lanie Stulken and Maren Houdyshell. The other honored group was the daughters, including Dani DeVaney, Ellie Noyes, Brooke Allison, McCahl Schmitz, Kendra Rounds and Sophia Maunu.

The drama director at Riggs is Jenny (Gors) Hodges. Kate Mullett was stage manager for this show, Jazmyne Goodman was student director, and Arthur Hodges was student technical director.

Riggs High also entered the three optional technical design contests. Kate Mullett won superior in marketing, and Arthur Hodges was deemed superior in set design.


The Barnett Center at Northern State University will be home for the state gymnastics tournament this weekend. Friday’s schedule calls for Class “AA” team competition in the morning (opening ceremonies 10 a.m.; awards 1:45 p.m.) and Class “A” team competition later (opening ceremonies 4:30 p.m.; awards 8:20 p.m.). On Saturday the “AA” individual competitions take over (opening ceremonies 10 a.m.; awards 2 p.m.), followed by the “A” individual competitions (opening ceremonies 4:30 p.m.; awards 8:40 p.m.).

In the “AA” team competition the qualifying schools are Pierre, Mitchell, Watertown, Brookings, Harrisburg, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Sioux Falls O’Gorman. The qualifying schools for the “A” team competition are Britton/Hecla, Parkston-Ethan-Hanson, Madison, Chamberlain, Deuel, Wagner-Bon Homme, Hot Springs and Estelline/Hendricks.

For Pierre’s qualifiers in the individual competition, check the gymnastics information just below in the “Pierre Governors Sports Roundup.” Stanley County will have these qualifiers in the individual competitions: vault, Elena Heeb; beam, Elena Heeb and Timber Hanson; floor exercise, Rachel Nemec, Addy Deal.


This week’s schedules:
Girls wrestling: home vs. Aberdeen Central, 6:15 p.m.
Boys wrestling: home vs. Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Gymnastics: at state tournament, Aberdeen Barnett Center, 11 a.m.
Girls basketball: at Bismarck High, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball: home vs. Bismarck High, 7 p.m.
Girls wrestling: at Harrisburg invitational, 9 a.m.
Gymnastics: at state tournament, Aberdeen Barnett Center, 10:30 a.m.
Girls basketball: at Brookings, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball: home vs. Brookings, 7 p.m.

Boys wrestling: The Governors spoiled Mitchell’s wrestling Senior Night with a 58-15 trouncing in a dual last Friday. Gavin Stotts, Elijah Boutchee, Josh Rydberg, Hudson Shaffer and Chase Carda won by falls. Trey Lewis, Chance Carda and Tristan Spencer won by technical fall. Jacob Mason won by decision. The Govs also had one win by forfeit. Going on to Yankton for Saturday’s invitational there, the Governors swept to the team title with 250 points, just ahead of runner-up Watertown at 235. Next were West Central at 211.5, Rapid City Stevens 158.5 and Tea Area 118.5 among 17 schools. Tristan Spencer at 138 pounds, Chance Carda at 182 and Elijah Boutchee at 220 earned individual championship medals. Other Pierre placers: Mason, eighth at 106; Walker West, sixth at 113; Lincoln Schoenhard, fifth at 120; Shaffer, fifth at 132; Chase Carda, third at 145; Lucas Chamberlin, third at 152; Deegan Houska, third at 160, Trey Lewis, second at 170; Stotts, second at 195; Rydberg, second at 285.

Gymnastics: Pierre’s gymnasts qualified for the team competition at this weekend’s state meet by placing fifth at last Saturday’s ESD Conference meet with a 135.70 team score. The Governors also have a large group of individual event qualifiers: vault, Natalie Flottmeyer, Gwen Richeter, Kirsten Korber, Nevaeh Karber, KaCee Wilson, Ryen Sheppick; parallel bars, Karber, Wilson, Sheppick, Emmy Loe; beam, Karber, Wilson, Sheppick, Isabel Jirsa; floor exercise, Karber, Jirsa, Madelyn Merrill; all-around, Karber.

Girls wrestling: The Pierre girls ran away with another tournament team title, accumulating 186 team points. Runner-up Rapid City Stevens had 130 in second place. Marlee Shorter won an individual title at 190 pounds at Yankton’s invitational, and six other Governors reached championship matches and placed second—Sydney Uhrig at 106, Kezrey Benning at 120, Dani Ringstmeyer at 126, Gianna Stangeland at 132, Hattie Baldwin at 154 and Ireland Templeton at 170. Other Pierre placers: Shaylee Speck, sixth at 106; Abbigail Lewis, fifth at 142; Emalee Larson, sixth at 170.

Boys basketball (9-6): The Governors lost to Yankton, 56-51. Jackson Edman scored 15 points and Carson Ahartz 10. On Tuesday Pierre went on a run of 11-0 to start the game and another spurt of 17-0 to start the second half on the way to a 68-59 win over Huron. Edman had 21 points, Lincoln Kienholz 14, Jacob Mayer 11 and Ben Heisler 10.

Current Class “AA” boys standings: (1) SF Jefferson 15-0. (2) SF Lincoln 14-1. (3) Mitchell 12-3. (4) Yankton 8-4. (5) SF Roosevelt 9-6. (6) Brandon Valley 10-5. (7) Harrisburg 9-6. (8) Pierre 9-6. (9) SF Washington 7-6. (10) SF O’Gorman 6-9. (11) Huron 6-10. (12) Watertown 6-9. (13) Aberdeen Central 6-9. (14) RC Central 6-9. (15) Sturgis 5-8. (16) Spearfish 4-9. (17) RC Stevens 4-10. (18) Douglas 3-12. (19) Brookings 2-13. NOTE: Only the top 16 qualify for the SoDak 16 playoff round.

Girls basketball (13-2): Going on a 35-0 run at one point in the game, the girls destroyed Yankton, 59-18, in a game that had a running clock in the second half. Ryann Barry and Avyrie Kaiser had nine points each. Remi Price, who now has the school record for career three-point field goals, had eight points. On Tuesday the girls defeated Huron, 49-33, and Price with her 22 points passed the 1,000-points mark for her career. Reese Terwilliger contributed nine points.

Current Class “AA” girls standings: (1) SF Washington 11-3. (2) SF Jefferson 13-2. (3) Pierre 13-2. (4) Harrisburg 12-3. (5) SF O’Gorman 11-3. (6) RC Stevens 11-4. (7) Brandon Valley 10-5. (8) Huron 9-7. (9) Mitchell 8-7. (10) Watertown 7-8. (11) SF Lincoln 6-9. (12) Spearfish 6-8. (13) Aberdeen Central 5-7. (14) Brookings 4-11. (15) RC Central 4-11. (16) Yankton 1-11. (17) SF Roosevelt 0-15. (18) Douglas 1-14. (19) Sturgis 1-13. NOTE: Only the top 16 qualify for the SoDak 16 playoff round.


This week’s schedules:
Boys basketball: home vs. White River, 6:30 p.m.
Girls basketball: at Dupree, 6 p.m.
Girls basketball: home vs. Mobridge-Pollock.
Boys basketball: home vs. Mobridge-Pollock.

Girls basketball (6-11): The Buffaloes were idle this past week.

Boys basketball (3-13): The Buffs lost to Chamberlain, 65-51, and lost to Potter County, 72-61.


This week’s schedules:
Girls basketball: at Mobridge-Pollock.
Boys basketball: at Mobridge-Pollock.
Girls basketball: at Warner Classic.
Girls basketball: at Wolsey-Wessington.
Boys basketball: at Wolsey-Wessington.
Girls basketball: at Sunshine Bible.
Boys basketball: at Sunshine Bible.

Boys basketball (4-10): The Chargers outscored Potter County 24-9 in the third quarter en route to an 81-71 win over the Battlers. Sully Buttes had trailed 46-39 at halftime. Wesley Wittler scored 26 points and Landon Hepker 23. On Tuesday the boys defeated Herreid-Selby Area, 49-44, led by Hepker with 17 points, Thomas Farries with 12 and Wittler with 12.

Girls basketball (13-2): The Charger girls defeated Potter County, 63-52, led by Stevie Wittler with 23 points and Lydia Hill with 20. On Tuesday the girls beat Herreid-Selby Area, 45-37, led by Hill with 19 and Stevie Wittler with 16.


1 day: State gymnastics tournament, Aberdeen (Feb. 10-11).
3 days: Super Bowl LVII, Glendale, Ariz. (Feb. 12).
5 days: Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).
7 days: ESD Conference girls wrestling tournament, Brandon (Feb. 16).
9 days: Region 3A boys wrestling tournament, Mission (Feb. 18).
11 days: Presidents Day (Feb. 20).
14 days: State wrestling tournaments, Rapid City (Feb. 23-25).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “The Outsider” (Feb. 24-26, March 2-4).
15 days: Baseball spring training begins (Feb. 24).
16 days: Minnesota Loons MLS season opener (Feb. 25).
16 days: NSIC men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 25-28).
19 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical, “The Little Mermaid” (Feb. 28, March 2).
20 days: Zesto opens (March 1).
22 days: Girls basketball SoDak 16 games (March 3).
22 days: Summit League men’s/women’s basketball tournaments, Sioux Falls (March 3-7).
22 days: State girls hockey varsity tournament, Sioux Falls (March 3-5).
25 days: Riggs High talent show (March 6).
26 days: Riggs High National Honor Society induction (March 7).


Super Bowl LVII: The game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs kicks off at 5:30 p.m. CST Sunday on Fox.

Rapid City Marshals: The second season in Champions Indoor Football for the Marshals opens at home vs. Fargo at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.


Sept. 2: at Missouri.
Sept. 9: St. Thomas.
Sept. 16: Lamar.
Sept. 30: at North Dakota State.
Oct. 7: Murray State (Dakota Day).
Oct. 14: Youngstown State.
Oct. 21: at Indiana State.
Oct. 28: South Dakota State.
Nov. 4: at Southern Illinois.
Nov. 11: North Dakota.
Nov. 18: at Western Illinois.


Sept. 2: Western Oregon.
Sept. 9: Montana State.
Sept. 16: Drake (at Target Field, Minneapolis).
Sept. 30: North Dakota.
Oct. 7: at Illinois State.
Oct. 14: Northern Iowa (Hobo Day).
Oct. 21: at Southern Illinois.
Oct. 28: at South Dakota.
Nov. 4: North Dakota State.
Nov. 11: at Youngstown State.
Nov. 18: Missouri State.


Our 26-week contest ended last week, and we have a winner. Actually he’s an old winner. Pierre native Jason Noyes of Sioux Falls wins again with an average of 7.727 points per week. In each contest the best score got 10 points, the second-best score 9 points, the third-best score 8 points and everybody else 0 points. We added up each contestant’s season-long points and divided by the number of times he or she entered. The final top 10:
(1) 7.727 Jason Noyes
(2) 7.541 Nathan Vetter
(3) 6.962 Levi Neuharth and Dawn Magee
(5) 6.923 Kyle Richards
(6) 6.885 Jon Boer
(7) 6.750 Thomas Voeltz
(8) 6.692 Mikal Kern
(9) 6.333 Randy Pool
(10) 6.304 Beth Yackley-Rinehart


Oahe Capitals boys varsity: It was a classic struggle, but the Caps eventually lost to first-place Sioux Falls #1 in overtime, 4-3. Barret Schweitzer scored in the first period. Then, with the team down 3-1, Andrew Coughlin scored at 15:27 of the final period, and Ashton Griese tied the game at 16:59, scoring off Schweitzer’s assist. Sioux Falls, however, won at 2:03 of overtime. Colin Lee made 29 saves in goal. On Saturday the Caps left no doubt in shutting down Watertown, 7-0, behind Lee’s 23 saves. Schweitzer scored two goals, and Griese, Corbin Beastrom, Aidan Dozark, Dylan Dodson and Devin Dodson each had a goal. The Caps are home twice this weekend—6 p.m. Saturday against Sioux Falls #2 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday vs. Aberdeen.

Current SDAHA boys standings: (1) Sioux Falls #1 29. (2) Rushmore 28. (3) Brookings 26. (4) Oahe 25. (5) Aberdeen 17. (6) Mitchell 15. (7) Watertown 12. (8) Yankton 12. (9) Sioux Falls #2 11. (10) Brandon Valley 8. (11) Sioux Center 7. (12) Huron 5.

Oahe Capitals girls varsity: The girls defeated Watertown, 6-2, behind Brylee Kafka’s hat trick and single goals from Cameron Larson, Sara Bierne and Katherine Reiss. Abigail Stewart-Fromm made 19 saves in the net. The girls hit the road to Aberdeen at 8 p.m. Friday and to Huron at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, then play at home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday vs. Aberdeen.

Current SDAHA girls standings: (1) Sioux Falls 28. (2) Aberdeen 24. (3) Brookings 22. (4) Mitchell 17. (5) Oahe 13. (6) Rushmore 10. (7) Sioux Center 6. (8) Watertown 3. (9) Huron 1.

Badlands Sabres (Mason Martin): The Sabres split with Great Falls, winning 3-1 and losing 7-4. The team goes to Butte for Friday and Saturday games.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings beat Minot, 3-0, then lost to Minot, 2-1. The same two teams play Friday and Saturday in Minot.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost twice to Wichita, 6-2 and 6-3. Rapid City is home Friday and Saturday vs. Utah, then plays at home next Wednesday in the morning against Toledo in their annual school-day game before a full house of screaming elementary students.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Lincoln, 6-5 in a shootout game; beat Des Moines in overtime, 3-2, and lost to Tri-City, 3-2. The team plays at Lincoln Friday, hosts Lincoln Saturday and goes up to Fargo next Wednesday.

Minnesota Wild: After a three-game winning streak the Wild lost twice this week—3-2 at Arizona and 4-1 at Dallas last night. Minnesota begins a seven-game homestand against Vegas tonight, New Jersey Saturday, Florida Monday and Colorado next Wednesday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): The tour for PGA golfers 55 and older resumes in the nation of Morocco Thursday through Saturday.


Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.
— Zelda Fitzgerald


Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Men’s basketball: UND vs. Denver, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball: Sioux Falls Lincoln vs. Brandon Valley, 7 p.m. (MS2).
Girls basketball: Pierre vs. Bismarck, 7:30 p.m.
Women’s basketball: SDSU vs. USD, 1 p.m.
Men’s basketball: Omaha vs. UND, 1 p.m. (MS2).
Men’s basketball: USD vs. SDSU, 6 p.m.

Summit League basketball update:
* USD (11-14): Beat NDSU 71-62; lost to UND 86-72.
Upcoming game: Saturday at SDSU.
* SDSU (14-11): Beat UND 96-73; beat NDSU 90-85.
Upcoming game: Saturday home vs. USD.
* Current men’s standings: Oral Roberts 12-0, SDSU 9-4, Western Illinois 8-5, St. Thomas 7-6, Kansas City 6-6, NDSU 6-6, USD 6-7, Denver 4-9, Omaha 3-10, UND 2-10.
* USD (11-13): Lost to NDSU 86-82 in overtime; lost to UND 83-66.
Upcoming game: home vs. SDSU Saturday.
* SDSU (20-5): Beat UND 75-57; beat NDSU 82-54.
Upcoming game: at USD Saturday.
* Current women’s standings: SDSU 13-0, NDSU 8-4, Oral Roberts 8-4, USD 7-6, UND 6-6, Omaha 6-7, Denver 6-7, Kansas City 3-9, St. Thomas 3-10, Western Illinois 3-10.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Orlando, 122-120; beat Denver, 128-98; lost to Denver, 146-112, and last night swamped Utah, 143-110. Minnesota will be at home Friday against Memphis and Monday against Dallas.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force beat Birmingham twice, 106-99 and 120-111, then lost to Long Island twice, 112-92 and 130-95. Sioux Falls plays at Westchester in New York Friday and back across the country at Salt Lake City Monday.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons kick off the Major League Soccer season at home vs. Dallas Feb. 25.


South Dakota Mines track-field (Erick Colman): The Hardrockers were idle last week. Their next meet is at SDSU Friday and Saturday.

Mount Marty men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Lancers defeated Hastings, 82-78, as Lincoln went 5-of-8 and 5-of-5 for 15 points with six rebounds and a blocked shot. Last night Mount Marty lost to Dordt, 100-68, but no box score was immediately available. Now 9-17 overall and 5-13 in the GPAC, the Lancers go to Northwestern Saturday and return home next Wednesday vs. Doane.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Tyson Johnson, Aric Williams): The Tigers were idle last week and have another week off before the GPAC conference meet in Crete, Neb., Feb. 17-18.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): Peyton is listed as a redshirt-junior right-handed pitcher on the Bobcats roster. As they hope for a return to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the spring, the Bobcats open their season at home in San Marcos Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Northwestern of the Big 10.

University of Sioux Falls track-field (Jessica Lutmer): At a meet in Maryville, Mo., last weekend, so far as we can tell, Jessica did not participate in any events there. USF sends athletes to meets either at SDSU or Minnesota State this weekend.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): Aislinn’s sensational season continued last weekend as the Vikings won two more NSIC games, 79-71 over Winona State and 82-79 over Upper Iowa. Augie is now 21-3 overall and 15-3 in the conference as they await Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State coming to Sioux Falls this weekend. Against Winona State Aislinn was 9-of-15 (1-of-4 in threes) and 1-of1 for 20 points with nine rebounds and five assists. She went wild against Upper Iowa, hitting on 13 of 19 field goals (5-of-6 in three-pointers) and 4-of-6 in free throws for 35 points with nine rebounds, one block and three steals.

Black Hills State track-field (Frank Becker): The Yellowjackets went down to Colorado Mines’ meet in Golden last weekend. We couldn’t find any events in which Frank participated. BHSU sends athletes to SDSU’s meet this Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota State-Mankato track-field (Maya Shorter): The Maverick women were first among 10 teams at their own meet. They host another home meet this weekend.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): The Tigers’ only game in the past week occurred last night, and DWU, which beat Northwestern by a point early last week, lost to the Raiders this time by only three, 65-62. Nick got into the game for four minutes but did not score. Now 12-13 overall and 8-9 in the GPAC, DWU plays at Midland Saturday and at home next Wednesday vs. Morningside.

Dakota State track-field (Houston Lunde): At Dakota Wesleyan’s meet Houston placed 11th in the weight throw at 45’5 1/4″ and 19th in the shot put at 37’10”. Trojan athletes go this weekend to meets at SDSU or Mount Marty.

Northern State track-field (Addison Cumbow): NSU sent athletes to NDSU’s Bison Open, but we can’t find any events in which Addy competed. Northern goes to SDSU’s meet this weekend.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): The Marauders had a successful road trip to a pair of NSIC duals. They dominated Augustana, 36-0, and Southwest Minnesota State, 39-3. At the latter dual Lincoln lost a 4-2 decision at 157 pounds. Mary hosts St. Cloud State and Northern in duals this weekend.

Mary women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): The Marauders won two more NSIC games, 76-60 over Minnesota-Crookston and 48-39 over Bemidji State. The team goes east to Minnesota-Duluth Friday and St. Cloud State Saturday, taking a record of 13-8 overall and 12-6 in the conference.

Dakota Wesleyan track-field (Cobey Carr, Morgan Carr, Abby Ferris): The Tigers hosted a home meet, but we couldn’t find any events in which our Pierre athletes competed. DWU sends athletes to meets at SDSU or Mount Marty this weekend.

Augustana swimming (Ella Ward Zeller): The Vikings swam at USD’s invitational in Sioux Falls, but we didn’t find Ella listed in any of the events. The Augie swimmers are now at the NSIC championships in West Fargo now through Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): The Coyotes surprised NDSU, 71-62. Max in 23 minutes was 5-of-13 (1-of-2 in threes) for 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and a steal. In a surprising loss by 86-72 to UND, Max in 22 minutes was 3-of-5 (0-of-1) for six points with two boards, two assists and a steal. USD plays at SDSU at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Rollins College baseball (Spencer Sarringar): Spencer, who graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen last year with his bachelor’s degree, is still playing college ball, this season at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., a northern suburb of Orlando. Listed as a senior catcher, Spencer started as catcher and played the entire game as Rollins defeated Florida Tech, 4-1, in last week’s season opener. He went 1-for-2, walked once and scored a run. On Tuesday Rollins defeated St. Leo University, 9-4, to go to 2-0 for the new season, and Spencer did not play in that game. Rollins plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday at West Florida in Pensacola.


“Once every three, four or five generations there’s a fundamental shift in world politics and national politics. What will happen in the next three or four years is going to determine what this country looks like for the next four or five decades. We’re laying a foundation because the world is changing—dramatically changing—and we have a choice.”
— President Joe Biden


Feb. 9, 2022: Governor Noem proposed allowing employees to gain exemptions from their employers’ vaccination mandates. Her bill passed a Senate committee, passed the full Senate 31-4 and passed the full House 37-30.


“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
— Maya Angelou


Thursday, Feb. 9:
Jamie Lomheim, Jennifer McKillip, Mandy Braun, Steve Smith, Dawn Hurney, William Weingart, Karen Day, Bauer Hunt, Elsie Shoup, Dessa Bryant, Carolyn Severyn.

Friday, Feb. 10:
Ericka Deneke, Carie (Olson) Butter, Jessie Williams, Kelly (Kindle) Hipple, Jeanita (Adams) McNulty, Hart Hoover, Darcy White, Luke Ross, Chris Dvorak.
— 6th anniversary, Adam/Andrea Baker.

Saturday, Feb. 11:
Kristin Gabriel, Beth Sachtjen, Chris Dockter, Colleen (Doyle) Lamb, Cheryl (Beckwith) Ulmen, Kelbie Frederick, Kerry (Johnson) Bowers, Jonathan Urbach, Aaron Engberg, Megan Tousley, Carly (Feiler) Retterath, Jackson Sleger, Josh Baker, Jerilyn (Cass) Roberts, Mackenzie Brock, Beth (Miner) O’Toole.

Sunday, Feb. 12:
Dave Osterkamp, Jay Davis, Greyson Shindle, Leonard Haggin, Lucas Hoover, Nicholas Deal, Dick Tobin, Cody Nelson, Julie Linn, Shannon (Taft) Hallock.
— 1st anniversary, Steven/Jordan (Keeler) Anderson.

Monday, Feb. 13:
Cooper Gloe, Stacie Mosiman, Sylvie Martin, Dorinda Daniel, Darin Smith, Gerda Jorgenson, Michell Boe, Suttyn Stahl, Karla Miles, Nathan Shay.

Tuesday, Feb. 14:
Nic Lohman, Brady Beck, Ryan Blake, Tammy (Groseclose) Serbousek, Mia Tousley, Leonore Friez, Joe Minder, Karisa Magee, Josh Hook, Kirby Welch, Elaine Yackley, Kathy Kraft, Kelli (Stephens) Ford, Veronica Urquhart, Sydney Redden, Grady Yost.
— 14th anniversary, Roger/Shelley (Marone) Locken.
— 19th anniversary, Matt/Rebekah (Lawver) Boyer.
— Anniversary, Mike/Dana (Garry) Reiprich.

Wednesday, Feb. 15:
Tessa Jorgensen, Stephanie (Tveidt) Knapp, Brynlee Pease, Lincoln Sazama, Nolan Sazama, Tracie (Seyfer) Vogel, Kendra (Woodburn) Zuercher, Lorena Hyde, Curtis Egan, Ken Rausch.

Thursday, Feb. 16:
Drew Johnson, Bennett Dean, Kent Hrdlicka, Dmitri Melius, Bridget Hrdlicka, Barry Nuttall, Cecelia Mortenson, Lori (Tennant) Sperry, Deanie Knudtson, Marilyn Rasmussen, Matt Farris, Hayden Shoup.
— 13th anniversary, Tom/Chelsie Martin.
— 4th anniversary, Jesse/Meredith (Lee) Roebuck.


Jordan and Shelby (Badger) Heckenlaible are the parents of another son. Brogan Dale Heckenlaible was born Feb. 1, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 19 1/2 inches. He joins big brother Griffin, 5, in their family.

Riggs High alumnus Rich Birhanzel has been selected as one of the new members of the Forbes Business Council, a nationwide invitation-only organization for entrepreneurs and business leaders. Rich is senior managing director of Accenture Global Health. He is based in Minneapolis but travels worldwide in his job.

Eva Marie Severson, 97, long-time resident of Sully County and in recent years of Pierre, died Feb. 4 at Avera Maryhouse. Mass of Christian Burial is being celebrated at 10:30 a.m. this (Thursday) morning at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Onida. Eva Marie grew up on the Serbousek farm in western Sully County and graduated from Onida High School. She took a teaching course at Northern State College and taught in a rural school for two years. She and Sigfried Severson were married in 1946. In the fall of 1949 Sig bought land south of Onida, and he and Eva Marie farmed and raised their family of five children there. She also cared for her mother in her home for 14 years. Sig and Eva Marie lived at Westport, S.D., for seven years, then returned to the farm in 1994. They had been married for 57 years when he passed away. In 2017 Eva Marie moved into the Parkwood Apartments in Pierre. She is survived by four of her children, Alice (Bob) Jones of Kansas City Jim Severson of Pierre, Pete (Trish) Severson of Onida, and Ric (Annette) Severson of Pierre; her daughter-in-law, Linda Severson of Pierre; 11 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents; her brother, Lawrence Serbousek; her husband; her son, Larry Severson; and a grandson, Eric Jones.

Word was received Tuesday that Blunt native Linda (Ogan) Cleberg of Redfield passed away early that morning at Avera Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield following a stroke. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, followed by a service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Redfield.

Aidan Unterbrunner is one of nine young men at Stevens High School in Rapid City who are the candidates for the title of Mr. SHS. The “beauty pageant” is a student council fund-raising project for Children’s Miracle Network, and the winner will be crowned on the evening of Feb. 24.

Ryan Parker Knox is returning to the Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Ariz., for a show for the first time since March 2020. He is rehearsing for Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer” to be presented March 2-3-4-5, 9-10-11-12 and 16-17-18-19. Ryan plays the role of Ivan Curry in the McPherson play.

Mary O’Connor, 81, Fort Pierre, died Jan. 30. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at St. John’s Catholic Church with a rosary/wake service there at 6. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the church in Fort Pierre at 1 p.m. Friday. Mary graduated from Cavour High School in 1959 and from St. John’s School of Nursing in Huron in 1962. Her nursing career took her to Huron, Edgemont and Hot Springs until her retirement in 2006. Mary and her husband, Don, were married in 1964 and lived in Hot Springs until retiring in Fort Pierre. Survivors include her husband; her son, Cory (Kim); her daughter, Brenda; six siblings and two grandchildren.

Lon Kightlinger posted this week on Facebook that they are “entering the home stretch” of post-production for his son Andrew’s latest movie, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine.” Andrew and his crew and cast have been working on the film for the past nine months. No release date has been determined although it will be later this year.

Six members of the cast of Stanley County High School’s play earned “superior actor” recognitions at the state one-act play festival at Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School last weekend. The honored students from SCHS are Lane Baldwin, Cloey Voigt, Ryder Roseland, Abby Wyly, Jackson Robbennolt and Cadence Hand.

Local author Dr. Ken Bartholomew will talk about his new medical murder mystery, “Sentenced,” at Rawlins Library at 1 p.m. this Friday. Copies of his book will be available there for purchase.

Byron McQuay, 80, died Feb. 1. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today (Thursday) at Lutheran Memorial Church. Byron came to Pierre in 1957 and graduated from Riggs High School in 1961. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1963-64. He later earned an associate degree from North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and worked at Great Falls, Mont., for several years. Back in Pierre, he worked for Peitz Heating & Cooling and for Air Tech Heating & Cooling. He is survived by his brothers, Jerry McQuay of Pierre, Dennis (Patty) McQuay of Pierre, and Dean (Marie) McQuay of Rapid City, and several nephews and nieces.

The next pancake feed for the benefit of Post 8 baseball will be served at the Legion cabin this Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m.

The late Steve Withorne, who at one time worked in Pierre with the Department of Social Services and who became a prominent basketball official, will be posthumously inducted into Rapid City Central’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a basketball game this Saturday. Withorne spent 1966-70 at Central where he was a basketball and football star. He later was a four-year letterman in basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University. Withorne died at the age of 47 in October 1999 when he suffered a heart attack while officiating a college basketball game.

Monica (Schall) Paxton, 65, Onida, died Feb. 4. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Onida.

Pierre native Calvin Jones, who with his wife had to escape Ukraine a year ago this month when the Russian invasion began, is still raising funds to help Ukrainians, both those still at home and those who have fled. He will be making another concert tour in the United States this spring. In the meantime check out a hauntingly beautiful piece of music Jones has composed and arranged. “After the Conquest: A Dedication to the Heroes of Ukraine” can be heard and viewed at this site:


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