Vol. 23, No. 28; Thursday, March 30, 2023

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“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”
— Andy Rooney


Girls basketball: Remi Price, senior guard, was named to first-team All-State for girls basketball. Reese Terwilliger, junior forward/center, was selected second-team All-State.

Boys basketball: Senior guard Lincoln Kienholz for the third straight year is part of the Class “AA” All-State honors. He this week was named a first-team All-State player, such as he also was last season in 2022. The previous year, when he was a sophomore, he was second-team All-State.

Basketball: Two Pierre seniors were integral parts of their teams at the annual Three-Class Shootout event played at Salem last weekend. On the Class “AA” girls team Remi Price had nine points in an 88-87 win over the Class “A” girls and 13 points in a 97-71 win over the Class “B” girls squad. The “AA” boys team got to play only one game as they lost 111-105 to the Class “A” boys, who later beat Class “B” in the championship game. Jackson Edman had 10 points and seven rebounds for the “AA” boys in their game.

Boys tennis: Last weekend in Rapid City the Governors opened the season with four duals. Pierre defeated Spearfish, 7-2, and lost to Rapid City Stevens, 9-0; lost to Rapid City Christian, 9-0, and lost to St. Thomas More, 6-3. Jacob and Joseph Mikkonen went 2-2 as the #3 doubles team. Carter Gordon went 2-2 in #5 and #6 singles.

This week’s schedules:

Softball: vs. Aberdeen and Watertown (both games at Aberdeen Presentation College).
Boys tennis: at Sioux Falls triangular, noon.
Track-field: at SDSU high school invitational, Brookings, 1 p.m.
Softball: at Rapid City Stevens, 1 p.m., and Sturgis, 5 p.m. (both games at Parkview, Rapid City).
Boys tennis: home vs. Mitchell, 11 a.m.
Track-field: home for Bob Judson Invitational, noon.

Girls track-field: At the huge Ruth Marske meet in Brookings on Monday, Governor girls had five top-10 finishes. Kali Ringstmeyer placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in :26.61. Danielle Beck tied for sixth in the high jump and was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles. Mason Berg finished seventh in the 3200. The 4×100 relay team of Dani Ringstmeyer, Aleise Christopherson, Kali Ringstmeyer and Anastyn Baade placed seventh in their race.

Boys track-field: Governor boys had 14 top-10 finishes in Brookings at SDSU’s meet Monday. The best was Jason Maciejczak’s second in the shot put at 52′. Colby Carey was third in the pole vault at 12’6″. Jared Lutmer placed third twice—in the 1600 in 4:34.34 and in the 3200 in 9:56.44. Deegan Houska was third in the 300-meter hurdles in :42.27 and eighth in the triple jump. Greyson Schuetzle placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles and ninth in the 110-meter hurdles. Landon Bertram was ninth in the 200, Andrew Campea tied for 10th in the triple jump, Carson Stoeser was 10th in both the 200 and the 400, and Brock Moser and Chase Carda tied for ninth in the pole vault.

Softball (0-1): In the season-opening game played on the field behind Riggs High School Tuesday, the Governor girls lost to Rapid City Central, 9-4. Hannah Lemieux’s RBI double gave Pierre a 1-0 lead. Then Kara Weiss and Noel Kist had RBI doubles to push the Govs’ lead to 3-0. However, Central scored three times in the fifth and four times in the sixth, thanks in part to five Governor errors. Pierre’s other run came on an RBI single by Khalan Smart. Ely Broers led the Pierre offense, going 3-for-3. Erin Leiferman was losing pitcher although only four of the nine runs she gave up were earned runs. She struck out 13.


This week’s schedules:
Track-field: at Winner invitational.
Track-field: at Bob Judson Invitational, Pierre, noon.


Girls basketball: Lydia Hill, senior center, was named second-team All-State for Class “B” girls basketball, and Stevie Wittler, junior guard, was named third-team All-State.

Boys basketball: Landon Hepker and Wesley Wittler were selected on the first team in the Yellowstone Trail Conference’s all-conference team. Marshall Wittler was named second-team all-conference.

This week’s schedules:
Track-field: at Bob Judson Invitational, Pierre, noon.


March 30, 2022: Governor Noem named Mark Miller her fifth chief of staff in her three years in office.


Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: blackberry.


Northern track-field (Addison Cumbow): The Wolves’ next meet will be Saturday at Dordt College’s meet in Iowa.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jackrabbits won one of three games against Northern Colorado played at the Air Force Academy. After a 9-7 loss and a 17-3 seven-inning win, SDSU lost the rubber game 9-6. In that one Brady was the fourth of six SDSU pitchers, facing five batters in 2/3 of an inning and allowing three hits, one walk and two earned runs. Now 5-14, SDSU opens Summit League play Friday, Saturday and Sunday against NDSU. Those games will be played in Council Bluffs and Omaha.

Black Hills State track-field (Frank Becker): Idle last weekend, the Yellow Jackets go to a meet at CSU-Pueblo Friday and Saturday.

Dakota State track-field (Houston Lunde): At Wayne State’s Wildcat Classic Houston placed 19th in the hammer throw at 139’8 1/2″, 25th in the shot put at 39’3 1’4″ and 28th in the discus at 121’10 1/2″. DSU’s next meet will be the USD early-bird meet in Vermillion April 7-8.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats lost two of three against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., over the weekend. Last night they defeated Texas-Rio Grande Valley, 6-5. Peyton was the second of four pitchers, going 3 1/3 innings, facing 17 batters, striking out four and allowing three hits, two earned runs, two walks and one hit batter. Now 17-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play, Texas State is home Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Arkansas State, then goes to Texas A&M next Tuesday.

South Dakota Mines track-field (Erick Colman): At a meet at CSU-Pueblo Erick placed 11th in the hammer throw at 157’10”, 40th in the discus at 93’9″ and 25th in the shot put at 39’3″. Mines competes Saturday at Chadron State’s meet.

Dakota Wesleyan track-field (Cobey Carr, Abby Ferris): At the Wayne State meet in Nebraska Cobey won the triple jump event with a best leap of 42’4 3/4″. He was also 20th in the long jump at 19′. DWU sends some athletes to the Bobcat Classic at Texas State in San Marcos today through Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls track-field (Jessica Lutmer): The Cougars open their outdoor season Friday and Saturday at Wartburg’s meet in Waverly, Iowa.

University of Sioux Falls men’s golf (John Young): The Cougar men placed 10th of 20 teams at the NSIC conference spring preview tournament played in Blue Springs, Mo. The team had scores of 307 and 308 for a two-round 615. John did not play in this meet. Next on the USF schedule is The Mule tournament at Warrensburg, Mo., Monday and Tuesday.

Minnesota State track-field (Mack Rath): The Mavericks’ next outdoor meet is the USD early-bird meet at Vermillion at the end of next week.

University of Sioux Falls softball (Madie Brink): Tuesday’s NSIC openers against Southwest Minnesota State were postponed for weather reasons. USF is due to host Winona State for two games Saturday and Upper Iowa for two games Sunday, then goes to Concordia-St. Paul for a doubleheader Wednesday.

Northern softball (Tevan Bryant): The Wolves lost both ends of a twinbill against MSU-Moorhead Tuesday. In a 5-4 loss Tevan hit a solo run that tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh. She did not play in the 7-4 loss in the nightcap. Now 6-16 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC, Northern hosts Bemidji State for two games Saturday and Minnesota-Crookston for two more Sunday, then goes to Minnesota-Duluth for a pair next Wednesday.

Rollins College baseball (Spencer Sarringar): Rollins swept three weekend games from Barry University. In a 5-3 win Spence went 1-for-4 and scored on a teammate’s two-run walkoff homer that won the game in the ninth. In a 5-4 win he was 1-for-3, walked once and scored a run on a sacrifice fly for the first Rollins run in the fifth. He did not play in a 12-4 win. On Tuesday Rollins lost to Florida Southern, 9-5 as Spence went 0-for-3 but walked once and scored a run. Now 20-8, Rollins plays a single game Friday and two Saturday at the University of Tampa.


The Yellowjackets reached the national Division II semifinals for the second straight season but lost in that game to West Liberty (W.Va.), 87-82. West Liberty then lost to Nova Southeastern (Fla.) in the championship game at Evansville, Ind.

The Virginia Tech team that defeated SDSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament has since won twice more and has made it to the Final Four in Dallas this weekend.


1 day: NCAA Div. I women’s basketball Final Four, Dallas (March 31, April 2).
2 days: NCAA Div. II women’s basketball national championship game, Dallas (April 1).
2 days: NCAA Div. I men’s basketball Final Four, Houston, (April 1, 3).
3 days: Palm Sunday (April 2).
5 days: Bob Judson Invitational track meet (April 4).
7 days: NCAA Div. I men’s hockey Frozen Four, Tampa (April 6, 8).
8 days: Good Friday (April 7).
10 days: Easter (April 9).
12 days: NBA playoffs begin (April 11).
16 days: Riggs High jazz night (April 15).
18 days: NHL Stanley Cup playoffs begin (April 17).
21 days: Riggs High spring play (April 20-22).
22 days: Pierre Legion Relays (April 21).
29 days: Pierre Players’ “Jake’s Women” (April 28-30, May 4-6).
33 days: Riggs High awards night (May 2).
35 days: Pierre Educational Foundation Evening of Excellence (May 4).
37 days: All-State jazz band and show choir concert, Rapid City (May 6).
39 days: Riggs High band concert (May 8).
40 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (May 9).
42 days: Riggs High choir concert (May 11).


“We must be intentional. We must not allow lies to become truths or allow darkness to be mixed up with light.”
— Maria Shriver


Division I men’s Frozen Four at Tampa: Semifinals tonight (Thursday)—Minnesota vs. Boston University, 4 p.m.; Michigan vs. Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m. Championship game Saturday, 7 p.m.

Team South Dakota U19 girls: At their national tournament last week this team earned third place after reaching the semifinals. Team SD lost to St. Mary’s (Calif.), 5-2; beat United High School (Mo.), 11-0; beat Premier Prep (Minn.), 4-1; beat Team Texas, 5-2, then lost in the semis to Anchorage (Alaska), 4-0. Oahe Capitals’ Brylee Kafka had two goals and two assists for Team South Dakota; Alyssa Stahl scored a goal in the win over the Missouri team, and Abigail Stewart-Fromm in goal shared the shutout in the Missouri game. Now Brylee Kafka is off to California this week as part of Team South Dakota in the U16 national tournament.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush went 1-3 in a series at Fort Wayne, winning 6-5 and losing 6-3 and 4-3. Rapid City is home Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights vs. Allen.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd had a good weekend, beating Des Moines, 5-2, and beating Omaha, 6-3. Sioux Falls plays Tri-City in Kearney Friday and Saturday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings defeated Bismarck, 4-1, then lost to Bismarck in a shootout, 3-2. Aberdeen plays at home Friday and Saturday against Minot.

Minnesota Wild: The first-place Wild lost in a shootout to Philadelphia, 5-4; beat Chicago, 3-1, and beat Seattle, 5-1, leading up to last night when they won at Colorado, 4-2, to increase their first-place lead to three points. Minnesota is 16-1-4 in its last 21 games. The Wild are off till Monday at home against Vegas for their only game in the next seven days.


Pierre high school baseball: The Governors’ season opener at Rapid City Stevens scheduled for Friday has already been postponed and possibly canceled for good. The Govs are still scheduled to go to Sturgis for games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT Saturday.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday, at Kansas City, 3:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Saturday, at Kansas City, 3:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday, at Kansas City, 1:10 o.m. (BSN).
— Monday, at Miami, 5:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday, at Miami 5:40 p.m. (BSN Extra).
— Wednesday, at Miami, 12:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Thursday, Houston, 3:10 p.m. (BSN and MLBN).

Minnesota Twins: The Twins finished spring training with a 14-15 record. In the past week they lost to Toronto, 3-0; beat the New York Yankees, 6-4; lost to Atlanta, 9-4; beat Boston, 7-2; beat Pittsburgh, 8-4, and beat Pittsburgh again, 7-5.


Division I men’s Final Four at Houston: Semifinals Saturday—Florida Atlantic vs. San Diego State, 5 p.m., CBS; Connecticut vs. Miami, 7:45 p.m., CBS. Championship game Monday, 8 p.m., CBS.

Division I women’s Final Four at Dallas: Semifinals Friday—LSU vs. Virginia Tech, 6 p.m., ESPN; South Carolina vs. Iowa, 8:30 p.m., ESPN. Championship game Sunday, 2 p.m., ABC.

Division II women’s national championship game at Dallas: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Ashland (Ohio), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, CBSSN.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Skyforce beat Memphis, 119-105, last Friday to clinch the team’s first playoff berth in seven years. Then the Skyforce beat Memphis Saturday, 116-88, to end the regular season with a six-game winning streak and a 20-12 record. The G League has single-game elimination rounds in the playoffs until the finals. In their playoff opener on the road at Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sioux Falls surprised Salt Lake City, 115-107. Now the Skyforce plays a one-game Western Conference semifinal game at Stockton tonight (Thursday). The conference final would also be a one-game situation, followed by a best-of-3 championship series against the Eastern Conference champion.

Minnesota Timberwolves: After wins in California over Golden State, 99-96, and Sacramento, 119-115, the Wolves had a four-game winning streak and had moved into the #6 position in the Western Conference, avoiding the playoff tournament that involves #7-#10 teams. But last night the Wolves lost at Phoenix, 107-100, and are now back in the #7 spot with five games remaining in the regular season. Minnesota hosts the Los Angeles Lakers in a crucial game Friday and is home against Portland Sunday and Brooklyn Tuesday before ending the season against San Antonio and New Orleans on April 8-9.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons are still without a loss after four games of the MLS season. After a 1-1 tie against Vancouver, the Loons are 2-0-2 and go to St. Louis Saturday.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom did not play in the Tour stop at Rancho Mirage, Calif., last weekend. This weekend’s event is the Invited Celebrity Classic at Irving, Texas.


Sioux Falls Storm: The IFL season opens for the Storm Saturday at Quad City.

Rapid City Marshals: The Marshals lost to Billings, 49-18. Their next game is at home Sunday at 6 p.m. vs. Salina.


“Humanity is on thin ice, and that ice is melting fast. Our world needs climate action on all fronts—everything, everywhere, all at once.”
— Antonio Guterres, United Nations secretary-general


Thursday, March 30:
Jack Magee, Grey Zabel, Nathan Mikkelsen, Emily (Goeden) Decker, Eric Harris, Patrick Snyder, Mary Hove, Nicole (Mikkelsen) Schwinler, Liz Stewart, Doug Smith, Abel Haas, Patty Williams, Lindsey (Brown) Osterkamp.
— Anniversary, Craig/Charlene Keller.

Friday, March 31:
Livia Tveidt, Gable Uhrig, Jenny (Ness) Hofer, Addie Rezac, Chad Gusso, Annie (Fuller) BonneCarrere, Brandon Heckenlaible, Jennifer Merkwan, Brittany Mehlhaff, Brady Goff, Mia Ellefson, Linda Brooks.
— 6th anniversary, Scott/Katrina (Reimnitz) Hesla.

Saturday, April 1:
Theodora Boolin, Paul Williams, Andrew Murphy, Justine Berven, Lindsey (Suedkamp) Griffith, Meghann (O’Day) Kjolsrud, John Knox, Caden Blair, Leon Blumhardt, Steve Wegman, Shelley (Marone) Locken, Justin Gilmore, Bronson Blow, Blaine Severyn.
— We fondly remember Tate Senftner on his birthday.

Sunday, April 2:
Joyce Koistinen, Emerson Mohlman, Reece Mohlman, Daneen (Bickett) Koppman, Dianne (Bickett) Nielsen, Susanne Harmon, Sandy Peterson, Joni Lingle, Krista (Schmidt) Sarvis, Laurie Kelley, Aaron Rumpca, Dalila Deal, Aria Bollinger, Dustin James, Olivia Deffenbaugh, Stephanie Wells, Greta Deffenbaugh, Brandon Kucker, Sasha (Kean) Bishop.

Monday, April 3:
Ava Williams, Tom P. Maher, Erin Maher, Whitney (Palmer) Flottmeyer, Jesse Scharnweber, Scott Decker, Lori (Stulken) Blom, Charlotte Gustafson, Frank Pautz, Roxanne Ogan, Bryan Palmer, David Jensen, Charles Edelen, Seth Parsons, Dawn (Garrett) Kaiser.
— 2nd anniversary, Eric/Cindy (Sonnenschein) Sprenkle.

Tuesday, April 4:
Noah Wulf, Tyler Matthes, Jonaphin Cardwell, Blaine Harrowa, Thad Bauer, Hattie Ann Stofferahn, Sandra O’Day, Blaine Nicholas, Avery Williams, Marinda Archer, Madyson Mitchell.
— 9th anniversary, Eric/Missie Schmidt.

Wednesday, April 5:
Audra Johnson, April Chicoine, Mikaela Hoy, Jon Herman, Julian Smith, Troy Docken, Chase Cooper, Angie (Huxford) Pfleger, Landon Badger, Jo Mikkelsen, Ian Rounds, Levi Hanson, Ken Stofferahn (#89).
— 48th anniversary, Frank/Kathy (Hoover) Pautz.
— 48th anniversary, Doug/Pam Peterson.

Thursday, April 6:
Ashley (Pries) Brewer, Laura Mehlhaff, Lacy (Nielsen) Fike, Heather (Nystrom) Klinger.


Mike VanDeWiele, a sophomore from Pierre, is a baritone in the Augustana University choir, which performed a concert Sunday at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

This has been an exciting month for Pierre native Larissa FastHorse, the first female Native American playwright to have a play performed on Broadway. The first weekend of preview shows of her play, “The Thanksgiving Play,” drew sellout crowds to the Helen Hayes Theatre. Larissa said on her Facebook page, “These audiences are large and loud and cheer and clap during the show. After the show they stay in large numbers for a talk-back with the playwright. They have me sign lots of autographs—the playwright!” On Monday Larissa was invited to the New York Times building for an interview.

Colleen (Valentine) Skinner, 68, died March 27 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Then visitation will also be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre, followed by a prayer service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Scotty Philip Cemetery. Colleen graduated from Stanley County High School in 1973 and began working for the state the next year. During her career she worked for the Bureau of Personnel and the Department of Revenue in the property tax division. She and Donald Skinner were married in 1976, and both retired in 2014 after nearly 40 years with the state. They relocated to Mitchell near his family. She is survived by her husband; her sister, Mary Austad; her brother, Robert (Deb) Valentine, and her sister-in-law, Judy Valentine. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents, Ausbrand and LaVerne Valentine; her brother, Verne Valentine; her sister and brother-in-law, Berniece and Phil Meyers, and her brother-in-law, Bob Austad.

Driver licensing director Jane Schrank retired March 23 after 26 years of employment with the state.

Gary Bartels, 68, died March 21 after a long battle with cancer. He graduated from Stanley County High School in 1972, then attended Lake Area Tech for aviation mechanics after working at the Pierre airport. He worked at various maintenance jobs in Pierre and Fort Pierre until finally fulfilling his life-long dream of being a long-distance trucker. He made his last cross-country run earlier this month before being forced to retire from driving. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, John and Donna (Lofgren) Bartels, and other relatives.

Among the recipients of season-end awards from the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association were Matt Thorson of Riggs High as girls coach of the year and Steve Rounds of Pierre as Friend of Wrestling.

Meanwhile, the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association has named its year-end award recipients. Among them are Brianna Kusler, Region 3 head boys basketball Coach of the Year; Brevin Kaiser, Region 3 assistant boys basketball Coach of the year; Terry Becker, Region 3 assistant girls basketball Coach of the Year.

Former Pierre teacher Sandy Peterson, who now lives in Rapid City, underwent surgery yesterday. According to her own Facebook post, she expected a hospital stay of five days followed by going into a nursing facility for a few weeks.

No city election will be necessary in Pierre this spring. Steve Harding, the incumbent mayor, was the only person to file a candidacy petition for that office, so he will begin a new term later this year. There will be a Pierre school board election, however, on June 6. Dan Cronin, the incumbent board member, is running again, and challengers for that seat are Jason Muldoon and Roger Livermont.

Riggs High School had three students selected through the audition process to be part of All-State Band. Megan Rose, bass clarinet; Gracelyn Bowman, horn, and Gavin Townley, tuba, were all part of the Lewis Band when the selected musicians assembled at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls last weekend. The concerts by the Lewis Band and the Clark Band were taped for broadcast on South Dakota Public Broadcasting at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday, April 22.

Helen (Vetter) Wallace, 83, died March 26 at Avera Maryhouse. Arrangements are pending through the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Helen grew up in Gettysburg and graduated from high school there. She married Robert Wallace in 1957. They lived first in Mobridge, then moved to Pierre in 1959. Helen worked for 21 years for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, then for 18 years with the May Adam Gerdes law firm. She is survived by her husband; her son, Robert Wallace; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Dakota News Now, the news-gathering staff of KDLT-TV and KSFY-TV, named Pierre native Nick Burke as its Musician of the Month. Nick now performs numerous times each month throughout the Sioux Falls area as well as for a few weddings, but he still considers music a hobby rather than his profession. In the interview with the television stations, he said, “I always thought, if your hobby really turns into a job, you stop being able to enjoy it for every aspect that it’s worth. I’m perfectly happy with it being a hobby.”

There are a pair of opportunities for you to avoid cooking supper at home tonight (Thursday). There is a fund-raiser for the Governors baseball team at Gators Pizza from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, over at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center a pasta dinner and silent auction will be held to benefit the Pierre-Fort Pierre high school rodeo team from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost there will be $10 per plate.

Bob Jeffries, who has brought a good deal of humor and good will throughout the community for decades, will be celebrated Friday night, March 31, at The Fieldhouse at a fund-raiser in his behalf from 6 to 10 p.m. Bob, who last week marked 32 years of employment with Beck Motor Company, was diagnosed last year with a type of blood cancer. He is hoping that a match be found so he can have a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.

The Black Hills State football team, whose head coach is Pierre native Josh Breske, will open their season in St. Paul on Sept. 2 against St. Thomas.

Michael and Sarah (Even) Tveidt of Sioux Falls are the parents of a son, William Kevin Ames Tveidt. He was born March 25, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. The baby boy, who is named after his grandfathers, joins big sister, Livia Jo, who will be 2 years old this Friday.


“Ask our lawmakers, ‘Do you side with the overwhelming number of Americans who support basic gun safety measures, or do you side with the gun lobby?'”
— Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007


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