Vol. 23, No. 31; Thursday, April 27, 2023

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When April steps aside for May, like diamonds all the raindrops glisten.
Fresh violets open every day. To some new bird each hour we listen.
— Lucy Larcom


— Girls golf: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 10 a.m.
— Boys tennis: home vs. Brandon Valley, 1 p.m.
— Softball: home vs. Mitchell, 4 p.m.
— Track: home invitational, 11 a.m.
— Softball: home vs Brookings, 4 p.m.
— Boys tennis: at Harrisburg and Sioux Falls Christian.
— Boys tennis: at Mitchell quadrangular, 10:30 a.m.
— Softball: home vs. Watertown and Aberdeen Central, 11 a.m.

Track: The rescheduled Pierre Legion Relays held Monday still attracted a dozen schools, including six “AA” schools. The Pierre boys finished second behind Brandon Valley among 13 teams, and the Governor girls were second behind Sturgis among 12 schools. Jason Maciejczak was again a double winner, capturing the discus at 172’8″ and the shot put at 60’9″. Jared Lutmer won the 1600 in 4:11.42 and the 3200 in 9:53.82. In girls events Reese Terwilliger won the shot put at 43’10 1/4″. Grace Richter won the triple jump at 16’5 1/2″. Kali Ringstmeyer won the 100 in :12.72. The 4×100 relay team of Richter, Kali Ringstmeyer, Dani Ringstmeyer and Charlee Williams-Smith won their race in :50.73

Softball: The Pierre girls are 0-5 after a pair of defeats Monday. In a 12-2 loss to Harrisburg the Governors had only two hits. Kara Weiss drove in one of the two Pierre runs with a triple, and the other run scored on an error. In an 11-1 loss to Brandon Valley there were only four Pierre hits, and the only run scored on a wild pitch.

Girls golf: At a home meet this week the Pierre girls were third with a 55-over-par 339 team score, just eight strokes behind Aberdeen Central and Mitchell, who tied for first. Hadley Hart had Pierre’s best score, a 10-over 81, for 10th place. Madilyn Brakke was 13th with a 12-over 83, Hattie Baldwin 24th with a 15-over 86 and Andrea Mosteller at 18-over 89.

Boys tennis: The Governors defeated Milbank, 8-1. Devin Dodson, Lucas Hight, Jacob Leiferman, Jake Mikkonen and Weston Northrup each won his singles flight. The Dodson/Hight team, the Leiferman/Carter Gordon team and the Jake Mikkonen/Josh Mikkonen doubles teams won their matches. Pierre lost a 9-0 dual to Mitchell and a 9-0 dual against Watertown. Matches against Sioux Falls Christian and Harrisburg were canceled by weather.


— Track: at Lyman invitational.
— Track: at Black Hills Classic, Sturgis.
— Track: at Miller invitational.


— Track; home for YTC conference meet, 12:30 p.m.
— Track: at Miller invitational.

Golf: At the Class “B” Classic in Mitchell on Monday the Charger boys team was the runner-up in the team standings. Gavin Colson was tournament medalist with an even-par 72. Wesley Wittler tied for 15th with an 83, and Thomas Farries carded a 90. In girls play Olivia Olson had a 102 and Beckley Birney a 105.


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Sunday: huckleberry.


Rollins College baseball (Spencer Sarringar): Rollins won two of three weekend games with Palm Beach Atlantic. In a 5-3 win Spencer went 1-for-2,walked once and drove in the two winning runs with a sixth-inning single. In a 5-4 loss he went 0-for-4. He did not play in a 10-1 win. Now 28-12, Rollins plays at Florida Southern in Lakeland Friday Saturday and Sunday, then hosts Eckerd College Tuesday.

Augustana track-field (Elizabeth Schaefer): The Vikings will send athletes to the Drake Relays in Des Moines and/or the Kip Janvrin Open at Indianola, Iowa, this weekend.

Minnesota State-Mankato track-field (Mack Rath): The Mavericks were weathered out of a scheduled meet in St. Paul Saturday. They will send athletes to the Drake Relays or the Kip Janvrin meet, both in Iowa, this weekend.

Dakota State track-field (Houston Lunde): At Northwestern’s Red Raider Open Houston placed 10th in the hammer throw at 133’8 3/4″, 18th in the shot put at 37’8″ and 21st in the discus at 110’1/4″. After a meet at Mount Marty yesterday, the Trojans send some athletes to the Drake Relays this weekend.

University of Sioux Falls track-field (Jessica Lutmer): At a meet in LaCrosse, Wis., Jessica placed third in the women’s 10K in 36:04.37, setting a school record with a time that is also an NCAA provisional qualifying time. USF sends athletes to the Drake Relays or the Kip Janvrin meet in Iowa this weekend.

Dakota Wesleyan track-field (Cobey Carr, Abby Ferris): At the Red Raider Open in Orange City, Iowa, Cobey placed fourth with his 4×100 relay team in :47.32. In the javelin event he fouled and did not establish a distance. Abby placed ninth in the long jump at 14’8″ and tied for 11th in the high jump at 4’8″. DWU after a meet at Mount Marty yesterday sends athletes to the Drake Relays this weekend.

Northern track-field (Addison Cumbow): Addison competed in the heptathlon at the Red Raider Open at Northwestern College in Iowa, placing ninth with 2,776 points. She ran the 100-meter hurdles in :16.30, the 200 in :29.24 and the 800 in 3:32.08. In the shot put her distance was 26’1″, in the long jump 12’1 1/4″ and in the javelin 62’4″. Northern athletes went to Mount Marty’s meet yesterday and go on to the Drake Relays the rest of the weekend.

Black Hills State track-field (Frank Becker): At the Bauer Open at the School of Mines, BHSU and Chadron State were the visiting teams along with Mines. Frank placed third in the 400 in :55.28. Next up is the RMAC conference meet at Chadron this weekend.

South Dakota Mines track-field (Erick Colman): The Hardrockers hosted their own Bauer Open with BHSU and Chadron State competing. Erick placed fourth in the hammer throw with a best toss of 168’1 3/4″. Mines goes to the RMAC conference meet at Chadron this weekend.

Northern softball (Tevan Bryant): The Wolves lost two to Concordia-St. Paul, 8-6 and 13-4; split with Minnesota State, losing 4-1 and winning 4-2, and split with Mary, winning 2-1 and losing 4-2. Tevan’s name did not appear in the box scores of any of this week’s games. NSU goes east for two games at Upper Iowa Saturday and two at Winona State Sunday.

Texas State baseball (Peyton Zabel): The Bobcats lost two of three conference games at Troy in Alabama, losing 10-8 and 22-5 and winning 8-5. On Tuesday Texas State defeated Prairie View A&M, 7-2. Peyton was starting and winning pitcher, going six innings and giving up no runs, four hits, one walk and three strikeouts as he faced 23 batters. Ten outs were by grounders and four by fly balls. Now 27-15 overall and 10-8 in league play, TSU plays three Friday through Sunday against Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., then hosts Incarnate Word Tuesday.

University of Sioux Falls softball (Maddie Brink): The Cougars lost four in a row as they lost doubleheaders to Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State, then won a pair over Wayne State on Tuesday by scores of 13-0 and 16-2. Both games lasted only five innings. Now 20-23 overall and 11-13 in the NSIC, USF hosts Southwest Minnesota State today, then goes north for two at Minnesota-Crookston Saturday and two at Bemidji State Sunday.

South Dakota State baseball (Brady Hawkins): The Jackrabbits swept a weekend trio of games from St. Thomas by scores of 8-5, 7-0 and 2-1. In the shutout Brady pitched two innings in relief, facing seven batters, striking out three and allowing no hits, no runs and no walks. Last night SDSU won at Nebraska, 8-3 Now 18-17 overall and 10-5 in the Summit League, SDSU plays three at Oral Roberts this weekend.


5 days: Riggs High awards night (May 2).
7 days: Pierre Educational Foundation’s Evening of Excellence (May 4).
9 days: All-State jazz band and show choir concert, Rapid City (May 6).
11 days: Riggs High band concert (May 8).
12 days: Georgia Morse band/choir concert (May 9).
14 days: Riggs High choir concert (May 11).
16 days: ESD conference track/field meet, Brandon (May 13).
17 days: Mothers Day (May 14).
18 days: Boys tennis state tournament, Sioux Falls (May 15-16).
22 days: Minnesota Lynx WNBA season opener (May 19).
23 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 20).
24 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 21).
24 days: Riggs High graduation (May 21).
26 days: ESD conference girls golf meet, Watertown (May 23).
26 days: Oahe Zap baseball home opener (May 23).
28 days: State track/field meets, Sioux Falls (May 25-27).
32 days: Memorial Day (May 29).
35 days: State softball tournament, Aberdeen (June 1-3).
35 days: Post 8 baseball season opener (June 1).
39 days: Girls golf state tournaments, AA Pierre, A Rapid City, B Watertown (June 5-6).
39 days: Boys golf state B tournament, Watertown (June 5-6).
43 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Silent Sky” (June 9-July 2).
43 days: Sully Buttes Class of 1973 50-year reunion (June 9-11).
44 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Lifespan of a Fact” (June 10-30).
45 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 11).


Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday, Kansas City, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Friday, Kansas City, 3:10 p.m. (BSN, MLBN).
— Saturday, Kansas City, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday, Kansas City, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday, at Chicago White Sox, 6:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Wednesday, at Chicago White Sox, 6:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Thursday, at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).

Minnesota Twins: In the past week the Twins lost to Boston, 11-5; lost two of three to Washington, losing 3-2 and 10-4 and winning 3-1, then took two out of three from the Yankees, winning 6-1 and 6-2 until losing yesterday 12-6. The Twins are still in first place in the AL Central with a 14-11 record.

High school baseball: After a month of road games and postponements, the Pierre team will finally play home games Friday when they meet Sioux Falls Lincoln at 5 and 7 p.m. at Hyde Stadium. On Tuesday the Governors split a pair at Brookings. In a 5-1 loss Jackson Edman had a strong start on the mound, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing three earned runs, eight hits and three walks while fanning five, but the Govs had only five hits. The only Pierre run scored in the top of the final inning on Cade Kaiser’s double. In the nightcap the Govs won, 4-2, but they were within an inning of another loss. Deegan Houska drove in a run with a second-inning single, but Pierre was down 2-1 into the seventh and final inning. Kaiser’s double tied the game at 2-2, then Jett Zabel singled home the two winning runs. Lincoln Kienholz hurled six innings, giving up no runs and two walks while striking out 14. Zabel pitched the bottom of the seventh to earn a save. Pierre’s record is 1-5.


No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
— Demi Lovato


Sioux Falls Stampede: The season ended for the Herd with 7-1 and 4-1 losses to Fargo. The Stampede thus missed the playoffs with their third straight losing season.

Aberdeen Wings: In the Central Division semifinal playoff series the Wings are in a big hole after 2-1 and 2-0 losses to St. Cloud in the first two games. Game 3 is at St. Cloud Friday and Game 4 Saturday. If a fifth game is needed, it will be in Aberdeen Monday.

Minnesota Wild: After splitting the first two games of their Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, the Wild took a 2-1 series lead with a 5-1 in at home, but then lost at home, 3-2, and lost again at Dallas, 4-0. Now on the brink of elimination, Minnesota will play Game 6 in St. Paul Friday.


Minnesota Timberwolves: In their first-round playoff series the Wolves lost their first two games last week in Denver. At home in Game 3 they lost 120-108, then staged a heroic effort in Game 4 and pulled out a 114-108 overtime victory. In Game 5 back in Denver the Wolves saw their season end when they played well enough to win but lost 112-109, giving the Nuggets a 4-1 series win.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost for only the second time this season last weekend, dropping a 1-0 game at Seattle. Now 3-2-3 with 11 points and seventh in the Western Conference of MLS, Minnesota plays at home Sunday vs. FC Dallas.


Rapid City Marshals: The Marshals were idle last week. They get back into action at Omaha Saturday.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm won over Green Bay, 55-47. Sioux Falls plays at home at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against Quad City.


If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.
— Roald Dahl


April 28, 2022: The pandemic became an endemic, meaning it is more dangerous since we aren’t trying to stop it.


Thursday, April 27:
Allyson (Friez) Kreycik, Cora Bartsch, Mary Potter, Mike Leidholt, Mona Oehlerking, Carol (Ebert) Newcomb, Lavin Stoeser, Leo Sengos, Morgan Lindekugel, Lacey Hepker, Matt Blake, Melinda Christiansen, Sarah Olson, Isaac Denke, Daulton Mercer, Gene Weischedel.
— 16th anniversary, Forrest/Susan (McNeely) Foster.

Friday, April 28:
Ryker Custer, Allen Goodman, AdaMae Stofferahn, Casey Ahlers, Aaron Mentele, Lane Severyn, Gabriel Yost, Steph Paluch, Brittney (Witte) Hunsley, Benjamin Lechtenberg, Eric Tilberg, Barron Kafka, Roger Mikkelsen, Henry Hansen.
— 5th anniversary, Connor/Amanda McKittrick.
— 5th anniversary, Josh/Kelsie (Brandlee) Williams.
— 5th anniversary, Chris/Morgan Pope.
— 16th anniversary, Matt/Carly Heard.
— 11th anniversary, William/Lynnette Coolidge.
— 22nd anniversary, Mike/Erika (Snow) Andreas.

Saturday, April 29:
Joey Boyer, Brian Rausch, Ryan Kelley, Josiah Severson, Brittany Rausch, Terri Johnson, Jeremy Jorgenson, Hollis Eschmeyer, Morrigan Cardwell, Cindy (Bourk) Bowden, Blake Rose.

Sunday, April 30:
Frank Whitebird, Dave Knudson, Paula (Darger) Gunderson, Jason Rumpca, Virgil Mikkelsen (#95), Eileen Dean, Adam Calkins, Juleana Enright, Tyler Merriam, Jake Mortenson, Diana Heymans.
— 7th anniversary, Troy/Kelsey (Hanson) Roth.

Monday, May 1:
Ryan Swartz, Connor McKittrick, Dianne Wegner, Scott Swenson, Connor McKee, Elsie Fuchs, Parker Reid Knox, Michelle (Young) McCullough, Emilie Oltman.
— 13th anniversary, Jeremy/Christine (Gors) Ellwein.
— We fondly remember Mark Senftner on his birthday.

Tuesday, May 2:
Josh Joel, Jared Vermundson, Debra Bollinger, Chris Henrichsen, Stacy (Zeigler) Cwach, Ross Vander Vorste.
— 14th anniversary, Mat/Bre Ripperger.
— 14th anniversary, Mike/Terri Mehlhaf.

Wednesday, May 3:
Sarah Neuhauser, Rebecca Shatek, Brooke (Severson) Lusk, Jason Dodson, Cari (Jorgenson) Leidholt, Addilene Sanderson.
— 15th anniversary, Devin/Beth Weingart.
— 9th anniversary, Derek/Stephanie (Wells) Todd.

Thursday, May 4:
Jessica Larson, Brett Anderson, Noah Odden, Shelby Guthrie, Deb Rumrill, June (Cary) Classen, Suzanne (Somsen) Moe, Jared Tabbert.
— 4th anniversary, Erik/Lauren Gilbertson.


The funeral for Randy Seiler, 76, Fort Pierre, who had been the state chair of the Democratic Party for four years, was held at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Tuesday. He died April 17 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. He grew up at Herreid. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force, including a year in Vietnam. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1973, then came to Pierre to serve as director of law enforcement assistance in the Richard Kneip administration from 1973 to 1977. Mr. Seiler enrolled at the USD law school and earned his Juris Doctor there, then clerked for the U.S. District court, then went to Mobridge as a partner in a law firm. He and his wife, Patti, raised two sons and housed many foster children. In 1995 he came back to Pierre as assistant U.S. attorney for the district of South Dakota. He married Wanda in 1996 and helped raise her two daughters. In 2009 he was named first assistant U.S. attorney and in 2015 U.S. attorney. He was a candidate for state attorney general in 2018. He served on the Fort Pierre city council. In 2019 he was elected state chair of the Democratic Party. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Seiler; his sons, Chris (Diana Gomez) Seiler and Jeff Seiler; his daughters, Jennifer (Derek) Newcomb and Paige Jensen; four grandchildren and a sister, Kutzie Flyger.

It is show time for the Pierre Players cast and crew of “Jake’s Women.” Performances at the Grand Opera House are at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday as well as next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee this Sunday. Call 224-7826 for ticket reservations.

Nate Buscher married Kristen Hendricks last Saturday in a ceremony held at the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis. Nate is a structural design engineer for Kleinfelder and lives in the Boston suburb of Marlborough, Mass. Kristen is an environmental engineer. The couple met when Kristen was in Pierre working for what then was called the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Beth Eckman, 58, Springfield, Mo., died April 12 while under hospice care there. Plans are being made for a memorial service on a later date in Blunt. Beth attended school in Blunt and Rapid City. She is survived by her mother, Carole Olerud, and her stepfather, Don Weatherley, of Brookline Station, Mo.; her father, Morry Eckman, and her stepmother, Barb, of Ocala, Fla.; three children, Jared, Jenn and Kimberly and their spouses; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Glena Antonovich of Ocala and Carrie Jo Howard of Strathcona, Minn., and many nephews and nieces.

Nick and Natalie (Nagle) Jung revealed on Facebook this week that they are expecting their first child in October.

A celebration of the life of Daph Richards will take place at 10 a.m. this Friday, April 28, at Lutheran Memorial Church, followed by lunch and fellowship at Drifters. Mrs. Richards passed away Jan. 29 at the age of 89.

Jace “Bubba” Owens, 14-month-old son of Tayler and Angie Owens, died April 19. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Besides his sister, Harper, he is survived by grandparents Gary and Sue Kemnitz, Brett Owens, Lori Owens, Jeremiah Steely, and John and Carol Pooler.

The South Dakota High School Coaches Association named Matt Thorson, coach of the Riggs High girls wrestling team, as its Coach of the Year for that sport. One of the other nominees for that honor was Shawn Lewis, coach of the Pierre boys team.

Abbie Rathbun passed away April 19, two days shy of her 85th birthday. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. this Friday, April 28, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated there at 10 a.m. Saturday. Abbie came to Fort Pierre with her family as a young girl. After she lost her mother when she was 13, Abbie assumed the motherhood role for her siblings. She graduated from Fort Pierre High School in 1956 and later that year married Raymond Rathbun. They raised four children. During her adult life she worked as business manager of the Fort Pierre schools and headed the state energy assistance and weatherization programs under three governors’ administrations. She is survived by her children, Brad (Mindy) Rathbun, Carla Bruning (Tom Winter), Carl (Lorri) Rathbun and Anne Rathbun; her siblings, Sheryl Hawkins and Rod (Judy) Soesbe; 13 grandchildren, and more than 30 great-grandchildren.

Chefs Cycle is a fund-raising endurance event featuring award-winning chefs and members of the culinary community fighting childhood hunger outside the kitchen. Chef Luke Venner of elm restaurant in New Canaan, Conn., is preparing for his second year in the Chefs Cycle event. He has raised $7,000 so far this year with the event still two weeks away. The 2023 ride will take place May 9-11 headquartered at The Flamingo Resort at Santa Rosa, Calif. The route options for the cyclists are 100 miles or 100 km per day

Geraldine “Gerri” Murphy, 94, died April 22 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 29, at the United Church of Christ in Chamberlain. Gerri grew up in Chamberlain and married Bud Mills in 1949. They worked together in their hardware store until he died of leukemia in 1978. Gerri married George Benson in 1980, and he died in 1984. She married Stuart (Babe) Murphy in 1992, and he passed away in 2019. She is survived by her children, Jerry (Carmela) Mills, Larry Mills of Pierre, Nanc (Al) Renner and Vickie Mills; 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Virgil Mikkelsen will observe his 95th birthday this Sunday, April 30. There is still time for you to send him a greeting at 425 E. Missouri, Apt. #1, Pierre SD 57501.

Denise (Hart) Telkamp, 64, died at home in Pierre Dec. 8 after losing her battle with breast cancer. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, May 4, at Feigum Funeral Home. A celebration of her life is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Lutheran Memorial Church. Denise earned a nursing degree from SDSU in 2000. She worked in the state health department, the state Department of Human Services, at Golden Living Center and at Avera hospital/clinic. Survivors include her husband, Bruce Telkamp; her stepchildren, Tyrel (Candy) Telkamp, Trista (Dan) Thennis, and Tara (Jacob) Kupcho; five step-grandchildren; her sons, Mason (Lydia) White and Dylan (Julie) White; one grandchild, and her siblings, Randi Hart and David (Kristi) Steichen.

Cecil McGruder, 85, died April 20. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. next Thursday, May 4, at Feigum Funeral Home.

Rob Coverdale will be leaving his administration position in the Pierre school district to become superintendent of the Crow Creek schools. Coverdale was formerly principal at McKinley and Washington elementary schools and has been an assistant principal at Riggs High for 11 years. Ryan Noyes will take Coverdale’s position at Riggs beginning this summer. Noyes has been principal at Buchanan Elementary School for eight years after teaching science at Georgia Morse Middle School for 14 years, then serving as elementary principal in the Lyman school district. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio News)

Ken Osberg, 77, died April 15. He came to Pierre with his family in 1957 and graduated from Riggs High School in 1964. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from Northern State College in 1974 and a master’s degree in the same field in 1985. He taught in several South Dakota school districts, including Rapid City, Clark, Crow Creek and White River. He also worked in the construction field, at Pierre Farmers Elevator and with Van Diest Trucking. He is survived by his brother, Bernie (Linda) Osberg of Rapid City; his nephew, Carl Osberg of Minneapolis; his niece, Kimberly Osberg of Rapid City; a grand-nephew and a grand-niece, and a sister-in-law, Carrie Osberg of Ord, Neb.

Donald Lammon, 95, Fort Pierre, died April 16. His funeral was held April 21 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Mr. Lammon graduated from Fort Pierre High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for the Chicago & North Western and Soo Lines railroads. He and his wife, the former Netta Hackett, came back to Fort Pierre from Minneapolis in 1993. He is survived by his daughter, Sharmon (Norman) Kallio of Grass Lake, Mich.; his daughter-in-law, Nancy Lammon of Jackson, Mich.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Dr. Mikal Holland, 56, died April 23 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after a long battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the church with a prayer service there at 7. Dr. Holland grew up in Mobridge. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from USD, graduated from the USD Medical School and spent his residency in family practice in Sioux Falls. He married Deborah Holzer in 1990. After his residency they lived in Manhattan, Kan., where he was an active-duty Army physician at Fort Riley. The Hollands moved to Pierre in 1999. He worked as a family practice physician with Medical Associates Clinic and then the Avera Medical Group. He became chief medical officer for Avera, then transitioned into full-time administration as regional president and CEO of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Holland; his sons, Brent and Andew; his father, Sam Holland; his mother, Kathleen (Glen) DeWitt; his sister, Cindy (Don) Erwin, and many relatives on Deborah’s side of the family.

Judy (Smith) Perry, 79, died April 22 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. this Friday, April 28, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Judy grew up in the area around Toronto, White and Bruce, S.D. She married David Perry in 1961, and they raised two children. In 1986 the Perrys moved to Pierre. Judy worked for the Department of Social Services, then for the office of energy assistance. She is survived by her husband, David Perry; her daughter, Laura (Colin) Hogue; her daughter-in-law, Darlis Perry; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and her siblings, Steven (Cindy) Smith, Marge Koll, Patricia Sterling and Nancy (Dan) Sietsma. Among those who preceded her in death were her son, Glen; her sister, Sharon Williams, and her parents.

According to a Facebook post by one of his daughters yesterday, Onida High School Class of ’67 alumnus Earl Lindell passed away Tuesday. He lived in Livingston, Texas.

Another member of the OHS Class of 1967, Daneta (Pollman) Ortbahn, 73, Huron, died at home April 21. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, May 3, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron. The older daughter of the late Leonard and Fern Pollman grew up on a farm in southeastern Sully County. She attended Blunt Elementary School and Onida High School. She earned a business degree from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. In her first marriage Waneta became the mother of two children. She worked as a bank teller, school bus driver, bookkeeper at Magness Livestock and South Dakota Wheat Growers in Huron and business manager of the Iroquois schools. She married Michael Ortbahn, and they worked together in his land surveying business. Waneta is survived by her husband, Michael Ortbahn of Huron; her son, Joseph (Rachel) Wyatt of Pierre; her daughter, Daneta (Troy Ward) Wollmann of Rapid City; her sister, Darla (Don) Rogers of Fort Pierre, and six grandchildren.


“Healers are what the country needs right now. And each of us can be one of them. Yes, you can. You can heal a rift. You can heal an estrangement. You can reach out to a friend in need and offer space and time. So many of us need this kind of connection right now because things are changing rapidly.”
— Maria Shriver


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