Vol. 23, No. 37; Thursday, June 8, 2023

Jun 8, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.
— Keith Ellison


Softball: Khalan Smart of the Governors team was named to the ESD Conference’s all-conference team.

Girls golf: At the state “AA” tournament played at the Hillsview course in Pierre, Mitchell won the team title. Pierre was eighth with a 127-over-par 703 score. Hadley Hart tied for 24th place at 86-76=162. Morgan Lisburg tied for 46th place at 93-86=119. Andrea Mosteller was 50th at 92-88=180. Hattie Baldwin tied for 72nd place at 101-101=202. Madilyn Brakke had an opening-day 81 but was listed as disqualified on the final tournament scoreboard.


Golf: The Sully Buttes boys achieved third place in the state “B” tournament at Watertown this week with a team score of 75-over-par 507. Gregory won the team title with Hanson as runner-up. Among all the golfers there, freshman Gavin Colson placed third with a scorecard of 79-74=153. Wesley Wittler tied for 15th place at 83-82=165. Thomas Farries tied for 82nd place at 98-91=189. Marshall Wittler tied for 103rd at 102-96=198. In the girls state tournament at Watertown, Olivia Olson followed a first-day 95 with a resounding 80 on the second day to climb up to 16th place with a 175 total. Berkley Birney was 49th at 95-104=199.


1 day: Black Hills Playhouse’s “Silent Sky” opens (June 19-July 2).
1 day: Sully Buttes Class of 1973 50-year reunion (June 9-11).
2 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Lifespan of a Fact” opoens (June 10-30).
3 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 11).
6 days: Flag Day (June 14).
8 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-26).
8 days: Oahe Days (June 16-17)
10 days: Fathers Day (June 18)
15 days: Pierre Folk Fest concert (June 23).
26 days: Independence Day (July 4).
31 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” opens (July 9-23).
33 days: Baseball All-Star Game, Seattle (July 11).
42 days: Women’s soccer World Cup begins, Australia and New Zealand (July 20).
48 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Yankton (July 26-30).
51 days: Sioux Falls air show (July 29-30).
52 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “9 to 5: The Musical” (July 30-Aug. 12).
55 days: Legion baseball Central Plains Regional, Rapid City (Aug. 2-6).
72 days: BluntFest (Aug. 19).


Augustana baseball: The Vikings made it all the way to the Division II World Series, but there they lost their first two games and were eliminated. Augie lost first to North Greenville (S.C.), 4-1, then fell at the hands of Southern New Hampshire, 10-6.

Rollins College baseball (Spencer Sarringar): In their first game at the Division II World Series in Cary, N.C., the Tars won 7-1 over Cal State-San Bernardino. Spencer went 2-for-3. He had a single in the third inning and scored on a teammate’s home run. Then Spencer doubled in the sixth, driving in a run as part of Rollins’ two-run inning. Cal State didn’t score its lone run until the ninth inning. Advancing in the winners’ bracket of their pool, the Tars dominated the #1 national seed, Millersville (Pa.), to the tune of 17-4 Monday. Spencer was 1-for-4, driving in a pair on a two-run double in the eighth. He also walked once and scored twice. Rollins scored in seven of their eight at-bats. The two wins put Rollins into a 12:30 p.m. game today (Thursday) against the same Cal State-San Bernardino team, and the winner moves ahead out of their pool into the best-of-three championship series over the weekend against the survivor of the other pool.


Thursday: lemon.
Friday-Sunday: blackberry
Monday-Tuesday: banana.
Wednesday-Thursday: key lime.
June 16-18: watermelon.
June 19-20: maple.
June 21-22: pineapple.


Sioux Falls Storm: Idle during their bye week last week, the Storm return to action at home Saturday vs. Frisco, then play at Tulsa June 17.


When we honor our flag, we honor what we stand for as a nation—freedom, equality, justice and hope.
— President Ronald Reagan


Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx lost to Connecticut, 89-84, then won a game over Washington, 80-78. Last night’s game in New York was postponed due to the heavy smoke from Canada’s wildfires filling the city’s air. Minnesota is home vs. Indiana Friday and Los Angeles Sunday, then goes west to Los Angeles June 16, to Las Vegas June 18 and back to L.A. June 20 before a June 22 home game vs. Connecticut.


Post 8 schedule:
— Saturday: at Rapid City Post 22, 5 p.m. MDT.
— Sunday: at Rapid City vs. Casper, 9 a.m. MDT; vs. Rapid City Post 22, 1 p.m. MDT (This may actually be a 2 p.m. game.)
— Tuesday: home vs. Watertown, 5 and 7 p.m.
— Wednesday: home vs. Rapid City Post 320, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 16-19: at Sioux Falls Dakota Classic.
— June 19: home vs. Mitchell, 5 and 7 p.m.
— June 22: home vs. Sioux Falls West, 5 and 7 p.m.

Post 8 scores:
— Lost to Brookings 13-3 and 14-4. In the first game Pierre pitchers walked 15 batters and hit seven more, giving up 13 runs on only three hits. Jett Zabel scored all three Post 8 runs, the first on Johnathan Lyons’ hit and a left-field error, the second on a wild pitch, and the third on a double play. In the second game Lyons hit a solo homer and doubled in another run. Matthew Brewer and Carter Sanderson each had an RBI. Despite the final score, the game was tied at 4-4 at one point. Pierre pitching walked six and hit two batters in this game.
— Lost to Renner in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was rained out.
— Lost to Aberdeen 18-3 (5 innings) and 10-9 (8 innings). In the opener Pierre gave up 13 walks and hit three batters. Jonny Lyons had the only Post 8 RBI. In the second game a walkoff hit won it in extra innings for the Smittys after Pierre had rallied with three in their final at-bat in the seventh to tie the game.
— Lost to Sioux Falls East 11-2 and 5-4. In the first game Pierre was down only 1-0 after three innings, but a seven-run fourth for East put the game out of reach. Pierre walked 18 batters and hit three. Lyons and Matt Hanson had RBIs. In the second game Pierre led 2-0 until the fourth inning after Miles Doyle threw three scoreless innings as a starter. Hanson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Lyons scored two more with a triple.

Minnesota Twins schedule:
— Thursday: at Tampa Bay, 12:10 (BSN, MLBN).
— Friday: at Toronto, 6:07 p.m. (BSN).
— Saturday: at Toronto, 2:07 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday: at Toronto, 12:37 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday: home vs. Milwaukee, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Wednesday: home vs. Milwaukee, 12:10 p.m. (BSN, MLBN).
— June 15: home vs. Detroit, 6:10 p.m. (BSN).
— June 16: home vs. Detroit, 7:10 p.m. (BSN).
— June 17: home vs. Detroit, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— June 18: home vs. Detroit, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— June 19: home vs. Boston, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— June 20: home vs. Boston, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— June 21: home vs. Boston, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— June 22: home vs. Boston, 12:10 p.m. (BSN).

Minnesota Twins scores: The Twins took the first two of four from Cleveland, 7-6 and 1-0, but gave those two games right back in 4-2 and 2-1 losses. This week the losing streak reached four with 7-0 and 2-1 losses at Tampa Bay. Somehow the Twins have maintained first place in the woeful AL Central.

Four Corners: The amateur team from the Hayes area lost to Wessington Springs, 9-8, in league play June 1. Upcoming games: Tonight (June 8), at Colome; Sunday, June 11, home vs. Kimball-White Lake; June 15, at Chamberlain; June 18, home vs. Wessington Springs; June 22, at Plankinton.

Oahe Zap schedule:
— Thursday: at Fremont.
— Friday-Saturday-Sunday: home vs. Hastings.
— June 15-16-17: home vs. Hastings.
— June 20-21-22: at Spearfish.

Oahe Zap scores: The Zap had another all-losing week, falling to Badlands, 5-1′ to Spearfish, 7-2 and 8-3, and to Fremont, 4-3 and 21-2.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds lost the last game of the Fargo-Moorhead series, 7-2; took two of three over Gary-South Shore, winning 13-12 and 1-0 and losing 12-11, then going to Sioux City where they had a 5-4 win and last night a 12-9 loss. Sioux Falls plays at Sioux City again tonight, at Lincoln Friday through Sunday, at home vs. Winnipeg next Tuesday through Thursday, at home vs. F-M June 16-17-18 and at Milwaukee June 20-21-22.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied Toronto, 1-1. Minnesota plays at home Saturday vs. Montreal, then hosts New England June 21.


June 16, 2022: The Department of Transportation threw a curveball at Black Hills Playhouse, deciding to work on Playhouse Road during the Playhouse season instead of afterward as had been planned. The project cut off the road most BHP patrons travel to get there from Rapid City.


  • We now are moving into our summertime schedule. The Midweek Update will show up every other Thursday, so the next issue will be available two weeks from today on June 22, and then on July 6 and 20 and on August 3 and 17.
  • Community support for education and their school system is alive and well in Mitchell where a $17 million bond issue for athletic facilities passed in Tuesday’s election. The issue required 60% majority and received 82% by a vote count of 2,888-634 The facilities will be part of the new high school now under construction. The school board authorized a vote when initial plans for the new high school came in $20 million higher than expected. There will be three new gyms, and the largest of them will seat 2,300 and be the site of home volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics events. The new facilities will also include a new wrestling/competitive dance room, new locker rooms and a weight room.


I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
— Umberto Eco


The music is performed on the deck of the American Legion cabin (or, if the weather is bad, indoors) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Sunday. Upcoming performers:
— June 11: No Worries Band.
— June 18: Concerning Behaviors.


The summer concert season continues at the Steamboat Park Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Upcoming concert themes:
— June 14: “Salute to the U.S. Flag” and “Westerns.”
— June 21: “Hooray for Hollywood.”


“Silent Sky” and “The Lifespan of a Fact” are running simultaneously this month at the Playhouse in Custer State Park. There are matinees at 2 po.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in addition to 7:30 p.m. evening shows on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For the schedule of shows and ticket reservations, go to blackhillsplayhouse.com or call (605) 255-4141 between 10 a.m. and noon MDT and between 1 and 4 p.m. MDT.


Thursday, June 8:
Patty Pearson, Krista Wright, Brenda (McGee) Currier, Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg, Mike Garrett, Ellen Lee, Darcy Beck-Boersma, Kristin Brost, Michelle (Monroe) Kettler.
— 10th anniversary, Jay/Susan Davis.
— Anniversary, Jeff/Connie Pierce.
— 10th anniversary, Cody/Timaree (Ice) Axlund.
— 21st anniversary, Ben/Jody Clair.
— 21st anniversary, Chris/Mahryah (Dixon) Anderson.
— 21st anniversary, Jon/Allyson (Friez) Kreycik.

Friday, June 9:
Layney Arbach, Katie (Shoup) Nebelsick, Jed Hillestad, Alan LaFave, Chris DeJabet, Justin Hpple, Peggy (Huse) Hyde, Jon Stahl, Isaac Lors, Ethan Lors, Dane Hagen, Peter Townsend, Sivage Schuetzle, Bart Pullman.
— 6th anniversary, Uriah/Emily (Zarecky) Steber.
— 39th anniversary, Bill/Suzanne (Hertel) Stahl.
— 11th anniversary, Bobby/Sarah (Ramirez) Ramler.
— 22nd anniversary, Ryan/Trish Murphy.
— 16th anniversary, Will/Molly (Tillman) Gengler.
— 11th anniversary, Bret/Caitie (Wagner) Graves.
— 11th anniversary, Chris/Mallory (Petersen) Dekker.
— 11th anniversary, Jeff/Stacy (Huss) Hegge.

Saturday, June 10:
Kelly Tobin, Matt Riter, Woody Stahl, Cory Noordermeer, Derek Smith, Kelli Nutter, Chris Hipple, Harry Kumpala, Finley Steece, Lincoln Jordre.
— 23rd anniversary, Jon/Cathy (Hansen) Stahl.
— 17th anniversary, Greg/Nancy (Dewell) Lemieux.
— Anniversary, Scott/Amy (Kirkpatrick) Harris.
— 17th anniversary, Travis/Amber (Ness) Stout.

Sunday, June 11:
Aaron Roubideaux, Sara Weischedel, Andrew Kightlinger, Adam Wyly, Tripp Lindekugel, Kim DiBenedetto, Francis Bies, Jm Protexter, Lindsay (Peitz) Rounds, Dawn Langley, Samantha (Hestdalen) VanZee.
— 7th anniversary, Justin/Michelle (Kopecky) O’Daniel.
— 62nd anniversary, Dal;e/Donna Gohl.
— 19th anniversary, Robert/Kay (Ricketts) Hanten.
— 18th anniversary, Michael/April Hobert.
— 13th anniversary, Greg/Amana (Ford) DeMeritt.

Monday, June 12:
Annie Heath, Lois Sivage, Steve Cass, Blake Hyde, Trey Livermont, Jory (Drayer) Rogers, Sean Roemen, Jackie (Christenson) Jessup, Lindsey (Luers) Hyde, Jeff Marshall, Angela Hall, Stacy Jo Johnson, Kathy Heiss, Rolly Kemink, Jesse Gates, Kaden Hight.
— 41st anniversary, Bernie/Julie Linn.
— 8th anniversary, Kreighton/Brittany (Kirkpatrick) Baxter.
— 36th anniversary, Dave/Joni (Welch) Lingle.
— 47th anniversary, Dave.De (Welch) Knudson.
— 19th anniversary, Michael/Amy (Kenzy) Strobbe.
— 19th anniversary, Brady/Sheri Douglas.
— 19th anniversary, Darrin/Brenda Dykstra.
— 19th anniversary, Waylon/Katie (Thompson) Rochelle.

Tuesday, June 13:
Renee Osterkamp, Jamison Rounds, Bob Holloway, Charlie Shives, Mark King, Mitchell Hansen, Brittany Kenzy, Nathan Zimmerman, Jeremy Joel, Luke Zellmer, Rocco Huber.
— 8th anniversary, Drew/April White.
— 8th anniversary, Jesse/Whitney Martin.
— 5th anniversary, Jack/Dianne (Bickett) Nielsen.
— 20th anniversary, Brian/Amy (Ripperger) Grunewaldt.
— 59th anniversary, Greg/Karen Schaefer.
— 14th anniversary, Jon/Torri (Ice) Lechtenberg.
— 14th anniversary, Yohance/Ann (Schaack) Humphery.

Wednesday, June 14:
Elouise Hanson, Larry Lyngstad, Katie Stager, Patrecia Nnicholas, Jake Rysdon, Presley Martin, Troy Kuszmaul, Dana Houdek, Travis Hull, Blaine Eagle Boy, Adriana Dvorak.
— 15th anniversary, Ben/Alyssa Gloe.
— 20th anniversary, Matt/Amy (Haase) Eldridge.
— 20th anniversary, Jeremy/Renee Hamm.
— 26th anniversary, Scott/Stacy (Alt) Decker.
— 20th anniversary, Clark/Nicole (Roseland) Vold.
— 20th anniversary, Collin/Danae (Darrington) Gregerson.
— 14th anniversary, Scott/Anne (Eichstadt) Saniuk.
— 21st anniversary, Aaron/Lindsay Weaver.
— 20th anniversary, Ryan/Sheri (Elenbaum) Doolittle.

Thursday, June 15:
Landon VanZee, Lennon Husman, Nash Willard, Kyle Tobin, Tobie Jo Welch, Ray Smart, Molly Beck, Lou Manus, Tyler Pruess, Holly (Vosberg) Nemec, Stephanie Vietor, DeVante Miller, Kandi Hovis, Lucas Scheibe, Daniel Etzkorn.
— 10th anniversary, Josh/Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann.
— 50th anniversary, Tom/Peggy (Rose) Huber.
— 11th anniversary, Jesse/Timmi (Lunsford) Hutchison.
— 10th anniversary, Kody/Blaire (Dryden) Bridger.
— 11th anniversary, Jon/Jenna (Wickersham) Morin.
— 10th anniversary, Jhett/Jennifer Schuetzle.
— 16th anniversary, Derek/Brittney (Lamb) Schiefelbein.
— 11th anniversary, Alan/Courtney (Hackett) Freng.
— 10th anniversary, Radley/Kelcie (Cross) Hohenberger.

Friday, June 16:
Caleb Gilkerson, Ken Shelbourn, Jenna Schiefelbein, Chelsey Severson, Nancy Hansonb, Tanner Fitzke, Monica (Currier) Robbins, James Blackmore, August Stofferahn, Matthew Schlosser, Chad Holsteen, Dustin Jordan, Katie Eberlein, Van Stewart.
— 11th anniversary, Brandon/Amy (Breitag) Boxley.
— 39th anniversary, Brian/Lisa Bondy.
— 16th anniversary, Justin/Krista (Schmidt) Sarvis.
— 11th anniversary, Chris/Becky (Barringer) Hoffman.
— 11th anniversary, Dominic/Abby (Pitlick) Bottenfield.
— 47th anniversary, Ed/Julie (Stahl) Welch.

Saturday, June 17:
Brittany Hedman, Cathy (Wood) Georgis, Logan Costello, Miles Orr, Kim (Hill) Burge, Katie Lingle.
— 18th anniversary, Kirby/Brooke (Hall) Cronin.
— 17th anniversary, Aric/Tracy (Stoeser) Frost.
— 17th anniversary, Jamie/Kasey Liudahl.
— 17th anniversary, John/Kendra (Jensen) Kallemeyn.
— 1st anniversary, Lucas/Amber Hoover.
— 34th anniversary, Karl/Joan Adam.

Sunday, June 18:
Julene Yackley, Patti Stolp, Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan, Dana Darger, Rob Hall, Rex Craven, Charmaine Gardner, Terrance Waters, Chad Jungman, Kasey Light, Kylie Light, Tucker Light, Tiffany Light, Oliver Gordon.
— 11th anniversary, Johnnie/Ami (Hanson) Kennell.
— 18th anniversary, Matt/Allison Jahraus.
— 1st anniversary, Garrett/Allison Pochop.
— 35th anniversary, Brad/Tammy (Helgeson) Cruse.
— 7th anniversary, Allen/Sadie (Fitzke) Goodman.
— 4th anniversary, Seamus/McKayla (Marso) McDonough.
— 2nd anniversary, Curtis/Kelly Egan.
— 2nd anniversary, Chris/Katya Rumrill.
— 2nd anniversary, Shaun/Brittany Keller.

Monday, June 19:
Ellie Fox, Kea (Boyd) Warne, Susan (Olson) West, Alexa Rydland, Jeremy Mikkelsen, Tom Lehmkuhl, Staci Holden.
— 41st anniversary, Monte/Tami Carda.
— 19th anniversary, Erin/Susanne Harmon.
— 19th anniversary, Casey/Amanda (Wood) Krog.
— 19th anniversary, Jason/JoAan Fuhrer.
— 19th anniversary, Jody/Christy (Maskovich) Ryland.
— 13th anniversary, Kody/Lindsey (Friez) Karschnik.
— 13th anniversary, Michael/Nicole (McComsey) Lewis.

Tuesday, June 20:
Judy Foth, Megan Sutley, Caynen Carr, Beth (Weischedel) Henrichsen, Gillian (Woodburn) Hanson, Mary Fredrichs, Amos Hauck.
— 25th anniversary, Kyle/Tammy Richards.
— 14th anniversary, Nick/Chelsey (Roberts) Renemans.
— 36th anniversary, Michael/Marcie (Lyngstad) Long.
— 9th anniversary, Tanner/Sarah (Pogany) Wald.
— 42nd anniversary Dave/Mary Voeltz.

Wednesday, June 21:
Stacy (Alt) Decker, Sawyer Antholz, T.J. McCauley, Becky Sjerven, Wanda McKittrick, Eli Jun Welch Okawa, Deann (Martin) Rausch, Austin Brown, Ami (Hanson) Kennell, Andy Hanson, Andrew Eickbush, Erin Richter.
— 9th anniversary, Graham/Sam Schuetzle.
— 21st anniversary, Tim/Kimberly Melvin.
— 9th anniversary, George/Paige Sperry.

Thursday, June 22:
Portia (Hurney) Corbin, Rainer Westall, Caitlin (Wagner) Graves, Stephanie (Farries) Judson, Andew Pietrus, Ed Welch, Tane Owens, Bridget Dowling-Stoeser, Kyle Englehart, Brian Englund, Vada Thielen, Matt Englund.
— 10th anniversary, Sam/Kelli (Livermont) Olson.
— 32nd anniversary, Bob/Lori Sutton.
— 10th anniversary, Willie/Sara (Kindopp) Gloe.
— 21st anniversary, Dustin/Regan (Schanzenbach) Byrum.


The South Dakota Army National Guard promoted Pierre native Kevin Huxford to the rank of colonel during a ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Rapid City June 1. He is a full-time employee of the SDANG and is assigned as the deputy chief of staff of operations at Joint Force Headquarters at Camp Rapid. Kevin enlisted in the 200th Engineer Company in Pierre after his senior year of high school and attended basic training in 1995 as a 12G enlisted bridge crew member. In 2001 while attending USD, he commissioned as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program. He was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2003 to March 2005. During his command in the 155th Engineer Company, the unit’s mission was redirected from Surname to support rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He worked in numerous positions at the Battalion, Brigade and Headquarters staff levels before being assigned as the 109th Engineer Battalion commander in 2020. Kevin is a graduate of Command & General Staff College, the Reserve Component National Security Course, the Army Operations Course-Canadian Land Force Command & Staff College, and the Leadership in Homeland Security from the Harvard Kennedy Executive Education Course. Kevin and his wife, the former Caren Howard, are the parents of four children—Caleb, Logan, Cybil and Lenox. (News courtesy of the Rapid City Journal)

The Dean’s List for the spring semester at Northern State University includes these local students: Chelsea Deichert, Audra Bland, Paige Brandt, Addison Cumbow, Carly Handcock, Eli Houdyshell, Madyson Hudson, Spencer Kelly, Bradley Richards, Hailey Switzer.

In the Pierre school board election Tuesday, the Moms for Liberty chapter had a candidate on the ballot, but he was no match for a former educator and current board member Dan Cronin. Cronin won re-election with 1,169 votes compared to 283 for Jason Muldoon and 21 for Roger Livermont.

In the Stanley County school board election where three people were vying for two seats, Chris Fosheim with 140 votes and Jessica Paxton-Deal with 130 votes won those seats on the board. DeLynn Hanson had 75 votes.

Gary Knudson, 81, died May 31. A memorial service is being held this (Thursday) morning at 11 a.m. at the Isburg Funeral Chapel.

Steve and Audrey Steele are the parents of a son, Seth Sitiveni Steele, who was born June 1, weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and measuring 22 inches in length. The Steeles’ older children are Simon Sione (John), 5; Gianna Mele (Mary), 4; Shay Ane (An n), 2, and now Seth Sitiveni (Steven). Coach Steele points out that their children’s middle names reflect his wife’s Tongan native land.

A Facebook post by Jay Mickelson after his birthday revealed that daughter Allison continues her work in Glasgow, Scotland, acting, teaching and coaching in the arts. Meanwhile, his and Bev’s son Drew, his wife Nicole, and their four children remain on the farm near Conde. Jay says he will continue to substitute-teach at Riggs High School this coming school year. “I need my kid fix,” he said. He and Bev continue keeping busy with gardening and yard work, church music and pulpit supply.

An open house will be held Sunday, June 25, at the Sundance Church of Christ in Sundance, Wyo., to celebrate the life of the late Marvin Massey and to present to his wife, Dorothy, and their family the Massey Community Room. That ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., followed by an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, desserts and music. The Masseys lived in Blunt for many years and operated the lumber yard at the corner of Main Street and Highway 14. Their son, Ted, graduated with the last class at Blunt High School, and Rhonda (Watson), Matt and Barry Massey are all Sully Buttes alumni. Dorothy now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where Rhonda and Matt and their families live.

At Dakota Wesleyan University’s spring commencement Abby Ferrs received her B.A. in psychology and graduated magna cum laude. Morgan (Oedekoven) Carr received her B.S. degree in biochemistry. Among part-time DWU students, earning associate degrees in business administration were Jayda Tibbs, Jacey Iedema, Molly Neuharth, Brenda Velazquez Padilla and Talia Williams.

Larissa FastHorse’s “The Thanksgiving Play” concludes its run on Broadway this week.

Aubrey Hofmeister and Sydney Roberts, both of whom graduated from Riggs High School in 2022, are beginning the second leg of their trip around the United States in Sydney’s remodeled van. They visited 28 states last year and plan to catch the remaining 20 of the contiguous states this year. You can follow their adventure in the June’s World group on Facebook. You have to be approved by the page administrators to join the group. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group News)

Graham Protexter and Kassie Friese were married June 3. Graham has been working in Sioux Falls as a pharmacist since graduating from the SDSU pharmacy school. Both he and Kassie, a Sioux Falls Roosevelt graduate, are pharmacists for Lewis Drug. She also works for Community Health Center in Sioux Falls. The newlyweds are on a honeymoon trip to Amsterdam and Italy.

The Dean’s List for the spring semester at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology includes these local students: Kara Huse, Adeline Abernathy, Severin Boe, Chloe Ryan, Alexander Miller. Among part-time students Erick Colman is on the Academic Recognition list.

Remember Pierre Players Community Theater’s Outside the Box reading series presents “An Experiment with an Air Pump” at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday night at the Grey Goose Store & Social Club.

Don Zeller’s granddaughter, Claire Crawford of Aberdeen Roncalli, tied for seventh place at the state “A” girls golf tournament with a scorecard of 81-90=171, 27 over par. Claire was the leader after the first day of the two-round tournament. Meanwhile, at the “AA” tournament Alison Kennedy of Spearfish, daughter of Pierre native Scott and Dawn Kennedy, placed 11th at 77-79=156, 12 over par.

Birkley May Ries was born at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls on May 26 and passed away the same day. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She is survived by her parents, Darin and Leah Ries of Pierre; her siblings, Deacon, Ainsley and Finley; her grandparents, Dennis and Lois Ries of Pierre and Glen and Jackie Radway of Milesville; her great-grandmother, Armelia Ries of Watertown, and other relatives.


Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them again and again and if those priorities begin to show up at the polls.
— Peggy Noonan


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