Vol. 23, No. 39; Thursday, July 6, 2023

Jul 6, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


Success is failure turned inside out.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
For all the sad words of tongue or pen
The saddest are these: “It might have been.:
— John Greenleaf Whittier from “Don’t Quit”


Little League baseball: The long road to the World Series at Williamsport, Pa., begins this weekend. The South Dakota Little League East-River Subdistrict Tournament will be played at Valley Springs. The Capital City Little League all-star team will play the Brandon Valley Little League all-stars at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s opponent at 1 p.m. will be the Sioux Falls Little League all-stars.

Pierre Post 8 The Legion team went 4-2 in six games the week before last, then the team did not go to the Minot tournament that was on their schedule. Their record is now 6-20. Scores of recent games since the last Update:
W Sioux Falls West ?
W Sioux Falls West ?
L Huron 17-7
W Huron 5-4
L Rapid City Post 22 – 16-5
W Rapid City Post 22 – 12-8

Upcoming Post 8 games:
Friday-Saturday-Sunday: at Gopher Classic, Minneapolis.
July 13: home vs. Bismarck doubleheader.
July 15: at Brandon Valley doubleheader.
July 17: at Mandan doubleheader.

Minnesota Twins: The Twins with an 8-5 record the past two weeks have managed to barely cling to first place in the AL Central. A three-game series of defeats at Atlanta was followed by the Twins winning 2-of-3 at Baltimore and sweeping Kansas City. Scores of games since the last Update:
W Boston 6-0
W Detroit 4-1
L Detroit 3-2
W Detroit 6-3 (10)
L Atlanta 4-1
L Atlanta 6-2
L Atlanta 3-0
W Baltimore 8-1
W Baltimore 1-0.
L Baltimore 2-1
W Kansas City 8-4
W Kansas City 9-3
W Kansas City 5-0

Upcoming Twins games:
Friday: Baltimore, 7:10 p.m. (Apple TV+).
Saturday: Baltimore, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
Sunday: Baltimore, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
July 14: at Oakland, 8:40 p.m. (BSN).
July 15: at Oakland, 6:07 p.m. (BSN).
July 16: at Oakland, 3:07 p.m. (BSN).
July 17: at Seattle, 8:40 p.m. (BSN).
July 18: at Seattle, 8:40 p.m. (BSN, MLBN).
July 19: at Seattle, 8:40 p.m.
July 20: at Seattle, 2:40 p.m.

Four Corners: Remaining games on the regular-season schedule are Thursday at home vs. Chamberlain, Sunday at home vs. Wessington Springs, July 13 at Plankinton and July 16 at home vs. Colome.

Oahe Zap: Sometimes the scores of Zap games are easy to find, and sometimes they are impossible. So far as we can tell, they won four games over the past two weeks. Scores of games since the last Update:
L Spearfish 4-0
L Spearfish 13-1
W Spearfish 15-13
L Spearfish ?
W Spearfish 6-5
L Spearfish 14-5
W Casper 6-2
W Casper 4-2
? Casper ?
? Fremont ?
Fremont postponed
W Fremont 4-1
L Nebraska 10-0
L Nebraska 10-1
? Nebraska ?

Upcoming Zap games: Friday-Saturday-Sunday, home vs. Sawtooth; Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, home vs. Fremont; July 14-15-16, at Hastings; July 18-19-20, at Fremont.

Sioux Falls Canaries: The Birds went 6-7 over the past two weeks. Scores of games since the last Update:
L Milwaukee 4-1
W Lincoln 2-1
W Lincoln 12-8
L Lincoln 9-1
L Sioux City 5-1
W Sioux City 10-7
L Sioux City 9-8
L Chicago 10-1
W Chicago 6-5
W Chicago 5-2
L Kansas City 2-1
L Kansas City 5-2
W Kansas City 6-4

Upcoming Canaries games: Friday-Saturday-Sunday, home vs. Chicago; Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, home vs. Kansas City; July 14-15-16, at Kane County.


Thursday: root beer.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
Monday-Tuesday: peach.
Wednesday-Thursday: lime.
July 14-16: black cherry.
July 17-18: peppermint.
July 19-20: almond.


Aug. 25 at Aberdeen Central
Sept. 1 Brookings
Sept. 8 at Mitchell
Sept. 15 at Yankton
Sept. 22 Watertown
Sept. 29 Brandon Valley
Oct. 6 at Huron
Oct. 13 at Tea Area
Oct. 19 Douglas
Playoff dates: quarterfinals Oct. 26, semifinals Nov. 3, championship Nov. 10.

Aug. 18 at Sully Buttes
Aug. 25 DeSmet
Sept. 1 at Dupree
Sept. 15 Bon Homme
Sept. 22 at White River
Sept. 29 Timber Lake
Oct. 6 Lemmon
Oct. 13 at Faith
Playoff dates: first round Oct. 19, quarterfinals Oct. 26, semifinals Nov. 3, championship Nov. 9

Aug. 18 Stanley County
Aug. 25 at Potter County.
Sept. 1 at Sunshine Bible Academy
Sept. 8 Faulkton
Sept. 15 Colome
Sept. 22 at Herreid-Selby Area
Oct. 6 Lyman
Oct. 13 at Corsica-Stickney
Playoff dates: first round Oct. 19, quarterfinals Oct. 26, semifinals Nov. 3, championship Nov. 9.


Minnesota Lynx: After an 89-68 loss to Connecticut two weeks ago the Lynx have gone on a four-game winning streak beating Seattle 104-93 and 99-97, Phoenix 86-76 and Indiana 90-83. Minnesota is home vs. Phoenix Friday, Las Vegas Sunday and Dallas Wednesday before a July 18 game at Atlanta.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm defeated Green Bay 47-45 and lost to Frisco, 56-15. Sioux Falls ends the regular season with a game at Iowa Saturday and a home game vs. Massachusetts July 15.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied Real Salt Lake, 2-2, and defeated Portland, 4-1. Minnesota is home vs. Austin Saturday, at Houston next Wednesday and at home vs. LAFC July 15.

CONCACAF Men’s Gold Cup: In the quarterfinals these are the pairings: Saturday, Qatar vs. Panama, 5 p.m.; Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jamaica vs. Guatemala, 4 p.m.; USA vs. Canada, 6:30 p.m. The semifinals will be at 6:30 and 9 p.m. next Wednesday and the final at 6:30 p.m. July 16.


Aug. 25 home invitational
Sept. 1 at Augustana invitational, Sioux Falls
Sept. 7 at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 16 at Huron invitational
Sept. 22 at Rapid City Central invitational
Sept. 28 at Watertown invitational
Oct. 7 at ESD conference meet, Sioux Falls
Oct. 12 at Huron invitational
Oct. 21 at state meet, Sioux Falls

Aug. 14 at Brandon Valley invitational
Aug. 15 at Sioux Falls Washington invitational
Aug. 17 at Rapid City invitational
Aug. 18 at Yankton invitational
Aug. 22 home invitational
Aug. 25 at Huron invitational
Aug. 29 at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 8 at Yankton invitational
Sept. 11 at Brookings invitational
Sept. 15 at Mitchell invitational
Sept. 19 at Watertown invitational
Sept. 25 at ESD conference meet, Yankton
Oct. 2-3 at state tournament, Brandon

Aug. 26 at Aberdeen Central invitational
Aug. 31 at Watertown invitational
Sept. 2 home invitational
Sept. 16 at Brookings invitational
Sept. 19 at Huron invitational
Sept. 23 at Rapid City Stevens invitational
Sept. 26 at Sioux Falls O’Gorman invitational
Sept. 30 at Sioux Falls Roosevelt invitational
Oct. 5 at Mitchell invitational
Oct. 12 at ESD conference meet, Aberdeen Central
Oct. 21 at state meet, Sioux Falls

Aug. 11-12 home invitational
Aug. 18 at Harrisburg and Sioux Falls LIncoln
Aug. 19 at Sioux Falls Washington and Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Aug. 24 at Rapid City invitational
Aug. 25 at Rapid City Christian invitational
Aug. 26 at Rapid City invitational
Sept. 1 home quadrangular
Sept. 5 home triangular
Sept. 9 at Huron quadrangular
Sept. 16 at Aberdeen Central invitational
Sept. 25-26 home for ESD conference tournament
Oct. 2-3 at state tournament, Sioux Falls

Aug. 11 at Douglas
Aug. 15 Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Aug. 22 at Aberdeen Central
Aug. 24 at Sturgis
Aug. 29 Watertown
Sept. 2 at Spearfish
Sept. 7 at Harrisburg
Sept. 9 at Brandon Valley
Sept. 14 at Brookings
Sept. 16 at Mitchell
Sept. 19 Yankton
Sept. 23 Sioux Falls Jefferson
Sept. 26 Huron
Playoff dates: first round Oct. 3, quarterfinals Oct. 7, semifinals Oct. 10, championship Oct. 14 at Brandon

Aug. 22 at Watertown
Aug. 25 at Rapid City Stevens
Aug. 26 at Rapid City Central
Aug. 31 at Douglas
Sept. 2 at Aberdeen Central
Sept. 5 at Mitchell
Sept. 8 Sturgis
Sept. 9 Spearfish
Sept. 12 at Sioux Falls Washington
Sept. 16 Sioux Falls LIncoln
Sept. 26 at Rapid City Christian
Sept. 30 Brandon Valley
Oct. 3 at Huron
Oct. 10 Harrisburg
Oct. 12 at Yankton
Oct. 17 Huron
Oct. 20 at Sioux Falls O’Gorman
Oct. 21 Aberdeen Central
Oct. 24 Brookings
Oct. 31 Sioux Falls Jefferson
Playoff dates: SoDak 16 Nov. 9, state tournament Nov. 16-17-18 at Rapid City


“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies;
You may trod me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Just like moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides,
Just like hope springing high, still I’ll rise.
You may shoot me with your words, yu may cut me with your eyes;
You may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise.”
— Maya Angelou from “Still I Rise”


2 days: Neutrino Day science festival, Lead (July 8).
3 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” (July 9-23).
5 days: Baseball All-Star Game, Seattle (July 11).
14 days: Women’s soccer World Cup begins, Australia/New Zealand (July 20).
20 days: State ‘A’ Legion baseball tournament, Yankton (July 26-30).
23 days: Sioux Falls air show (July 29-30).
24 days: Black Hills Playhouse’s “9 to 5: The Musical” (July 30-Aug. 12).
27 days: Legion baseball Central Plains Regional, ,Rapid City (Aug. 2-6).
29 days: Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls (Aug. 4-12).
35 days: Sully County Fair, Onida (Aug. 10-13).
36 days: Pierre boys/girls soccer openers (Aug. 11).
36 days: Pierre girls tennis opener (Aug. 11).
36 days: Fort Pierre Trader Days (Aug. 11-13).
39 days: Pierre boys golf opener (Aug. 14).
42 days: Central States Fair, Rapid City (Aug. 17-26).
43 days: Stanley County/Sully Buttes football opener (Aug. 18).
44 days: BluntFest (Aug. 19).
47 days: Pierre volleyball opener (Aug. 22).
47 days: First day of school at Sully Buttes (Aug. 22).
47 days: Sully Buttes volleyball opener (Aug. 22).
50 days: Pierre cross country opener (Aug. 25).
50 days: Pierre football opener (Aug. 25).
51 days: Stanley County volleyball opener (Aug. 26).
54 days: State Fair, Huron (Aug. 30-Sept. 3).
58 days: LifeLight music festival, Sioux Falls (Sept. 3).


  • Another outstanding group of celebrities will be honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, including actor/comedian Billy Crystal, actress/singer/rapper Queen Latifah, operatic soprano Renee Fleming, singer/songwriter/Bee Gees member Barry Gibb, and singer Dionne Warwick. The telecast on CBS-TV in late December will be hosted again by Gloria Estefan.
  • The NBA playoffs were terrific throughout April and May and even into June until the Denver Nuggets came along. The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs were terrific all of those months until the Vegas Golden Knights came along. And college baseball was great through all three weeks of its playoffs until LSU came along. Oh well. Maybe the Astros will not win the World Series this year or the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. We can only hope.
  • The news of the passing of Ken Starks brought back memories of what a focal point in the Pierre community the Town & Country Restaurant—later Chikadily’s—was. It was the place to go when we went “out to eat.” It was the place to go for early morning breakfasts on the way home from late-night activities. One note from his obituary that I had forgotten was that Ken, a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan, brought the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and their manager to Pierre for the grand reopening of his restaurant when it became Chikadily’s in 1978.
  • Evidence of the decline of ESPN or perhaps more so of the television viewing nature of the American audience is the fact that on the most American of holidays, July 4, ESPN chose not to show any of the 15 games played in America’s pastime, baseball, but instead gorged itself with coverage of eating contests.
  • The National League may finally win an All-Star Game Tuesday in Seattle with Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and maybe even Shohei Ohtani out of the AL lineup with injuries. At least we will probably get to see lots of shots of the beautiful environs of Seattle, and that will make it worth watching.
  • I’m a “Weakest Link” fan, but gee, some of those people are ignorant when it comes to certain categories. Last week one chap was asked into what lake the Jordan River flows, and his answer was Lake Michigan. What???!!!
  • The protesters who clogged downtown streets in Rapid City for awhile on July 4 had every right to protest whatever their issues are, but they then issued a list of “demands.” How about a list of “solutions”? Then perhaps we could have something to discuss. It is not very realistic to demand that the entire Black Hills region be given to the sovereignty of the Native American tribes. That just isn’t going to happen. Ever.
  • OK, Tate Gabriel has long been an Ohio State fan when it comes to college football. His wife Kristin is obviously a forgiving and understanding mate because the Gabriels last week named their twins Scarlett and Gray, the Ohio State colors. It was only natural that our local community’s soon-to-be favorite Ohio State Buckeye, Lincoln Kienholz, went over to have his photo taken with the newborn twins.
  • Governor Noem is at least persistent. She has already applied with the Park Service and the Department of the Interior for a fireworks permit for Mount Rushmore National Memorial for next Fourth of July. Of course 2024 will be an election year, and no doubt she is thinking what a great place for another Republican political rally Mount Rushmore would be on July 4, just like when she lured in President Trump in 2020.
  • Speaking of the Fourth of July next week, because we will have a Feb. 29 Leap Year Day between now and then, the holiday next year will be on a Thursday. So the “holiday weekend,” I suppose, runs from Wednesday night through Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That means fireworks will be going off for something like 10 straight nights around here. Gee, I can hardly wait.
  • As one who was rarely ill and hospitalized only once in 80-plus years, I probably shouldn’t complain too loudly about the aches and pains that come with being 84 1/2. (The only hospitalization was for a tonsillectomy in 1947 at St. Mary’s Hospital long before there was air conditioning and on a day when the Pierre temperature that August was in the beastly three digits.) But last week I thought for awhile as I agonized in bed how I would explain that this would be the last issue of the Midweek Update ever. That thought has now passed, for the time being at least, thanks to the prescription bestowed on me by a Monument Health urology doctor who was on call on Sunday and which was filled by the hospital pharmacy which was open on Sunday. A urinary tract infection can be no fun, and it really knocked me for a loop for awhile. But today, it’s back in business. I’m sick of drinking water and more water and more water all day every day, but those are my instructions.


July 7, 2022: At the state Republican convention the party kicked out incumbent secretary of state Steve Barnett in favor of Monae Johnson, who campaigned on the issue of election transparency.


“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a musical comedy, debuts this weekend and runs through July 23. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 29 and at 2 p.m. July 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19. For information and ticket reservations call 605/255-4141 or visit www.blackhillsplayhouse.com. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. MDT.


The band has three more Wednesday night 8 p.m. concerts at the Steamboat Park amphitheater. The themes of upcoming concerts:
— July 12: Country Hoedown.
— July 19: Musical Masterpieces.


Musicians play and sing on the deck of the American Legion cabin each Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Upcoming performers:
— July 9: Riverbank.
— July 16: Cody Henson Hullinger.


Thursday, July 6:
Jon Ellenbecker, Winney Belle Denton, Jessica (Melvin) Moore, Jude Nill, Tynell Grant, Isaiah Grant, Ella Durick, Dalton Blair, Jolene Kern, Michael Buhl, Tyler Johnson, Ericka Williams, Clara Marsh.
— 10th birthday, Steve/Becky (Markley) Wosick.
— 21st birthday, Jayson/Jennifer (Thorson) Nedrebo.
— 11th birthday, Nathan/Catherine Chicoine.
— 10th birthday, Will/Jenna (Deutscher) Hansen.

Friday, July 7:
Marylinn Baker, Derald Gross, Kris Monroe, Chelsea (Neuhauser) Hoyt, Austin Christopherson, Michelle Moreno, Lucas Solberg, Brydon Denton, Derek Newcomb, Kirk Albertson, Jessica Nicholas, Crayton Bouchie.
— 6th anniversary, Zach/Christina Merrill.
— 5th anniversary, Matt/Korie Tetzlaff.
— 11th anniversary, Jared/Courtney (Thompson) Geigle.
— 33rd anniversary, Jeff/Gea (Gjesdal) Eckhoff.
— 11th anniversary, Austin/Kristy Unruh.
— 16th anniversary, James/Audra (Meyer) Cardwell.
— 16th anniversary, Darin/Molly (Huber) Hausmann.

Saturday, July 8:
Henry Clegg, A.J. Domeyer, Traci Corcoran, Jordan Griese, Rachel (Propst) Auch, Megan (Snow) Fischer, Bret Graves, Kolton Knox, Paul Denton, Cooper Stoeser, Angie Bishop, Jeannette Schipper, Kayla Gabriel, Kaelyn Konechne.
— 6th anniversary, Cole/Sierra Oakley.
— 34th anniversary, Dennis/Dorothy Gibbs.
— 17th anniversary, Joe/Beth Stolp.

Sunday, July 9:
Adeline Bollinger, Lindsey (Haskins) Philips, Thomas Butler, Andrea Johnson, Michael Hanson, Ryan Mikkelsen, Allen Geuther, Liz Markley, Maurya Petrick, Matt Tetzlaff, Bryan Adams, Trigg Townsend, Nick Nuttall, Carol Carney, Drew Palmer.
— 1st anniversary, Eric/Amanda Hillestad.
— 12th anniversary, Darrin/Anna (Schreiner) Galinat.
— 12th anniversary, Dylan/Susan (Zabel) Dowling.
— 19th anniversary, Jon/Christina (Zellmer0 Nath.
— 7th anniversary, Shawn/Whitney (Stoeser) Schnabel.
— 12th anniversary, Paul/Amy (Hyde Petersen) Kolb.
— 35th anniversary, Clark/Jayne (Knox) Kraemer.

Monday, July 10:
Tenley Hipple, Lukus Leidholt, Christian Petrick, Julie Jeffries, Shad Ludemann, Adam Reiss, Shane Hillmer, Casey Crawford, Lynne Reuter, Kennen Barber-Ensz, Jill (Storsteen) Weber, Brad Wire.
— 31st anniversary, Steve/Angela (Voeltz) Lang.
— 47th anniversary, Jim/Rosa Iverson.
— 19th anniversary, Chris/Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell.
— 19th anniversary, Brandon/Crystal Lowery.
— 19th anniversary, Scott/Laura Carbonneau.

Tuesday, July 11:
Monty Mancill, Jaime Rutschke, Ty Falcon, Sarah Frost, Aric Frost, Somer (LaRosh) Garrigan, Father Tom Anderson, Denise Gehring, Don Sieck, Joe Martin, Jennifer (Thorson) Nedrebo, Jackie (Thorson) Richey, Tanya (Dockter) Runyan.
— 8th anniversary, Devin/Jessica Rounds.
— 8th anniversary, Matt/Katie (Gordon) Field.
— 8th anniversary, Taylor/LaTora Becker.
— 20th anniversary, Kristian/Steph (Vogel) Lund.
— 20th anniversary, Craig/Tara (Hicks) Knapp.
— 20th anniversary, Jonathan/Ranelle (Knight) Lueth.

Wednesday, July 12:
Stephen Rae, Marla Mosiman, Jason DeWitt, John Lakner, Hallie Pottorff, Nick Jeanotte, Kelsee (Larsen) Stahl, Mary Jo Johnson, Sherise (Baumberger) Wittler, Jesse Ahlers, Cailyn Hausmann, Melissa (Stevens) Gibson, Jessica Kuchta-Miller, Edward Ford, Leesa (Johnson) Carpenter.
— 9th anniversary, Jared/Carrie (Gonsor) Sanderson.
— 26th anniversary, Jon/Joette (Johnson) Nesladek.
— 20th anniversary, David/Jocelyn (Freidel) Ragan.
— 9th anniversary, Jacob/Kashia (Axthelm) Shumaker.

Thursday, July 13:
Renlee Miller, Jacob Howard, Marissa Jacobsen, Byron Jennings, Christopher Smith, Aralyn Vogel, Dawn (Lamb) Wagner, Cheryl (Cruse) Bailey, Brandon Nickels,Mandee (Prue) Brinkman, Tyler Van Zee, Matt Massey, Peggy Meyer, Vicki (Ramse) Blake.
— 60th anniversary, Mack/Karen (Small) Wyly.
— 10th anniversary, Chris/Angela (DiBenedetto) Smith.
— 18th anniversary, Brian/Jessica (Crompton) Black.
— 10th anniversary, Joshua/Jessica (Callahan) Carr.
— 21st anniversary, Ryan/Tessa (Heiss) Krueger.

Friday, July 14:
Garrison Gross, Tanner Kost, Andrea Clarke, David Voeltz, Brenton Crane, Heather (Clausen) Redetzke, Becca Hebda, Grant Jones, Tim Storly, Lindsey Coit Amdna Engels, Kim (Pibal) Mentzer, Gavin Gran, Shirley Swanson.
— 11th anniversary, Tom/Brooke Hindman.
— 11th anniversary, Gavin/Samantha (Hestdalen) Van Zee.
— 5th anniversary, Shawn/Rebekah (Hartmann) Hlavacek.
— 50th anniversary, Larry/Mary Jo Johnson.
— 16th anniversary, Chris/Mandee (Prue) Brinkman.
— 44th anniversary, Dennis/Lynette James.

Saturday, July 15:
Zach Gilkerson, Brottanie (Blaseg) Rezac, Cyndi Menzel, Gina (Schaefer) Ahlers, Jean Mott, August Delvo, Ruth Smith, Daniel Ellenbecker, Jennifer Urbach, Drake Hagen, Joe Prieksat, Haley Hohn, Gloria Merriam, Kylie (Sutton) Knudson.
— 23rd anniversary, Chris/Gina (Schaefer) Ahlers.
— 17th anniversary, Joe/Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson.
— 7th anniversary, Bryan/Grace Beck.
— 6th anniversary, Cody/Erica (Guthmiller) Paxton.
— 6th anniversary, Will/Lindsay Uhrich.

Sunday, July 16:
Ki Weingart, Nikki Hoyme, Ariana Hunt, Hayden Miller, Brenda Stephgens, Bob Duncan Jr., Gwen Jockheck, Stephanie Odden, Dorothy Lamb.
— 7th anniversary, Kevin/Kristiin (Meagher) Bowen.
— 18th anniversary, Matthew/Melissa (Wernke) Davis.
— 53rd anniversary, Mike/Kim (Hazelrigg) Kirley.
— 16th anniversary, Chris/Karen (Van Camp) DeJabet.
— 6th anniversary, Kyle/Wren (Bishop) Hollingsworth.
— 2nd anniversary, Max/Jessie (Chalcraft) Foth.
— 1st anniversary, Gregory/Jacqee Schaefer.

Monday, July 17:
Brecken Axlund, Logan Larsen, Jeremy Unruh, Chad Snodgrass, Tony Darger, Nance Orsbon, Matt Heard, Austin Gildemaster, Steve Robinson, Simon Gilmore, Hudson Parsons, Karen DeAntoni, Rachel Wulf, Stella Hangebrauck, Marilyn Spaid, Crew Lund, Finnian Murphy, Chuck Finley, Dean Sorenson, Cliff Curry, Pat Prince, Justin Scott.
— 19th anniversary, Jarrod/Amber (Anderson) Edelen.
— 13th anniversary, Austin/Kari Lucas.
— 41st anniversary, Rich/Lori (Smith) Shangreaux.
— 2nd anniversary, Nick/Jantina Burke.

Tuesday, July 18:
Ken Jaeger, Jean Riedy, Julie Welch, Jean Donahue, Amanda Crompton, Jill Burger, Kayleen Stoeser, Jason Kotilnek, Paisley Boyer, Amy Leidholt, Joseph Schrempp, Elizabeth Leidholt, Stine Gundersen, Khloe Spaid, Dan Baltzell, Graham Schuetzle, Matti Shaw, Wyatt Fox.
— 14th anniversary, Jeffery/April (Chicoine) Smith.
— 8th anniversary, Dustin/Laura (Hofer) Gaspar.

Wednesday, July 19:
Karli (Larsen) Williams, Robert Hardwick, Mike Swenson, Josee Linn, Andre Sengos, Peter Hodges, Fern Barnett, Brittney Munyon, David Mackey, J.J. Iverson, Jaime (Snyder) Hamm.
— 20th anniversary, Tanner/Elana (Hyde) Norman.
— Anniversary, Leonard/Jackie Haggin.

Thursday, July 20:
Karsin Garrigan, James Marie Nold, Damon Thielen, Marcy Fifield, Harper Yackley, Jacque Hahn, Michelle Leidholt, Kellie (Englehart) Beck, Molly (Huber) Hausmann, Phil Sheffield, Siri Segrud, Carol (Marshall) Crain, Brandi Hahn, Mike Tveit, Audrey Moodie, Pamela Bonrud, Colton Hanson, Patrick Wellner, Steven Cronin, Brandon Swenson, Miranda Tracy, Chase Bolte, Amy LaFave.
— 21st anniversary, Travis/Amber (Osnes) Antholz.
— 49th anniversary, Dennis/Lois Ries.
— 16th anniversary, Lance/Megan (Ulmen) Fravel.
— 16th anniversary, Joe/Lisa Martin.
— 11th anniversary, Tyler/Chelsey Coverdale.


“To my Republican colleagues who introduced this resolution, I thank you. You honor me with your enmity. You flatter me with this falsehood. You who are the authors of a big lie about the last election must condemn the truth-tellers, and I stand proudly before you. Your words tell me that I have been effective in the defense of our democracy, and I am grateful.”
— U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff after his censure by the Republicans in the House of Representatives.


A memorial service for Sharon Smith, who died Dec. 13 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease, was held July 2 at New Life Assembly of God. Sharon grew up in Oregon and married Kendall Smith. They remained married for 65 years until his death in 2020. After the Smiths moved to South Dakota in 1981, Sharon worked as a legal secretary in the Kneip Building for many years. She is survived by her daughters, Kristi Smith and Trisha (Gabe) Moya; her sons, Kasey (Dawn) Smith and Kerry (Kathy) Smith, and five grandchildren. The Smiths’ son, Bryan Smith, died in 1998.

Jett Zabel, who will be a senior at Riggs High, committed to North Dakota State University to play football with the Bison beginning in the fall of 2024. His brother, Grey, is already a football player at NDSU.

Tommy Rose, 76, Hayes,died at home June 28. A memorial service took place July 1 at First United Methodist Church. Tommy grew up in Pierre and Hayes, graduating from Riggs High School in 1964. He owned a trucking and backhoe business. One of his memorable moments was working with President Carter on Habitat for Humanity projects in Eagle Butte. He wrestled while a high school student, participated in the Hayes community plays and rode in the Bad River Suicide Ride several times. Survivors include his brothers, Bob (Margaret) Rose of Hayes, Bill (Barb) Rose of Fort Pierre and Pat Rose of Pierre; his sisters, Peggy (Tom) Huber of Pierre and Janet (Mark) Perrenoud of Custer; his nephew and business partner, Aaron Rose, and other relatives.

Jennifer (Thorson) Nedrebo will be the new principal at Buchanan Elementary School. A 1996 graduate of Riggs High School, she taught for four years at White River and has been a teacher in the Pierre district for 18 years. At Buchanan she succeeds Ryan Noyes, who is moving to an assistant principal position at Riggs High. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern, a master’s degree from Black Hills State and an education specialist degree in administration from the University of Sioux Falls. She was named Teacher of the Year in the Pierre district in 2021.

Abby Lingle, who has spent two years at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, is headed to the University of Iowa as a pediatric ambulatory care pharmacist.

John Cass is the new executive director of the United Way of the Black Hills. Most recently John served as interim museum director of the South Dakota National Guard Museum in Pierre. He previously had leadership roles with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Earlier in his career John served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm in an armor unit and in the National Guard as an assistant battalion operations sergeant with a mechanized infantry unit.

Leona Buhler, 95, Norway, Mich., formerly of Pierre, died June 20 at Evergreen Meadows Assisted Living in NOrway. Her funeral was held at First United Methodist Church in Pierre on June 30. Leona grew up in Vermillion. She married Merle Buhler in 1950, and they came to Pierre in 1960. She is survived by her children, Cheri (Dean) Pyncheon of Quinnesec, Mich., and John (Lorre) Buhler of Rapid City; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister, Blanche Quincey. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and four siblings.

Ty Raymond, whose mother is the former Cheri Olinger, pitched a combined no-hitter with teammate Ethan Beck as Harrisburg Legion Maroon beat Yankton, 5-2.

Tate and Kristin Gabriel are the parents of twins born June 26. Their daughter, Scarlett, weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches. Their son, Gray, weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches. They join an older brother, Gavin, in the Gabriel family.

Carol Jennings, 89, who worked in state government archives in Pierre from 1999 to 2009, died this week. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre. She first married Howard Lettau, and they adopted two children. She later married Clayton Jennings. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Dale) Christenson of Kadoka; her son, Joel Lettau of Highmore; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brothers, Dale (Dee) Wurts of Fort Pierre and Roger Wurts of Highmore, and other relatives.

Sully Buttes alumna Katie Bourk, who has spent the past 12 basketball seasons as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team at Augustana University, is joining the staff of head women’s coach Paula Krueger at Northern State University. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Dakota State in 2011 and a master’s degree from Augustana in 2013. She began her coaching career at Colman-Egan High School

Dean Haney, 75, Oklahoma City, died at home June 16. He married Blunt native Kristi (Sammi) King in 1978. He is survived by his wife; his son, Derek; his daughter, Kelin; his half-brother, Don Haney, and many other relatives.

Jim Beddow, the Democratic candidate for governor in 1994 and a former president of Dakota Wesleyan University, died at the age of 81. His wife was the former Jean Tschetter, whose parents lived in Onida in the 1940s when her dad, Amos Tschetter, was superintendent of schools.

Evelyn Charlson, 89, died June 21 at Avera Maryhouse. Her funeral was held June 26 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Evelyn was raised at Gann Valley and married Orv Charlson in 1961. She worked for several years at the Capitol, then after her children were raised, she worked at the Department of Transportation until retiring in the late 1990s. She is survived by her husband, Orv Charlson; her son, Darin (Clare) Charlson of Pierre; her daughter, Alison (Carl) Noftsger of Altoona, Iowa; three grandchildren, and sisters Neva Taylor and Faye Fink.

Greg Fuller of Fort Pierre, who worked for 40 years at the Department of Transportation, will be one of this year’s two inductees into the DOT Hall of Fame. He was a project engineer, a senior engineer, an engineering supervisor, a program manager and finally a director of operations during his tenure with the DOT.

Darwin Sage, 63, died June 23 after several health issues had been complicated by a recent cancer diagnosis. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 8, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The son of Bob and Carol Sage attended school in Hurley, Onida and McIntosh and graduated from Geddes High School. He attended Huron College and North Dakota State University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He moved to Rapid City and began a career as an electrician. He married Karen Harvey in 1992 at the Oahe Chapel. Besides an electrician, Darwin became a passionate cook and chef and worked in the kitchen at Bubba Ray’s and the Oahe Marina. HIs survivors include his son, Dalton; his mother, Carol of Sioux Falls; his sisters, Virginia (Dennis) Wieseler, Teri Jung of Pierre and Marlayne Sage of Sioux Falls; his brother, Curtis (Kristina) Sage of Freeman, and his ex-wife, Karen Perry of Pierre. Among those who preceded him in death were his father, Bob, a former principal at Onida and Sully Buttes high schools, and his grandparents.

Onida native Charlie Meyer was married July 1 to Sadie Bradlaw Walley. They live in the Denver area. The ceremony was performed by his hometown friend, Mike Yackley.

Donna (Zuber) Kenworthy Kringen, 84, Mitchell, formerly of Fort Pierre, died June 28 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, at Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre. Donna grew up at Agar. She married Bobby Kenworthy, and they had two sons. She later married Dennis Kringen in 1974, and she embraced his two sons as her own. The Kringens became motorcyclists and RV’ers. Denny died in 2017, and Donna returned to South Dakota to be closer to family. She worked for the State Library for six years and for the Department of Health for 28 years. She was also EMT-certified. Survivors include her children, Greg (Laurie) Kenworthy of Mitchell and Monty (Deb) Kenworthy of Fort Pierre; her stepsons, Dennis (Sue) Kringen of Willmar, Minn., and Dale (Sandy) Kringen of Belle Fourche; her sister, Sheri (Jeff) Harris of New Port Richey, Fla.; four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Former Pierre resident Craig Eichstadt is back home in Sioux Falls after a couple of months of health issues and struggles. He had contracted a sepsis infection in April and spent nine days as a patient in Avera McKennan Hospital. Then he spent all of May at Prince of Peace Rehabilitation Center for physical therapy, occupational therapy and antibiotic treatments. As his ambulatory skills improved, he was able to come home early in June. He can grip the steering wheel well enough to drive short distances, and he has learned to eat left-handed. Wife Gail and son Carl are happy to have him home with their normal routines somewhat returning.

Meloni Monroe, 65, died Nov. 11. A memorial service was held July 1 at Sherman Monroe’s home in Fort Pierre. Meloni attended high school in Golden, Colo. She worked in South Dakota, Colorado and Connecticut. In the 1980s she was a project manager for GTE. In the 1990s she moved to Minnesota to be closer to family. She frequently came to Fort Pierre to visit her father. Surviving are her father, Sherman (Vivian) Monroe of Fort Pierre; her sister, Molly (Jim) Kridel of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; her stepbrother, Dave (Jana) Lowenstein of Plymouth, Minn.; her children, Charlotte (Shawn) Andres of Waubay and John (Jessie) Paine of Columbia Heights, Minn.; three grandchildren, and her stepsister, Kris (Craig) Sailer of Gilbert, Ariz.

Three local young wrestlers have been selected for Team South Dakota rosters at three different levels. Alex Oedekoven will wrestle at 120 pounds on the 16U boys freestyle squad. Sydney Uhrig was named at 106 pounds on the junior girls freestyle team. Dani Ringstmeyer is at 117 pounds on the 16U girls freestyle team. The Team South Dakota squads will be at the Fargodome July 14-22 for the 2023 USA Wrestling junior and 16U national championships.

A celebration of the life of Onida native Earl Lindell, 74, who died in Texas in April, will be held at the Phoenix Center in Onida on Saturday, July 15.

Noah Sprenkle, son of Eric and Cindy Sprenkle of Sioux Falls and the late Amanda (Weaver) Sprenkle, has been named to the Sioux Falls Little League 11U National League All-Stars.

Ken Starks, 83, Sioux Falls, died June 28 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. A memorial service was held July 1 at Miller Funeral Home’s downtown chapel. Ken attended Washington High School in Sioux Falls and earned his GED while working long hours at his father’s Ray’s Drive Inn. In 1969 he married Sharon (Parker) Starks, and they moved to Pierre in 1976. For 31 years they owned Town & Country Restaurant, later Chikadily’s. Ken built a home close to the water seven miles north of Pierre. Ken’s constant companion in those years was his white Lab, Luke. After closing their restaurant in Pierre, Ken and Sharon moved to Harrisburg in 2007. In 2016 Sharon died unexpectedly, and Ken retired from the meat department at Sunshine Foods and joined the household of his daughter Robyn and Jeff Holcomb’s family. His devoted friend, a black Lab named Ben, became Ken’s inseparable companion for the rest of his life until Ben passed away last December. That was about the same time Ken was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome. Ken is survived by his sisters, Jacquelyn Starks of Crescent City, Calif., and Pamela Manning of Salem, Ore.; his half-brother, Lars Starks of Brainerd, Minn.; his daughter, Robyn (Jeff) Holcomb of Sioux Falls, and their daughters, Lauren, Elise and Lily; Lisa Hahn over Overton, Nev. and four grandchildren; Randy (Annie) Thompson of Overton and three grandchildren; Ron (Teri) Thompson of Hansen, Idaho, and two grandchildren; and a bonus daughter, Melody Moon Warren of Durango, Colo. and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death b his parents and a brother, Lonnie Starks.

The Riggs High School chapter of Tri-M, a musical fraternity for high school students, has been named one of the three best senior-division high school chapters in the nation. This is the first time a South Dakota chapter has earned such a distinction. The chapter will receive a $1000 reward for a professional development activity, a plaque, national recognition and individual certificates for student members.

Jonny Lyons of the Post 8 baseball team is this year’s recipient of the Russ Snyder Memorial Scholarship awarded annually by the Snyder family. Russ played ball with Post 8 in 1974-75 and later for USD. Jonny, one of just three of the “old guys” on this year’s Post 8 team, leads Post 8 in runs batted in, home runs and doubles.

Jill (Tobin) Gusso, 55, died July 4. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. The family wlll be present there from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The daughter of Dick and Kay Tobn grew up in Pierre, attending St. Joseph Elementary, Pierre Junior High and Riggs High with the Class of 1986. She attended Briar Cliff College and then USD, graduating in 1989. She began her career with the Department of Health, later working for the Board of Regents. In 1995 she joined the Unified Judicial System and spent three decades with them until this past April. Jill is survived by her husband, Chad Gusso; her daughter, Hannah Smith, and her fiance Tyler Nesheim; her mother, Kay Tobin of Surprise, Ariz.; her stepdaughter, Alexi Gusso of Minneapolis and her fiance Jon Sokolowski; her stepson, Nicholas Gusso of Sioux Falls; her sisters, Jeanie Smith of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jenifer Tobin of Sioux Falls, and many other relatives.


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