Vol. 23, No. 44; Thursday, August 31, 2023

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“We must face that there is always hardship in the world. When you have gotten as old as I am, you have to face that story. But we have to try to be happy with the small things around. All the flowers on my balcony! The little things like that! When you look at that, it makes everything much easier.”
—Margarete Magnusson


Football: So will Pierre be good again as the Governors go for a seventh straight state championship? Well, the first game was a rousing success as the Govs won at Aberdeen Central, 32-0, piling up 450 yards of offense and holding Aberdeen to 82. Quarterback Cade Kaiser ran in from five yards out for the first score. Kaiser passed to Cooper Terwilliger on a seven-yard touchdown play for the second score. After Carson Stoeser intercepted an Eagles pass and returned it to the 31, Kaiser immediately passed to Jett Zabel for a 31-yard TD. Ryann Barry (yes, she’s a girl) kicked the extra point for a 19-0 lead. Even when backed up to their own 1-yard line, the Govs put the offense into motion and marched 99 yards on a drive in only six plays, Kaiser running the last 49 yards for a touchdown. The last TD was a 15-yard pass play from Kaiser to Zabel.

Volleyball: The Governors swept the Black Hills to open the season. In a 3-1 win over Rapid City Stevens the game scores were 23-25, 27-25, 25-12, 26-24. At Rapid City Central the 3-0 Pierre win came on game scores of 25-21, 25-21, 25-23. In the latter dual Reese Terwilliger had 12 kills, Campbell Boddicker 12 kills and four service aces and Abigail Kropp 10 kills.

Schedules for the coming week:
Cheer/dance: at Watertown invitational, 5 p.m.
Volleyball: at Douglas, 7 p.m.
Girls tennis: at Mitchell quadrangular vs. Mitchell and Madison, 10 a.m.
Cross country: at Augustana twilight meet, Sioux Falls, 6 p.m.
Football: home vs. Brookings, 7 p.m.
Cheer/dance: home invitational, 11 a.m.
Girls soccer: at Spearfish, 2 p.m.
Boys soccer: at Spearfish, 2 p.m.
Volleyball: at Aberdeen Central, 3 p.m.
Girls tennis: home triangular, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Mitchell, 7 p.m.

Boys golf: At the Aberdeen Central invitational Tuesday the Governors placed second for the fifth time in six meets so far this season. Pierre’s team score of 298 was 18 behind first-place Watertown’s 280. Nick Bothun was the individual champion with a 68, winning the medalist honors on the seventh hole of a playoff. Sawyer Sonnenschein tied for seventh with a 76, and Luke Olson and Jack Bartlett tied for 11th with 77s. Lincoln Houska and Charlie Simpson shot 81s.

Cheer/dance: At the Aberdeen meet Tuesday the Pierre girls were fourth overall with a 237.5 score. Pierre was seventh in hip hop at 223.5 and second in pom at 251.5.

Girls tennis: Pierre finished seventh in the Rapid City invitational. During the weekend singles players Caitlin Ott, Ella Fisk, Bailey Jessen and Genevieve Oxford each won a match, and the doubles team of Ott and Jocelyn Corrales won a match.

Girls soccer: Pierre posted two more shutout wins this week. In a 7-0 win over Sturgis the Governors led only 1-0 at halftime on Kathryn Hostler’s goal but exploded in the second half. Within 10 minutes Ryann Barry and Tracelyn Taylor had two goals each and Natalie Flottmeyer one. Later Barry scored again. Emlyn Swanson was perfect as goalkeeper. On Tuesday the girls beat Watertown, 3-0. Grace Engbrecht scored first, then Bria Sargent assisted on goals by both Barry and Jasmine Jost. Swanson had four saves in goal.

Boys soccer: The Governor boys lost to Sturgis, 3-1. Jacoby LaRoche got the Pierre goal, and Haley Fabel made six saves in goal. On Tuesday the Govs outscored Watertown, 6-4. Cayden Morris tied the game at 1-1, and Steven Blanchette’s successful penalty kick tied the game at 2-2. LaRoche put the Govs up 3-2, and Carson Ahartz made it 4-2. Javier Pretell Alegre gave Pierre a 5-3 lead, and Caleb Morris’ goal in the 75th minute gave Pierre an insurance goal. Pierre’s record is 2-1-1.


Football: The Buffaloes are 2-0 after winning a cliffhanger over De Smet, 38-30. With the star of the season’s first game, Colton Brady, sidelined by injury, Barrett Schweitzer emerged with 17 yards in 27 carries, rushing for three touchdowns and grabbing off a late interception, too. Paxton Deal also intercepted a pair of passes. Brendon Bothwell caught a touchdown pass from Broch Zeeb and also returned a third-quarter kickoff all the way for a score. De Smet pulled to within 32-30 with eight minutes left in the third quarter, but the Buffaloes managed an unheard-of 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 11:45 off the clock. A pass interference call on De Smet on a failed Buffalo fourth-down attempt kept the drive alive. The drive ended in a score that put SC ahead by the final margin.

Schedules for the coming week:
Cross country: at Augustana twilight meet, Sioux Falls, 6 p.m.
Football: at Dupree, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home triangular, 1 p.m. (with Little Wound and White River).

Volleyball: The Buffaloes swept Chamberlain, 3-0, on game scores of 25-13, 25-22, 25-21. Cadence Hand recorded seven kills and eight service aces, Brylee Kafka had five kills and four aces, and Breckyn Huebner had six kills.


Football: The Chargers are 0-2 after a 26-12 loss to Potter County in its Hoven homecoming game. Gavin Barber rushed for 178 yards for Sully Buttes and scored the two touchdowns. Committing turnovers and giving up long Battler drives cost the Chargers the game.

Schedules for the coming week:
Volleyball: home vs. Mjiller.
Cross country: at Redfield invitational, 10 a.m.
Football: at Sunshine Bible, 2:30 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Ipswich.
Cross country: at Hoven invitational, 1 p.m.

Volleyball: The Charger girls lost to Faulkton, 3-1, but gave them a battle. Game scores were 20-25, 26-24, 12-25, 22-25. Trichelle White had 10 kills and Stevie Wittler six kills. The Sully Buttes record is now 3-2.


Sept. 1, 2022: The Pierre offense operated smoothly as usual, but the defense shared the spotlight as the Governors rolled Brookings, 48-0, at the SDSU stadium, holding Brookings to 68 total yards of offense.


3 days: LifeLight Christian music festival, Sioux Falls (Sept. 3).
4 days: Labor Day (Sept. 4).
4 days: Sully Buttes High coronation (Sept. 4).
7 days: NFL season opener (Sept. 7).
7 days: South Dakota Senior Games, Pierre (Sept. 7-10).
8 days: Riggs High Class of ’73 50-year reunion (Sept. 8-9).
8 days: Sully Buttes High homecoming day (Sept. 8).
8 days: South Dakota Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Chamberlain (Sept. 8-9).
10 days: Minnesota Vikings season opener (Sept. 10).
11 days: Sanford International golf tournament events (Sept. 11-17).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “Inconsequential Dreams” (Sept. 15-17, 21-23).
16 days: Blue & White Day at DWU (Sept. 16).
16 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 16).
16 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 16).
18 days: Riggs High coronation (Sept. 18).
21 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 21).
22 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 22).
22 days: South Dakota Festival of Books, Deadwood (Sept. 22-24).
23 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Sept. 23).
24 days: Minnesota Wild preseason opener (Sept. 24).
27 days: Riggs High band at Aberdeen marching festival (Sept. 27).
28 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup and arts festival (Sept. 28-30).
29 days: Riggs High band at Platte-Geddes marching festival (Sept. 29).
30 days: Cougar Day at USF (Sept. 30).
30 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Sept. 30).
30 days: Homecoming at Minnesota (Sept. 30).
30 days: Homecoming at Mount Marty (Sept. 30).


Minnesota Twins: Winning three of four over first-place Texas and splitting the first two of a series against Cleveland, the Twins built up a seven-game lead in the A.L. Central after Monday. A loss Tuesday put the lead over Cleveland back to six games. The Twins face the same two teams in the coming week, and all six games are crucial ones against teams that need desperately to win.

Twins schedule:
— Friday: at Texas, 7:05 p.m. (BSN).
— Saturday: at Texas, 6:15 p.m. (Fox).
— Sunday: at Texas, 1:35 p.m. (BSN).
— Monday: at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday: at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Wednesday: at Cleveland, 12:10 p.m. (BSN, MLBN).

Sioux Falls Canaries (Spencer Sarringar): The Birds wind up the regular season Friday through Labor Day with four games at Cleburne, Texas. Sioux Falls went 2-3 in the past week. In a 6-0 win over Lincoln, Spencer was 0-for-3. In a 7-5 loss to Winnipeg he had a 2-for-4 games, hitting a 7th inning single and a 9th inning double. The Canaries stood at 48-47 in third place, two games behind second-place Sioux City and eight games behing first-place Kansas City.


“The only thing we can do about awful people is not be one of them.”
— Bryant McGill


Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx defeated Dallas, 91-86; lost to New York, 111-76, and lost to Washington, 83-72. Minnesota plays Atlanta Friday and Phoenix Sunday, both at home.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied Seattle, 1-1. After a game against Colorado last night, Minnesota plays at San Jose Saturday.


Minnesota Vikings: With reserves doing most of the damage, the Vikings managed to lose to Arizona, 18-17, in the last preseason game. Minnesota went 0-3 in the preseason. The Vikings open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against Tampa Bay in a noon game on CBS.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos whipped the Los Angeles Rams, 41-0, in the last preseason game, Denver’s first win after two losses. Denver opens the regular season at home against the Las Vegas Raiders at 3:25 p.m. CDT Sept. 10.


Last week losses by Wall, Sully Buttes and Dakota State spoiled the entries of a lot of our people. However, Levi Neharth had the best score for the second week in a row. His 8-2 and Nathan Vetter’s 8-2 earned them 10 points each. At 7-3 for nine points apiece were Dawn Magee, Randy Pool, Pat Flanigan, Terry Tousley, Brad Cruse, Thomas Voeltz and Debra Bollinger. At 6-4 for eight points were Beth Rinehart, Jon Boer, Rick Cronin, Seb Axtman and Kyle Richards.

Contest #3 games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) North Dakota State vs. Eastern Washington (at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis).
(2) Utah State at Iowa.
(3) Colorado at TCU.
(4) Ohio State at Indiana.
(5) Boise State at Washington.
(6) West Virginia at Penn State.
(7) Texas Tech at Wyoming.
(8) Northwestern at Rutgers.
(9) Nevada at USC.
(10) USD at Missouri.


  • I have a new home mail address. If any of you need my address to send me anything (money? Christmas letters? Valentines? birthday cards?), shoot me an e-mail at parkerhome16@hotmail.com, and I will gladly provide the new address.
  • A pair of interesting sports events are being held at nearby major universities. At the University of Iowa more than 40,000 tickets have now been sold to a women’s basketball exhibition game between Iowa and DePaul to be held at Kinnick Stadium, the football stadium there, Oct. 15. Proceeds will benefit the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital located right outside the stadium. Down at the University of Nebraska, they sold out Memorial Stadium, the Huskers’ football field, more than 91,000 strong for Volleyball Day in Nebraska yesterday. They had a doubleheader (Wayne State vs. Nebraska-Kearney, then the Huskers vs. Omaha), followed by a Scotty McCreery concert. Women’s basketball is big at Iowa, of course, since Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes reached the national championship game in April, and volleyball is big at Nebraska where they regularly sell out home games and the Huskers have won five NCAA national championships.
  • The literary critics in the governor’s office rejected the South Dakota State Poetry Society’s nomination of Bruce Roseland as the state’s eighth poet laureate two months ago. Now they have relented, and the rancher/poet from up at Seneca has been named poet laureate for a term that extends through June 2027. Roseland is the author of seven books and the winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award in poetry three times.


University of Sioux Falls football (Jack Merkwan, Jayden Wiebe, Christian Busch): The Cougars open their NSIC season at home Saturday vs. Minnesota State-Mankato.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The national champions begin defense of their title with a GPAC conference game at Concordia (Neb.) Saturday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison open their season against Eastern Washington at the Vikings’ USBank Stadium in Minneapolis Saturday. Kickoff time will be 2:30 p.m., and the game can be seen if you have ESPN+.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s fourth season as head coach begins at St. Thomas in St. Paul Saturday.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): The Washington, D.C.-based Gallaudet team opens their season at Keystone (Pa.) Saturday.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans lost their season opener at Dakota Wesleyan, 23-13. Stanley County alum Nathan caught a 32-yard touchdown pass, completing an 11-play, 73-yard drive, for the last DSU score. Riggs High alum Collin had two solo tackles and three assisted tackles for a total of five. DSU has its home opener at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) against Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb): The Vikings kick off their NSIC season at home vs. University of Mary at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Jackrabbit runners will be at Augustana’s twilight meet Friday evening.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers snapped a six-year losing streak to Dakota State by beating the Trojans, 23-13. DWU jumped ahead 21-0 before DSU scored. The Tigers begin their GPAC season at home against Hastings at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Ohio State football (Lincoln Kienholz): The Buckeyes begin their Big 10 season at Indiana at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

Grand View men’s soccer (Rylan Derry): Grand View opened the season with a 5-0 dominance over Hastings. After a game at Midland last night, Grand View is home Saturday vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University and next Wednesday vs. Columbia College (Mo.).

Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer (Mackenzie Rath): The Mavericks open their season today against Oklahoma Baptist.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes tied Wyoming, 3-3, and whipped Morningside, 7-0. In the latter dual Janaina had an assist on the seventh USD goal and also had one shot on goal. Now 1-1-2, USD goes west to Idaho State Friday and to Utah State Sunday.


Justin Briese, Aberdeen Central: Justin’s Golden Eagles lost to Pierre in their season opener, 32-0. The schedule doesn’t get any easier. Aberdeen goes to Tea Area this Friday.

Scott Raue, Harvey/Wells County, N.D.: Harvey is now 1-1 after a 50-12 loss to Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich. The team plays Thompson (1-1) this week.

Mikal Kern, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, N.D.: The Warbirds are 2-0 after a 48-14 win over Griggs/Midkota. The team plays Maple River (1-1) this Friday.

Ben Kramer, Hot Springs: The Bison are 2-0 and still haven’t allowed an opponent to score after winning at McCook Central/Montrose, 41-0. Hot Springs goes to Lakota Tech for a Friday night game this week.


“I’m not in favor of government mandating a prayer in school because our country was founded on the fact that no particular religious faith would have ascendance over or preferential treatment over any other.”
— President Jimmy Carter


Thursday, Aug. 31:
Chloe Harder, Heather Knox, Holly Knox, Cecelia HIght, Hank Hoffman, Joliz (Schaefer) Beskow.
— 21st anniversary, Bradley/Amy (Klein) Greba.
— 21st anniversary, Jared/Krystl (Anderson) Vermundson.
— 50th anniversary, Gary/Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson.
— 11th anniversary, Todd/Julia (Weisgram) Lintner.
— 4th anniversary, Cody/Bailey (Bradford) Nelson.
— 4th anniversary, Tom/Parker Johnson.
— 10th anniversary, Mark/Sarah (Zinter) Detwiler.
— 10th anniversary, Peter/Serena (Norman) Townsend.

Friday, Sept. 1:
Tarina (Zebroski) Kopren, Taylor Mickelson, Katie Nold, Trace Beck, Jess Ellingson, Janet (Ellis) Leidle, Brett Ripley, Lauren (Gilsrud) Thayer, Josh Baldwin, Jetta Whitebird, Diane (Lomheim) Schlenker, Megan Stulken.
— 11th anniversary, Kevin/Lauren Hall.
— 16th anniversary, Kellen/Angie (Huxford) Pfleger.
— 16th anniversary, Shawn/Tracy Hostler.
— 11th anniversary, Cody/Cassie (Rausch) Stoeser.
— 11th anniversary, Brandon/Kia (Otten) Rieger.
— We fondly remember Jim Valnes, who passed away 4 years ago today.

Saturday, Sept. 2:
Brian Knadle, Kelly (Lingle) Royer, Rachel (Knutson) Steece, Danielle Peters, Mary Ness.
— 6th anniversary, Jayson/Jordyn (Anderson) Herra.
— Anniversary, Andy/Kate (Robertson) Bartel.
— 17th anniversary, Chris/Carrie Rasmussen.
— 6th anniversary, Justin/Lisa (Jenssen) Harmon.
— 17th anniversary, James/Audra (Meyer) Cardwell.

Sunday, Sept. 3:
Tina (Geary) Vermundson, Sarah (Kringel) Hibbitts, Brian Pendergast, Austin Schneider, Kyle Villa, Dylan Gordon, Jordan Shangreaux, Lance Nielsen, Dylan Knox-Sazama, Rona (Todd) Boettcher, Benjamin Oehlerking, Nate White, Beckett Hangebrauck, Tanner Boggs, Sean Billet, Doyle Holden, Alexandria Anderson.
— 18th anniversary, Terry/Amie Miller.
— 19th anniversary, Levi/Rose (Beckwith) Briggs.
— 1st anniversary, Cobey/Morgan (Oedekoven) Carr.
— 17th anniversary, Jake/Chandra Miller.
— 18th anniversary, David/Robyn (Clausen) Bauer.
— 18th anniversary, Sean/Megan Tousley.
— 18th anniversary, Dusty/Amanda (Nystrom) Van Balen.
— 29th anniversary, Tom/Gini Grannes.
— 7th anniversary, Stephen/Katie Bollinger.
— 7th anniversary, Tyrel/Kallie (Dresbach) Hall.
— 7th anniversary, Jason/Sarah (Jeffries) McHenry.

Monday, Sept. 4:
Emma Mangan, Laurie (Bonrud) Gronlund, Harper Juhala, Paige Burkett, Lindsay Marshall, Kara Brandlee, Taman Eggers, Julia Disburg, Alecia (Johnson) Bowers, Lucas Jeanotte, Ryan Johnson.
— 19th anniversary, Paul/Jamie (Rasmussen) Walter.
— 12th anniversary, Jake/Liz Mortenson.
— 12th anniversary, Justin/Kellie (Parker) Tollefson.
— 13th anniversary, Brett/McKenna Ripley.
— 19th anniversary, Ryan/Patricia Scarborough.
— 19th anniversary, Darin/Lynsey (Meyer) Anderson.
— 13th anniversary, Brett/Jenny Durick.
— 19th anniversary, Cory/Sara (Prunty) Tennant.

Tuesday, Sept. 5:
Danielle (Clark) High Bear, Kirsten Libby, Jeff Mammenga, Josie Rue Turner, Wyatt Mersinger, Amy Petersen-Kolb, Scott Cichos.
— 3rd anniversary, Ryan/Avery Grandpre.
— 14th anniversary, Scott/Melissa (Stevens) Gibson.
— 14th anniversary, Josh/Sam (Lytle) Irvine.
— 20th anniversary, Shad/Brandy (Beatrom) Ludemann.
— 8th anniversary, Perry/Maggie (Nielson) Job.
— 59th anniversary, Bob/Mickey Miller.
— 59th anniversary, Dave/Connie (Doyle) Nighswonger.
— 8th anniversary, John/Erin (Ryan) Bush.

Wednesday, Sept. 6:
Jared Thomas, Mary (Marshall) Scruggs, Andy McKay Jr., Annette (Rawstern) Severson, Garrett James, Michael Richards, Eli Pope.
— 20th anniversary, Scott/Dawn Kennedy.
— 9th anniversary, Dalton/Mackenzie Decker.
— 9th anniversary, Patrick/Ashleigh (Baker) Ludwig.
— 4th anniversary, Chris/Nino Iverson.
— Anniversary, John/Andrea Wellhouse.
— We fondly remember Caleb Hauschild on his birthday.

Thursday, Sept. 7:
Ryan Lauseng, Demaris Axthelm, Jessica Bucholz, Chase Blair, Mary Gales Askren, Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen, Stuart Martin, Cindy Bahe, Pam (Small) Durkin.
— 17th anniversary, Allen/Lindsay (Lower) Uecker.
— 11th anniversary, Mark/Jessica Hardwick.
— 16th anniversary, John/Ashlee (Roemen) Keyes.
— 16th anniversary, David/Kaishia (Bernard) Anderson.
— 11th anniversary, Jason/Codi Kinsman.
— 16th anniversary, Andrew/Maggie (Moisan) Eickbush.
— 5th anniversary, Josh/Kelsy Vogt.
— 16th anniversary, Aaron/Ashley Denton.


Last week we mentioned Jim McLain is now teaching in the Sioux Falls school district. What we didn’t mention is that he is at Patrick Henry Middle School as a seventh-grade social studies teacher. He won’t be grading papers every evening, however, because he is part of the cast of “The LIttle Mermaid,” the next show at The Premiere Playhouse, the community theater organization whose plays take place at the Orpheum. Not only is Jim part of the ensemble of sailors, chefs and animals, but he is also taking on understudy duties for the role of Prince Eric. The play runs Sept. 28-Oct. 1 and Oct. 5-8.

Sherman Monroe, 93, Fort Pierre, a former superintendent of the Stanley County school district, died Aug. 23 at Maryhouse. A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre, followed by burial at Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial service for Monte Curry, who passed away July 14, will be held at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Lutheran Memorial Church, followed by burial at Deep Creek Lutheran Cemetery.

A graveside service for Dan Schenk, who died Sept. 7 last year, will be held at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Riverside Cemetery.

Taylor and Bethany Brock are the parents of a daughter, Adaya June Bon Brock, who was born Aug. 22. She weighed 9 pounds and measured 21 inches. The baby girl joins brothers Tracen, 11, and Mackenzie, 2, in their family.

Andy Smith, who has been working in Europe for several years, is currently back in the States, working in Massachusetts for a few months. His brother, Steve Smith of Denver, joined him in Boston for a long weekend that included a Red Sox game.

Isaac Schulte, the oldest of the three children of Pierre native Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte and her husband, Dan, is in his fourth week at technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. The Schultes, who live in Brookings, also have Emily, a junior at Brookings High School, and Ben, an eighth grader.

Ellen (Stevens) Hosman, 71, died Aug. 25 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her funeral is being held this (Thursday) morning at 10:30 a.m. at Oahe Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Miller High School in 1971, Ellen attended Stewart School of Hair in Aberdeen and earned a degree in cosmetology there. She married Donald Hosman in 1974, and they made their home in Pierre. Ellen ran a daycare for many years. She is survived by her three children, Lance and his four children of Stickney, Brian (Amy) and their two children of Sioux Falls, and DeNeil (Glenn) and her three children of Pierre; her mother, Wanda of Mjiller; and her brothers, Mark (Karen) Stevens of Wessington Springs, Dean (Judy) Stevens of Huron, Terry (Trudy) Stevens of Miller and Neil (Sandy) Stevens of Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, her grandparents, and a sister-in-law, Deb Stevens.

The Catalyst Theater Company, a new business opened by Pierre native Rodger Hartley and his wife, Joanna Lawler, had the opening weekend of their first show last week. “The Ruby Sunrise” continues for three more weekends at their theater located on 7th Street in downtown Rapid City. Jason Knox is one of the members of the cast of this first production there.

Mark King, transportation specialist with the state Department of Transportation, was honored last week for his 40th year with the DOT.

Velda Pitlick, 86, died Aug. 24 at Highmore Healthcare Center. A memorial service was held Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Velda graduated from Highmore High School in 1957. She married Joe Pitlick in 1963, and they were married for 56 years until he passed away. Velda worked for the state for 37 years. Survivors include her siblings, Michael (Beth) Pitlick, Janet Lehmkuhl and Paul Pitlick, all of Pierre; Ken Pitlick of Newcastle, Wyo., Dave (Jane) Pitlick of Onida and Tom (Rita) Pitlick of Keystone; and a brother-in-law, Terry O’Brien of Highmore. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Milton and Lyle Patterson, her twin sister Verneal, a sister-in-law Mary Ann Pitlick and a brother-in-law Roger Lehmkuhl.

Mary Schumacher, 58, died at home Aug. 28 after a nine-year battle with breast cancer. Visitation will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 5, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. Following graveside services, there will be a reception at the Pierre Senior Center. Mary grew up in Hardin, Mont. After high school she met Keith Schumacher while working at Camp Bob Marshall in the Black Hills. They were married in 1988 and lived in Milbank. They came to Pierre in 1994. Mary operated a daycare and also worked at the South Dakota Office of Economic Development. The family moved to California where Mary earned a college bachelor’s degree in literature and writing. After the family moved back to Pierre, Mary worked as a teacher’s aide at Kennedy Elementary School and as a digital librarian at the State Library. She was did sewing work for Georgia Morse Middle School, Riggs High School, Pierre Players and the Central South Dakota Skating Club. Survivors include her husband, Keith Schumacher; her daughters, Katie Dwyer, Lexie, Grace and Libby; six grandchildren; her sisters, Dawn Hayes, Patricia Liming and Bonnie Bley; her brother, Edgar Turney, and her mother, Helen Turney.


“Look at your week ahead, all those things on your to-do list. Wipe them off; clear them away. Now look at your week. Slowly put back only that which excites you and makes you feel alive. Yes, you can do this. You are in charge.”
— Maria Shriver


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