Vol. 23, No. 6; Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

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There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings as now in October.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne


Pierre had two singles state champions at the state tournament in Rapid City this week. Kara Weiss in Flight #2 had a first-round bye, won her quarterfinal and semifinal matches, and captured her state title with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Lounsbury, Sioux Falls Christian. Jocelyn Corrales won the state crown in Flight #4. She had a first-round bye, won her quarterfinal and semifinal matches and won the championship with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Hanson, Vermillion.

In the other singles flights all of the Governor tennis players had first-round byes and won their quarterfinal matches. In Flight #1 Sydney Tedrow and in Flight #6 Caitlin Ott both won their semifinal matches before losing in the championship round. In Flight #3 Marlee Shorter and in Flight #5 Courtney Walti lost in their semifinal matches but rebounded to win their third-place matches.

The three doubles flights were still under way when this issue of the Midweek Update had to be completed and sent in late Tuesday. The Pierre team had a huge probably-insurmountable lead in the team standings on their way to the state “A” championship.


Girls soccer: The Governors ended up seeded #8 and thus had a home game Tuesday in the first round against #9 Mitchell. The winner would face the winner between #1 Harrisburg and #16 Yankton in the quarterfinal round Saturday.

Boys soccer: The Governors had to go on the road for the first round as the #11 seed to face #6 Rapid City Stevens. The winner would face the winner between #3 Sioux Falls Jefferson and #14 Harrisburg on Saturday in the quarterfinal round.

NOTE: Because we had to finish this issue of the Update early this week, the Tuesday night sports results are not included. You can find all the scores and pairings from Tuesday’s soccer first-round games at www.sdhsaa.com, then scroll down under “Fall Activities” to find “Soccer,” then click on “Girls Bracket” and “Boys Bracket.”


The strong Governors team finished as state runners-up at the state tournament in Mitchell this week. Harrisburg won the team title with a 587 score, followed by Pierre with 595, Watertown with 596, and Sioux Falls O’Gorman with 599.

Nick Bothun tied for fourth place at 70-77=147, 3 over par. Sawyer Sonnenschein and Lincoln Houska tied for 11th place. Sawyer’s scorecard showed 71-80=151 (+7), and Lincoln’s was 79-72=151 (+7). Jack Bartlett tied for 13th place with a tournament of 78-74=152 (+8). Tying for 15th place was Luke Olson, 75-78=153 (+9). Charlie Simpson had a scorecard of 91-93=184, tying for 84th place.

The individual state champion was Riley Christensen of Harrisburg at 140, 4 under par.


Schedules for the next two weeks:
Football: at Huron, 7 p.m.
Girls soccer: state quarterfinal if the team qualifies.
Boys soccer: state quarterfinal if the team qualifies.
Cheer/dance: at Mitchell invitational, 10 a.m.
Cross country: at ESD conference meet, Brookings, 11 a.m.
Girls soccer: state semifinal if the team qualifies.
Boys soccer: state semifinal if the team qualifies.
Volleyball: at Harrisburg, 7 p.m.
Cross country: at Huron invitational, 4 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at ESD conference meet, Yankton, 5 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Yankton, 7 p.m.
Football: home vs. Tea Area, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Huron, 7 p.m.

Football (6-0): Oh, what a memorable game it was last Friday in Brandon when the Governors defeated Brandon Valley out of Class 11AAA, 43-34. The Lynx raced out to a 21-0 lead, and they scored again after a Lincoln Kienholz touchdown run, so it was a 28-7 hole in which the Governors found themselves. Late in the first half momentum changed when Pierre, after a third-and-25 conversion on a Kienholz run, scored a touchdown with 13 seconds left on a three-yard TD pass to Jett Zabel. So a 28-14 halftime deficit didn’t seem all that bad, especially so early in the third period when Kienholz set sail on a 53-yard touchdown scamper that made it 28-21. Brandon Valley scored again and led seemingly safely 34-21, but after Zabel caught two Kienholz touchdown passes, Pierre found itself ahead, 35-34. The Pierre defense stepped up big time, causing a turnover on downs and then another three-and-out. In the fourth quarter a touchdown pass down the middle of the field to Jack Merkwan clinched the win when the Governors went for a two-point conversion and got it, creating a two-score, nine-point lead. As the Lynx tried to rally, Chase Carda forced a fumble, and Jayden Wiebe pounced on it. Ballgame! Kienholz passed for 335 yards and four scores and ran for 155 yards. Zabel had seven receptions for 117 yards and three TDs. Merkwan caught nine balls for 111 yards and that crucial score.

Volleyball: The Governors lost a 3-0 game to Sioux Falls O’Gorman on game scores of 24-27, 19-25, 19-25. They rebounded with a 3-0 sweep at Brandon Valley on game scores of 25-16, 27-25, 25-22. They also played Huron Tuesday.


Schedules for the next two weeks:
Volleyball: home vs. Colome, 6:30 pm.
Football: at Lemmon, 7 p.m. MDT
Cross country: at Philip invitational, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: home triangular, 1 p.m.
Volleyball: at Sully Buttes, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country: at regional meet, Chamberlain.
Volleyball: home vs. Dupree, 6:30 p.m.
Football: home vs. Faith, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Kadoka triangular, 5:30 p.m.

Football: The Buffaloes lost at Timber Lake, 22-20, in overtime.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes took Lyman down to the very last point before losing 3-2 on game scores of 26-24, 19-25, 25-27, 25-14, 16-18.


Schedules for the next two weeks:
Football: at Lyman, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Stanley County, 6:30 p.m.
Cross country: at regional meet, Gettysburg, 1 p.m.
Volleyball: at Mobridge-Pollock, 6:30 p.m.
Football: home vs. Corsica-Stickney, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: at Miller tournament.
Volleyball: home vs. Herreid-Selby Area, 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball: The Chargers lost a 3-0 game to Philip on game scores of 21-25, 15-25, 19-25. They played Timber Lake Monday and Highmore-Harrold Tuesday.


This is Day 10 of early voting with 21 business days left on which to vote early.
18 days to Oct. 24, the deadline for voter registration for the general election.
33 days to Nov. 8, Election Day.


“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
— Oscar Wilde


Badlands Sabres: Idle last week, the Sabres have a 2-4 record as they await Sheridan for home games Friday and Saturday. The Sabres go on the road for the first time Oct. 14-15 to Helena.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild stayed unbeaten in preseason games at 4-0 with a 5-2 win over Dallas and a 3-0 shutout of Chicago. The preseason continued with a game vs. St. Louis on Tuesday and continues at home Thursday vs. Chicago and Saturday vs. Dallas. The NHL regular-season openers are at home Oct. 13 vs. the New York Rangers, Oct. 15 vs. Los Angeles and Oct. 17 vs. Colorado.


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves played their first preseason game Tuesday night against Miami. Upcoming preseason games: Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers at Las Vegas; Sunday, at Los Angeles Clippers; Wednesday, at Los Angeles Lakers; Oct. 14, home vs. Brooklyn. The NBA regular-season opener is at home vs. Oklahoma City on Oct. 19.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Idle last week, the Champions Tour resumes at the Constellation tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend, followed by the SAS Championship at Cary, N.C., Oct. 14-16.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons’ once-certain playoff position is on very shaky ground after yet another loss, a 2-0 defeat at San Jose. The last game of the regular season at home Sunday vs. Vancouver is a win-or-else game so far as reaching the playoffs is concerned. The Minnesota record is 13-14-6.


1 day: Pierre Players’ “The Crucible” (Oct. 7-9, 13-15).
1 day: Baseball playoffs begin (Oct. 7).
2 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 8).
4 days: Native American Day (Oct. 10).
7 days: Riggs High fall play “Game of Tiaras” (Oct. 13-15).
9 days: State soccer championship games, Tea (Oct. 15).
9 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Oct. 15).
11 days: Riggs High choir concert (Oct. 17).
15 days: State cheer/dance tournament, Watertown (Oct. 21-22).
15 days: Rapid City Rush season opener (Oct. 21).
16 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 22).
16 days: State cross country meet, Huron (Oct. 22).
18 days: Voter registration deadline for general election (Oct. 24).
22 days: World Series begins (Oct. 28).
23 days: Lancer Day at Mount Marty (Oct. 29).
23 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 29).
23 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Sioux Falls (Oct. 29).
29 days: Bengs-Thune U.S. Senate candidates debate (Nov. 4).
31 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 6).
33 days: General election (Nov. 8).
35 days: State football championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 10-12).
42 days: State volleyball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Nov. 17-19).
46 days: Men’s World Cup, Qatar (Nov. 21-Dec. 18).
49 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24).


NFL games on local TV the next two weeks:
— Thursday, 7:15 p.m., Indianapolis at Denver, Prime Video.
— Sunday, 8:30 a.m., New York Giants vs. Green Bay (in London), NFL Network.
— Sunday, noon, Chicago at Minnesota, Fox.
— Sunday, noon, Pittsburgh at Buffalo, CBS.
— Sunday, 3:25 p.m., Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, Fox.
— Sunday, 7:20 p.m., Cincinnati at Baltimore, NBC.
— Monday, 7:15 p.m., Las Vegas at Kansas City, ESPN.
— Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:15 p.m., Washington at Chicago, Prime Video.
— Sunday, Oct. 16, noon, New England at Cleveland, CBS.
— Sunday, Oct. 16, noon, Minnesota at Miami, Fox.
— Sunday, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m., Buffalo at Kansas City, CBS.
— Sunday, Oct. 16, 7:20 p.m., Dallas at Philadelphia, NBC.
— Monday, Oct. 17, 7:15 p.m., Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games the next two weeks:
— Friday, 6 p.m., high school football, Sioux Falls Washington vs. Sioux Falls O’Gorman (MS2).
— Friday, 7 p.m., college men’s hockey, UND vs. Holy Cross.
— Saturday, 2 p.m., college football, USD vs. SDSU.
— Saturday, 5 p.m., college football, UND vs. Youngstown State (MS2).
— Saturday, 6 p.m., college men’s hockey, UND vs. Holy Cross.
— Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., college men’s hockey UND vs. Quinnipiac.
— Saturday, Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m., college football, SDSU vs. NDSU.
— Saturday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., college men’s hockey, UND vs. Quinnipiac.
— Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m., college women’s soccer, UND vs. NDSU.

Aberdeen Central High School (Justin Briese): After opening his career as head coach with an 0-3 record, Justin has seen his Golden Eagles win three in a row, including 17-0 over Watertown last week. Aberdeen hosts Brookings this week and goes to Yankton Oct. 14.

Hot Springs High School (Ben Kramer): The Bison were idle last week with their 4-2 record. They host Rapid City Christian this Friday and play at Hill City Oct. 14.

Class 11AA update:
— Last week’s scores:
Pierre 43, Brandon Valley 34.
Aberdeen Central 17, Watertown 0.
Yankton 38, Brookings 27.
Spearfish 26, Mitchell 21.
Huron 32, Douglas 14.
Tea Area 57, Sturgis 7.
— Records against 11AA teams: Pierre 5-0, Tea Area 5-0, Brookings 4-2, Yankton 4-2, Spearfish 3-2, Aberdeen Central 3-3, Huron 2-4, Sturgis 1-3, Watertown 1-4 Mitchell 1-4, Douglas 0-4.
— This week’s games:
Pierre at Huron.
Brookings at Aberdeen Central.
Douglas at St. Thomas More.
Watertown at Mitchell.
Spearfish at Tea Area.
Belle Fourche at Sturgis.
Yankton at Sioux Falls Roosevelt (Saturday).
— Oct. 14 games:
Tea Area at Pierre.
Aberdeen Central at Yankton.
Brookings at Harrisburg.
Douglas at Sturgis.
Huron at Mitchell.
Spearfish at Watertown.

Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
— Last week’s scores:
SDSU 34, Western Illinois 10.
UND 48, Missouri State 31.
Southern Illinois 19, Illinois State 14.
NDSU 27, Youngstown State 14.
Northern Iowa 20, Indiana State 14.
— Conference standings: SDSU 2-0, NDSU 2-0, Southern Illinois 2-0, Northern Iowa 2-1, UND 2-1, USD 0-1, Illinois State 0-1, Indiana State 0-1, Youngstown State 0-1, Western Illinois 0-2, Missouri State 0-2.
— This week’s games:
NDSU at Indiana State.
Southern Illinois at Missouri State.
Illinois State at Northern Iowa.
UND at Youngstown State.
— Oct. 15 games:
USD at Illinois State.
Indiana State at Youngstown State.
Western Illinois at Southern Illinois.
Dixie State (Utah) at Northern Iowa.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings, playing in London, rallied late to take the lead, saw New Orleans tie it up, then got a game-winning field goal from Greg Joseph, his fifth of the game, with 24 seconds left to win 28-25. A last-second field-goal try by the Saints to force overtime doinked off the right upright and off the crossbar and fell back to the end zone. Now 3-1, the Vikings are home vs. Chicago at noon Sunday on Fox. On Oct. 16 the Vikings play at Miami at noon.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos lost at Las Vegas, 32-23, and stand at 2-2 heading into a Thursday night game tonight against Indianapolis at 7:15 p.m. on Prime Video. On Monday, Oct. 17, the Broncos play at the Los Angeles Chargers on ESPN.


Last week Jon Boer missed only the Minnesota Gophers’ awful loss and was our 10-point winner with a 9-1 record. At 8-2 were Beth Yackley-Rinehart, David Ludwig, Thomas Voeltz and Jason Noyes. Earning eight points apiece with 7-3 marks were Kyle Richards, Dawn Magee, Nathan Vetter, Mikal Kern and Randy Pool.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Texas vs. Oklahoma (in Dallas).
(2) Texas A&M at Alabama.
(3) BYU vs. Notre Dame (in Las Vegas).
(4) USD at SDSU.
(5) Utah at UCLA.
(6) Kansas State at Iowa State.
(7) TCU at Kansas.
(8) NFL: Chicago at Minnesota.
(9) NFL: Dallas at Los Angeles Rams.
(10) NFL: Cincinnati at Baltimore.


“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.”
— Oscar Ameringer


Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers fell to an 0-6 record with a 20-12 homecoming loss to Concordia (Neb.). DWU plays at Doane Saturday and hosts Briar Cliff Oct. 15.

St. Joseph’s men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks won over Davidson, 3-1. Now 2-4-4, St. Joe’s after hosting Duquesne last night goes to UMass Saturday, to Hofstra next Tuesday, then hosts Fordham Oct. 15 and goes to Loyola (Md.) Oct. 18.

Lafayette men’s soccer (Eric Axtman): The Leopards had a pair of 1-0 games, losing to Navy and beating Bucknell. Now 7-3-1, Lafayette is home vs. Lehigh Saturday, then plays at LaSalle Tuesday and at Colgate Oct. 15.

Augustana men’s golf (Bennett Geraets): The Viking men were idle last week. They play at the USF invitational at Larchwood, Iowa, Monday and Tuesday.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): The Eagles won over Glenville State, 3-1. Now 17-2, Charleston plays at Alderson Broaddus Friday and at Notre Dame (Ohio) Saturday, then hosts Wheeling Tuesday and goes to West Liberty Oct. 14.

University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): Idle last week, the Cougar runners go this Saturday to a meet at Romeoville, Ill.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): In a battle of unbeaten 4-0 teams, the Vikings lost at home to their neighborhood rivals, USF, 31-24. It was the eighth time in 10 years that USF has won the Key to the City game. Now 4-1, Augustana goes east to Upper Iowa Saturday, then hosts Wayne State Oct. 15.

Northern football (Jacob Howard): The Wolves lost a 27-26 game at the University of Mary. Now 2-3, Northern has its homecoming game vs. Winona State Saturday, then plays at Minot State Oct. 15.

Dakota State football (Jaden Flor, Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans lost their homecoming game to Dickinson State, 27-7. DSU is now 2-3. The Trojans play at Valley City State Saturday, then host Presentation Oct. 15.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison won a conference game over Youngstown State, 27-14. Now 4-1, NDSU plays at Indiana State Saturday, then hosts SDSU Oct. 15.

Missouri Baptist football (Shawn Schnabel): MBU lost to St. Francis, 28-21, and is now 2-3. The team plays at Roosevelt University in Chicago Saturday, then goes back to Chicago Oct. 15 to play at St. Xavier.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Gallaudet outscored Keystone (Pa.), 52-44. The team is home vs. Castleton Saturday, then goes to Dean Oct. 15.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits won at home over Western Illinois, 34-10, to improve to 4-1. SDSU now faces two rivalry games—at home Saturday vs. USD and on the road at NDSU Oct. 15.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Raiders won big on homecoming over Mount Marty, 52-8. Now 4-1, Northwestern has an open date this weekend, then goes down the road to Dordt Oct. 15.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes tied Omaha, 1-1, and lst to Denver, 4-2, in Summit League action. Now 1-6-5, USD plays at Western Illinois Friday, at St. Thomas Sunday and at home vs. Kansas City Oct. 14 and Oral Roberts Oct. 16.

St. Thomas women’s soccer (Molly Knoblauch): The Tommies won at NDSU, 3-2, but lost at UND, 1-0. Now 6-3-3, St. Thomas is home vs. SDSU Friday and USD Sunday, then goes to Omaha Oct. 14 and to Denver Oct. 16.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s Yellowjackets are 5-0 after winning the Homestake Trophy against South Dakota Mines, 24-17. It is the best start for a BHSU team since 1951. BHSU plays at New Mexico Highlands this Saturday and at home vs. Western Colorado Oct. 15.


* This issue of the Update is missing the results of Tuesday night sports because I had to finish it early. There will not be any Midweek Update next week on Thursday, Oct. 13. Hopefully we will be back on schedule with weekly Updates starting Oct. 20. The reason for all of this is that I underwent prostate cancer surgery yesterday (Wednesday) and will have a recuperation period that hopefully goes well.


Thursday, Oct. 6:
Heather (Smith) Englehart, Jamie (Stokke) LeMire, Tom Merrill, Matthew Lukkes, Mike Smith, Kris Bradley, Erika (Snow) Andreas, Susan Weaver, Kristie (List) Magnino, Brynn Stoeser, Brayden Wittler.
— 4th anniversary,, Rodd/Megan (Vockrodt) Bauck.
— 15th anniversary, Eric/Jessi (Huber) Herrscher.
— 4th anniversary, Cale/Sarah (Lihs) Pell.
— 10th anniversary, Jesse/Jessica Weintraub.

Friday, Oct. 7:
Katelyn Harris, Sam Edman, Paul Bickett, Mark Bickett, Jake Johnson, Brandon Deffenbaugh, Helen Zander, Jordyn Wilson, Monae Johnson, Niki (Fergen) Rodawig, Adam Fuller, Deb Hyde, Dora (Adams) Goddard, Mikaela Knutson, Aftin (Riehle) Eich, Tony Parker, Christopher Johnson.
— Anniversary, Terry/Jane Tousley.
— 5th anniversary, Brian/Allie Long.
— 5th anniversary, Robert/Ann (Smith) Teachout.

Saturday, Oct. 8:
Cruz Hollingsworth, Ruby Delvo, John Yackley, Stephen Bollinger, Michael Zarecky, Gary Redden, Janice Beemer, Brenden Wheelhouse.
— 39th anniversary, Erik/Kathy Stasch.
— 6th anniversary, Josh/Kimberly Tetzlaff.
— 6th anniversary, Tate/Kristin Gabriel.
— 6th anniversary, John/Ashley Moisan.
— 11th anniversary, Chris/Tara (Dieken) Mangan.
— 11th anniversary, James/Courtney Lee.

Sunday, Oct. 9:
Shirley Barber, Linda Ott, Lari Ott, Jessica Asmussen, Kirsten (Stephens) Page, Torin McTighe, Quincy Christie, Melissa Stewart, Taylor Owens, Alyssa Stahl, Teresa Serie, Zachary Rabern.
— 1st anniversary, Jordan/Madison Shangreaux.
— 12th anniversary, Adam/Cassidy (Rogers) Kulesa.
— 23rd anniversary, Jake/Tania Vogel.
— 6th anniversary, Brian/Jenna Shekleton.
— 51st anniversary, Everett/Darla Lawver.

Monday, Oct. 10:
Kristen (Tate) Carter, Sharon (Hinsey) Menzel, Rebecca Hofeldt, Jared Erickson, August Smart, Jovi Jaeger, Heather Mangan, Ashley (Sargent) Crosby, Bill Dunn, Jesse Hiatt, Kaylee Becker, Tracy (Stoeser) Frost, Kade Whitebird, Avry Whitebird, Amy Thorson, Kanton Decker, Auston Buchholtz, Avery Schroer, Matthew Ahlers, Tom Rounds, Susan Johnson.
— 52nd anniversary, Wayne/Carol Carney.
— 7th anniversary, Tyrel/Tara (Undeberg) Mitchell.
— 7th anniversary, Zachery/Valerie Erickson.
— 2nd anniversary, Scott/Celeste Howard.
— 13th anniversary, Scott/Dawn (Kilian) Bradley.
— 12th anniversary, A.Jay/Lindsay (Stoeser) Heiss.
— 13th anniversary, James/Abby (Barber) Burgum.
— 23rd anniversary, Scott/Julia Jones.
— 13th anniversary, Adam/Megan (Linn) Bertsch.

Tuesday, Oct. 11:
Nicole Gednalske, Ian Farnsworth, Austin Rounds, Cheryl Frost, Grace Hoffman, Devon Russell, Patsy Kringel, Chad Lindbloom, Jared McEntaffer.
— 1st anniversary, Kirk/Virginia Albertson.
— 8th anniversary, Brad/Susan Urbach.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:
Levi Froke, Megan (Ulmen) Fravel, Dena Farlee, Jordan Hoover, Coulton Lentz, Amanda (Huck) Stoeser, Tina (Peterson) Ottenbacher, Kerri Morris, Chelsea Steffen, Sam Leidholt, Erin Brown, Laura Schoen Carbonneau, Aaron Hanson, Howard Mark Weischedel, Bennett Palmer.
— 20th anniversary, Josh/Alice Ley.
— 20th anniversary, Cory/Jessica (Evenstad) Haeder.

Thursday, Oct. 13:
Brian Oakland, Brett Oakland, Amy Sutton-Muller, Connie Holm, Peggy (Shoup) Barber, Braxtyn Mitchell, Brady Neiles, Jean Denton, Heather Kleinsasser, Jim Wedin.
— 38th anniversary, Paul/Dawn Marso.
— Anniversary, Daniel/Crystal (Byrum) Frost.
— 10th anniversary, Jordan/Maari (Sweetman) LaBrie.
— 15th anniversary, Aaron/Carin (Glover) Kietzmann.

Friday, Oct. 14:
Rene (Dilley) Stolsmark, Becky (Jungman) Diischer, Amanda Hammer, Laurel Sharp, Mandy Thomas, Adam Riley, Rachel Wegman, Glenda (Eckman) Antonovich, Jessica (Mehlhaff) Jones, Patricia Monson, Clayton LaBrie, Kelan Harris, Tyler Sutton, Jason Zeigler, Deanna Anderson, Bonnie Bradyt, Samantha Stahlecker, Kirby Shaw.
— 5th anniversary, Chris/Alana (Arnold) Schmidt.
— 4th anniversary, Jesse/April Beesley.
— 5th anniversary, Parker/Maddy (Keeler) McKittrick.

Saturday, Oct. 15:
Josh Rogers, Kay Thomas, Hope Armstrong, Anthony Rounds, Ross Anderson, Jenny (Miller) Goehring, Eric Schmidt, Charlotte Kraemer, Sophia Coolidge, Maleah Becker, Eleanor Eichstadt.
— 11th anniversary, Paul/Danielle (Ryan) Schroeder.
— 6th anniversary, Michael/Jessica Fuchs.

Sunday, Oct. 16:
Gail Eichstadt, Drew Mickelson, Monica Ortbahn, Paula Barber, Charlie Moore, Andrew Durbin, Piper Goodman, Josh Vogt, Paul Sowers, Mike Adams, Andersen Jastorff-Gillies, Brandi Burton, Lincoln James, Margaret Ellefson, Evan Lee, Serena (Douglas) Thomas.
— 18th anniversary, Mitch/Christina (DeYonge) Riley.
— 68th anniversary, Art/Mary Rezac.

Monday, Oct. 17:
George Rapp, Alex Lauseng, Josh Nebelsick, Jennifer Steece, Benjamin Weingart, Oliver Nebelsick, Gunnar Gates, Marlow Parsons.

Tuesday, Oct. 18:
Tasha Unkenholz, Misty Scott, Ryan Fromm, Mark Swenson, Tammy Withers, Aubrey (Hunt) Stofferahn, Troy Heien, Sue Schaefer, Mackenzie Burger, Michael Putnam, John Burchill III, Sharon (Harkless) Metzinger, Maxwell Pool.
— 47th anniversary, Gary/Kathy Sarvis.
— 8th anniversary, Wayne/Vanessa (Kinkler) Yackley.

Wednesday, Oct. 19:
Jolynn Riis, Archer Edelen, Franklin Hansen, Hilary (Woodburn) Hunt, Carrie (Gerber) Norman, Brian Timp, Mary Jean Lomheim, Lydia Nuttall, Connor Berg, Carol Heintz.
— 10th anniversary, Greg/Kayla (Petersen) Barringer.
— We fondly remember Jack Unkenholz, who passed away 13 years ago today.

Thursday, Oct. 20:
Gerry Cass, Shelley Erickson, Brittany (Bailey) Jarecke, Jon Dravland, Lois Welch, Betty Morford, Vance Thielen, Carter Ahlers, Austin Voller, Bill Lytle, Deb (Kern) Workman, Lisa Heffernan, Emerson Jules Antholz, Kevin Tiger, Carisa (Rathbun) Marshall, Rohini Knudson.
— 10th anniversary, Josh/Stacie (Ries) Swanstrom.


Joe and Steph (Colwill) Harmon have moved from Spearfish, where they have lived for many years, to Pierre. Joe is now the supervisor for the deputy U.S. marshal’s office, and Steph is working at the Supreme Court. Their daughter, Ryleigh, is a senior at Riggs High School.

The Riggs High fall play, “Game of Tiaras,” will be performed at 7 p.m. next weekend—Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14-15.

Mary Ashley, 70, died Sept. 25 at Avantara in Pierre. A celebration of her life will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fort Pierre at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The daughter of Vernon and Rose Ashley attended school at Crow Creek and at Standing Rock in Fort Yates, N.D., before the family came to Pierre. She graduated from Riggs High School in 1970. Mary attended South Dakota State, BYU, Dakota Wesleyan and Nebraska-Lincoln, earning a degree in interior design. She worked for child support services in Lincoln, then came home to help care for her father while working with wildlife rehabilitation, as an art teacher in the schools and in retail sales. She was an organist and filled other responsibilities at St. Peter’s. Survivors include her siblings, John, Wallace, James and Joe Ashley; 14 nephews and nieces and 21 great-nephews and nieces. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Bob, sister Jenna, and niece Sayra.

Onida native Deidre Lamb and her fiancé, Alex Perkins, originally from Sioux Falls, were married Oct. 1. They live in Spooner, Wis., where Deidre is a medical lab scientist and Alex is a retail sales manager for Prime Communications in Duluth, Minn.

Riggs High senior Jonathan Lyons announced he has signed a letter of intent to attend Dakota Wesleyan University and play baseball there for the Tigers.

Hallie Getz and James Willey are engaged and planning a wedding for next June 10.

Naomi Kay Boe, 83, died Sept. 22 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. Her funeral took place Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. She came to South Dakota with her family in 1952 and graduated from Presho High School. She married Ronald Boe, and they moved to Pierre in 1954. She is survived by her children, Steve (Nancy) Boe, Shari (Kurt) Grimsgaard and Severin Boe; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Class of 1973 of Riggs High School has scheduled the dates for its 50-year reunion next year. They will assemble Sept. 8, 2023, at the American Legion and Sept. 9 at Drifters. For information contact Dale Luckhurst at dluckhurst@pie.midco.net.

Jarret Ripperger, son of Jeremy and Penny Ripperger of Dousman, Wis., has graduated from basic training as he prepares to join the Wisconsin Air National Guard of which his mother is already a long-time member. He officially became an airman at a coining ceremony where he received the Air Force coin. Jarrett next goes to San Antonio and then Florida for five months of tech school after which he should be home by March. He plans to enroll next fall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Jay Vogt is now a member of the board of directors of the Crazy Horse Foundation.

At a special meeting of the Sully Buttes school board last Thursday, Mark Senftner, who has suffered with health issues for the past few years, resigned from his teaching and coaching positions. Susie Rilling, who has been Senftner’s assistant coach, has taken over the head coaching duties of the girls basketball team. Mark’s son, Scott, will teach his physical education classes. Mark and his wife, Lynn, have been in the Sully Buttes district as teachers for 17 years after previous teaching tenures at Roscoe, Gregory and Timber Lake. Senftner’s football teams qualified for their state championship games at the DakotaDome four times, and his girls basketball teams won the state championship four times. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio News)

Saturday, Oct. 8, is wedding day for Steven Schaefer, younger son of Troy and Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer of Rapid City, and his fiancée, Anna Sykora.

Donald Frazier, 78, Omaha, Neb., died there Sept. 25. A wake service took place Monday at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Inurnment will be at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery. He graduated from Riggs High School in 1962 and served with the U.S. Army between 1965 and 1967, including a tour in South Korea. He married Janet Baumberger in 1968, and they lived in Aberdeen where he graduated from Northern State College. He married Janet Maciejewski in 1981, and they were together for 26 years until her death in 2008. Donald married Cheryl Conn, and they lived in Omaha during the last several years of his life. He worked in sales most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; his sons, Gary Frazier of Encampment, Wyo., Shane (Michelle) Frazier of Milwaukee and Kevin Frazier of Nashville; two stepsons, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The elm restaurant in New Canaan, Conn., where Luke Venner is head chef, has been nominated as Restaurant of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association. The winner will be announced Dec. 5.

Mary DeVany of the Rotary Club of Sioux Falls South was presented the Governor’s Award for Rotarian of the Quarter by district governor John Schneider for her dedication as a Rotarian and as an assistant governor to Rotary District 5610. She has been a resource person for several clubs in the district.

Tom Johnson and his wife, Parker, are the parents of a daughter, Noma, who is 3 months old now. The Johnsons live in Minneapolis.

Robert Huckins, 97, died at home in Pierre Sept. 24. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Feigum Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. this Friday at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Interment will take place at 2:30 p.m. MDT Friday at Black Hills National Cemetery. He was the seventh of nine children who grew up on a family farm north of Hay Springs, Neb., and graduated from high school at Clinton, Neb. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a radiosonde operator and was proficient in all forms of coding. He later joined the U.S. Air Force/Army Reserves during the Korean War. In 2019 he was honored as a 75-year member of the American Legion. Bob worked as a surveyor, and while working in the Dupree area, he met Beverly Lawrence. They were married in 1951 and raised seven children. Bob studied at Chadron State. After marriage the Huckinses lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he earned a B.A. degree in business education with minors in chemistry and mathematics at Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa). In 1962 he earned a M.A. in counseling and guidance at UNI. Later in life he did graduate study at SDSU, Harvard and the University of Arizona. Bob worked as a teacher/principal at Dupree, then went to Todd County where he was the first guidance counselor in the state. He also established the first classroom for special needs children in South Dakota. The Huckins family moved in 1963 to Pierre where he became the director of pupil personnel services for the state. He later was a director/psychologist for the Aberdeen Area Special Education Unit, providing service to 15 Native American tribes in the Dakotas. He later went into private practice as a school psychologist and education consultant to reservation schools. Bob is survived by a sister, Violet Coon; his children, Ellen (Lonnie) Landrum, Scott (Pam) Huckins, Kathy (Charlie) Schock, Brian Huckins, Marc Huckins, Kent Huckns, and Mary (Robb Heaton) Huckins; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Beverly Huckins; his parents, a sister and six brothers.

Tyler and Jill Merriam of Brookings are the parents of a second son, Wyatt, who was born about two months prematurely last week, weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces. As of Monday, his dad said the little guy is doing amazingly well. Tyler and Jill are expecting Wyatt to remain hospitalized until his due date, which won’t happen until late December. The Merriams already have another son, Joe, at home.

Mary (Zebroski) Rawstern of Onida passed away early this week. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Onida. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sully Buttes High School gym.

Pierre natives Andrew and Jamie (Gannaway) Heymans now live in Port Orchard, Wash., across the bay from Seattle. They have been there since December 2020, leaving Rapid City because Andrew took a new job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also retired from the South Dakota Army National Guard after 20 years of service. Jamie is now a stay-at-home mom after working for Monument Health while in Rapid City. The Heymans have three daughters—Abbie, 10; Maggie, 6; Ellie, 2—and a son, Ben, 6 months.

A celebration of the life of Sandra (Sandy) Spencer, who passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 75, was held Tuesday at the Elks country club in Rapid City. Sandy graduated from high school at Lane, S.D., in 1946. She and Gary Garrett were married briefly and became parents of a daughter, Michelle. Sandy returned to South Dakota to her home area and lived with her sister in Wessington Springs. She married Dennis Spencer in 1968. He adopted Michelle, and they had a son, Darren, in 1970. In 1973 the family moved to Pierre where Dennis and Sandy co-founded Oahe Lodge on the Missouri River. Sandy opened a dance studio in Pierre and operated it and taught dance for more than 30 years to hundreds of students. In 1997 the Spencers gained custody of their granddaughter, Meghyn, and raised her as their own child. In 2000 the Spencers moved to Rapid City. Sandy worked as a realtor until 2015. She is survived by her son, Darren Spencer of Minneapolis; her granddaughter whom she raised, Meghyn (Jarrod) Cabot, and great-granddaughter, Ameliya, of Summerset; her sister, LeAnn Peck of Hillsboro, Ore.; her stepsister, Kathy Uecker of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four grandchildren, 10 more great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband; her parents and stepmother; her daughter, Michelle, and three siblings, Duewain Kringen, Denny Kringen and Verda Flannery.

The 50th wedding anniversary of Dan and Jeanne (Hall) McComsey of Onida will be celebrated at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Phoenix Center in Onida.


Friendship is indeed a superpower. We all are capable of possessing it. We all are capable of reaching out and touching another human being with our words, actions and deeds. Because right now, someone has lost their home. Someone has just suffered a breakup. Someone is hurting. Right now. Be the difference. Your power is vast, and it’s within. Use it.
— Maria Shriver


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