Vol. 23, No. 7; Thursday, October 20, 2022

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“We live in a great state. Its blessings outweigh its problems. Its future will be determined by the actions of ordinary citizens like you and me.”
— Former Governor Harvey Wollman at his South Dakota Hall of Fame induction


URGENT!!! The deadline for registering to vote in the general election or for changing one’s present registration is only four days away—Monday, Oct. 24.

There are seven business days remaining on which to vote early at your county auditor’s office. That voting ends on Monday, Nov. 7, the day before the election.

19 days to Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.


The bad news is nothing lasts forever. The good news is nothing lasts forever.
— J. Cole


The three 9-man classes and Class 11B all begin the playoffs tonight (Thursday). The 11AAA, 11AA and 11A classes begin with their quarterfinals next Thursday, Oct. 27.

Class 11AA: These schools have a final regular-season game tonight, so things could change a bit. If the playoffs were to begin today, #1 Pierre would host #8 Spearfish, #5 Brookings would be at #4 Yankton, #7 Watertown would play at #2 Tea Area, and #6 Sturgis would go to #3 Aberdeen Central. Missing out on the playoffs would be Mitchell, Huron and Douglas.

Class 9AA: Stanley County squeaked into the playoffs as the #16 seed and has to play at #1 Wall in the first round tonight. The winner of that game will play either #8 Bon Homme or #9 Ipswich in the Oct. 27 quarterfinals. The semifinals are Nov. 4.

Class 9B: Sully Buttes earned the #4 seed in this class and will host #13 Potter County in Onida tonight. The winner will play either #5 Corsica-Stickney or #12 Irene-Wakonda.


Class A girls: Tea Area 1, West Central 0.
Class A boys: Sioux Falls Christian 2, St. Thomas More 0.
Class AA girls: Harrisburg 2, Aberdeen Central 1.
Class AA boys: Rapid City Stevens 4, Sioux Falls Lincoln 1.


Girls soccer: In the first round of the playoffs the Governors defeated Mitchell, 3-2, in overtime. Ellie Hughes and Bria Sargent scored Pierre goals in regulation time, then Jasmine Jost found the net with 12:47 left in O.T. for the victory. In the quarterfinals Pierre was tied with Harrisburg at halftime, 1-1, but lost 4-1. Sargent scored the Pierre goal on a penalty kick. Ireland Templeton made eight saves. The season ended with a record of 9-5-1.

Football: Deegan Houska recovered a fumble on the game’s first play to set up a two-play touchdown drive, and it was all downhill for the Governors after that in Huron in a 59-7 Pierre win. On a nine-yard TD pass from Lincoln Kienholz to Brecken Krueger, Kienholz became the new all-time South Dakota career passing yardage leader. Pierre led 21-7, which became 28-7 at halftime on an 88-yard Kienholz run for a score. The defense forced three fumbles, Trey Lewis had a scoop-and-score touchdown, Jack Mayer made two interceptions, and Spencer Easland scored on a 40-yard pick-six.

Boys soccer: In the first round of the playoffs the Governors lost to Rapid City Stevens, 3-1, falling to a team that went on to the state championship game. Rylan Derry scored the Pierre goal off a free kick, tying the score at 1-1 at halftime. The season ended with a best-ever record of 7-5-2.

Girls tennis: In the doubles at the state tournament Kara Weiss and Sydney Tedrow in Flight #1 were the champions. The same is true of the Flight 3 doubles tandem of Caitlin Ott and Jocelyn Corrales. The #2 team of Marlee Shorter and Courtney Walti placed third. In the team standings the Governor girls won the state “A” championship with a 466 score, ahead of St. Thomas More at 397 and Sioux Falls Christian at 383.

This week’s schedules:
Football: at Douglas (in Box Elder), 6 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at state tournament, Watertown, 11 a.m.
Cross country: at state meet, Huron, noon.
Volleyball: home vs. Aberdeen Central, 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball: at Brookings, 7 p.m.

Football: In a game that became an instant classic, the Governors escaped fellow unbeaten Tea Area, 35-30, at home. A frantic fourth quarter began with Tea in the lead, 24-21. After the Pierre defense forced a punt at midfield, the Governors retook the lead when Lincoln Kienholz connected with Jayden Wiebe on a 20-yard TD pass play with 8:36 left, and Pierre led, 28-24. Tea started a drive on its own 42, but when trying to convert on fourth-and-2 at the 18-yard line, the Pierre defense stiffened with 4:09 left. An adventuresome Governor drive saw Pierre lose yardage on a high snap, but they answered immediately with a 12-yard pass to Brock Moser for a first down at the 46. Kienholz sprang through an opening and set sail on a 53-yard run for a 35-24 lead with 1:52. Pierre was home free, it appeared. The Titans scored a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining. They failed in a two-point conversion try, so still trailed 35-30. However, Tea recovered an onsides kick with nine seconds left. On first down at the 49, Tea gained six yards on a pass. At 0:03 on the game’s final play a Hail-Mary heave into the end zone was tapped into the air, and it fell into the arms of Kienholz for an interception, saving the game for Pierre. Early in the game Pierre went up 7-0 on a 50-yard TD play between Kienholz and Brecken Krueger. After Tea tied it at 7-7 on the first play of the second period, the Govs went ahead 14-7 on a six-yard pass between Kienholz and Jack Merkwan. Tea tied it again at 14-14, then Pierre went ahead on Kienholz’s 72-yard run, 21-14. A 49-yard Tea field goal with 0:02 to go in the half made it 21-27. Tea went ahead for the first time at 24-21 early in the third period on an 8-yard pass. A long Pierre possession used up most of the third quarter but ended when a field goal try was missed, setting the stage for the fourth period’s dramatics. Seven different men caught passes from Kienholz, who passed and rushed for more than 200 yards. Gavin Stotts had 17 tackles.

Cheer/dance: At the ESD conference meet the Pierre dance team placed fifth overall, taking fifth in hip hop and third in pom.

Boys cross country: The Governors placed fifth at the ESD conference meet where Yankton was the boys’ champion. Jared Lutmer placed second in 16;20.44 for Pierre’s highest finish. Others: Caleb Morris 14th, 17:21.98. Mason Dell 25th, 17:52.46. Haeden Wheelhouse 33rd, 18:12.71. Brady Gere 34th, 18:14.46. Mason Ward-Zeller 41st, 18:37.14. Tayshaun Agard 43rd, 18:44.11. Ian Rounds 48th, 18:51.26. Alex Oedekoven 51st, 18:55.81. Jayden Brandt 54th, 18:58.56.

Girls cross country: Pierre girls placed fourth at the ESd conference meet, which was won by Brandon Valley. Devyn Van Roekel in seventh in 20:17.68 was Pierre’s best finisher. Others: Mason Berg 16th, 20:43.04. Harper Shaffer 22nd, 21:01.27. Lennix DuPris 33r, 21:31.93. Charlee Williams-Smith 43rd, 22:08.74. Jazzlyn Rombough 51st, 22:33.12. Gwen Richter 52nd, 22:33.64. Avery Lisburg 54th, 22:47.50. Ava Johnson 55th, 22:50.95. Autumn Iverson 57th, 23:02.45.

Cross country: At the Huron meet the Governor boys were second and the girls were second. In the boys’ race Jared Lutmer placed second in 17:22.96 with Caleb Morris next at eighth in 17:47.78. In the girls’ race Devyn Van Roekel placed third in 20:47.68. Next best for Pierre was Mason Berg in 10th in 21:23.84.

Soccer: Rylan Derry of the Governors’ boys soccer team was named a first-team All-Stater when the Class “AA” honorees were announced this week. Ryann Barry of the girls team was a second-team All-State honoree.

Volleyball: The Governors lost to Harrisburg, 3-0, on game scores of 21-25, 23-25, 20-25. Pierre swept Yankton, 3-0, on game scores of 25-11, 25-16, 25-22, led by Ayvrie Kaiser with 10 kills, Reese Terwilliger with eight kills and four service aces, Lily Sanchez with four kills and Makenna Schlekeway with four kills. Pierre defeated Huron, 3-0, on game scores of 25-14, 25-19, 25-19.


This week’s schedule:
Football: at Wall in first round of playoffs.
Cross country: at state meet, Huron, noon.

Football: The Buffaloes won at Lemmon-McIntosh, 34-14, then lost to Faith, 42-16. SCHS begins the playoffs as the #16 seed playing at #1 seed Wall tonight (Thursday).

Volleyball: The Buffaloes ended their regular season with a record of 13-12 and now await the postseason beginning the week after next. SCHS swept Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 3-0; beat Todd County, 3-0; lost to Sully Buttes, 3-1; beat Dupree, 3-2; lost to Kadoka, 3-0, and beat New Underwood, 3-2.


This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. Potter County in first round of playoffs.
Volleyball: at Hitchcock-Tulare (in Tulare), 6 p.m.
Cross country: at state meet, Huron, noon.

Football: The Chargers lost to Lyman, 32-8, then won over Corsica-Stickney, 32-14, after leading 20-0 at halftime. Landon Hepker passed for 116 yards, completing eight of 16 throws, and Thomas Farries scored two touchdowns. Sully Buttes begins the playoffs at home tonight vs. Potter County.

Volleyball: The Charger girls defeated Stanley County, 3-1; lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 3-0; defeated Takini, 2-0; lost to Miller, 2-0; lost to Sioux Falls Lutheran, 2-1, and lost to Herreid/Selby Area, 3-1.


1 day: State cheer/dance meet, Watertown (Oct. 21-22).
1 day: Rapid City Rush season opener (Oct. 21).
2 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 22).
2 days: State cross country meet, Huron (Oct. 22).
4 days: Voter registration deadline for general election (Oct. 24).
4 days: Riggs High band concert (Oct. 24).
5 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Oct. 25).
8 days: World Series begins (Oct. 28).
9 days: Lancer Day at Mount Marty (Oct. 29).
9 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 29).
9 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Sioux Falls (Oct. 29).
15 days: Bengs-Thune senatorial candidates debate (Nov. 4).
17 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 6).
19 days: Election Day (Nov. 8).
21 days: State football championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 10-12).
28 days: State volleyball tournaments, Sioux Falls (Nov. 17-19).
32 days: Men’s soccer World Cup, Qatar (Nov. 21-Dec. 18).
35 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24).


University of Sioux Falls cross country (Jessica Lutmer): At a meet in Romeoville, Ill., Jessica placed 49th in 23:06.89. The Cougars’ next meet is Saturday at the Mount Marty invitational in Yankton.

Augustana men’s golf (Bennett Geraets): The Vikings placed fourth at the USF invitational with a 623 team score. Bennett tied for 17th place with a 74-83=157. The fall season ends Monday and Tuesday at The Tulsa Cup in Oklahoma.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers won for the first time this fall over Briar Cliff, 31-24, after losing to Doane, 16-13, the previous week. Now 1-7, DWU is home vs. Midland at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Lafayette men’s soccer (Eric Axtman): The Leopards lost to Lehigh, 1-0; beat LaSalle, 3-1, and tied Colgate, 1-1. Now 8-4-2, Lafayette is home Saturday vs. Loyola (Md.) and Tuesday vs. Hofstra.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Gallaudet defeated Castleton, 20-7, and Dean, 26-23, to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in their league. The team’s homecoming game is Saturday vs. Maritime (N.Y.)

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits played a terrific second half to shut down #1 North Dakota State and beat the Bison for the third straight time and the second straight time in Fargo, 23-21. SDSU defeated USD, 28-3, the previous week. Now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the MVFC, SDSU has another tough road opponent in UND in Grand Forks Saturday on Midco Sports Network.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): Idle the previous week, the Raiders shut out neighboring Dordt, 23-0, Saturday to improve to 5-1. Northwestern goes to Doane Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): After opening the season with five straight wins, the Yellowjackets lost the last two weeks by a total of three points, falling to New Mexico Highlands, 30-28, and to Western Colorado, 28-27. BHSU plays at Colorado Mines Saturday, taking down a 5-2 record overall and 3-2 in the RMAC.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings defeated Upper Iowa, 31-14, and edged Wayne State, 31-27. In the latter game Jett had one assisted tackle, sharing a tackle-for-loss of one yard. Colton also had one assisted tackle. Now 6-1, Augie is home vs. Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday.

Northern State football (Jacob Howard): The Wolves defeated Winona State, 42-21, and beat Minot State, 38-10. Now 4-3, NSU is home vs. Concordia-St. Paul at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota State football (Nathan Cook, Jaden Flor, Collin Brueggeman): The Trojans defeated Valley City State, 31-17, and lost to Presentation, 21-19. Now 3-4, DSU goes to Mayville State Saturday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison, after beating Indiana State, 31-26, lost to SDSU, 23-21, in a battle of the #1 and #2 teams in the entire FCS. Now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the MVFC, the Bison have a bye this week, then host Illinois State at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Missouri Baptist football (Shawn Schnabel): MBU lost to Roosevelt (Ill.), 41-3, and lost to St. Xavier (Ill.), 31-13. Now 2-5, Missouri Baptist plays at Olivet Nazarene Saturday.

St. Thomas women’s soccer (Molly Knoblauch): The Tommies are on a five-game losing streak, most recently falling at the hands of SDSU, 3-1; USD, 2-1, Omaha, 1-0, and Denver, 4-1. Now 6-7-3, St. Thomas plays at Western Illinois Sunday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Joana Zanin, Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes defeated Western Illinois, 3-2. In a 2-1 win over St. Thomas, Joana’s penalty kick goal at 76:24 tied the game at 1-1. USD after a 1-0 loss to Kansas City won Sunday over Oral Roberts, 2-1. Joana scored the game-winning goal at 73:18, her fifth of the season. USD plays at NDSU Friday and at UND Sunday.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): The team just keeps winning. Most recently their wins have been 3-1 wins over Alderson Broaddus, Notre Dame (Ohio), Wheeling and West Liberty. Charleston is home Friday vs. Frostburg State and Saturday vs. Fairmont State, then goes to Davis & Elkins Tuesday.

St. Joseph’s men’s soccer (John Axtman): The Hawks tied Duquesne and UMass in 0-0 games, lost to Hofstra 4-0, tied Fordham 1-1 and tied Loyola (Md.) 0-0. Now 2-5-8, St. Joe’s is home Saturday vs. St. Bonaventure.


“This is a question of accountability to the American people. He is required to answer for his actions. He’s required to answer to those police officers who put their lives and bodies on the line to defend our democracy. He’s required to answer to those millions of Americans whose votes he wanted to throw out as part of his scheme to remain in power.”
— U.S. Rep. Bennie Williams, chair of the House committee investing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol


Rapid City Rush: The Rush season opens on the road at Utah Friday and Saturday. The home openers are Oct. 28-29 vs. Kansas City.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings are now 2-3 for the new season after splitting a pair in Austin, losing 2-1 in a shootout and winning 5-3. Aberdeen plays at Minot Friday and Saturday.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Stampede lost a 3-1 game to Fargo Saturday. Now 3-2-1, Sioux Falls is home vs. Waterloo Friday and Sioux City Saturday.

Badlands Sabres: The Sabres are now on a six-game losing streak, falling most recently to Sheridan, 7-2 and 8-4 and to Helena, 6-0 and 3-2 in overtime. Badlands is home Friday and Saturday vs. Butte.

Minnesota Wild: The regular season could not have begun much worse for the Wild than it has with a 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers, a 7-6 loss to Los Angeles and a 6-3 loss to Colorado. After allowing 20 goals in three games, Minnesota will be home vs. Vancouver Thursday, then on an eastern road trip beginning at Boston Saturday and at Montreal Tuesday.


Minnesota United FC: In their last regular-season game the Loons drew a record crowd of 19,941 to Allianz Field, and they helped Minnesota whip Vancouver, 2-0, putting the Loons into the MLS playoffs for the fourth straight year. That playoff run ended in the worst possible way Monday night. Minnesota and Dallas were tied 1-1 after regulation time and all the way through overtime. That meant penalty kicks, and Dallas advanced in the playoffs by a 5-4 margin of successful PKs, ending the Loons’ season.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The new season in the NBA’s G-League for the Skyforce begins Nov. 5-6 at Iowa.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Rudy Gobert scored 23 points and D’Angelo Russell 20 last night as the Wolves opened the NBA regular season with a 115-108 home win over Oklahoma City. During the preseason the Wolves went 4-1. Minnesota is home vs. Utah Friday, at Oklahoma City Sunday, home vs. San Antonio Monday and at San Antonio next Wednesday.


Oahe Zap: Get used to that new team name! Oahe Zap will be a summer collegiate baseball league team in Pierre this summer, replacing the Pierre Trappers team, which folded along with the Expedition League. The league in which the Zap will play will be announced soon.


PGA Champions Tour (Tom Byrum): Tom did not play in the events at Jacksonville two weeks ago and at Cary, N.C., last weekend. Next on the Champions Tour schedule is the Dominion Energy Classic at Richmond, Va., Friday through Sunday.


  • We’re back to the every-Thursday schedule of The Midweek Update, for now at least. I had my prostate cancer surgery on Oct. 5, then spent 10 nights under the good care of nurse daughter Holly at her house before coming home this past weekend. All those tubes were removed a week after surgery, and the pathology report revealed that the lymph nodes, which were removed along with the prostate itself during surgery, proved to be negative so far as spreading cancer was concerned. So things are good as we move forward with regular checkups on the horizon. Thank you to each and every one of you who left a Facebook message, called or sent a card. It is still taking my body time to get back to its usual routine. I learned that patience is not one of my strong points. I want to be well and back to 100% NOW, not in a few days. I also learned that my pain threshold is quite low. But I’m OK and back to normal activities.
  • Those of us who are in our 80s are no longer surprised when our contemporaries pass away. It is expected once we get to be this old. However, the news of the passing of former Gov. Harvey Wollman was a bit of sad news this week. Harvey and his wife, the former Ann Geigle, were both students at Huron College when I was there in the late 1950s, and they and I were in Grover Brown’s Huron College Choir at the same time. Both of them were magnificent soloists with beautiful singing voices. We had just moved to Pierre for the very first time then in 1978 after I left teaching in Onida and had just begun my first tenure at the Capital Journal. Our first home in Pierre was on Adams just south of Riggs High School and only a couple blocks from the old governor’s mansion. I well remember one evening when we and other couples familiar to the Wollmans were invited to the mansion as dinner guests. They were beautiful down-to-earth people.


“I’d like to be remembered as somebody who entertained, who took one out of oneself, for a few minutes, a few hours, transported you into a different venue, gave you relief, gave you entertainment and gave you joy and laughter and tears, all those things. I would like to be remembered as somebody who was capable of doing that.”
— Angela Lansbury (1925-2022)


NFL games live on local TV this weekend:
— Thursday, New Orleans at Arizona, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
— Sunday, Green Bay at Washington, noon, Fox.
— Sunday, Kansas City at San Francisco, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
— Sunday, New York Jets at Denver, 3:05 pm., CBS.
— Sunday, Pittsburgh at Miami, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
— Monday, Chicago at New England, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games this weekend:
— Thursday, high school football, Bismarck St. Mary’s vs. Fargo Shanley, 6 p.m. (MS2).
— Thursday, college volleyball, UND vs. St. Thomas, 7 p.m.
— Friday, college women’s soccer, SDSU vs. UND, 3 p.m.
— Saturday, college football, USD vs. Southern Illinois, 2 p.m. (MS2).
— Saturday, college football, SDSU vs. UND, 3 p.m.
— Sunday, college women’s soccer, USD vs. UND, 1 p.m.

Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
— Oct. 8 scores:
SDSU 28, USD 3.
NDSU 31, Indiana State 26.
Southern Illinois 38, Missouri State 21.
Illinois State 23, Northern Iowa 21.
UND 35, Youngstown State 30.
— Oct. 15 scores:
Illinois State 12, USD 10.
SDSU 23, NDSU 21.
Southern Illinois 30, Western Illinois 7.
Northern Iowa 41, Utah Tech 14.
Youngstown State 48, Indiana State 42.
— Conference standings: SDSU 4-0, Southern Illinois 4-0, NDSU 3-1, UND 3-1, Illinois State 2-1, Northern Iowa 2-2, Youngstown State 1-2, USD 0-3, Indiana State 0-3, Missouri State 0-3, Western Illinois 0-3.
— This week’s games:
Southern Illinois at USD.
Missouri State at Northern Iowa.
Youngstown State at Western Illinois.
Illinois State at Indiana State.

Class 11AA update:
— Oct. 7-8 scores:
Pierre 59, Huron 7.
St. Thomas More 21, Douglas 8.
Tea Area 49, Spearfish 0.
Aberdeen Central 20, Brookings 3.
Watertown 24, Mitchell 14.
Sturgis 49, Belle Fourche 14.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt 34, Yankton 29.
— Oct. 14-15 scores:
Pierre 35, Tea Area 30.
Aberdeen Central 29, Yankton 7.
Sturgis 27, Douglas 0.
Watertown 26, Spearfish 7.
Harrisburg 41, Brookings 7.
Mitchell 21, Huron 14.
— Records against 11AA teams: Pierre 7-0, Tea Area 6-1, Aberdeen Central 5-3, Yankton 4-3, Brookings 4-3, Spearfish 3-4, Watertown 3-4, Sturgis 2-3, Mitchell 2-5, Huron 2-6, Douglas 0-5.
— This week’s games:
Pierre at Douglas.
Mitchell at Brookings.
Sioux Falls Lincoln at Aberdeen Central.
Huron at Yankton.
Sturgis at Spearfish.
Tea Area at Watertown.

Aberdeen Central High School (Justin Briese): Justin’s team will likely be the #3 seed in Class 11AA. The Eagles in the last two weeks have beaten Brookings, 20-3, and Yankton 29-7. They host Sioux Falls LIncoln in the regular-season finale tonight.

Hot Springs High School (Ben Kramer): Coach Ben’s Bison won by 42-0 over both Rapid City Christian and Hill City and take a 6-2 record into the playoffs as the #7 seed. They host #10 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan tonight. The winner of that game will play either #2 Aberdeen Roncalli or #15 Mobridge-Pollock next week in the quarterfinals.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have followed their London win over the Saints with wins over Chicago, 29-22, and Miami, 24-16, and are now 5-1. This is the Vikings’ bye week. Their next game is at home vs. Arizona Oct. 30 at noon on Fox.

Denver Broncos: Denver has fallen to 2-4 after two poor games, a 12-9 loss to Indianapolis and a 19-16 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Denver is home vs. the New York Jets Sunday at 3:05.


Contest #8 results: For games of the weekend of Oct. 8-9, Eric James and Seb Axtman went 8-2 for 10 points. At 7-3 for nine points were Kyle Richards, Nathan Vetter, Dawn Magee, Randy Pool, Beth Rinehart-Yackley and Debra Bollinger. At 6-4 for eight points each were Brad Cruse, Jason Noyes and Levi Neuharth.

Contest #9 results: It was a struggle for contestants with several major upsets occurring, but Kyle Richards and Nathan Vetter had 7-3 records for 10 points each. At 6-4 for 9 points each were Jason Noyes, Brad Cruse and Eric Lusk. At 5-5 for 8 points each were Eric James and David Ludwig.

Contest #10 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Texas at Oklahoma State.
(2) Mississippi at LSU.
(3) SDSU at UND.
(4) Syracuse at Clemson.
(5) Montana at Sacramento State.
(6) Weber State at Montana State.
(7) NFL: Tampa Bay at Carolina.
(8) NFL: Pittsburgh at Miami.
(9) NFL: New York Giants at Jacksonville.
(10) NFL: Kansas City at San Francisco.


“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”
— Charles Dickens


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

Friday, Oct. 21:
Nick Hodgin, Shirley Schnabel, Chris Bondy, Jonathan Bell, Jen (Neuhauser) Tschetter, Stephen Williamson, Susan Colleran, Corey Carr, Marcia (Davis) Kozel.
— 5th anniversary, Cody/Brook (Jennings) Hutchison.

Saturday, Oct. 22:
Tessa Beyer, Corie Oliva, Chris Mullett, Paisley Bramblee, Joni (Haugen) Sengos, Dan Snyder, Pat Anderson, Garrett Gordon, Carey Smalley, Joy (Peck) Colson, Lincoln Englehart, Gwen Smith, Alexa Berg.
— 17th anniversary, Bobby/Katrina Duncan.
— 11th anniversary, Justin/Somer (LaRosh) Garrigan.

Sunday, Oct. 23:
Michelle Van Camp, Seth Hoffman, Cassandra Jones, Theresa (Frick) Jones, Ssie Fuller, Celia Costello, Eileen Kramer.
— 7th anniversary, Travis/Vera (Van Winkle) Tipton.
— 45th anniversary, Ted/Sheryl Hall.

Monday, Oct. 24:
Jacob Beastrom, Carletta Zebroski, Austin Lentsch, Mike Rounds, Minnie Budmayr, Beau Salmonson, Craig McTighe.
— 24th anniversary, Dan/Brooke (Severson) Lusk.
— 2nd anniversary, Brian/Lacy (Nielsen) Fike.
— 19th anniversary, Lannie/Danielle Ballweg.

Tuesday, Oct. 25:
Jami Neumiller, Brent Sogaard, Trevor Fisher, Todd Madden, Maxine Blasdell, Diane Kafka, Josh Graves, Stephanie Strang, Emily Weber, Kelly Meagher-Pitlick, Tom Ripley, Pat Powers, David Reiss, Sandra (Kern) Mollman, Sullivan Vogel.
— 19th anniversary, Lance/Stacy Hosman.

Wednesday, Oct. 26:
Miles Schock, Shannigan Heckenlaible, Madyson Hammell, Josh Gilkerson, Tifaine Thompson.
— 19th anniversary, Matt/Stephanie (Hull) Joens.

Thursday, Oct. 27:
Bev Smedley, Rose Mary Currier, Janet Ricketts, Haylie Ripperger, Carter Schiefelbein, Keith Hrdlicka, River Iverson, Chris Rasmussen, Kinsley Christenson.
— We fondly remember Bev Zebroski on her birthday.


Harvey Wollman of rural Frankfort, the 26th governor of South Dakota, passed away of natural causes at the age of 87 at Huron Regional Medical Center Tuesday. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Kuhler Funeral Home in Huron with the family present from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Huron followed by burial with military honors at Ebenezer Cemetery. Mr. Wollman was serving as lieutenant governor in 1978 when Gov. Richard Kneip resigned the governorship to become the U.S. ambassador to Singapore. Wollman had just lost the Democratic primary election in June 1978 to Roger McKillip. He served as governor from July to the following January 1979 when Bill Janklow, who beat McKillip in the general election, began his first term as governor. When Harvey Wollman was inaugurated as governor, he was sworn into office by his brother, Roger Wollman, who at the time was Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court. Wollman was the last Democrat to serve as governor.

Long-time high school coach/teacher Mark Senftner, who taught and coached at Roscoe, Gregory and Timber Lake before moving to Onida 17 years ago, passed away Saturday night at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls at the age of 60 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Sully Buttes gym, followed by a prayer service there at 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the gym at 10 a.m. Friday. Mark grew up at McLaughlin and played in the state “B” basketball tournament his junior and senior years at McLaughlin High School. He graduated from Northern State University in 1985. During the 1985-1990 span he taught physical education and business classes and coached at Roscoe. During that span he married Lynn Daughters in July 1987. From 1990 to 1998 the Senftners were in Gregory where Mark coached girls and boys basketball and football. Mark, Lynn and their two sons went to Timber Lake in the fall of 1998. During his tenure there as business teacher, athletics director and coach of girls and boys basketball, his Panther teams went to three girls state tournaments, and his teams accumulated more than 500 victories. The family moved to Onida in the summer of 2005. His Sully Buttes girls basketball teams have qualified for the state tournament 11 times, winning championships in 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017 and reaching the championship game additionally in 2012 and 2015. His football Chargers have reached the state championship game at the DakotaDome in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and his teams had a 101-42 record in 14 seasons. Coach Senftner is survived by his wife, Lynn; his son, Scott; his parents, Clarence and Jean Senftner of Selby; his sisters, Barb (Matt) Sheppard and Carol (Keith) Kracke; his brother, Tom (Kari) Senftner; his sister-in-law, Amy Daughters; his brother-in-law, Ted Daughters; six nephews and nieces; his godchild, Molly (Grayson) Pirner, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Tate Senftner; his sister, Julie; his grandparents and other relatives.

The South Dakota Municipal League has selected David Reiss as its new executive director. He replaces Yvonne Taylor, who is retiring at the end of the year. Reiss has been executive director of the Central South Dakota Enhancement District.

Kathleen Wright, 78, Kulm, N.D., died Sept. 29. Her funeral was held Oct. 6 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. Kathleen graduated from Riggs High School and attended business school in Rapid City. She worked as a secretary at the Division of Motor Vehicles, retiring after 30 years there. She left Pierre in 2015 to be nearer her sister. Survivors include her sister, Mary (Richard) Gilbert; her brother, John (Donna) Wright; five nephews and nieces, and several great nephews and nieces.

Regina Stoeser is a freshman forward/midfielder on the Harrisburg girls soccer team that won the state AA championship Saturday. Her parents are Chance and Erika (Rounds) Stoeser.

Joe Haynes died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 67 Oct. 5. A celebration of his life took place Oct. 10 at The Bridge Wesleyan Church in Pierre. Joe grew up in Scotland, graduating from high school there in 1973 and from Huron College in 1978. He and Linda Horsley were married in 1977. Joe worked as a science and math teacher, including at Sully Buttes High School in Onida; as a printing entrepreneur and as an optician. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Aaron (Krissy) Haynes of Pierre, Angela (Jadey) Hansen of Westminster. Colo., and Brandon (Allison) Haynes of Marcellus, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, and nine siblings, LeRoy (Kathie) Haynes of Canton, Minn., Julie (LeRoy) Larson of Rapid City, Betty Raad of Rapid City, Rollin Haynes of Slayton,, Minn., Dorothy (Richard) Higgins of Rapid City, Barbara (Moussa) Nour of Sioux Falls, Beverly (John) Wesner of Stafford, Va., Chuck (Sue) Haynes of Youngsville, N.C., and David (Pat) Haynes of Crooks.

Pierre native Calvin Jones, who escaped their home city in Ukraine last February when the Russian war on that country began, is now on a concert tour of the United States, raising funds for Ukrainian relief. He will perform his piano concert in his home state at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City.

Terry Buchholz, 75, Rapid City, died from heart problems Oct. 8. A celebration of his life took place Oct. 14 at Feigum Funeral Home. Terry grew up in eastern Sully County and graduated from Onida High School in 1965 and from Black Hills State College with a degree in education. He taught in Sully and Hyde county rural schools and at Edgemont. While there he married a fellow teacher, Karen McFarland. They lived for 20 years in Del Rio, Texas, where they both taught, until retiring back to the Black Hills. Karen died of cancer last Dec. 21. Terry is survived by his mother, Pat (Williamson) Buchholz, and his sister, Kathy Sprinkel, both of Pierre; his niece, Audra Bourk; his nephew, Jess (Sonia) Bourk, and great-nephews and nieces.

Riggs High alumnus Todd Meierhenry’s daughter, Margaret, was one of the top 14 Dakota Days homecoming royalty members at the University of South Dakota this week.

Jeremy Dodson passed away in Pierre on Oct. 10 after a two-year battle with multiple health issues. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 15 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Jeremy graduated from Riggs High School in 1997, did undergraduate study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and did graduate study at Naturopathic Medical School in San Diego. He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Joanna Dodson; his sister, Jolene (Heikke) Nielsen of Broomfield, Colo.; his brother, Jason (Amanda) Dodson of Pierre; three nieces and three nephews.

Mary (Zebroski) Rawstern, 85, Onida, died Oct. 2 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 8 at the Sully Buttes school gymnasium. Mary was raised on the Hillside Ranch in western Sully County with seven brothers and a sister. She graduated from Onida High School in 1955 and married Wayne Rawstern in 1954. They were married for 58 years until Wayne passed away. The Rawsterns returned to Onida in 1960 and raised their family there. Mary is survived by six children Curtis (Diane) Rawstern of Selby, Dianne (Dale) Boschee of Aberdeen, Annette (Ric) Severson of Pierre, Jeff (Susan) Rawstern of Blunt, Karen (Rick) LaFurge of Onida, and Terry (Ricki) Rawstern of Lakeville, Minn.; her brother, Bob (Betha) Zebroski of Denver; her brothers-in-law, Eldon Rawstern of Miller and Leo Rawstern of Rapid City; her sisters-in-law, Marje Zebroski of Watertown and Carol Heintz of Fort Pierre, and many nephews and nieces. Among those who preceded her in death were her parents, John and Florence Zebroski, and Wayne’s parents; her brothers, Ray, Jim, Phil, Dick, John and Jerry Zebroski; her sister, Barb Rilling; her sisters-in-law, Shirley Zebroski, Madeline Zebroski, Bev Zebroski, BennaBee Stewart and JoAnne Rawstern, and her brother-in-law, Maynard Rilling.

Maxine “Mickey” Thomsen, 99, died Oct. 13 at Highmore Health Care. Her funeral was held Wednesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Mickey grew up in Omaha and attended South High School. She married Elmer C. “Tommy” Thomsen in 1943. They came in 1951 to Pierre and purchased Paul’s Greenhouse, eventually changing the name to Pierre Flower Shop & Greenhouse. Mickey was a fixture at the flower shop, which became one of Pierre’s most prominent businesses and remained so for more than half a century. She is survived by her daughters-in-law, Linda Thomsen-King of Louisville, Ky., and Nancy Thomsen of Pierre; her grandchildren, Kim Thomsen of Orcutt, Calif., Jeanne (Randy) Bergerson of Elk River, Minn., and Dr. Christopher (Leigh) Thomsen of Belle Fourche; seven great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Among those preceding her in death were her husband; her sons, Alan and Wally, and a grandson, Tom.

The distinguished Rawlins Piano Trio from the University of South Dakota will perform a concert at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pierre. Members of the trio are Susan Keith Gray on piano, Ioana Galu on violin and Sonja Kraus on cello.

Richard Mueller, 64, Sioux Falls, died Oct. 10 in Sioux City. His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Fort Pierre Congregational Church. Richard grew up in and around Pierre with six siblings. He moved to Mitchell in 1990. He was a trucker for Dakota Carriers for the last 14 years. He is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, his mother Dorothy, three brothers and two sisters.

Kea Warne was honored this week as she marked her 30th year of employment with the state of South Dakota. Twenty-four of those years have been spent in the secretary of state’s office where she is the go-to election expert.

Darrell Robbins, formerly of Blunt, passed away at the age of 86 Wednesday morning. His and his wife Sue’s three sons—Dewayne, Robbie and Jeff—all attended Sully Buttes High School in the 1970s. Condolences can be sent to Sue and her family at 1319 Princeton Ct., Denton TX 76201. Darrell was also the brother of Dorothy Massey and Phyllis McDaniel, formerly of Blunt, and the son of the late Miles and Nora Robbins, who also lived in Blunt.


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— Ban Ki-moon


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