Vol. 24, No. 17; Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024

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THOUGHT FOR TODAY

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
— Robert Swan

PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
— THURSDAY
Girls basketball: home vs. Lakota Tech, 7 p.m.
— FRIDAY
Girls wrestling: at Harrisburg tournament, 2 p.m.
Boys wrestling: home vs. Watertown, 7 p.m.
— SATURDAY
Boys wrestling: at Mitchell invitational, 9 a.m.
Gymnastics: home invitational, 1 p.m.
— TUESDAY
Girls basketball: at Douglas, 7 p.m.
Boys basketball: home vs. Douglas, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball: The Governors defeated Sioux Falls Washington, 52-47, led by Lennix Dupris’ 25 points. Pierre’s record is 6-2.

Boys basketball: The Govs trailed Sioux Falls Lincoln after the third period but beat the Patriots, 52-46. Dawson Getz scored 17 points and Jett Zabel 5. Pierre lost to Washington, 56-40, as Luke Olson scored 12 points and Miles Doyle eight. On Tuesday the Governors never led until the third quarter and never had a lead of more than two points, but they forced overtime and won at Winner, 60-55 Two three-pointers by Gets were the biggest shots of the overtime period. He scored 15, Olson 18 and Zabel 17 as Pierre improved its record to 6-3.

STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
— THURSDAY
Boys basketball: at Jones County invitational.
Girls basketball: home vs. Lyman.
— FRIDAY
Boys basketball: at Jones County invitational.
— SATURDAY
Boys basketball: at Jones County invitational.
Wrestling: at Potter County invitational, 10 a.m.

Boys basketball: The Buffaloes lost to McLaughlin, 66-64. Paxton Deal scored 19 points, Kaden Montana 12, Broch Zeeb 11 and Eddie Duffy 10. The Buffs also lost to White River, 83-49.

Girls basketball: The Buffaloes are 0-11 after losses this week to McLaughlin, 45-28; to Redfield, 38-17, and to Potter County, 39-35. In the latter game Maddie Duffy had 12 points, Cadence Hand 10 and Camryn Norman eight.

SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP

This week’s schedules:
— THURSDAY
Girls basketball: at Miller.
Boys basketball: at Miller.
— FRIDAY
Boys/girls wrestling: home quadrangular (with Lemmon, Harding County and Lyman).
— SATURDAY
Boys/girls wrestling: at Potter County invitational.
Boys basketball: at Redfield Classic.
— TUESDAY
Girls basketball: at Timber Lake.
Boys basketball: at Timber Lake.
Boys/girls wrestling: at Mobridge round-robin tournament, 5:30 p.m.

Girls basketball: The Chargers lost three games in a four-day span. In a 58-42 loss to Highmore-Harrold, Stevie Wittler and Addy Chicoine each scored 15 points. The next day at the Redfield Classic, the girls lost to #2 Ethan, 68-27, as Stevie and Addy each scored 12. On Monday the girls lost to Aberdeen Roncalli, 58-34, as Stevie put in 14 points. SB’s record is now 4-5.

Boys basketball: A three-loss week has dropped the Chargers’ record to 2-4. In an 82-62 loss to Highmore-Harrold, Wesley Wittler scored 31 points and Gavin Colson 18. In a 54-34 loss to Aberdeen Roncalli, Wittler and Colson each scored 11. In a 68-65 loss Tuesday to Ipswich, the Tigers won on a three-point basket with 12 seconds left. Wittler scored 32 and Colson 14.

COUNTDOWN

2 days: NFL playoffs begin (Jan. 13-15).
4 days: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15).
4 days: Iowa Republican presidential caucuses (Jan. 15).
5 days: Stanley County High School National Honor Society induction (Jan. 16).
15 days: Rodeo Rapid City (Jan. 26-Feb. 3).
21 days: State one-act play festival, Brandon (Feb. 1-3).
23 days: South Carolina Democratic presidential primary (Feb. 3).
24 days: Grammy awards, CBS-TV (Feb. 4).
26 days: Nevada Democratic presidential primary (Feb. 6).
28 days: Nevada Republican presidential primary (Feb. 8).
29 days: State gymnastics meet, Pierre (Feb. 9-10).
30 days: State wrestling team dual tournaments (Feb. 10).
31 days: Super Bowl LVIII (Feb. 11).
34 days: Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14).
37 days: Region 3A wrestling tournament, Pierre (Feb. 17).
42 days: State individual wrestling tournaments, Sioux Falls (Feb. 22-24).
43 days: Minnesota Twins spring training opener (Feb. 23).
43 days: Pierre Players’ “Clue: On Stage” (Feb. 23-March 2).
45 days: Pierre Concert Series, “Yu and I” (Feb. 25).
47 days: Georgia Morse Middle School musical, “The Lion King Jr.” (Feb. 27-29).

WORDS OF WISDOM

Some people look for a beautiful place. Some make a place beautiful.
— Hazrat Inayat Khan

COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP

Dakota State track (Houston Lunde): The Trojans resume the indoor season at Mount Marty’s meet Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls men’s wrestling (Josh Rydberg): The Cougars return to the mats in a dual against St. Cloud State Saturday.

South Dakota State wrestling (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits, ranked 15th in the nation, defeated #6 Michigan, 22-17, at the Sanford Pentagon. SDSU, now 4-2 in duals, goes next to the Virginia Duals at Hampton, Va., Friday and Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls women’s wrestling (Toby Bryant): The first year of the USF program continues successfully. At the Bronco Open at Hastings the Cougars had one individual champion and 10 place winners. USF wrestles Friday and Saturday at the York dual tournament at York, Neb.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): The Coyotes lost to Eastern Washington, 93-79, as Max was 3-of-8 (2-of-3 in threes) and 2-of-2 for 10 points with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal. In an 82-63 loss to Montana, Max was 2-of-3 (1-of-1) and 3-of-3 for eight points with four boards and four assists. USD plays at Oral Roberts tonight (Thursday).

South Dakota State men’s/women’s track (Rylan O’Donnell, Lydia Hill, Jessica Lutmer): The Jacks resume the indoor season at NDSU’s meet Saturday.

Augustana swimming (Ella Ward Zeller): The Vikings are back in the water Friday for a dual against Minnesota-Morris.

South Dakota State swimming (Morgan Nelson): The Jacks have another week off before resuming competition in a dual at USD Jan. 20.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Aric Williams, Tyson Johnson): The Tigers were 2-1 in duals at the Avila dual tournament in Kansas City. In a 26-22 win over Avila, Aric won by major decision 14-0 at 149 pounds, and Tyson won by fall in 2:42 at 157 pounds. In a 37-17 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan, Aric won by fall in 3:39 and Tyson won by fall in 6:15. In a 37-10 loss to Central Missouri, Tyson won by major decision 16-2. DWU wrestles a dual at Jamestown Friday.

Northern women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): The Wolves lost to Minnesota State, 69-48, but won at Winona State, 85-58. NSU is home Friday vs. Wayne State and Saturday vs. Augustana.

Black Hills State men’s basketball (Jackson Edman): The Yellowjackets outscored Adams State, 90-87 In 11 minutes Jackson was 0-for-1 and 0-for-2 but had four rebounds, one assist and a steal. In a 75-70 loss to Fort Lewis, he had two rebounds in eight minutes of play. BHSU is home Saturday vs. Western Colorado.

University of Mary women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): The Marauders swept their weekend opponents, 77-66 over Minnesota-Duluth and 60-57 over Concordia-St. Paul. Mary is home against Augustana Friday and Wayne State Saturday.

Georgia Tech women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): Tech defeated Virginia, 63-60, and defeated Pitt, 68-58. The Yellowjackets are home vs. Clemson tonight and go to Duke Sunday.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): The Tigers lost to Viterbo, 90-89, and Nick was back as a starter for DWU. He went 4-for-5 on three-pointers and 1-1 for 13 points with two rebounds, an assist and a steal. In a 92-71 loss to Concordia, he was 2-of-6 in threes for six points with a steal. Last night DWU upset #17 Morningside, 90-86, and Nick did not play. DWU, now 9-8, is off until going to Dordt next Wednesday.

BASKETBALL UPDATE

Other college basketball:
— USD women: Lost to Montana, 81-74; defeated Idaho State, 73-47.
Next: Thursday, home vs. Oral Roberts.
— SDSU men: Lost to Weber State, 75-73; defeated Montana State, 89-61.
Next: Thursday, at St. Thomas; Saturday, at Denver.
— SDSU women: Defeated Northern Arizona, 110-102 (2 overtimes); defeated Montana State, 61-53.
Next: Thursday, home vs. St. Thomas; Saturday, home vs. Denver.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: Sioux Falls won all three games this week—121-116 over Birmingham, 138-130 over Salt Lake City and 114-105 over Memphis. The Force hosts Austin Friday and Saturday and plays at Texas Monday and Wednesday.

Minnesota Timberwolves: It was a 3-2 week for the Wolves. They lost to New Orleans, 117-106; beat Houston, 122-95; beat Dallas, 118-110; beat Orlando, 113-97, and lost last night in overtime at Boston, 127-120. The Wolves are home vs. Portland Friday and the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday before going to Detroit next Wednesday.

FOOTBALL UPDATE

This weekend’s NFL playoff games:
— SATURDAY
3:30 p.m.: Cleveland at Houston, NBC.
7 p.m.: Miami at Kansas City, Peacock.
— SUNDAY
Noon: Pittsburgh at Buffalo, CBS.
3:30 p.m.: Green Bay at Dallas, Fox.
7 p.m.: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, NBC.
— MONDAY
7 p.m.: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, ABC/ESPN.

FCS national championship game: SDSU completed a 15-0 perfect season with its second straight national championship, beating Montana, 23-3.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings lost their regular-season finale at Detroit, 30-20, and were eliminated from playoff contention with their 7-10 record. Next season’s opponents are now certain: home games—Green Bay, Detroit, Chicago, Arizona, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York Jets, Houston, Indianapolis; away games—Green Bay, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, New York Giants, Jacksonville, Tennessee.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos ended the season at 8-9 after a final-Sunday loss at Las Vegas, 27-14. Next season’s opponents are now certain: home games—Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis; away games—Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, New York Jets, Baltimore, Cncinnati.

U. OF WASHINGTON 2024 SCHEDULE

Aug. 31: Weber State.
Sept. 7: Eastern Washington.
Sept. 14: Washington State.
Sept. 21: Northwestern.
Sept. 28: at Rutgers.
Oct. 5: Michigan.
Oct. 12: at Iowa.
Oct. 26: at Indiana.
Nov. 2: USC.
Nov. 9: at Penn State.
Nov. 16: UCLA.
Nov. 30: at Oregon.

FOOTBALL CONTEST #25

Send your six winners of these games to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning:

(1) Cleveland at Houston.
(2) Miami at Kansas City.
(3) Pittsburgh at Buffalo.
(4) Green Bay at Dallas.
(5) Los Angeles Rams at Detroit.
(6) Philadelphia at Tampa Bay.

MIDCO SPORTS NETWORK LIVE GAMES

— THURSDAY
Women’s basketball: SDSU vs. St. Thomas, 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball: UND vs. Omaha, 7 p.m. (MS2).
— FRIDAY
Men’s hockey: UND vs. Omaha, 7 p.m.
— SATURDAY
Women’s basketball: UND vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Women’s basketball: SDSU vs. Omaha, 2 p.m. (MS2).
Men’s hockey: UND vs. Omaha, 6 p.m.

HOCKEY UPDATE

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost to Chicago, 4-3, and beat Chicago, 5-4. Sioux Falls hosts Team USA Thursday and Friday and also plays at home Saturday vs. Omaha.

Augustana men’s hockey: The Vikings tied Minnesota State, 3-3, and lost to Minnesota State, 2-1. Augie is off now until Jan. 19-20 games at Arizona State.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings split at North Iowa, losing 2-1 and winning 7-2. Aberdeen plays Friday and Saturday at Austin.

Oahe Lady Capitals: Idle last weekend, the girls varsity plays Saturday at Brookings.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity smoked Sioux Center twice on the road, 8-0 and 11-0. In the first game Devin Dodson and Dylan Dodson scored two goals each, and Barret Schweitzer, Keegan Kitts and Jarron Beck each had one goal. The other Oahe goal was not attributed to any single player on the scoresheet. Spencer Anderson made 16 saves. In the Sunday blowout Beck completed a hat trick; Devin Dodson, Aidan Dozark and Schweitzer each scored two goals, and Kitts and Keller Herman each scored once. In goal Jason Jungwirth made 17 saves.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild lost to Tampa Bay, 4-1; beat Columbus in overtime, 4-3; lost to Dallas, 4-0, and lost to Dallas again last night, 7-2. Minnesota is home vs. Philadelphia Friday, Arizona Saturday and the New York Islanders Monday.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost two of three at Tulsa, losing 4-3 and 3-0 and winning 4-3. Last night at home the Rush defeated Fort Wayne, 4-1. The same two teams play in Rapid City Friday and Saturday.

BASEBALL UPDATE

Oahe Zap: Added to the 2024 roster this week was Noah Wiggins, senior outfielder from Southern Wesleyan University whose hometown is Falling Waters, W.Va.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Who does not know the truth is simply a fool. Yet who knows the truth and calls it a lie is a criminal.
— Bertolt Brecht

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES

Thursday, Jan. 11:
Laura Truax, Michelle Rose, Mitch Foth, Susie Rilling, Kristie (Hallock) Moore, Ben Kramer, Terri Disburg, Chris Mangan, Kyle Kurth, Lowell Gordon, Nolan Bisbee, Naomi Lors, Beverly Mickelson.
— 4th anniversary, Cody Tibbs/Laurie Johnson.

Friday, Jan. 12:
Nicole Mosiman, Randy Sprenkle, Lyndsey Ring, Terry Woster, Meaghan (Anderson) Neuberger, Ripley Joy, Trey Owens, Sheila (Beougher) Lee, Lane Kozel.
— 6th anniversary, Stuart/Heather Stofferahn.

Saturday, Jan. 13:
Chris Hull, Alex Thorson, Carrie (Schlaak) Barnes, Tyler Boe, Jill (Borth) Sweetman, Brenda (Crandell) Carroll.

Sunday, Jan. 14:
Mike Ludwig, Rachelle (Reeves) Daniels, Breckan Shindle, Anne (Burchill) Williams, Guy Erlenbusch, Crue Cronin, Christina Lusk, Jim Keyes.
— 7th anniversary, Shaun/Sara Ludemann.
— We fondly remember Colt Gunderson, who passed away 18 years ago today.

Monday, Jan. 15:
Barb Hillestad, Turok McNulty, Anajoy Schmitgen, Harrison Jennings, Eli Stoeser, Easton Dozark, Nic Hogan, Madison Sutton.

Tuesday, Jan. 16:
Tristan Bryant, Wendy Carroll, Andrew Tople, Alvin Kelley, Cheryl (Wire) Stierna, John Hamilton, Ashley Denton, Kate (Wylie) Berreth, Tennile (Asmussen) Lindskov, Anne Denton, Brad Wedeking, Jacki (Parlin) Wicker, Kelli (Snow) Rohrer, Samuel Lechtenberg.
— 8th anniversary, Derrick/Jenny (Hallenbeck) Orr.

Wednesday, Jan. 17:
Lauretta Dimmick, Jamie (Gannaway) Heymans, Kyle McKeever, Sherri Sundem Wald, Valerie (Fanger) Marso, Stacy Mercer, Sara (Kindopp) Gloe, Scott Hofer, Karen Lindbloom Shanna Payne, Jerry Hofer, Nolan Merrill, Anthony Zebroski.

Thursday, Jan. 18:
Cody Cruse, Cody Henrichsen, Robbin Paxton, Kaden Parsons, Twila Dockter, Rick LaFurge, Tyson Lindekugel, Jonathan Moe, Leann Weischedel, Kaden Kampfe.

NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS

Glenn Sandal, 91, died Jan. 4 at Avantara in Pierre. His funeral was held Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church. The son of Roy and Evelyn Sandal grew up at Robbs Flat and attended Pierre High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Glenn married Sharon Tipton in 1960, and they enjoyed 45 years together. Along with Monte Curry and Kenny Pitlick he founded MGK Construction in 1961. Later Glenn spent 25 years working for Morris Inc. He is survived by three sons, Todd (Kristi) Sandal of Pierre, Craig (Colleen) Sandal of Flower Mound, Texas, and Darren Sandal of Princeton, Texas; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and sisters Reta Weischedel and Marlene Young.

Crystal Ortbahn completed a full two years at the South Dakota Community Foundation in 2023. Her Christmas card said, “It’s good to be back living in Pierre.” One thing she did during 2023 was to visit New York City and Costa Rica for the first time, and her card’s photo showed her in Costa Rica with her brothers, Casey and Dustin.

Onida native David Merrill, 83, Plankinton, died Dec. 29 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. His funeral was held Jan. 6 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plankinton. David graduated from Onida High School in 1958 and earned a B.S. degree in vocational teacher education from Southern State Teachers College in 1962. He later earned a master’s from Colorado State University. David’s first job was teaching at the state training school at Plankinton where he met Ruth Maine. They were married in 1966. David taught electronics at Aberdeen Central High School. In 1975 the Merrills moved to Pierre where he became the state supervisor of teacher and industrial education in the Office of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education, a position he held until retiring in 2002. The Merrills returned to Plankinton where they restored an 1887 home and David served on the local school board. He was part of many local and state organizations. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his daughter, Kimberly (Thomas) McNurlin; his son, Rob (Kim) Merrill; two grandchildren; two brothers, Tom (Dorothea) Merrill and the Rev. John (Kenlyn) Merrill; and two brothers-in-law, Richard Faulhaber and Rodney Maine. Among those who preceded him in death were his parents, Bill and Alvera Merrill; his sisters, Georgia Allen and Nancy Mileusnich, and two sisters-in-law, Vickey Faulhaber and Carol Schoenfelder.

Sam Ostarello will be inducted into Stanley County’s Buffalo Hall of Fame on Jan. 27 during the basketball doubleheader between SCHS and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. A 2009 graduate, Sam holds the school record for scoring and rebounds. She was on the state all-tourney team in 2008, was a second-team All-State honoree, and was named 2009 Class “A” Player of the Year. She was also a three-time state high jump champion. At Purdue University she was a starter on two teams that won the Big 10 championship. She later played professional basketball overseas.

John Herren, 73, Hayes, died at home Jan. 7. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Lutheran Memorial Church, followed by the funeral there at 10:30. John grew up on a farm south of Dupree and graduated from Dupree High School in 1968. He married Bobbie Jo Fratzke in 1972, and they raised four sons. John farmed, worked for the Ziebach County road department, then spent 25 years as maintenance custodian for the Dupree schools, retiring to Hayes in 2015. He is survived by his wife; his sons, Kevin of Fort Pierre, Kris (Tami) of Fort Pierre, Jeff (Becky) of Ekalaka, Mont., and T.J. (Jesi) of Black Hawk; 12 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; his brother, Bob Herren of Sioux Falls, and his sisters, Twyla Herren of Piedmont, Rhonda (Bart) McLellan of Spearfish, and Patty Herren of Spearfish.

The fall semester’s Dean’s List at the University of South Dakota included these local students: Alyssa Goble, Andie Allison, Abigail Huebner, Carter Karst, Gabriella Linn, Margaret Maher, Aleeyah Schilling, Ellie Smith, Jordyn Sosa, Jack Van Camp, Austyn Wiebe, Taryn Kenzy, Griffin Petersen, Garrett Petersen, Paul Adam, Phillip Adam, Taylee Agard, Danielle DeVaney, Taylor Evans, Tyler Gere, Elias Gilk, Ajaye Hicks, Hanna Jerome, Jordan Morley, Morkeia Mutchelknaus, Gwyn Nickels, Tessa Putzier, Alexandra Smith, Emerie Stephens, Maegan Walsh, Tyler Ward, Raegan Wiebe, Janaina Zanin. Part-time USD students who earned academic recognition included Sara Boocock, Erika Bruns and Rylie Miller.

Steve Ulvestad, 76, died Dec. 30. A graveside service took place Jan. 8 at Black Hills National Cemetery. Steve spent his early school years at Sinai and graduated from Arlington High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army until 1972. He worked at Mobridge for Tractor Supply Company, then was transferred to the TSC store in Huron, then worked for the state Department of Transportation beginning in 1981. In 1971 he married Judy Langbehn, and they had two children, Reed and Amy. Later he married Darlene Mattheis. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; his son, Reed (Yvon) Ulvestad of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Amy (Josh) Gabriel of Pierre; four grandchildren; his siblings, Larry (Pam) Ulvestad of Fort Collins, Colo., Al Manning of Yuma, Ariz., Leslie (Carla) Manning of Larchwood, Iowa and Joan (Gordy) Williams; three stepchildren and eight step-grandchildren.

Vern Jutila, a former manager at Oahe Electric Cooperative in Blunt, died Dec. 27 at Brookdale Vancouver Stonebridge in Vancouver, Wash. Graveside services at Black Hills National Cemetery will take place later this year. Vern served several rural electric cooperatives for 40 years. He retired from Oahe Electric in January 2000, and he and his wife retired to Rapid City and Surprise, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Annette; their children, Terry of Minneapolis, Sharon (Brett) of Vancouver and Wade (Michelle) of Rapid City; three grandchildren, two siblings and many other relatives.

Kim Bierle was inducted into the Pierre High School Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of the girls basketball game last Saturday. Kim has coached and taught for 38 years, 32 of them in the Pierre district.

Robert Novak, 83, died Jan. 5. A celebration of his life is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Feigum Funeral Home. He was the fourth of 12 children of Frank and Velma Novak. He worked for farmers and ranchers, including Dick Williams, Larry Donovan and Earl Sonnenschein, among others. He married Betty Flansburg in 1970. In 1981 he began working in a maintenance and custodial position with the Pierre school district. He is survived by his siblings, Beverly Altenberg of Gillette, Wyo., Marie Lovell and Steven Novak of Pierre, Richard Novak of Gillette, and Donald Novak of Wessington Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and six siblings.

Two seats on the Pierre school board will be up for election this year. They are the seats currently held by Randy Hartmann and Dennis James. Both men indicated at the board meeting this week that they will seek re-election. The deadline for filing candidate petitions is Mach 26. The election will be held June 4 in conjunction with the state primary election.

Marilyn Person, who taught second graders in the Pierre school district for 35 years until retiring in 1997, died Jan. 7 at the age of 87. Her funeral is being held this (Thursday) morning at Living Word Free Lutheran Church, 7901 S. Meredith Ave., Sioux Falls. A native of Lake Preston, Marilyn attended General Beadle State Teachers College. She married James Person in 1956 Marilyn taught rural schools while he finished school at SDSU. In 1965 they moved to Pierre where Jim worked for the Department of Social Services for 40 years and Marilyn taught school. She was also active in Lutheran Memorial Church and local organizations. Surviving are three sons, Daryl Person of Oldham Dale (Patty) Person of Pierre, and David (Stephanie) Person of Harrisburg; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; a brother and two sisters. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband and four brothers.

The fall semester Dean’s List at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology includes these local students: Devin Strutt, Kendra Rounds, Adeline Abernathy, Justin Houlette.

Joyce (Melvin) Norman died Dec. 26 at Kennewick, Wash., at the age of 96. Her funeral was held Monday at Feigum Funeral Home. Joyce grew up east of Pierre along the Missouri River and attended school at Canning. Later she became a teacher at Canning. She married Evan Clark in 1947, and they had a daughter, Diane, in 1951. Evan died in 1952. Joyce married Clarence “Snookie” Norman in 1954, and they had a son, Danny. The Normans lived on a ranch north of Midland, and she again taught school. In 1966 the Normans moved to Kennewick where Joyce had a 25-year career with Benton Franklin Health District. She is survived by her daughter, Diana (Gordon) Hettinger, and their children, Melissa (Don) Churchill, Jayson (Amanda) Sherer, Justin (Libby) Sherer and Ross (Tara) Hettinger; her son, Danny Norman, and his daughters, Danelle (Shafer), Laura Sahar and Marissa (Destiney); seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

A fixture in the Onida business community for more than a half-century, Jerald “Woody” Stahl died Jan. 9. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Onida. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Feigum Funeral Home, followed by a prayer service there at 6. The youngest of five children of Paul “Luke” and Susie Stahl, Woody graduated from high school at Yale in 1953. From 1954 to 1956 he was in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Japan and Okinawa. His brother, Francis, brought Woody to Onida where he worked at Peavey Lumber and Baxter Chemical, then later at Francis’ Mobil station. After the station was moved out to the Highway 83 corner, Woody operated the Mobil station for 25 years and then the Sinclair station until retiring in 2011, completing 53 years of service at the same station. In 1959 Woody married Barbara Jo Christensen. They had six children, but two boys died in infancy. Woody is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barb Stahl; his children, Sully County sheriff Bill (Suzanne) Stahl, Bryan (Lori) Stahl, South Dakota Highway Patrol captain Jon (Cathy) Stahl, and Amy (Kevin) Jones; a daughter-in-law, Susie Stahl; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and two sisters-in-law, Norma (Francis) Stahl and Helen (Albin) Stahl. Among those who preceded him in death were his infant sons, Steven and Scott; his parents, and his siblings, Albin Stahl, Willard Stahl, Bernette and Leo Waltner, and Francis Stahl.

PONDER THIS

If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason’s and Dixon’s but between patriotism and intelligence on one side and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.
— President Ulysses S. Grant

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