Vol. 24, No. 2; Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023

Sep 14, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


What if we stopped letting the absolute worst of humanity be in charge of everything for once.


This week’s schedules:
Boys soccer: at Brookings, 4 p.m.
Girls soccer: at Brookings, 6 p.m.
Boys golf: at Mitchell invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Football: at Yankton, 7 p.m.
Cross country: at Huron invitational, 9 a.m.
Girls soccer: at Mitchell, 9 a.m.
Girls tennis: at Aberdeen Central invitational, 9 a.m.
Cheer/dance: at Brookings invitational, 11 a.m.
Boys soccer: at Mitchell, 11 a.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln, 2:30 p.m.
Boys golf: at Watertown invitational, 10 a.m.
Girls tennis: at Spearfish, 10 a.m.
Boys soccer: home vs. Yankton, 4 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at Huron invitational, 5 p.m.
Girls soccer: home vs. Yankton, 6 p.m.

Girls tennis: The Governors defeated Brookings, 8-1, and lost to Watertown, 8-1. Jocelyn Corrales and Caitlin Ott in singles alone and together in doubles won both their matches in this triangular.

Boys soccer: Pierre lost twice this week, 2-1 to Harrisburg and 2-0 to Brandon Valley. The Govs are now 2-4-1.

Girls soccer: The Governor girls lost to Harrisburg, 3-0, and tied Brandon Valley, 0-0. Pierre’s record is now 4-2-1.

Football: Somebody finally scored against the Governors. Mitchell got a third-quarter touchdown, but the Kernels were no match for the Governors, 62-8, who are now 3-0. Cade Kaiser passed for 203 yards and threw three touchdown passes to Cooper Terwilliger. Jett Zabel had a TD pass reception, and Brock Moser and Trey Lewis each had a rushing TD. After a 41-0 halftime lead, Pierre in the second half put in the second-string offense, and they scored twice on a Kaleb Lounsbury rushing TD and a Lounsbury TD pass to Carter Schiefelbein. Moser rushed for 110 yards in the game.

Boys golf: At Yankton’s invitational last Friday the Governors were the fourth-place team with a 3-under-par 285 team score. Luke Olson and Sawyer Sonnenschein tied for fourth individually with 3-under 69s, just one stroke behind the three first-place golfers. Lincoln Houska tied for 10th with a 71, Nick bothun tied for 25th with a 76, Jack Bartlett shot a 77, and Charlie Simpson carded an 83.

Volleyball: The Governors swept Sturgis, 3-0, on game scores of 25-6, 25-9, 25-9 in a match that didn’t take very long. Pierre then edged Spearfish, 3-2, on game scores of 25-17, 25-27, 23-25, 25-14, 15-12. Reese Terwilliger and Campbell Boddicker each had 16 kills, Abigail Kropp had 12 kills, and Boddicker added eight service aces. Pierre lost to Washington, 3-0, on game scores of 9-25, 10-25, 22-25 as the Governors were able to get off only 18 kills in the three games. Terwilliger had seven kills and Boddicker four.


Class 11AA roundup:
— Current overall records: Pierre 3-0, Yankton 3-0, Tea Area 2-1, Watertown 2-1, Sturgis 2-1, Spearfish 2-1, Douglas 1-2, Aberdeen Central 1-2, Huron 1-2, Brookings 0-3, Mitchell 0-3.
— This week’s games: Pierre at Yankton, Brookings at Spearfish, Douglas at Tea Area, Sturgis at Huron, Sioux Falls Washington at Watertown, Aberdeen Central at Mitchell (Saturday).

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
— Saturday, 1 p.m.: USD vs. Lamar (MSN2).
— Saturday, 2:30 p.m. SDSU vs. Drake.

NFL live games on local TV this week:
— Thursday, Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
— Sunday, Kansas City at Jacksonville, noon, CBS.
— Sunday, Green Bay at Atlanta, noon, Fox.
— Sunday, San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 3:05 p.m., Fox.
— Sunday, Miami at New England, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
— Monday, New Orleans at Carolina, 6:15 p.m., ESPN.
— Monday, Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m., ABC, ESPN+.


Thursday: almond.
Friday-Sunday: lime.
Monday-Tuesday: pineapple.
Wednesday-Thursday: coffee.


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: at Lyman.
Football: home vs. Colome, 7 p.m.
Cross country: at Gettysburg invitational.
Volleyball: home vs. North Central.
Cross country: at Faulkton invitational.

Football: The Chargers lost their homecoming game to top-rated Faulkton Area, 56-20. The Trojans held Gavin Barber to 42 rushing yards. Wesley Wittler passed to Barber for two scores.

Volleyball: The Charger girls lost to Harding County, 2-0, on game scores of 12-15, 18-25, and lost to Faith, 2-0, on game scores of 12-25, 14-25.


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Big Dakota Conference meet, Chamberlain, 2:30 p.m
Football: home vs. Bon Homme, 3 p.m.
Cross country: at Huron invitational, 9 a.m.
Volleyball: home tournament, 10 a.m.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes lost to Philip, 3-0, on game scores of 22-25, 20-25, 18-25. They lost to Mobridge-Pollock, 2-0, on game scores of 3-25, 9-25.


Sept. 15, 2022: The South Dakota chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Scott and Julia Jones as 2022 Outstanding Philanthropists for their commitments to numerous nonprofits and their leadership of several campaigns.


  • Our favorite NFL referee, Brandon Cruse, won’t soon forget the first game of his second season in the NFL. He and his crew worked the Jets-Bills game Monday night. There was all the 9/11 hoopla to begin with, then Aaron Rodgers leading the Jets in carrying the American flag, then Rodgers’ season-ending injury just four snaps into the game, then a mid-game scrum between players with Brandon right in the middle of it, then an overtime game won by a long punt return touchdown. Where will Brandon be this weekend? We never know, but you can find out at www.footballzebras.com from Thursday on when the NFL announces officials’ assignments. Brandon is part of the Carl Cheffers crew, so just check out where they are assigned and watch for Umpire #22. That’s Brandon. (I look forward to the year when he is promoted to a “white hat” status so we can hear him explain penalties as he did when he worked Big 12 college games.


Sioux Falls Canaries (Spencer Sarringar): The Canaries went out fast in their opening-round best-of-3 playoff series, losing to Kansas City, 9-1 and 4-0. In the second game Spencer went 1-for-3 with a third-inning double. He finished his Canaries season with a batting average of .266, driving in 12 runs and hitting two home runs and six doubles as he alternated with another player at the starting catcher position. He said in an interview with KCCR’s Jon Winkler this week that he hopes to return to the Canaries next season but if not would be happy to continue to play baseball anywhere, even overseas.

Minnesota Twins: The Twins took two of three from the New York Mets but then lost two of three to Tampa Bay, so their lead over Cleveland hovered between 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 games for the past week. Now come seven straight road games with just 2 1/2 weeks left in the regular season. The Twins’ schedule:
—Thursday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Friday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Saturday: at Chicago White Sox, 6:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Sunday: at Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m. (BSN).
— Monday: at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Tuesday: at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m. (BSN).
— Wednesday: at Cincinnati, 11:35 a.m. (BSN, MLBN).


Minnesota United FC: The Loons tied New England, 1-1. The next game is at home at 7:30 Saturday vs. Sporting Kansas City.


Minnesota Lynx: Winding up the WNBA regular season, the Lynx lost to Chicago, 92-87, and to Indiana, 87-72. The two defeats dropped Minnesota into a three-way tie for fifth place, and Minnesota wound up as the sixth seed in the eight-team playoffs. The Lynx opened their best-of-3 quarterfinal playoff series against Connecticut last night.


Books, minds and umbrellas work only if they are open.


1 day: Pierre Players’ “Inconsequential Dreams” (Sept. 15-17, 21-23).
2 days: “M” Day at School of Mines (Sept. 16).
2 days: Trojan Day at Dakota State (Sept. 16).
2 days: Blue & White Day at Dakota Wesleyan (Sept. 16).
4 days: Riggs High homecoming coronation (Sept. 18).
7 days: Riggs High homecoming parade (Sept. 21).
8 days: Riggs High homecoming day (Sept. 22).
8 days: South Dakota Festival of Books, Deadwood (Sept. 22-24).
9 days: Viking Day at Augustana (Sept. 23).
10 days: Minnesota Wild preseason opener (Sept. 24).
13 days: Riggs High band at Aberdeen marching festival (Sept. 27).
14 days: Custer State Park buffalo roundup and arts festival (Sept. 28-30).
15 days: Riggs High band at Platte-Geddes marching festival (Sept. 29).
16 days: Cougar Day at USF (Sept. 30).
16 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Sept. 30).
16 days: Homecoming at Nebraska (Sept. 30).
16 days: Homecoming at Minnesota (Sept. 30).
18 days: State girls tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 2-3).
18 days: State “AA” boys golf tournament, Brandon (Oct. 2-3).
22 days: Riggs High band at Menno marching festival (Oct. 6).
23 days: Augustana men’s hockey season opener (Oct. 7).
23 days: Homecoming at UND (Oct. 7).
23 days: Horse races, Fort Pierre (Oct. 7-8).
23 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 7).
23 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 7).
23 days: Swarm Day at Black Hills State (Oct. 7).
23 days: Homecoming at Northwestern (Iowa) (Oct. 7).
25 days: Native American Day (Oct. 9).
28 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 12).
29 days: Riggs High band at Groton marching festival (Oct. 13).
30 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 14).
30 days: Riggs High band at Yankton marching festival (Oct. 14).


USD women’s soccer (Janana Zanin): The Coyotes tied Northern Iowa, 1-1. Janaina got off one shot in the game. Now 2-2-3, USD, after playing at Drake last night, is home vs. Lindenwood Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders went to Des Moines and knocked off Drake in overtime, 27-24. Morris had three solo tackles and one assisted tackle for a total of four. Now 2-0, Northwestern, which is 1-1 in GPAC play, continues the conference season at home against Doane Saturday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison dominated Maine, 44-7, to go to 2-0 for the year. Grey as usual was a starter/regular on the offensive line at guard. NDSU is home again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Central Arkansas on ESPN+.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s Yellowjackets evened their record at 1-1 with a 39-33 win at Southwest Baptist in Missouri. BHSU has its home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday against Chadron State.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans are 0-2 after a 35-20 loss in NSAA play at Waldorf. Nathan had two pass receptions for 13 yards (the longest covered 12 yards), and Collin had two solo tackles. DSU has its homecoming game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Valley City State.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Kyle continued as starting left tackle on offense as Gallaudet lost to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 30-13. Now 0-2 Gallaudet is home Saturday vs. the University of New England.

Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer (Mackenzie Rath): The Mavericks defeated Central Missouri, 1-0, and lost to Grand Valley State, 1-0. Mackenzie played all 90 minutes in goal in both contests, making three saves against Central Missouri and seven saves in the other match. Now 2-1-1, Minnesota State goes on the road to Augustana Friday and to Concordia-St. Paul Sunday.

Ohio State football (Lincoln Kienholz): The Buckeyes rolled Youngstown State, 35-7, and now are 2-0. They are home Saturday at 3 p.m. on Fox against Western Kentucky.

South Dakota State cross country (Jessica Lutmer): The Jackrabbit women placed second in their home SDSU Classic. Jessica placed 11th in another personal-best time of 18:23.2. SDSU next runs Sept. 22 at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers defeated Doane, 17-10, in GPAC play. Now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the league, DWU has its homecoming game against Midland at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb): The Vikings won a non-conference road game at Chadron State, 27-3. Now 2-0, Augie returns to NSIC play, where they are 1-0 at Concordia-St. Paul at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

University of Sioux Falls football (Jayden Wiebe, Jack Merkwan, Christian Busch): The Cougars whipped Mary, 36-17, and are now 1-1 in the NSIC. USF goes to Minnesota-Duluth for a 2 p.m. Saturday game.

Grand View men’s soccer (Rylan Derry): Grand View stayed unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Columbia College (Mo.) and a 4-1 win over Morningside, but they tasted defeat for the first time Tuesday at Bellevue (Neb.), 2-0. Now 5-1, Grand View hosts Benedictine (Kan.) Saturday.


— Northern (0-2): Lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 41-21.
Next: Saturday, home vs. Mary, 6 p.m.
— South Dakota State (2-0): Beat Montana State, 20-16.
Next: Saturday, Drake at Target Field, Minneapolis, 2:30 p.m., Midco Sports Network.
— South Dakota (1-1): Beat St. Thomas, 24-0.
Next: Saturday, home vs. Lamar, 1 p.m., Midco Sports Two.
— Mount Marty (2-1): Lost to Dordt, 49-20.
Next: Saturday, at Morningside, 1 p.m.
— South Dakota Mines (1-1): Lost to Truman State, 28-24.
Next: Saturday, home vs. Colorado-Mesa, 1 p.m.
— North Dakota (2-0): Beat Northern Arizona, 37-22.
Next: Saturday, at Boise State, 11 a.m., FS1.
— Minnesota (2-0): Beat Eastern Michigan, 25-6.
Next: Saturday, at North Carolina, 2:30 p.m., ESPN.
— Nebraska (0-2): Lost to Colorado, 36-14.
Next: Saturday, home vs. Northern Illinois, 6 p.m., FS1.


Justin Briese (Aberdeen Central): Defeated Sturgis, 24-14. Now 1-2, the Golden Eagles go to Mitchell Saturday.

Ben Kramer (Hot Springs): Lost to Dell Rapids, 20-14. Now 3-1, the Bison play Saturday at St. Thomas More (2-1).

Mikal Kern (Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, N.D.): Defeated Hankinson, 40-20. Now 4-0, W-L plays Friday against Sargent County (4-0).

Scott Raue (Harvey-Wells County, N.D.): Defeated Bottineau, 7-6. Now 2-1, H-WC plays Saturday against Park River Area (0-3).


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings managed to lose their season opener at home, falling to Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 20-17. They are likely to be 0-2 after their next game, which is tonight at Philadelphia at 7:15 p.m. on Prime Video.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos lost to Las Vegas, 17-16, in their opener. They are home again Sunday at 3:25 against Washington.


Alabama, the Vikings and the Bengals spoiled a lot of our contestants’ entries, and SDSU by the skin of their teeth saved just about everybody. Mikal Kern, Seb Axtman, Dawn Magee and Brad Cruse were our winners, each of them getting 10 points for their 7-3 records. At 6-4 for 9 points each were David Ludwig, Levi Neuharth, Kyle Richards, Eric James, Beth Rinehart, Randy Pool, Thomas Voeltz, Jason Noyes and Terry Tousley. At 5-5 for 8 points was Jon Boer.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Minnesota at North Carolina.
(2) South Dakota State vs. Drake (at Target Field).
(3) Washington at Michigan State.
(4) TCU at Houston.
(5) Northern Illinois at Nebraska.
(6) BYU at Arkansas.
(7) NFL: Washington at Denver.
(8) NFL: Baltimore at Cincinnati.
(9) NFL: Seattle at Detroit.
(10) NFL: New York Jets at Dallas.


“We have to keep being us. We have to keep working, keep leading, and we will get through it.”
— Sauce Gardner, Jets quarterback after Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury.


Thursday, Sept. 14:
Cora Stahl, Sam Ellefson, Kaitlyn Bruns, Levi Neuharth, Elle Marie Smith, Lisa Forest, Luke Deal, Finn Mancuso, Barry Massey, Mark Mancuso.
— 16th anniversary, Jeff/Brianne (Barnett) Roby.
— 21st anniversary, Matt/Kim Brakke.
— 10th anniversary, Torey/Christina Garrett.
— 10th anniversary, Mitch/Stephanie (Dvorak) Delvo.
— 10th anniversary, Jordan/Shelby (Badger) Heckenlaible.
— We fondly remember Robert Disburg on his birthday.

Friday, Sept. 15:
Austin Munyon, Brie Mikkelsen, Dan Swenson, Emily Coolidge, Rondell LeBeau, Amber (Gloe) Mason, Heather Stoeser, Steve Long, Louisa Corbin.
— 16th anniversary, Jimmy/Sandy (Krom) Bauer.
— 11th anniversary, Allan/Krista (Wilson) Rounds.
— 11th anniversary, Dustin/Justine (Berven) Drew.
— We fondly remember Donna Fjelstad on her birthday.

Saturday, Sept. 16:
Justin Sivage, Bobbi Ice, Anne Schmidt, Aron Nevin, Robyn (Clausen) Bauer, Anissa Grambihler, Gary Kafka, Georganne Sorenson, Gordon Goosen, Jonah Hopper.
— 6th anniversary, Derrick/Kelbie (Frederick) Miller.
— 6th anniversary, Jamie/Megan (Gordon) Ramirez.
— 23rd anniversary, Jason/Amy Irion.
— 6th anniversary, Nathaniel/Brea (Paul) Louwagie.

Sunday, Sept. 17:
Kallee (Hewlett) Rydland, Dusty Bergeson, Kaydee Neuharth, Niki (Cowan) Jaworski, Lori Wilbur, Tim Steece, Jess Burchill, Dayson Carroll, Meredith Jones, Bret Culey, Oliver Hartmann Levi Clark, Coleman Varty.
— 7th anniversary, Isaac/Chelsea (Stahl) LaLonde.
— 18th anniversary, Wayne/Alyssa Schaefbaer.
— 19th anniversary, Slade/Amy (Hofer) Weller.
— 7th anniversary, Danny/Marilyn Salter.
— 7th anniversary, Sam/Chrystal (Bauer) Koenecke.

Monday, Sept. 18:
David Ryo Patten, Luna Patten, Courtney Freng, Kathy (Willingham) Tartaglia, Abbi Lewis, Amanda Beck, Carter McCoy, Jocelyn (Newman) Frohm, Jackie Putzier, Troy Sogaard, Ben Chittenden, Shirley Javurek, Mandy (Jung) Moisan.
— 14th anniversary, Brent/Cindy (Ryan) Reilly.
— 19th anniversary, James/Keri (Fargen) Sivage.
— 19th anniversary, Chad/Laurie (Koehn) Gilman.
— 13th anniversary, Ryan/Jami Nuttall.
— 13th anniversary, Lonnie/Sarah (Peterson) Dozier.
— 13th anniversary, Cody/Jessica (Melvin) Moore.
— 2nd anniversary, Andrew/Alisha (Hunt) Erickson.

Tuesday, Sept. 19:
Charles Jones, DJ. Prue, Brett Fergen, Stephanie (Mutschler) Pierson, Carson Eisenbeisz, Laura Howard, Trevor Botts, Hunter Johnson, Adley Lucas.
— 2nd anniversary, Chad/Amy (Tate) Uhrig.
— 8th anniversary, Calvin/Holly (Bilbrey Hostler) Frederick.
— 20th anniversary, Brad/Brandy Johnston.

Wednesday, Sept. 20:
Noah Ann Newman, Bob Fuller, Sue Stotz, Brenden Kruckenberg, Tiffany (Tate) Stoeser, Taylor Crawford, Samantha Mitchell, Brian Long, Parker McKittrick, Claire Martin, Ryan Weaver, Rob Gull, George Vandel, Eric Lusk, Dave Gordon, Chad Kiel, Steve Baker.
— 9th anniversary, Jess/Cherissa (Nielsen) Wright.
— 10th anniversary, Tony/Meghan Parker.

Thursday, Sept. 21:
Terry Hofer, Willie Welch, Jason Noyes, Max Fretta, Lance Fravel, John Potts, Knox Hollingsworth, Alex Smith, Carl Eichstadt, Abbie Waitman, Kim (Kindle) Nachreiner, Patty Hofer, Ken Barber, Arlene Krueger, Jessie (Stewart) McEntaffer, Mark Wixon.
— 4th anniversary, Casey/Annie (Schaefer) Buechler.
— 10th anniversary, Kyle/Loryn (Schuetzle) Lichty.
— 10th anniversary, Sid/Bethany (Goeden) Intorn.
— 7th anniversary, Jacob/Katie Parsons.


A celebration of the life of Ron Schmidt, 86, who died on July 26, will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Rapid City.

McKayla (Marso) McDonough, who recently took over a dance studio in the Denver suburb of Louisville, spent time Tuesday morning at her alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, teaching a master class to the musical theater department’s junior class. She also conducted a dance workshop at Greeley Central High School.

Hayden Monson, 18, who graduated from Stanley County High School in May, died Saturday night in an ATV accident just west of Fort Pierre. A two-day wake begins this (Thursday) morning at 10 a.m. at the Fort Pierre Congregational Church, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday and a funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Hayden began working at WW Tire as a tire and oil technician following high school. He is survived by his parents, Joshua and Shannon Monson; his brother, Julian; his grandmothers, Nancy Monson and Jeannie Fallis, and many uncles, aunts and cousins and their families.

At the South Dakota Golf Association’s pre-seniors state two-man championship, Michael Keeton of Pierre teamed with Charlie Jacobson of Sioux Falls to finish third at 8 under par. A pair of former Governor golfers, Jon Schaack and Mike Swartz, who now both live in Rapid City, placed fourth at -5. Former Pierre resident Brent Gromer of Rapid City and his partner, Rick Lee of Brookings, were 17th at even par.

Catheleen Siebrasse Murphy, 60, died Aug. 25 at St. Mary’s Hospital. A celebration of her life will take place later in both Pierre and Oregon. She grew up at Fair Oaks, Calif., and graduated from high school in 1981 at Marysville, Calif. She lived in San Francisco, Rapid City, Pierre, Huron and Coos Bay, Ore. Catheleen worked at state and federal jobs, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Pierre and Huron and the Bureau of Land Management in Coos Bay. She also ran a home daycare business in Pierre. She married Darreld Murphy in February 2022. Survivors include her husband Darreld of Scottsburg, Ore.; her children, Chris Siebrasse (Kelley Jencks) of Coos Bay, Madison Siebrasse (Levi Martin) of Pierre, and Bailey Siebrasse of Pierre; three grandchildren; and Darreld’s three children and seven grandchildren.

David Bonacker, 76, Sioux Falls, died at home Sept. 3. Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Mr. Bonacker had a long career in insurance sales. Among his survivors are his wife, Pat; two daughters, one son, seven grandchildren and five siblings, including his sister DeeAnn (Bill) Stevens of Sioux Falls, formerly of Pierre.

The company of actors at the Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Ariz., opened their run of George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” last weekend. Ryan Parker Knox is part of the resident company and has a role in this show, which runs through Sept. 24.

Alice Getty, 102, died Sept. 4. A prayer service was held at Feigum Funeral Home, and a graveside service took place at Fulton, S.D. Alice graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939 and married Carlton Getty in 1948. She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy (Eugene) Collett and Barbara (Arlan) Zastrow; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister, Myra Knox.

Larissa FastHorse and two others have joined Arizona State University as a professor of practice to continue their work in, with and for Native communities. The professors will be working in the humanities area of the Department of English. ASU has many campuses, including Los Angeles, so it is not necessary for Larissa to move to Tempe full-time.

John Burchill retired from state government last week one day after his 75th birthday. He spent 52 years with the Department of Social Services.

Coretta Blow, 90, died Sept. 4 at Highmore Health Center. Her funeral was held Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Coretta went to grade school at Florence and high school at Watertown. Her first job was at the South Dakota attorney general’s office. She married Robert Blow in 1952, and they raised four boys on a farm just outside Pierre. Coretta returned to work in 1976 at the South Dakota Supreme Court, retiring in 2000. She is survived by her four sons, Sidney Blow of Sioux Falls, Brad (Jean) Blow of Pierre, Mark (Teresa) Blow of Sioux Falls and Timothy Blow of Pierre; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers.

Pierre Players Community Theater has scheduled auditions for their November musical, “All Is Calm,” for Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Grand Opera House. Performance dates of the play will be Nov. 10-12 and 16-18.

Evan Roth (Riggs High ’02) has been and still is a chapter adviser for Best Buddies at Galileo High School in San Francisco. People who are neurodiverse often need more social support, and this support isn’t built into school systems sufficiently. The student-run club that Evan advises at Galileo has helped form 50 1-to-1 friendships. The club has 30-plus members currently who interact with students who have developmental differences.

Kevin Bruzelius was honored last week to mark his 35 years with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Former Pierre resident Matt Blake, who is already a city council member at Urbandale, Iowa, in the western Des Moines suburbs has announced his candidacy for the Iowa state senate.

Nathan LeMire, son of Jeff and Jamie (Stokke) LeMire of Olathe, Kan., won the honor of 12-and-under Male Performance of the Year as high-point scorer at the Missouri Valley Swim Conference awards ceremony last week. Nathan, who is beginning middle school, also participates in band and chorus. His older brother, Jacob, who is just beginning high school, is in orchestra, and both LeMire boys are cross country runners.

Nate White and his wife, Meghan, who live in Toledo, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Theodore Charles White, who will be known as Theo. He was born Sept. 10, weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 22 1/2 inches. He joins a sister, Darcy, 2 1/2, in their family. Paternal grandparents are former Pierre residents Steve and Laura White, who live now in Windom, Minn., where they operate radio station KDOM.


“Sometimes simply showing up for someone who is grieving is the hardest part, but it means the most. Let’s try to support each other by speaking about the loss and sharing memories. Invite your grieving friend to dinner. Even if they decide not to join you, they will feel good about being included.

“When offering to support someone who is grieving, be specific. Saying something like “Let me know if you need anything” is too vague for someone in deep grief. It feels like work for them to even know what they need. Instead, ask them if you can pick up the kids from school, do their landry, take them to an appointment or anything you know they may not have the energy to do themselves.”
— Diane Button (from Maria Shriver’s “Sunday Paper”)


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