Vol. 24, No. 4; Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023

Sep 28, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 0 comments


“It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.”
— Joanna Rogers


This week’s schedules:
Cross country: at Watertown invitational, 2 p.m.
Girls soccer: at Aberdeen Central, 4 p.m.
Boys soccer: at Aberdeen Central, 6 p.m.
Volleyball: at Aberdeen Central, 7 p.m.
Football: home vs. Brandon Valley, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Brandon Valley 2:30 p.m.
Cheer/dance: at Sioux Falls Roosevelt invitational, 5 p.m.
Girls tennis: at state tournament, Sioux Falls, 8 a.m.
Boys golf: at state tournament, Brandon, 9 a.m.
Girls soccer: first-round playoff game (to be determined).
Boys soccer: first-round playoff game (to be determined).
Girls tennis: at state tournament, Sioux Falls.
Boys golf: at state tournament, Brandon.
Volleyball: at Huron, 7 p.m.

Cross country: Jared Lutmer placed fifth at the Rapid City meet last week in a time of 16:02. Caleb Morris was 11th in 16:28 and Haeden Wheelhouse 47th in 17:45. In the girls’ race Devyn Van Roekel was Pierre’s best in 20th place in 20:00. Harper Shaffer was 31st in 30:34, Mason Berg 32nd in 30:35, Jayne Lees 35th in 20:38 and Gwen Richter 49th in 21:06.

Boys golf: At the ESD conference tournament Monday Watertown was the champion with a team score at 4 under par. Pierre was fourth at 17 over, just two strokes out of third place. Sawyer Sonnenschein was Pierre’s best, tying for sixth with an even-par 72. Jack Bartlett was 3-over 75, Nick Bothun 6-over 78, Luke Olson 8-over 80, Charlie Simpson 9-over 81 and Lincoln Houska 9-over 81.

Football: The Governors won their homecoming game over Watertown, 47-20. Touchdown passes from Cade Kaiser to Jett Zabel covering 20 yards and then 14 yards put the Govs up by two scores. Jett ran in from four yards out for the next TD, and Cade’s 10-yard TD scamper made it 28-6 for Pierre at the half. A Kaiser-to-George Stalley TD pass covered 62 yards later, and Kaiser connected with Zabel later in the game on a 21-yard touchdown play. Zabel finished with 108 yards in eight receptions and had his three receiving TDs and one rushing TD. Kaiser completed 19 of 34 passes for 347 yards and four scores. Stalley had 167 yards in six receptions. Pierre was held to 92 yards rushing, but the passing attack was dominating. Lucas Chamberlin had forced a fumble recovered by Emmit Andersen, and Carson Stoeser had an interception as the Govs improved to 5-0 with some tough games just ahead.

Girls soccer: The Governors are 8-3-1 after two more wins this week. Pierre defeated Sioux Falls Jefferson, 3-1, as Ryann Barry scored two goals and Natalie Flottmeyer one. Then the Govs dominated Huron, 11-0. Jasmine Jost had a hat trick of three goals, Bria Sargent tallied twice, and Devyn Van Roekel, Lexie Hillmer, Barry, Flottmeyer, Grace Engbrecht and Josephine Wurtz each scored once.

Boys soccer: Pierre lost a 7-1 game to Sioux Falls Jefferson. Lucas Hight had the only Governor goal. On Tuesday the Govs lost to Huron, 3-0. Haley Fabel made 10 saves in the net for Pierre, whose record stands at 3-6-3.

Girls tennis: At the ESD conference meet Pierre finished eighth among nine teams with 35 points. Aberdeen Central was the team champion with Mitchell second. Bailey Jessen placed sixth at #4 singles, and Jocelyn Corrales/Caitlin Ott placed third in #2 doubles.

Volleyball: The Governors won a tight match at Rapid City Christian, 3-2, on game scores of 25-22, 25-15, 19-25, 24-26, 15-10. Campbell Boddicker had 11 kills and six service aces, and Reese Terwilliger had eight kills. Pierre’s record is 8-2.

Cheer. Dance: At the Rapid City Stevens meet Pierre’s competitive dance team won the team title with 253.5 points. They placed first in pom at 258.5 and second in hip hop at 243.5. The cheer team placed third with 195 points.


Thursday: coconut.
Friday-Saturday: blackberry.


This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. Timber Lake, 7 p.m.
Cross country: at Highmore-Harrold invitational, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Lyman.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes defeated Potter County and Crow Creek, both by 3-1 scores, this week. The game scores against the Battlers were 25-22, 9-25, 25-20, 26-24. Against Crow Creek the scores were 25-23, 25-13, 23-25, 25-14. SC’s record is now 11-4.

Football: The Buffs whitewashed White River, 36-0, and stand at 4-1. Colton Brady, back from an injury in the season opener, had one rushing touchdown and threw a TD pass. Barrett Schweitzer caught two TD receptions, one from Brady and one from Broch Zeeb. Zeeb also hit Paxton Deal with a touchdown pass.


This week’s schedules:
Volleyball: at Philip.
Cross country: at Highmore-Harrold invitational, 10 a.m.
Volleyball: at Timber Lake.
Volleyball: home vs. Highmore-Harrold.

Football: The Chargers were down 14-0 at halftime and lost at Herreid-Selby Area by 28-0. The winners had 284 rushing yards to the Chargers’ 130. Gavin Barber carried 18 times for 96 yards as Sully Buttes fell to a 2-4 record.

Volleyball: The SBHS girls defeated Sunshine Bible Academy, 3-0, on game scores of 25-20, 25-13, 25-21. At the Central Conference tournament in Faulkton, the Chargers defeated Potter County, 2-0 (25-15, 25-20); lost to Miller, 2-0 (17-25, 16-25), and lost to Faulkton Area, 2-0 (11-25, 14-25). On Tuesday the girls beat Potter County again, 3-1, on game scores of 17-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14. Stevie Wittler had nine kills, Madison Bradberry eight kills and six blocks, and Beckley Birney five service aces. SB’s record is 10-8.


1 day: Custer State Park buffalo roundup (Sept. 29).
1 day: Riggs High band at Platte-Geddes marching festival (Sept. 29).
2 days: Cougar Day at USF (Sept. 30).
2 days: Homecoming at NDSU (Sept. 30).
2 days: Homecoming at Minnesota (Sept. 30).
4 days: State ‘AA’ boys golf tournament, Brandon (Oct. 2-3).
4 days: State girls tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (Oct. 2-3).
8 days: Riggs High band at Menno marching festival (Oct. 6).
9 days: Augustana men’s hockey opener (Oct. 7).
9 days: Homecoming at UND (Oct. 7).
9 days: Dakota Day at USD (Oct. 7).
9 days: Gypsy Day at Northern (Oct. 7).
9 days: Swarm Day at BHSU (Oct. 7).
9 days: Homecoming at Northwestern (Iowa) (Oct. 7).
9 days: Fort Pierre horse races (Oct. 7-8).
11 days: Native American Day (Oct. 9).
14 days: Minnesota Wild season opener (Oct. 12).
15 days: Riggs High band at Groton marching festival (Oct. 13).
16 days: Hobo Day at SDSU (Oct. 14).
16 days: Riggs High band at Yankton marching festival (Oct. 14).
21 days: 9-man and 11B football playoffs begin (Oct. 19).
23 days: State cross country meet, Sioux Falls (Oct. 21).
23 days: State cheer/dance meet, Sioux Falls (Oct. 21).
28 days: 11AA football playoffs begin (Oct. 26).
29 days: World Series begins (Oct. 27-Nov. 4).
30 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Rapid City (Oct. 28).
30 days: Homecoming at Nebraska (Oct. 28).


Integrity is not only doing what’s right when no one is looking. Integrity is also doing what’s right when everyone is looking and when everyone else is doing what’s wrong.


North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): Idle last week, the Bison get back to action at home against USD at 1 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Two.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings stayed unbeaten at 4-0 with a 31-27 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead. Augie provides homecoming opposition for USF at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bob Young Field.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The surprising Vikings are 4-1 after a 16-12 win over Concordia (Neb.). DWU goes down to Mount Marty at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Idle last week, Gallaudet returns to the field at Nichols (Mass.) Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): On a last-second 50-yard field goal BHSU rallied to beat Colorado-Mesa, 25-23, after Mesa had gone ahead seconds earlier on a field goal of its own. Now 3-1, BHSU entertains South Dakota Mines at 6 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes defeated St. Thomas, 3-1, as Janaina had two shots, one of them a shot on goal. Then USD lost to SDSU, 1-0. Now 5-3-3, USD is home tonight vs. UND.

Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer (Mackenzie Rath): The Mavericks defeated Mary, 1-0, and tied Minot State, 1-1, on a weekend road trip. Mackenzie played all 90 minutes as goalkeeper in both contests, making four saves at Mary and three at Minot. The team is home Friday vs. St. Cloud State and Sunday vs. Minnesota-Duluth.

University of Sioux Falls football (Jack Merkwan, Christian Busch, Jayden Wiebe): The Cougars slipped by Minot State, 7-0. They are home for their Cougar Day game against Augustana Saturday at 1 p.m.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders are unbeaten at 4-0 after winning at Mount Marty, 42-0. Morris was credited with one solo tackle. Northwestern plays at Midland at 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Dakota State cross country (Jessica Lutmer): Idle last week, the Jacks run at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights on Friday.

Ohio State football (Lincoln Kienholz): On the brink of defeat, Ohio State won at Notre Dame, 17-14, on a touchdown on the last play of the game. Now 4-0, the Buckeyes are idle this week, awaiting a home date against unbeaten Maryland on Oct. 7.

Dakota State football (Nathan Cook, Collin Brueggeman): The Trojans were idle last weekend. Now 0-4, DSU plays at Mayville State at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Grand View men’s soccer (Rylan Derry): Grand View lost to Mount Mercy, 3-1, and tied Park (Mo.), 2-2. Now 5-3-1, Grand View is home vs. Missouri Valley Saturday and goes to Clarke next Wednesday.


Sept. 29, 2022: Pierre native Andy Smith was honored as one of the School of Mines’ 2022 Outstanding Recent Graduates during homecoming week.


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings dropped to 0-3 with a 28-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. They battle another 0-3 team this week, the Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte at noon Sunday on Fox.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos were embarrassed at Miami, 70-20, and are 0-3. They, too, face another 0-3 team this week when they go to Chicago to face the Bears at noon Sunday on CBS.

NFL games on live local TV this weekend:
— Thursday, Detroit at Green Bay, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
— Sunday, Minnesota at Carolina, noon, Fox.
— Sunday, Denver at Chicago, noon, CBS.
— Sunday, New England at Dallas, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
— Sunday, Kansas City at New York Jets, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
— Monday, Seattle at New York Giants, 7:15 p.m., ABC, ESPN.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
— Thursday, volleyball, UND vs. Omaha, 7 p.m.
— Friday, football, Fargo North vs. Grand Forks Red River, 6 p.m. (MS2).
— Friday, volleyball, UND vs. St. Thomas, 7 p.m.
— Saturday, football, USD vs. NDSU, 1 p.m. (MS2).
— Saturday, football, SDSU vs. UND, 2 p.m.

Class 11AA update:
— Overall records: Pierre 5-0, Yankton 4-1, Spearfish 4-1, Tea Area 3-2, Watertown 3-2, Aberdeen Central 3-2, Sturgis 3-2, Huron 2-3, Douglas 1-4, Brookings 1-4, Mitchell 0-5.
— This week’s games: Brandon Valley at Pierre, Watertown at Aberdeen Central, Brookings at Yankton, Huron at Douglas, Spearfish at Mitchell, Tea Area at Sturgis.


Justin Briese, Aberdeen Central: Justin’s Golden Eagles are now 3-2 after starting 0-2. They beat Huron, 30-6. This week they are home vs. Watertown (3-2).

Ben Kramer, Hot Springs: Ben’s Bison won their homecoming game over Lead-Deadwood, 50-0. Now 5-1, Hot Springs is idle this week until an Oct. 6 game at Rapid City Christian.

Mikal Kern, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (N.D.): The Warbirds are 5-1 after a 67-6 win over Enderlin. This Friday W-L plays at Hatton/Northwood (2-4).

Scott Raue, Harvey/Wells County (N.D.): The team for which Scott is an assistant coach is now 5-1 after a 42-13 win over Grafton. Harvey plays Carrington (4-2) this week.


Last week Brad Cruse missed a perfect 10-0 record by one second of playing time. He had picked Notre Dame, and they had their game won until Ohio State scored with one second left. Nevertheless, Brad with a 9-1 record gets 10 points as our only top scorer of the week. At 8-2 for nine points each were Seb Axtman, Mikal Kern, Eric James, David Ludwig, Beth Rinehart, Randy Pool, Terry Tousley, Jason Noyes and Thomas Voeltz. At 7-3 for eight points apiece were Levi Neuharth, Jon Boer, Dave Potter and Nathan Vetter.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) USC at Colorado.
(2) Clemson at Syracuse.
(3) Kansas at Texas.
(4) Washington at Arizona.
(5) Notre Dame at Duke.
(6) NFL: Atlanta vs. Jacksonville (in London).
(7) NFL: Baltimore at Cleveland.
(8) NFL: Minnesota at Carolina.
(9) NFL: Miami at Buffalo.
(10) NFL: Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers.


Northern (1-3): Lost to Winona State, 39-16.
— This week: Saturday at MSU-Moorhead, noon.
SDSU (3-0): Idle last weekend.
— This week: Saturday home vs. UND, 2 p.m.
USD (2-1): Idle last weekend.
— This week: Saturday at NDSU, 1 p.m.
Mount Marty (2-3): Lost to Northwestern (Iowa), 42-0.
— This week: Saturday home vs. Dakota Wesleyan, 6 p.m.
South Dakota Mines (2-2): Defeated New Mexico Highlands, 42-7.
— This week: Saturday at Black Hills State, 6 p.m.
UND (2-1): Idle last weekend.
— This week: Saturday at SDSU, 2 p.m.
Minnesota (2-2): Lost to Northwestern, 37-34, in overtime.
— This week: Saturday home vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, noon, Big Ten Network.
Nebraska (2-2): Defeated Louisiana Tech, 28-14.
— This week: Saturday home vs. Michigan, 2:30 p.m., Fox.


Minnesota Twins: The Twins clinched the Central Division title last Friday with a win over the Angels, then split the final two games of that series. This week they have taken two from the Oakland A’s. The Twins finish the regular season against the A’s today, then play the Rockies in Colorado Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. As a division champion but the one with the worst record, the Twins have to play in the wild-card round against the lowest wild-card team, but all three games in the best-of-3 series will be at Target Field on Tuesday and Wednesday, then if necessary, Thursday. Most likely the opponent will be the Astros though it could be Toronto or Seattle, depending on this weekend’s games. If it’s Houston, though, we have to expect Verlander to pitch and to pitch well in Game #1, and that would mean a loss and the necessity to win Games 2 and 3 back to back. The winner of this 3-6 wild-card series would play Tampa Bay in the best-of-5 division round.


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Los Angeles, 4-3, and lost to St. Louis, 2-1, jeopardizing their playoff chances. Now 9-11-10, Minnesota is 11th in the Western Conference of MLS. The Loons are home Saturday against San Jose, then go to Los Angeles FC next Wednesday.


Badlands Sabres: Beginning another year in the NA3HL, the Sabres, based at the Roosevelt Ice Arena in Rapid City, lost their opening games to Bozeman, 4-3 and 5-2. Badlands plays at Great Falls this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Augustana University: The first-ever Division I men’s hockey program in South Dakota begins play soon at Augustana where the new Midco Arena is being built on campus. The Vikings open play at Wisconsin Oct. 7-8. The home openers at the Denny Sanford Premier Center will be Oct. 14-15 against Bowling Green.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush open play in the ECHL at Iowa Oct 20-21. The home openers are against Kansas City Oct. 27-28.

Sioux Falls Stampede: In the USHL Classic to open the season, the Stampede beat Cedar Rapids, 5-2, and lost in overtime to Tri-City, 2-1. Sioux Falls plays at Des Moines this Saturday. The home openers are Oct. 7 vs. Waterloo and Oct. 8 vs. Tri-City.

Minnesota Wild: In the first two of four preseason games the Wild won at Colorado, 4-3, and lost at Dallas, 6-1. The Wild plays at home vs. Colorado Thursday and Chicago Saturday to finish the preseason.


“The U.S. of A. is facing a threat from a sometimes violent cult while a nuclear armed power wages war on the border of our closest allies. And many Americans sleepwalk as if they are living in normal times instead of in an ongoing crisis.”
— Tom Nichols in The Atlantic.


  • Country music legend Gary Morris has a tour schedule of only seven shows a year, but he is coming to the Homestake Opera House in Lead for a 7 p.m. concert Oct. 21. Ticket details can be found at HomestakeOperaHouse.org. Morris played the lead role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway.
  • Speaking of concerts, Journey is coming to The Monument in Rapid City for a Feb. 29 concert. I don’t go to concerts, so I don’t follow the schedules of concerts in Rapid City and Sioux Falls that so many of you drive to see, but this one sounds like a surefire event to sell out.


Thursday, Sept. 28:
Erin (Titze) Herr, Cody Hostler, Sophie Hackett, Amy (Swenson) Einspahr, Kim Otterness, Mark Nielsen, Pat Hermanson, Matt Mullaney, Tom Byrum.
— Anniversary, Allen/Jennifer (Maberry) Langfeldt.
— 11th anniversary, Matthew/Darby (Warne) Boyd.
— 21st anniversary, Ron/Mary (Burtts) Wire.
— 10th anniversary, Matthew/Ashley (Heikes) Rigge.

Friday, Sept. 29:
Ben Clair, Brittani Scott, Tim Schaefer, Charlie Magedanz, Jon Kinsman, Liz Vogt, Jeri Wilcox, Ellen Kub, George Sperry.
— 5th anniversary, Tyler/Rachel (Hartmann) Arbach.
— 11th anniversary, Justin/Erin (Moehring) Boggs.
— 11th anniversary, Brian/Jessica Knadle.

Saturday, Sept. 30:
Ezra Rosenau, Rod Fisher, Allison Lindblom, Kelley Trebesch, Joey Tetzlaff, Todd Bertsch, Mike Huxford, Dusty Johnson, Chelsey Diez, Leigh Ann Dunn, Joan Adam, Jeff Holden, Jim Mehlhaff, Tonya Brady-Jones.
— 6th anniversary, Adam/Salina (Ballesteros) Sharkey.
— 6th anniversary, Austen/Abbie (Ramsey) McCloud.
— 12th anniversary, Jay/Lindsey (Suedkamp) Griffith.
— 7th anniversary, Jason/Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen.
— 18th anniversary, Shawn/Lori (Stulken) Blom.
— 6th anniversary Sean/Shayna (Gross) Mehlhaff.

Sunday, Oct. 1:
Randi (McQuistion) Norman, Michael Lindbloom, Kelsey Collier-Wise, Sarah Farnsworth, Kaelie Slape, Josh Hartmann, Mikal Kern, Michael Rydland, Dawn Harris, Janell (Sarvis) Juhnke, Joelle (Sarvis) Ellenbecker, Karae (Englehart) Parsons.
— 1st anniversary, Alex/Deidre (Lamb) Perkins.
— 24th anniversary, Brad/Joelle (Sarvis) Ellenbecker.
— 12th anniversary, Dustin/Jamie (McQuistion) Haefner.
— 12th anniversary, Dere/Jennifer (Jensen) Newcomb.

Monday, Oct. 2:
Briana (Tobin) Bales, Jayce Beastrom, Brent Hepker, Nancy Baker, Jenna (Wickersham) Morin, Brea Lyn Steele.
— 2nd anniversary Jordan/Abbey Lamb.
— 19th anniversary, Jon/Lacie (Boyle) Herman.
— 19th anniversary, Brian/Brooke (Drewes) Dozark.
— 12th anniversary Donny/Abby Kuper.
— 13th anniversary, Tyler/Angel Nemec.

Tuesday, Oct. 3:
Chris Rumrill, Tyson Paxton, Christian Hess, Jill Gilmore, John Rounds, Jolene Schall, John Barnett, Annika (Russell) Manke, Stephanie (Collison) Thier, Eero Lehmkuhl, Paulette Disburg, Mackenzie Bollinger, Ellery Humphery.
— 36th anniversary, Mike/Kristi Jordan.
— 8th anniversary, Ronn/Kendra (Ott) Beyer.
— 8th anniversary, Thomas/Brianne Trimble.
— 8th anniversary, Kyle/Carly (Myers) Schrempp.
— 14th anniversary, Nic/Lacey (Boehmer) Hogan.

Wednesday, Oct. 4:
Andrina Larson, Henry White, Mandy Vogel, Ross Sperry, Stacia Nissen, Shawn Lewis. Gini Grannes, Kelly Zinter, Kate (Robertson) Bartel, Steph (Dvorak) Delvo.
— 14th anniversary, Nate/Rachel Kuchta.
— 9th anniversary, Matt/Carrie Bunkowske.
— 9th anniversary, Bryce/Alyssa (Colton) Sutton.

Thursday, Oct. 5:
Hailley Fouts, Griffin Johnson Dolton Laskey, Sarah Raecke, Erika (Rounds) Stoeser, Angie Iverson, Andre Melius, Lindsey Rogers, Sophia Hove, Jill (Penticoff) Dean, Drew Sweetman, Cody Henson Hullinger, Seth Waitman, Eric Hipple, Sandy (Case) Klatt, Jeanne Dahlin, Kelsey (Dunwoody) Kampfe.
— 10th anniversary, Dan/Kelli (Stuwe) Maberry.
— 33rd anniversary, Russ/Connie (Walton) Hohn.


Amanda Fanger was married on Sept. 2 to Robert Dulitz at Bristol. The daughter of George and Janet Fanger of rural Onida and a former reporter for The Onida Watchman, left Onida a few years ago to work at the newspaper in Webster. She is now owner and publisher of both the Reporter & Farmer newspaper and Day County Printing Co. Inc. Her husband is engaged in farming, and the couple are making their home on the Dulitz family farm south of Webster.

Wendy Shay Lehrkamp, 86, died Sept. 24. Visitation will be tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel, followed by a prayer service and rosary there at 7:30. Wendy grew up in Delmont and Gregory and came to Pierre in 1951. She married Robert “Doc” Shay in 1953. She shared in his veterinary business and also worked as a bookkeeper for Howard Morrissey Lumber and Forney Oil and in receiving for Red Owl. After Doc died in 1998, Wendy married Leo Lehrkamp in 2015, and he passed away in 2021. Wendy is survived by her son, Bill (Carol) Shay; her daughters, Barbara (Jim ) Beastrom and Bobbi (Warren) Ice; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brother, Dean Boettcher; her sisters, Inez Laprath and Viva Dell Arnold; eight stepchildren; numerous step-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.

Members of the homecoming royalty at Stanley County High School are king candidates Barrett Schweitzer, Broch Zeeb, Ehran Cantu and Levi Wagner-Erno and queen candidates Cadence Hand, Tatum Scott, Mattie Duffy and Rachel Nemec. The coronation will be next Tuesday, and homecoming parade and game day is Friday, Oct. 6.

Clovis Wood, 93, North Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Pierre, died Sept. 22. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre. The family will greet visitors from noon to 1 p.m. at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. Mr. Wood, a Korean War veteran, was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is survived by his daughter, Janelle (Eddie) Coker, and a grandson and by his brother-in-law, Eldon (Lilia) LaFave of Pierre. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings and his wife, Belva (LaFave) Wood.

A GoFundMe page has been established for Vermillion resident Deb McNary and her family as they face mounting medical bills with no end to them in sight. Deb is a sister of long-time Pierre resident Nancy Gonsor. As she was driving home from parent-teacher conferences, her car was T-boned by a semi on Highway 50 near Vermillion. The jaws of life were used to remove Deb from her vehicle, and she was airlifted to Sioux Falls with life-threatening injuries. Besides needing multiple blood transfusions, she sustained internal bleeding a compound fracture in an arm, a dislocated elbow and hip, shattered pelvis hip and patella, lacerated liver, five broken vertebrae and a lung punctured by a broken rib. Major surgeries are required as well as months of hospitalization. Deb for more than 15 years has been a special education teacher in the Dakota Valley schools at North Sioux City, and she also works as a pharmacy technician. The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/recovery-for-deb-mcnary.

Pierre native and Riggs High alumnus Justin Scott and his wife, Natalie, are the parents of a daughter, Cameron Faye Scott, who was born July 31, weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces. She joins a brother, Preston, 3, in the Scott family at their home in Minneapolis.

Randy Diedrich, 67, died at home in Pierre Sept. 22. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at The Bridge Wesleyan Church. He attended the Lyman schools and married Rhonda Uthe in 1976. They had three sons, living in Presho and Rapid City. Randy established R&R Transportation and was a dedicated trucker. He brought his business to Pierre in 2001. Another of his business ventures was Big Paws in downtown Pierre. Survivors include his sons, Derek (Julie) Diedrich, Justin (Amber) Diedrich and Brent (Arin) Diedrich; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brothers, Bernard (Toni) Diedrich and Richard (Patty) Diedrich; his sister, Pat (Al) Pravecek, and his former wife, Rhonda (Blaine) Drageset.

Not only is Jim McLain busy at his new job as a teacher at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls, but he is already involved in his second community theater play. “A Christmas Carol” will be performed at The Premier Playhouse at the Orpheum in December. Jim is understudy for the role of Bob Cratchit but is also cast as a carol singer, Dick Wilkins, and Bella’s future husband.

Rodger Hartley has a role in “Airness,” the second play of this first season at the new Catalyst Theater in Rapid City of which Rodger and his wife, Joanna Lawler, are the driving forces. This play will run on Friday and Saturday evenings from Oct. 13 through Nov. 4 as ell as Thursday evenings, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, and Sunday afternoons, Oct. 15 and 29. For information go to www.catalyst.art.

Congratulations to Robert, Sheridan and Cash Anderson. The Cash family has been named Legacy Family of the Year by the USD Alumni Association. The four-generation history of the Cash family’s connection with the university began with Theodore Halla, who graduated with degrees in 1903, 1923 and 1935. His daughter, Margaret Halla Cash Wegner and her late husband, Dr. Joseph Cash, earned degrees from USD. Then the three Cash children—Joseph, Sheridan (Anderson) and Meredith—all went to USD. The fourth-generation member is Cash Anderson, who recently graduated from the USD law school.

Gary Feller, 88, Harrold, died Sept. 21 at Avera Maryhouse. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel, followed by a prayer service and Masonic rites at 6. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Harrold auditorium. Gary graduated from Harrold High School in 1953, He worked on the family farm until he was 21, worked for two years on the Oahe Dam construction and worked for Pete Reding. He farmed and ranched for the rest of his life. He married Barbara LaFurge in 1959, and they had four children. Surviving are his children, Bill (Heather) Feller and Jim (Nancy) Feller, all of Blunt; Wayne (Kamie) Feller of Harrold and Rebecca Feller of Pierre; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and his brothers, Bill Feller of Blunt, Duane Feller in California, Erwin (Marlys) Feller of Pierre and Merrill (Galene) Feller of Valentine, Neb.

Seth Hamilton, quarterback for the Spearfish High School team, had a career game in a 40-7 homecoming win over Belle Fourche. Seth is the grandson of Blunt natives Gale and Jo (King) Harkless. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and he carried the ball five times for 50 yards and three more touchdowns. Oh, yes. He also kicked four of six extra points.

Pierre Players Community Theatre has announced the cast for “All Is Calm,” the Christmas-related musical that will be performed Nov. 10-12 and 16-18. Cast members are Drew Nafus, Jamie Meyers, Kevin Kumpf, Mitch Honan, Mark Hiatt, Justin Munger, Scott Lee, Trent Deyo, Nathan Kist, Thomas Vetsch, Xavier Louis, Nicholas Johnson and Rodd Bauck.


“If we continue to underfund education and pay our teachers dead last in the region, I’m not sure that’s going to improve morale or improve performance. But investing in our system of education might be the kind of thing that turns those trends around.”
— State Sen. Reynold Nesiba


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