Vol. 24, No. 8; Thursday, October 26, 2023

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You can’t create chaos in the lives of others and expect peace to come to yours. No matter what they did or how you feel, causing hurt to others will never bring healing to you.
— Morgan Richard Olivier


Quarterfinal games tonight (Thursday):

Class 11AAA:
Rapid City Stevens at Sioux Falls Lincoln.
Sioux Falls Jefferson at Brandon Valley.
Sioux Falls Washington at Harrisburg.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt at Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

Class 11AA:
Spearfish at Pierre.
Aberdeen Central at Watertown.
Huron at Yankton.
Sturgis at Tea Area.

Class 11A:
Madison at Dell Rapids.
Dakota Valley at Sioux Falls Christian.
Chamberlain at West Central.
Lennox at Canton.

Class 11B:
Aberdeen Roncalli at Winner.
Tri-Valley at Elk Point-Jefferson.
Hot Springs at Sioux Valley.
Rapid City Christian at Deuel.

Class 9AA:
Hanson at Parkston.
Wall at Hamlin.
Elkton-Lake Benton at Howard.
Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy at Platte-Geddes.

Class 9A:
Castlewood at Warner.
Gregory at Canistota.
Chester Area at Philip.
Deubrook Area at Alcester-Hudson.

Class 9B:
Hitchcock-Tulare at Avon.
Gayville-Volin at De Smet.
Potter County at Corsica-Stickney.
Kadoka Area at Faulkton Area.


This week’s schedules:
Football: home vs. Spearfish in playoffs quarterfinal, 7 p.m.
Volleyball: home vs. Sioux Falls Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Football: The Governors ended their regular season with an 8-1 record when they hammered Douglas, 64-6. Pierre earned the #1 seed in Class 11AA, tying with Yankton but earning the top seed by virtue of beating Yankton head to head. It was 41-6 after one quarter in a game that was no contest right from the start. Cade Kaiser threw five touchdown passes—two to Jett Zabel and one each to Tyan Buss, George Stalley and Keenan Scott. Trey Lewis returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score. Kaleb Lounsbury passed to Trevor Rounds for a score, Gayden Schaffer ran in a score from 15 yards out, and Ryann Barry kicked a 24-yard field goal.

Cheer/dance: At the state meet in Sioux Falls on Saturday, the Pierre cheer team placed 14th with a 207.5 score. Sioux Falls Lincoln won the state cheer title. The Pierre dance team placed seventh overall with a 264.50 score. They were fifth in pom at 267 and eighth in hip hop at 260. Brandon Valley was the state dance team champion.

Cross country: Pierre’s Jared Lutmer won the “AA” boys state individual championship in a time of 15:15.42, breaking the tape by 16 seconds over runner-up Grady Loos of Rapid City Stevens. Jared is the second-ever Governor to win the state boys cross country run. The first was Travis Fitzke in his senior year in 2007. Pierre’s Caleb Morris placed ninth in 16:06.78. Other Governor runners: Haeden Wheelhouse 45th, 16:56.84; Ian Rounds 62nd, 17:24.91; Jaden Brandt 82nd, 17:51.53; Mason Ward-Zeller 85th, 17:54.03; Alex Oedekoven 113th, 18:37.57. The Governor boys team finished seventh in the team standings with a 199 score. Sioux Falls Lincoln was state team champion for the boys, followed in order by Sturgis, Rapid City Stevens, Aberdeen Central, Brookings and Brandon Valley ahead of Pierre. In the “AA” girls race the Pierre girls placed ninth with a 231 score, and Brandon Valley was the team champion with a 52 score. The Pierre runners: Jayne Lees 19th, 19:22.79; Mason Berg 33rd, 20:05.27; Harper Shaffer 46th, 20:26.15; Jazzlyn Rombough 65th, 21:06.76; Gwen Richter 68th, 21:09.57; Charlee Williams-Smith 77th, 21:29.21. Following Brandon Valley in order were Spearfish, Harrisburg, Rapid City Stevens, Sioux Falls O;Gorman, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sturgis and Watertown ahead of the Governors.

Cross country: Jazzlyn Rombough, Mason Dell and Jared Lutmer of the Pierre girls and boys teams earned recognition on this year’s Cross Country Academic All-State team.

Volleyball: Pierre lost to Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 3-1, on game scores of 25-21, 18-25, 27-29, 15-25. Reese Terwilliger had 14 kills. Pierre, down two games to none, rallied to beat Aberdeen Central, 3-2, on game scores of 12-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 15-12. Abigail Kropp had 17 kills and Campbell Boddicker 15 kills. On Tuesday the Governors lost to Brookings, 3-1, on game scores of 18-25, 25-19, 25-27, 24-26. Terwilliger had 15 kills, Kropp 10 kills and Boddicker six kills. Pierre’s record is 10-9 with one match remaining in the regular season, and the Govs will have to win to host a SoDak 16 match the following week.


Thursday: almond.
Friday-Sunday: raspberry.
(Zesto closing for the season after Sunday)


Football: The best season in several years for the Buffaloes ended with a 7-2 record when Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy came to Fort Pierre and scored late to beat SCHS, 32-28, in the first round of the playoffs. Colton Brady’s first touchdown run brought the Buffaloes to within 8-6 early, and Brendon Bothwell’s TD put the Buffs ahead, 14-8. The visitors, however, led, at halftime 16-14. Brady scored in the third period for a 22-16 lead. Then the Buffs found themselves down again, 24-22. The next three possessions stalled. After a Broch Zeeb interception, the Buffaloes drove 52 yards with Brady going over for his third score. That put SCHS ahead by 28-24 with eight minutes left, but a personal foul on the ensuing kickoff set up the winners at the 43-yard line. They marched downfield and scored on a quarterback keeper play with 4;51 remaining to win it. SCHS failed on five fourth-down attempts in the game.

This week’s schedule:
Volleyball: Home vs. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte for quarterfinal game in Region 6A playoffs.

Cross country: At the state meet in Sioux Falls the only Buffalo runner in the “A” boys race, Spencer Sargent, placed 101st in 15:14.66. In the “A” girls race Kaysen Magee placed 78th in 21:19.54.

Volleyball: The Buffaloes lost to Highmore-Harrold, 3-1, on game scores of 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 23-25. On Tuesday they won an important match, taking down Jones County, 3-2, on game scores of 15-25, 25-10, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12. SCHS with its 17-9 record earned the #3 seed in the Region 6A playoffs and will be home Tuesday in the quarterfinal round.


Volleyball: The Chargers lost to Hitchcock-Tulare, 3-0, on game scores of 5-25, 21-25, 17-25. Payge Bakker had six kills and Stevie Wittler four kills. The Chargers’ regular season ended with a 12-17 record awaiting the regional tournament.

Football: Missing leading scorer and rusher Gavin Barber as well as Preston Kinney, the outmanned Chargers lost at home in the first round of the playoffs to Kadoka Area, 38-22. SBHS was down by 22-8 at halftime. Later the deficit grew to 38-8 until Sully Buttes scored two late touchdowns to cut the final deficit, one on a 23-yard run by Kadyun Westergren and the other on a 32-yard TD pass from Wesley Wittler to Logan Severson. SB ends the season with a 3-6 record.

Cross country: At the state meet in Sioux Falls Jonas Olson placed 108th in the “B” boys race in 21:22.93. Myli Weischedel in the girls race placed 107th in 25:46.33.

This week’s schedule:
Volleyball: First-round game in Region 6B playoffs.


Class 11AA update: Final regular-season overall records—Pierre 8-1, Yankton 8-1, Sturgis 6-3, Tea Area 6-3, Watertown 6-3, Spearfish 4-5. Aberdeen Central 4-5, Huron 4-5, Mitchell 2-7, Brookings 1-8, Douglas 1-8. Pierre gets #1 seed by virtue of head-to-head win over Yankton. Mitchell, Brookings, Douglas fail to qualify for the playoffs.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
— Thursday: A South Dakota football playoff game, 7 p.m. (MS2).
— Thursday: Volleyball, SDSU-UND, 7 p.m.
— Friday: A North Dakota football playoff game, 6 p.m. (MS2).
— Friday: Men’s hockey, UND-Minnesota State, 7 p.m.
— Saturday: Football, USD-SDSU, 1 p.m.
— Saturday: Football, UND-Indiana State, 1 p.m. (MS2).
— Saturday: Men’s hockey, UND-Minnesota State, 6 p.m.

NFL live games on local TV this weekend (games on local stations subject to change by networks):
— Thursday: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
— Sunday: Minnesota at Green Bay, noon, Fox.
— Sunday: New England at Miami, noon, CBS.
— Sunday: Kansas City at Denver, 3:25 p.m., CBS.
— Sunday: Chicago at Los Angeles Clippers, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
— Monday: Las Vegas at Detroit, 7:15 p.m., ABC, ESPN.

Other colleges which are not mentioned in the College Sports Roundup below
— Northern (4-4): Defeated Wayne State, 28-26.
This week: at Concordia-St. Paul, noon Saturday.
— SDSU (7-0): Defeated Southern Illinois, 17-10.
This week: at USD, 1 p.m. Saturday, Midco Sports Network.
— USD (6-1): Defeated Indiana State, 17-3.
This week: home vs. SDSU, 1 p.m. Saturday, Midco Sports Network.
— Mount Marty (3-6): Lost to Hastings, 45-42.
This week: at Doane, 1 p.m. Saturday.
— South Dakota Mines (4-4): Defeated Fort Lewis, 48-10.
This week: at Adams State, 1 p.m. Saturday.
— UND (4-3): Lost to Northern Iowa, 27-0.
This week: home vs. Indiana State 1 p.m. Saturday, ESPN+.
— Minnesota (4-3): Defeated Iowa, 12-10.
This week: home vs. Michigan State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
— Nebraska (4-3): Defeated Northwestern, 17-9.
This week: home vs. Purdue, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, FS1.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos won at home for the first time this season, holding off Green Bay with a late interception in a 19-17 win. Now 2-5, Denver hosts Kansas City at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings surprised San Francisco, 22-17, Monday night as quarterback Kirk Cousins had a great game and the defense created four 49er turnovers. Now 3-4 and back in the NFC North race, the Vikings face an intra-division foe at Green Bay at noon Sunday on Fox.


Last week losses by Iowa, USC, the Lions, the Dolphins and the Cheeseheads spoiled many of our contestants’ entries. Eight of them didn’t earn any points, a high number for this season so far. But Seb Axtman and Nathan Vetter managed 8-2 marks for 10 points each. At 7-3 for 9 points each were Jon Boer and Jason Noyes. At 6-4 for 8 points each were David Ludwig, Debra Bollinger, Thomas Voeltz and Randy Pool.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) SDSU at USD.
(2) Michigan State at Minnesota.
(3) Purdue at Nebraska.
(4) Pittsburgh at Notre Dame.
(5) Oregon at Utah.
(6) Colorado at UCLA.
(7) Ohio State at Wisconsin.
(8) NFL: Minnesota at Green Bay.
(9) NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas.
(10) NFL: Cincinnati at San Francisco.


Justin Briese, Aberdeen Central: Justin’s Golden Eagles lost to Sioux Falls Lincoln, 55-7, in their regular-season finale and are 4-5. To open the playoffs the Eagles play at Watertown tonight.

Ben Kramer, Hot Springs: The Bison whipped Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, 55-7, in their playoff opener. They travel across the state to Volga to play Sioux Valley in their quarterfinal game tonight.

Mikal Kern, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (N.D.): The team for which Mikal is an assistant coach lost their playoff first-round game to North Prairie, 44-26, and finished a 6-3 season.

Scott Raue, Harvey-Wells County (N.D.): The team for which Scott assists lost their playoff opener to #2 Kindred, 49-16, and finished a 5-5 season.


“It was a triumph for democracy in our country that an insurrectionist was rejected.”
— Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Rep. Jim Jordan’s failures to win election as Speaker.


South Dakota State women’s cross country (Jessica Lutmer): Idle last week, the Jackrabbit runners are awaiting the Summit League conference meet in Brookings on Saturday.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): Josh’s Yellowjackets lost to the #1 team in the nation, Colorado Mines, 42-17. Now 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the RMAC, BHSU plays Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., at noon Saturday.

Grand View men’s soccer (Rylan Derry): Grand View lost to MidAmerican Nazarene, 3-2, and lost to William Penn, 2-0. Now 8-7-1, Grand View goes to Missouri Friday to play Culver-Stockton.

Ohio State football (Lincoln Kienholz): The Buckeyes won a battle of unbeatens over Penn State, 20-12. Now 7-0, Ohio State plays Saturday night at Wisconsin on NBC.

Dakota State football (Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans are 0-8 overall and 0-6 in the NSAA after a 21-14 loss at Valley City State. Nathan had three pass receptions for a total of 24 yards, the longest of which went for 15 yards. Collin was credited with five solo tackles and four assisted tackles for a total of nine. DSU is off this week. The next game is Nov. 4 against Mayville State.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): Rebounding after their stunning loss to UND the previous week, the Bison destroyed Western Illinois as expected, 52-7. Now 5-2, NDSU hosts Murray State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings remained unbeaten with a 28-10 win over Minnesota State-Mankato. Jett was credited with two solo tackles. Augie plays at noon Saturday at Wayne State.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers lost to Briar Cliff, 21-17, and are now 5-3. DWU hosts Jamestown at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): Now that the Red Raiders whipped neighboring Dordt, 35-14, and are 8-0 for the season, here comes the big one of the regular season—a home game against #3 in the nation Morningside at 1 p.m. Saturday in Orange City.

USF football (Jack Merkwan, Jayden Wiebe, Christian Busch): The Cougars fell to Winona State, 42-35, and are 3-5. USF goes out of the NSIC to play at #4 Pittsburg State this Saturday.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Gallaudet defeated Alfred University, 38-24, and is now 3-4 for the season so far. Gallaudet plays at Anna Maria (Mass.) this Saturday.

Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer (Mackenzie Rath): After scoring six straight shutouts, that streak ended when the Mavericks tied Northern, 1-1. Mackenzie again played all 90 minutes as goalkeeper and made seven saves. On Sunday the Mavericks lost a 2-1 match at Minnesota State-Moorhead. Another player was put in goal and allowed two Moorhead goals in 55 minutes. Mackenzie was brought in and kept Moorhead shut out for the final 35 minutes, making one save along the way. The NSIC regular season ends this weekend at home against Minnesota-Crookston Friday and Bemidji State Saturday.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes lost at Kansas City, 2-0, and lost at Oral Roberts, 5-1, to finish the regular season with a record of 7-6-4. USD will be the #5 seed in the Summit League tournament in Denver Friday through Sunday.


Oct. 27, 2022: Jayden Wiebe opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Governors drilled Sturgis, 42-14, in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Lincoln Kienholz passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another score.


Minnesota United FC: The MLS regular season ended last weekend, and the Loons’ season ended right there when they lost at Sporting Kansas city, 3-1. The Loons and four other teams were vying in their final games for three available playoff spots.


1 day: World Series begins (Oct. 27-Nov. 4).
2 days: All-State Chorus/Orchestra concert, Rapid City (Oct. 28).
2 days: Homecoming at Nebraska (Oct. 28).
8 days: NBA in-season tournament begins (Nov. 3-Dec. 9).
8 days: Football playoffs semifinals (Nov. 3).
10 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 5).
12 days: Volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 7).
12 days: Pierre Concert Series: “Yesterday Once More” (Nov. 7).
13 days: Country Music Association awards, ABC-TV (Nov. 8).
14 days: Football state championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 9-11).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “All Is Calm” (Nov. 10-12, 16-18).
21 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 16-18).
28 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23).


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The NBA G League season opens for the Force against Indiana on Nov. 11.

Minnesota Timberwolves: In their last preseason game the Wolves beat Chicago, 114-105, but last night when it counted, in their NBA season opener, the Wolves lost at Toronto, 97-94. Minnesota will be home Saturday vs. Miami, on the road to Atlanta Monday and back home to play Denver next Wednesday.


Augustana men’s hockey: Idle last week with a 2-2 record, the Vikings face stiff challenges as they go to Denver (#2 in the nation) Friday and to Colorado College Saturday.

Rapid City Rush: The season opened with a sweep for the Rush in Mason City against North Iowa, 4-2 and 4-3 in overtime. The Rush open their home season Friday and Saturday against Kansas City, then play at Kansas City on Tuesday.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings split a pair with North Iowa, winning 7-2 and losing 3-2. Aberdeen plays Friday and Saturday at Bismarck.

Badlands Sabres: The Sabres lost twice at home to Gillette, 5-3 and 5-1. Their record is 4-4-1-2 (four wins, four losses, one overtime loss, two shootout losses). The Sabres are off this weekend and will play next Nov. 3-4 at home vs. Yellowstone.

Sioux Falls Stampede: Off to a great start in the new USHL season, the Stampede lost to Tri-City, 4-1; won in overtime over Omaha, 4-3, and beat Sioux City, 4-3. Now 7-2-1-0, the Stampede play at Youngstown on Friday and Saturday.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are now 3-3 in the new season. This week they lost to Los Angeles, 7-3; lost to Columbus in overtime 5-4 and beat Edmonton, 7-4. Minnesota goes east to Philadelphia Thursday, to Washington Friday and to New Jersey Sunday.


We were all humans until race disconnected us, religions separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us.


  • When my Joyful Gals & Guys chorus from the Canyon Lake Activity Center sang for some of the residents at Westhills Village in Rapid City last Thursday, it was a treat to see former Pierre teachers Bev Searls and Karen Schaefer, both of whom along with their husbands live at Westhills. I also enjoyed a visit with life-long Onida friend Thelma Allison, also a Westhills resident, who celebrates her 90th birthday this Saturday. (Onida area friends, you can still send her a birthday card at 255 Texas St., Apt. L422, Rapid City SD 57701.)


Thursday, Oct. 26:
Madyson Hammell, Shannigan Heckenlaible, Josh Gilkerson, Miles Schock, Tifanie Thompson.
— 20th anniversary, Matt/Stephanie (Hull) Joens.

Friday, Oct. 27:
Keith Hrdlicka, Carter Schiefelbein, River Iverson, Chris Rasmussen, Kinsley Christenson, Rosemary Currier, Bev Smedley, haylie Ripperger.
— 22nd anniversary, Rick/Lisa Knudson.

Saturday, Oct. 28:
Thelma Allison (#90), Kristi Hestdalen, Samantha Beck, Kyle Cichos, Logan Stoeser, Megan (Rapp) Deal, Kendra (Ott) Beyer, Jane Pitlick, Jodi Gabriel, Katherine Breske, Madison Siebrasse, Trevor Larson, Kathryn Lindbloom, Luralynn Davenport.
— 34th anniversary, Jeff/Wanda (Ping) Adel.
— 6th anniversary, Brady/Alyssa (Hudecek) Groff.

Sunday, Oct. 29:
Abe Storms, Brian Paulson, Mike Hofmeister, Amanda Harsin, Darcie (Olson) Kringel, Tyler Prue, Tara Prue, Jenna Hall, Tim Cass.
— Anniversary, Jon/Michelle Boer.
— 18th anniversary, Clint/Geli (Morin) Alumbaugh.
— 40th anniversary, Mike/Sharon Larsen.

Monday, Oct. 30:
Michael Roberts, Branch Wolf, Karna (Knapp) Pfeffer, Dusty Hunsley, Carrie (Gonsor) Sanderson, Trey Owens, Satchel Workman, Milo Nill, Jim Bilbrey, Taryn (Wolf) Blaseg, Andrew St. Claire, Nicole Hill, Cassidy (Rogers) Kulesa.
— 14th anniversary, Jason/Allison Knox.

Tuesday, Oct. 31:
Mya Ann Boe, Gus Bixler, Cori Bechtold-Haag, Joey Stahl, Brian Van Camp, Christee Staufer, Brady Washecheck.

Wednesday, Nov. 1:
Juanita McKeever, Kelcy Curtis, Melanie (Ramse) Turp, Tate Uecker, Mark Kozel, Marc McGregor.
— 9th anniversary, Mike/Rachel Fisher.
— 20th anniversary, Nathan/Nicole Welsh.
— 20th anniversary, JustinMindy (Stearns) Sivage.
— 15th anniversary, Jason/Amy Ondell.

Thursday, Nov. 2:
Jeremy Pullman, Dax Larason, Glenda (Gill) Eisenbeisz, Kevin Richter, Mat Dutt, Brandon Lowery, Rochelle (Rutschke) Kenzy, Eddie Welch, Lois Ries, Dee Clegg, Tiffany (Sonnenschein) Anderson, Taylor (Hyde) McLennan, Jasmin (Fosheim) Turner, Cindy (Minder) DeFries.


The concert by the South Dakota All-State Orchestra and Chorus will be televised live at 8 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. MDT) on South Dakota Public Broadcasting from the Summit Arena at The Monument in Rapid City. This year’s guest conductors are Dr. Ryan Person of Morningside University for the chorus and Dr. Mark Laycock of Wichita State University for the orchestra. Local students who will be participating in the concert include:

  • Pierre (orchestra): Kaylee Blauert, second violin; Christian Stanley, cello; Tiger Durinkherjav, oboe.
  • Pierre (chorus): Grace Schumacher, Sophia Maunu, Conner Lehr, Ayden Syll, Claire Steffensen, John Lees, Francis Salado, Grace Fischer, Chloe Bowers, Bryce Bowman, Steven Tyler, Madilynn Fischer, Ashlyn Pitlick, Nathan Kist, Jack Garrett.
  • Stanley County (chorus): Racheal Runge, Raedenn Rathbun, Tessa Rasmussen, Hayden Roggow.
  • Sully Buttes (chorus): Isabelle Kallhoff, Trichelle White, Taydon LaRosh, Teghan Westphal.

Jack and Leesa (Johnson) Carpenter welcomed a son, Charlie Gray Carpenter, on Oct. 14. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 20 1/4 inches. The Carpenters live in the Denver suburbs in Littleton, Colo.

Jim McLain has caught the theater bug. Next he will have the role of Mark Stroud in “Comfortably Single,” one of three plays as part of “The Premiere Premieres” at the theater in Sioux Falls in February and March.

Henry (Hank) Kosters, 91, died Oct. 17. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Hank was the oldest of seven children of a farm couple in the Selby/Java area. The family lost the farm during the Great Depression and moved to Illinois. After he graduated from high school in 1950, the family moved back to Selby and opened Kosters & Sons Implement. Hank served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, working as an engineman on a minesweeper. He spent two years in the Pacific theater and was transferred to the Atlantic coast for the rest of his tour of duty. Hank attended General Beadle State Teachers College in Madison, married Ruby Helm in 1957 and graduated from Beadle in 1960. His first teaching job was at Fedora. While he was at Roscoe, he earned his master’s degree at Northern and became Roscoe’s principal and superintendent. In 1967 the Kosters family went to Vermillion where Hank earned his doctor of education degree. He then took a job with the Department of Education in Pierre and in 1981 was named assistant superintendent at the Douglas school system. In 1987 he returned to Pierre as state superintendent of education, serving until 1991 as the last person to hold that position. From 1992 to 2010 Hank worked at the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. He is survived by six daughters, Debra (Marv) Moor, Darla Hatlestad, Donna (Dave) Needham, Dianne (Jim) Sorem, Dawn Van Sickle and Denise Kosters; his sisters, Betty Schlueter and Carol (Dareld) Badure; his brother, Ed Kosters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years; his parents; three sisters, and a grandson, Mike Hatlestad.

For 50 years EmBe (formerly YWCA) has given awards to outstanding women in the Sioux Falls community in various categories for their service and advocacy for all women. Pierre native Erica Schipper, M.D., Sanford Health, was first of all one of 71 nominees. Then she was one of the nine honorees, receiving her award in the category of government and law.

Larissa FastHorse is on the list of the top 20 most-produced playwrights of the 2023-24 season on the American theater scene. Nine of Larissa’s plays have been or will be performed this theater season across the country. Her “For the People” is currently being performed at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

Betty Winkler, 85, died Oct. 20. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, Oct. 27, at New Life Assembly of God church.

For LaDonna Zellmer it was a special night in Mitchell when all four of their Nath grandchildren appeared in a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Mitchell High School theater. Cella Nath, a senior, played in the pit band. Parker Nath, a freshman, was in the onstage cast. Chris Nath, a fifth grader, and Brigston, a third grader, were part of a children’s chorus.

Bert Taylor, 96, died Oct. 16. A celebration of his life was held Monday at Feigum Funeral Home. Bert was the fourth of six children who grew up on a farm near Regina, Saskatchewan. He worked on the farm and in the family’s road construction business. He married Vionne McIntyre in 1950. The family came to South Dakota in 1962 and established the Taylor Brothers farm north of Pierre on Grey Goose Road. Bert and Viionne raised their three children there. After Vionne died in 2016, Bert’s grandson Kenny moved to Pierre to live with Bert. Kenny, his girlfriend Ally, and their three children lived with Bert for nearly six years. He is survived by his daughters, Donna (Cy) Richard and Joanne (Loren) Wohlwend; grandsons Kenny and Taylor, and great-grandchildren Jaxson, Lincoln and Hadley.

There was chaos at Luke Venner’s popular elm restaurant in New Canaan, Conn., when someone posted the rumor that Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce were dining there along with Blake Lively. The restaurant later neither confirmed nor denied the rumor. But the management had to lock the back door of the facility because crowds had surrounded the building to get a glimpse of the celebrities. The local fire department and three police officers arrived to control the crowd, and elm was shut down for lunch service until things calmed down.

Arlene Truax, 82, died at home Oct. 21. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Lutheran Memorial Church.

Marching band competitions were prevalent last weekend, especially at several Bands of America regionals of which two had Pierre connections. At the Orlando regional, the magnificent Broken Arrow High School band from suburban Tulsa, Okla., won first place in Class AAAA and in addition won hoors for best outstanding visual performance, best outstanding music performance and best general effect. The Broken Arrow band took second place in the evening finals. One of the band members is sophomore Ian Kelley, son of Chris and Emily (Stout) Kelley and grandson of Chris and Peggy Stout of Fort Pierre. Meanwhile, at the BOA regional in Indianapolis, the Lincoln High School band from Sioux Falls won second place in Class AAA and won honors for outstanding general effect. The Patriot band made its way into the evening finals as one of 14 bands. Two members of the Lincoln band are Tessa and Seth Blom, the daughter and son, respectively, of Shawn and Lori (Stulken) Blom and grandchildren of Kevin and Alice Stulken.

Larry Gramkow, 90, Fort Pierre, died Oct. 15 at Avera Maryhouse. Visitation will take place this Friday evening, Oct. 27, at the Isburg Funeral Chapel prior to a prayer service and Masonic rites beginning at 7 p.m. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

Dr. Lon Kightlinger and his son, Andrew, were to have made a trip to Israel, but that adventure was cancelled due to the ongoing war in that region. They instead have been seeing the sights in Istanbul, Turkey, in recent days.

Bill Markley was in Fort Worth, Texas, last week, being among the honorees at the Will Rogers Medallion Awards for writers, authors, and artists who promote the Western lifestyle and history. Bill was honored with two awards. In the category of Western Biographies/Memoirs, he was the gold award winner for his book, “Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody: Plainsmen of the Legendary West.” In the category of Western Short Non-Fiction, Bill was the bronze medal winner for his “Gunpowder and Smoke” published in True West Magazine.

Robert Ten Eyck, 92, died Oct. 19 at Edgewood Senior Living in Pierre. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He is survived by his wife, Gaytha Ten Eyck; his daughters, Lynn (Trace) Beck of Pierre and Kris (Tom) Piper of Sioux Falls, and two grandchildren.

Remember that the Pierre Players annual membership meeting is today (Thursday) starting at 4:30 p.m. at the St. Charles lounge. The shows to be part of the 2024 season will be revealed, and there will be a performance by the cast of next month’s “All Is Calm” show.

Joe Morris “Morry” Eckman passed away at home in Ocala, Fla., on Oct. 14. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Ocala World Equestrian Chapel. Morry grew up in Blunt and graduated from Blunt High School in 1953. He attended Yankton College but returned home to help his mother after the death of his father. He began working for the state in the motor vehicles division and spent many years there. He and Carol Olerud were married in 1957, and they had four children—Carrie Jo, Patreick, Glenda and Beth. Morry served on the Blunt and Sully Buttes school boards and refereed basketball games. He and his brother, Mike, began training and raising quarter bred horses. In Rapid City Morry was manager of the Central States Fair, and later he became manager of the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. Morry met his future wife in Phoenix while training horses at the Turf Paradise track. He married Barbara Myers in 1984, and in 1986 they moved to Ocala. For the past 18 years he worked at the Roberts Quarter Horse Farm. He is survived by his wife Barb; two daughters, Glenda Antonovich of Ocala and Carrie Jo Howard of Strathcona, Minn.; his sister, Joan Ravenscraft of Mequon, Wis.; nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were his son Patrick; his daughter Beth; his son-in-law, Terry Howard; a grandson, Darius; his brothers, Mike, Rick and Jerry, and his sisters, Kada McCann and Rosemary.

Chris Dekker, who has been a wildlife conservation officer with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks since 2014, has received South Dakota’s Officer of the Year award through the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers organization. Stationed in the Rapid City area, Chris is married to Pierre native Mallory (Petersen) Dekker.

The schedule of this year’s statewide concert tour for the Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers has been announced. The tour schedule: Sunday, Dec. 10, Sheldon, Iowa; Monday, Dec. 11, Pierre; Tuesday, Dec. 12, Mitchell; Wednesday, Dec. 13, Huron; Thursday, Dec. 14, Brookings; Saturday, Dec. 16, Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion. The concert in Pierre at the Riggs theater will begin at 7 p.m. Ticket prices will be $20 for general-admission adults and $10 for students at the door.

Peyton Zabel, junior management major at Texas State University and a pitcher on the baseball team, was one of the TSU athletes who earned recognition on the Sun Belt Conference’s academic honor roll for the 2022-23 school year.

Mike and Susan Colleran are retiring from Audiology Associates Inc. in Pierre.

Speaking of audiologists, Pierre native Sarah (Zellmer) Johnson and fellow audiologist Lori Miller, who together have more than 30 years of combined experience in the field, have created a new private practice called High Tone Hearing LLC. Their new business is located at 4904 E. Rosa Parks Rd. on the east side of Sioux Falls.

As a member of the resident acting company at the Rogue Theatre in Tucson, Ariz., Ryan Parker Knox is in the cast of the Rogue’s next show, “The Left Hand of Darkness,” which runs Thursdays through Sundays Nov. 2-19. Ryan has the role of Player 2 among eight players. This is his ninth season as part of the Rogue’s resident group of actors.


Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are and something you give away.
— John Lennon


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