Vol. 24, No. 9; Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023

Nov 2, 2023 | Parker's Midweek Update | 1 comment


“When we Christians become convinced that we are the only authority on truth, that anyone who opposes us is evil and that things will get better only if we are in charge of all positions of power, that is when we are no longer worshipping God. We are worshipping ourselves.”
— the Rev. Benjamin Cremer


Friday’s semifinal pairings:
— Class 11AAA
Sioux Falls O’Gorman at Harrisburg
Brandon Valley at Sioux Falls Lincoln
— Class 11AA
Watertown at Pierre (6 p.m.)
Tea Area at Yankton
— Class 11A
Sioux Falls Christian at Dell Rapids
Lennox at West Central
— Class 11B
Elk Point-Jefferson at Winner
Rapid City Christian at Hot Springs
— Class 9AA
Hamlin at Parkston
Howard at Platte-Geddes
— Class 9A
Canistota at Warner
Deubrook Area at Deuel
— Class 9B
De Smet at Avon
Potter County at Faulkton Area


Class AA: Teams in the big class do not have regionals but advance directly to the SoDak 16 round based on regular-season play, provided they are among the top 16 teams. Pierre lost to #1 Sioux Falls Jefferson Tuesday, knocking the Governors from #8 to #9, meaning they have to go on the road for the SoDak 16 match next Thursday instead of hosting a match. Pierre’s opponent and destination won’t be known for sure until this weekend’s matches are played, but whoever the Governors play, the winner will be advancing to the state tournament. The bad news there, however, is that the #8-#9 game is matched up against the #1-#16 winner and would almost certainly play the state’s top team in the first game of the state tournament. However, results this weekend could change where Pierre rests in the final standings.

Region 6A: Stanley County won its quarterfinal game in regional play Tuesday over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 3-0, on game scores of 25-11, 25-13, 25-15. The Buffaloes will play tonight (Thursday) at Mobridge-Pollock in a semifinal game with the winner advancing to a SoDak 16 match somewhere in the state in the SoDak 16 round next Tuesday. The winner of that match qualifies for the state tournament. The other semifinal tonight matches top-seeded Miller against North Central.

Region 6B: In the first round on Monday, Sully Buttes defeated Potter County, 3-0. The Chargers will play tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at Herreid-Selby Area (in Selby) in a semifinal game. The winner of tonight’s match advances to a SoDak 16 game somewhere in the state next Tuesday. The winner of that match qualifies for the state tournament. The other semifinal tonight matches Faulkton Area against Highmore-Harrold.


Nov. 2, 2022: South Dakota voters approved Constitutional Amendment D to expand Medicaid eligibility to thousands of South Dakotans by a margin of 56% to 44% despite the opposition of Republican party hierarchy.


This week’s schedule:
Football: home vs. Watertown for state semifinal, 6 p.m.

Football: The Governors’ pursuit of an eighth straight state 11AA championship began with a 49-26 win over Spearfish on a cold wintry night at Hollister Field. Pierre led 49-0 at halftime and substituted generously in the second half while the Spartans’ varsity players put up 26 points. On the opening kickoff Trey Lewis ran 82 yards to set up the Govs in the red zone, and Jett Zabel’s touchdown run started the onslaught. George Stalley caught two touchdown passes from Cade Kaiser, who also threw a TD pass each to Zabel and Tyan Buus. Lewis also ran in a touchdown on the ground.

Volleyball: The Governors finished the regular season with a 10-10 record after losing at Sioux Falls Jefferson on Tuesday, 3-0, on game scores of 25-20, 25-14, 25-12. Pierre plays next in a SoDak 16 match next Thursday on the road as the #9 seed.


This week’s schedule:
Volleyball: at Mobridge-Pollock in Region 6B semifinal game, 7 p.m.


This week’s schedule:
Volleyball: at Herreid-Selby Area (in Selby) in Region 6B semifinal game, 7 p.m.

Volleyball: The Chargers swept Potter County, 3-0, Monday in the first round of Region 6B on game scores of 25-17, 25-20, 26-24. Sully Buttes now plays tonight (Thursday) at Herreid-Selby Area, which won their first-round game over Ipswich, 3-0.


  • I assume people at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce are aware that only people in the Central Time Zone can access the various categories on their website, including “Events.” Their site tells me my computer’s date and time are incorrect. Well, compared to Pierre they are, but I’m not changing the time to Central time because out here where I live it’s Mountain time we follow. I will just assume that the tree lighting will be on Tuesday night of Thanksgiving week, I won’t even guess when the parade might be. Tuesday of Thanksgiving week? Wednesday? Friday?
  • If you watch Twins baseball on Bally Sports North, you know the voice of Dick Bremer, who has been the TV play-by-play voice of the Twins for 40 years since 1983. He is retiring from the broadcast booth and will assume a new position as a “special assistant” in the Twins organization. Who the new play-by-play guy on TV will be has not yet been determined. I happened to meet Dick Bremer briefly and share a handshake in 2011. Daughter Holly and her family were living in Rochester at the time, and I was in Vermillion. One day I drove over there, and Holly, her girls and I went up to Minneapolis for a Twins game, first going on a tour of what then was almost-brand-new Target Field. During our tour we happened to bump into Dick Bremer, who stopped to greet us and the others on the tour.
  • Thanks to Randy Pool’s Facebook post, I learned something about the upcoming basketball season that I had not heard previously. There is a new rule in high school and junior high basketball that takes effect now. There will be no more “one-and-one” free throws. Fouls committed in the act of shooting will still merit two free-throw attempts. However, if we understand this rule correctly, any other common foul will result in no free throw until a team has committed at least five fouls in a quarter. That is when the bonus takes effect, and any foul after five in a quarter results in two free throws. Team fouls will reset each quarter back to zero. This all is going to take some getting used to not only for players and coaches but also fans and scoreboard operators!
  • If you dare pay attention to the news and public affairs (as we all should these days), you know we are in perilous times because of the people we send to Washington. And now for the next 14 months, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, some guy named Johnson from Louisiana of whom we had never heard until last week, is two breaths away from the Presidency! Of course he is a Republican and of course he is one of those known as an election denier, refusing to claim that the 2020 election was won by President Biden. So he is a Trumper. And if anything should happen to President Biden and then Vice President Harris between now and January 2025, this dude would be President of the United States. I suppose, as he took his presidential oath, he would swear he would uphold the Constitution, an act he is refusing to do now if he actually thinks Trump won in 2020. I won’t be around to see what this crop of politicians do to this country, but most of you will as will my kids and grandkids and their subsequent generation. It all worries me a great deal. The presidential election is a year from this coming Sunday on Nov. 5, 2024, and you had best be paying attention to what’s going on for the next 370 days.


“How much of the joy in our life do we miss because we’re rushing about, not paying attention or worrying about something? There’s so much nourishment available if we know where to look and let it in. This is nourishment we need to stay in touch with the suffering in the world. If we don’t nourish ourselves, we don’t have the resources to feel compassion because we’re just trying to keep our head above water. So it’s not self-indulgent to experience joy or wonder or gratitude. It is actually essential for social change work and to stay in touch with the real hardships that are unfolding in our world.”
— Oren Jay Sofer in Maria Shriver’s “Sunday Paper”


1 day: Football playoffs semifinals (Nov. 3).
1 day: NBA in-season tournament begins (Nov. 3-Dec. 9).
3 days: Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 5).
5 days: Classes “A” and “B” volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 7).
5 days: Pierre Concert Series: “Yesterday Once More” (Nov. 7).
6 days: Country Music Association awards, ABC-TV (Nov. 8).
7 days: Class “AA” volleyball SoDak 16 games (Nov. 9).
7 days: Football state championship games, Vermillion (Nov. 9-11).
8 days: Pierre Players’ “All Is Calm” (Nov. 10-12, 16-18).
14 days: State volleyball tournaments, Rapid City (Nov. 16-18).
19 days: Christmas at the Capitol tree lighting ceremony (Nov. 21).
20 days: Christmas at the Capitol trees display (Nov. 22-Dec. 26).
21 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23).
23 days: Oahe Capitals boys hockey opener (Nov. 25).
25 days: Riggs High oral interpretation showcase (Nov. 27).
28 days: Pierre/Stanley County gymnastics opener (Nov. 30).
28 days: Stanley County wrestling opener (Nov. 30).
29 days: State oral interpretation championship, Brandon (Dec. 1).
29 days: “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” events, Onida (Dec. 1).
29 days: Pierre girls/boys wrestling openers (Dec. 1-2).
30 days: Stanley County/Sully Buttes wrestling openers (Dec. 2).
32 days: Stanley County middle school/high school Christmas concert (Dec. 4).
33 days: Stanley County/Sully Buttes girls basketball openers (Dec. 5).
35 days: Stanley County boys basketball opener (Dec. 7).
35 days: Blunt elementary Christmas concert (Dec. 7).
36 days: Hosanna Dance’s “Nutcracker” (Dec. 8).
36 days: Pierre girls/boys basketball openers (Dec. 8).
38 days: Sully Area Singers’ Christmas cantata (Dec. 10).
39 days: Stanley County elementary Christmas concert (Dec. 11).
40 days: Sully Buttes boys basketball opener (Dec. 12).
42 days: Sully Buttes High and Onida elementary Christmas concert (Dec. 14).
42 days: FCS college football national semifinals (Dec. 15-16).
45 days: Riggs High band/choir concert (Dec. 18).
46 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Dec. 19).
52 days: Christmas Day (Dec. 25).


South Dakota State cross country (Jessica Lutmer): At the Summit League conference meet, the SDSU women placed second with USD first. Jessica finished ninth in 21:24.5 and earned a spot on the all-Summit League second team. Jackrabbit qualifiers will run Nov. 10 in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Stillwater, Okla.

Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): The Yellowjackets defeated Fort Lewis, 34-20, and are now 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the RMAC. BHSU plays at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against Adams State.

Ohio State football (Lincoln Kienholz): The Buckeyes were a bit sluggish but won at Wisconsin, 24-10. Now 8-0, Ohio State plays at Rutgers at 11 a.m. Saturday on CBS.

Dakota State football (Nathan Cook, Collin Brueggeman): Idle last week, the Trojans host Mayville State this Saturday.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison whipped Valley newcomer Murray State, 38-6, and are now 6-2. NDSU goes to Brookings for the Dakota Marker game against SDSU at 2 p.m. Saturday on Midco and ESPN+.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings’ unbeaten season was spoiled at Wayne State, 14-12. Now 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC, Augustana plays at Northern at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan football (Evan Nordstrom): The Tigers defeated Jamestown, 34-28, and are now 6-3 overall and 5-3 in the GPAC. DWU hosts #1 Northwestern (Iowa) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Red Raiders beat #3 Morningside, 34-20, and are now 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the GPAC. Northwestern plays DWU in Mitchell at 1 p.m. Saturday.

USF football (Jayden Wiebe, Christian Busch, Jack Merkwan): The Cougars lost a non-conference game at Pittsburg State (Kan.), 55-6. Now 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the NSIC, Sioux Falls hosts Wayne State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gallaudet football (Kyle Albertson): Gallaudet lost to Anna Maria, 49-14, and is now 3-5 overall and 2-1 in its conference. The regular season ends at noon Saturday at home against Dean.

South Dakota women’s soccer (Janaina Zanin): The Coyotes lost to Omaha, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament in Denver, ending their season with an overall record of 7-7-4. Janaina got off one shot in the game.

Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer (Mackenzie Rath): The Mavericks closed the regular season with matching 4-0 wins over Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State. Mackenzie played all 90 minutes in goal in both games, making two saves against UM-C and five saves against Bemdji. Minnesota State hosts the NSIC conference tournament in Mankato starting with quarterfinals Monday, semifinals Nov. 10 and finals Nov. 12.

Grand View men’s soccer (Rylan Derry): The Vikings ended their season with a 6-3 win over Culver-Stockton (Mo.).

South Dakota State swimming (Morgan Nelson): This is Morgan’s junior year at SDSU where she swims breast stroke events and individual medleys. In the Jacks’ most recent triangular SDSU lost to Minnesota, 243-57, and defeated St. Thomas, 202-57. In the 100 breast Morgan was sixth in 1:07.87. She was eighth in the 200 breast in 2:33.92. She also swam on the “B” team in the 200 medley relay, placing fifth in 1:49.16. The Jackrabbits will swim this weekend at the Coyote Extravaganza in Sioux Falls.

Augustana swimming (Ella Ward-Zeller): Ella is a sophomore on the Vikings swim team, which so far this fall has lost to SDSU and Omaha but defeated St. Cloud State, St. Thomas, USF, MSU-Moorhead and Northern. In the Omaha dual Ella placed fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.87 and seventh in the 400 individual medley in 4:57.37. She also swam on the “B” team in the 200 medley relay, placing third in 1:52.58. Augustana will swim this weekend at the Coyote Extravaganza in Sioux Falls.

Northern women’s basketball (Katie Bourk): After a long tenure as an assistant coach for women’s ball at Augustana, Katie has moved up to Northern for her first season there as an assistant coach of the women’s team. The Wolves open Monday at USD.

Northern women’s track and field (Addison Cumbow): This is Addy’s sophomore season at NSU where she runs the hurdles events for the Wolves. The indoor season begins Nov. 20 with an intramural meet and Dec. 2 at the NSU Open.

South Dakota State men’s track and field (Rylan McDonnell): The freshman from Wall expects to compete in the jumps for the Jacks whose indoor season opens Dec. 2-3 at the SDSU holiday meet.

South Dakota State wrestling (Regan Bollweg): The sophomore from Pierre is listed as a 285-pounder on the Jackrabbits’ roster. Their season opens Nov. 11 at the Bison Open in Fargo.

South Dakota State women’s track and field (Lydia Hill, Jessica Lutmer): Lydia is a freshman from Onida and Jessica a junior at SDSU after spending two years at USF. Lydia will compete in the throws, and Jessica continues as a distance runner. The indoor season begins Dec. 2-3 at the SDSU holiday meet.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): This is the junior season with the Coyotes for Max from Sioux Falls Lincoln. The Coyotes open their season at home next Wednesday against Mount Marty.

Dakota State men’s track and field (Houston Lunde): This is Houston’s junior season with the Trojans whose indoor season will begin Dec. 2-3 at SDSU’s holiday invitational.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler, Ben Heisler): Nick is a senior guard from Sully Buttes and Ben a freshman forward from Pierre. The Tigers opened their season Sunday at the Corn Palace with an 82-67 win over Dakota State. Nick had a pair of field-goal shots that didn’t fall but recorded two rebounds and a steal. DWU continues play at home Saturday vs. St. Mary and Sunday vs. Valley City State, then goes to SDSU next Wednesday.

Black Hills State men’s basketball (Jackson Edman): Jackson is a freshman from Pierre who starred on last season’s Governor team that won the consolation title at the state tournament. The Yellowjackets, who went all the way to the national championship game last season, open their season at home Nov. 10 vs. Oklahoma Christian and Nov. 11 vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith.

USF women’s wrestling (Toby Bryant): The Pierre wrestling legend begins his first season as head coach of the USF women in their first-ever season. The Cougars start Saturday at the Pointer Open in Stevens Point, Wis.

Georgia Tech women’s basketball (Caleb Currier): The Yellowjackets open their season tonight in an exhibition against Georgia College, then host Coastal Carolina on Monday.

USF men’s wrestling (Josh Rydberg): The freshman from Pierre is listed as a 197-pounder on the Cougar roster. They start their season on the mats at the Yellow Jacket Open in Rochester, Minn., this Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Aric Williams, Tyson Johnson): Aric is a graduate student and Tyson a sophomore for the Tigers, who open their season Saturday at the Jamestown Open.


South Dakota women’s basketball: The Coyotes defeated Wayne State in an exhibition Monday. They officially open the season at home Monday against Northern.

South Dakota State women’s basketball: The Jackrabbit women blew out Minnesota-Duluth, 73-49, in an exhibition game last night. They officially open their season at home Monday against Arkansas State.

South Dakota State men’s basketball: In an exhibition game last night the Jackrabbit men blew past Mary, 91-51. The season opens at home Monday against Akron and Wednesday against Dakota Wesleyan.


NFL games on live local TV this weekend (games on local stations are subject to change without notice by the networks):
— Thursday Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
— Sunday, Miami vs. Kansas City (in Frankfurt, Germany), 8:30 a.m., NFL Network.
— Sunday, Minnesota at Atlanta, noon Fox.
— Sunday, Chicago at New Orleans, noon, CBS.
— Sunday, Dallas at Philadelphia, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
— Sunday, Buffalo at Cincinnati, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
— Monday, Los Angeles Chargers at New York Jets, 7:15 p.m., ABC, ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings’ defense and quarterback Kirk Cousins looked great in winning at Green Bay, 24-10, but Cousins left the game in the fourth quarter with a non-contact injury, and reports are he is lost for the season due to a torn Achilles tendon. The Vikings are 4-4 and play at Atlanta at noon Sunday on Fox.

Denver Broncos: In a stunning upset the Broncos improved to 2-5 when they knocked off Kansas City, 24-9. The Broncos are idle this weekend. Their next game is Nov. 13 in a Monday night game at Buffalo.

Midco Sports Network live games this week:
Football: UND vs. Murray State, 1 p.m. (MS2).
Football: SDSU vs. NDSU, 2 p.m.

Other college football updates not mentioned in College Sports Roundup above:
— Northern (4-5): Lost to Concordia-St. Paul, 20-14.
This week: home vs. Augustana, 2 p.m. Saturday.
— SDSU (8-0); Defeated USD, 37-3.
This week: home vs. NDSU, 2 p.m. Saturday, Midco, ESPN+.
— USD (6-2): Lost to SDSU, 37-3.
This week: at Southern Illinois, 1 p.m. Saturday.
— Mount Marty (3-7): Lost to Doane, 21-20.
This week: idle; next game Nov. 11 vs. Concordia.
— South Dakota Mines (5-4): Defeated Adams State, 63-9.
This week: home vs. CSU-Pueblo, noon Saturday.
— UND (5-3): Defeated Indiana State, 36-33.
This week: at Murray State, 1 p.m. Saturday, Midco Two.
— Minnesota (5-3): Defeated Michigan State, 27-12.
This week: at Illinois, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN.
— Nebraska (5-3): Defeated Purdue, 31-14.
This week: at Michigan State, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN.


Justin Briese, Aberdeen Central: Justin’s second season as head coach ended with a 4-6 record when his Golden Eagles lost to Watertown in the playoff quarterfinals, 42-17.

Ben Kramer, Hot Springs: Ben’s Bison are one win away from the DakotaDome. After a 49-13 road win on the opposite side of the state over Sioux Valley, Hot Springs is home for the semifinal Friday vs. Rapid City Christian.


All 16 of our contestants last week picked the 49ers over the Bengals, and that kept three entries from being perfect at 10-0. But Levi Neuharth, Nathan Vetter and Jason Noyes missed only that one game, and their 9-1 records earned them each 10 points. At 8-2 for nine points each were Jon Boer, Mikal Kern, Randy Pool and Thomas Voeltz. At 7-3 for eight points apiece were Eric James, Seb Axtman, David Ludwig, Beth Rinehart and Brad Cruse.

This week’s games (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) NDSU at SDSU.
(2) USD at Southern Illinois.
(3) Oregon State at Colorado.
(4) Notre Dame at Clemson.
(5) Nebraska at Michigan State.
(6) Illinois at Minnesota.
(7) Washington at USC.
(8) NFL: Miami vs. Kansas City (in Frankfurt).
(9) NFL: Buffalo at Cincinnati.
(10) NFL: Dallas at Philadelphia.


“I truly believe one of the greatest joys of childhood is the snow day. We need to let children be children.”
— Nicole Swigart, Rapid City Area Schools superintendent


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The G League season begins with the Skyforce against Indiana on Nov. 11.

Minnesota Timberwolves: After losing their season opener last week the Wolves have won twice and lost once to stand at 2-2 through last night. Minnesota beat Miami, 106-90; lost to Atlanta, 127-113, and last night defeated the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets, 110-89. The Wolves will play at home Saturday vs. Utah, Monday vs. Boston and Wednesday vs. New Orleans with all games on BSN. Minnesota’s first games in the NBA’s in-season tournament will be Nov. 10 at San Antonio and Nov. 14 at Golden State.


Oahe Zap: The Zap announced last week that Jamy Haberger will return as head coach for the 2024 season. The first player to be signed to next summer’s roster is left-handed pitcher Brady Glenn from Simpson University (Calif.).


Augustana men’s hockey: Did someone think the first-year Vikings would not win a game all year? Well, they are now 3-2-1 after a sensational road trip to Colorado. Against Denver University, the #2 team in the nation, Augustana won the game after a shootout, 6-5, although officially it will be considered a 5-5 tie. Then the Vikings went on to Colorado College, another veteran hockey program, and won there, 4-3. Augie plays Friday and Saturday at Michigan Tech in Houghton.

Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd lost two at Youngstown, 4-3 and 6-3. The team is home Friday vs. Lincoln and Saturday vs. Fargo.

Badlands Sabres: Idle last week, the Sabres will be home Friday and Saturday against Yellowstone.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings lost twice to Bismarck, 5-3 and 3-0. Aberdeen plays at home Friday and Saturday against Minot.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are off to a 3-6 start in the NHL season. Minnesota lost to Philadelphia, 6-2; lost to Washington, 3-2, and lost to New Jersey, 4-3. The team is back home vs. New Jersey Thursday and the New York Rangers Saturday, then plays at the New York Islanders Tuesday.

Oahe Capitals: The boys varsity and JV teams will open their seasons at Mitchell on Saturday, Nov. 25. The girls varsity schedule has not yet been posted on the Oahe Hockey Association website.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush won the first two games of the new season on the road, but in the past week they have lost three times to unbeaten Kansas City by scores of 3-2, 4-3 in overtime and 3-2. Rapid City now has a record of 2-2-1 (two wins, two losses, one overtime loss) for five standings points. The Rush stay on the road for two more games in Kansas City on Friday and Saturday, then go on to Tulsa for a Sunday game.


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

Friday, Nov. 3:
Samantha Nielsen, Gus Runyan, Caden Thompson, Chris Rounds, Randy Englund, Dale Bertsch, Liz Hunt, Kevin Woster, Cortlyn Ahlers, Emily Finley, Darin Ries, Karla (Grueb) Kendrick, Jarah (Smith) Vycital, Dakota Coppess.
— 11th anniversary, Joe/Rachel Lomheim.
— We fondly remember Ed Baer on his birthday.

Saturday, Nov. 4:
Jamie Porter, Ryan Wedin, Steven Blake, Desirae Van Roekel, Nancy Gordon, McKenna Hall, Kara Gloe, Kristoffer Iwan.
— 45th anniversary, Kerry/Pam (Welch) Wenbourne.
— 28th anniversary, Mark/Tanna Zabel.

Sunday, Nov. 5:
Korey Nystrom, Marcelleen Davis, Don Giesinger, Collin Unkenholz, Nathan Auch, Tyler Steele, Kathy Falcon, Derek Hunsley, Molly (Weisgram) Maxwell.
— 7th anniversary, Keenan/Carly (Feiler) Retterath.
— 68th anniversary, Virgil/Carol Mikkelsen.

Monday, Nov. 6:
Izabelle Clark, Dan Workman, Jackson Rose, Justin Briese, Weston Pierson, Michelle Kindle, Lane Intorn, Eliana Erickson, Maria Tracy, Alvin Bartels, Nikki (Peterson) Kachelmyer, Ron Woodburn, Riley Mehlhaff, Nate Kuchta, Lindsay (Stoeser) Heiss.
— 13th anniversary, Brian/Amanda (Hove) Aadland.
— 13th anniversary Andre/Julie Melius.

Tuesday, Nov. 7:
Kyle Sarringar, Sue Gannaway, Cathy Wellner, Michelle (Wattier) Kezar, Kayle Nagle, Blair (Simon) Picchietti, Maari (Sweetman) LaBrie.
— 14th anniversary, Dustin/Kayla (Trebesch) Dowling.
— 14th anniversary, Tim/Rachel Schmidt.
— 8th anniversary, Ryan/Beth (Feist) Baloun.
— 8th anniversary, Christopher/Virginia Kaus.

Wednesday, Nov. 8:
Connie Blair, Rick Cronin, Laura Marsh, Molly Genzler, Jeff Everson, Shaun Keller, Conner Kramer.
— 9th anniversary, Terry/Yutzil (Rodriguez) Becker.

Thursday, Nov. 9:
Tom Denton, Zach Merrill, Paula Weeldreyer, Bryan Konechne, Matt Picchietti, Sara Messbarger, Colleen Jensen Jami Beck, Susan Lamb, Dana (Halverson) Gloe, Katie Gourneau.
— 11th anniversary, Daniel/Alexis (Fanger) Timmons.


If you’re not going outdoors to the football playoffs semifinal game Friday night, you have the chance to go indoors to a concert by the Balsam Range bluegrass band at the Riggs theater at 6:30 p.m., which will raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. This concert has been arranged by Sharon Nuttall, who said the band’s music helped her cope with the death of her husband, Porter Nuttall, to Lewy Body Dementia. She saw them perform a concert for the benefit of Alzheimer’s research. Go to the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/balsamrange for information on purchasing tickets, but tickets can also be purchased at the door. The admission price is $35.

Teresa Longville, 58, Kennebec, died Oct. 28 in Chamberlain. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Kennebec gymnasium. Visitation at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. will take place tonight (Thursday) at the gymnasium. Teresa grew up at Arlington and graduated from high school there in 1983. She married Todd Longville in 1984. They lived in Oldham; Gilby and Munich, N.D., and Kennebec. She is survived by her husband; three children, Mandy of Kennebec, Jenny (Lance) of Winner and Jake (Jordi) of Kennebec; 10 grandchildren; her father, Robert Kneip; her siblings, Kathy (Randy) Englund of Pierre, Cari (Scott) Hertogs, and Larry (Cindy) Kneip, and many nephews and nieces.

Onida native Caleb Currier has been promoted to assistant coach/director of recruiting operations for Georgia Tech women’s basketball.

Justin Oakland, who earned his law degree at the University of Minnesota, was sworn into the Minnesota Bar last week. His parents, Brian and Jami, were in Minneapolis to witness the ceremony. Justin will be working with the Carlson Caspers law firm in downtown Minneapolis.

Nick and Natalie (Nagle) Jung became parents for the first time on Oct. 26. Their son, Nash, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 21 inches.

Levi Venner and his wife, Viola, are partners with another couple in a new business which has just opened in Hill City. Pack Mule Provisions & Grocery is an artisan market as well as a farmers’ market store. Their business is located on the lower level beneath Main Luxury Lofts, which gives the new owners the opportunity to be caterers for those who rent the lofts nightly or long-term, and they plan to also cater parties and other events.

The Pierre Players community theater organization held its annual membership meeting last Thursday and revealed the four shows that will comprise the 2024 season. “Clue: On Stage” will be performed Feb. 23-March 2. “Love, Loss and What I Wore” will be staged April 19-27. “She Kills Monsters” will be on the stage Sept. 13-21. “You Can’t Take It With You” will close the season next year on Nov. 15-23. As for the opening show of the new year, auditions for “Clue: On Stage” will take place Dec. 11. Joshua Penrod is director with Roxanne Smith assistant director.

Damon Wheelhouse has resigned as chair of the Pierre Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) board, a position he has held since last January, to focus on personal business interests. The new chair will be Andy Hubbart, who was chair of the board from 2021 through 2022. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio News)

Dr. Jim Trimble died in his sleep at home in Belle Fourche Oct. 27. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Connection Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. The youngest of six children of Murel and Ella (Herren) Trimble, Jim graduated in 1975 from Riggs High School where he participated in football, basketball and track as well as baseball. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from South Dakota State. Jim married Wanda Ness in 1978, and they moved immediately to Fullerton, Calif., where Jim attended Southern California College of Optometry, graduating there in 1982. The Trimbles moved to Watertown where Jim had his optometry practice for 15 years. Then they moved to Belle Fourche where Jim bought an optometry practice in 1997. The Trimbles became the parents of nine children over a span of 21 years. Dr. Trimble is survived by his nine children, Brian (Amanda) Trimble of Pierre, Kayla (Dr. Jay) Heeren of Sturgis, Abby (Tyler) Ehnes of Colony, Wyo., Scott Trimble of Spearfish, Rachel (Joshua) Savage of Cedar Lake, Ind., James (Kenzie) Trimble of Sturgis, Adam (Briana) Trimble of Mitchell, Lucas (Rebekah) Trimble of Belle Fourche and Josiah Trimble of Belle Fourche; 20 grandchildren and many other relatives. Among those who preceded him in death were his wife, Wanda; an infant son, Christian; an infant grandson, Gabriel Ehnes; his parents and five siblings, Murel Trimble, Arthur Trimble, Vernon Trimble, Vada Trimble and Donald Trimble.

Two Pierre residents are among the recipients of the Governor’s Awards from the Department of Human Services. Carissa Brandt was honored as Outstanding Employee with a Disability. Sandy Hook was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for her work with Disability Rights South Dakota. (News courtesy of KCCR Radio News)

Richie Z’s BBQ Ribs to Go business is sponsoring the fourth annual fund-raiser for Oahe Hockey Association this Sunday, Nov. 5, in the parking lot of the Expo Center in Fort Pierre. You can pick up your dinners and also get desserts from the bake sale that will be happening at the same time. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. they will handle only pre-sales. Then from 5:30 to 7 p.m., if you haven’t ordered in advance, you can drive through and get dinners and desserts. For further information check out the ad on the Oahe Hockey website at www.oahehockeyassociation.org.

Long-time Pierre residents Virgil and Carol Mikkelsen, who moved to Brandon in the past couple of years, will observe their 68th wedding anniversary this Sunday, Nov. 5. You can still send them greetings at 106 Sandstone, Apt. #1, Brandon SD 57005. It has been quite an adjustment to live outside of Pierre after being here so long, so the Mikkelsens will delight in hearing from their friends “back home.”


“Maybe when our lives end, we should roll the credits. There is much more than a village that is responsible for all that happens in our life story from the first cry to the last breath.”
— Pennie Hunt, columnist in the Rapid City Journal

1 Comment

  1. Bruce Venner

    Be careful Rev. Benjamin Cremer. Jesus is absolute truth. Jesus said it when he proclaimed that He is the way, the truth, and the light. Christianity is absolute truth. If we follow the tenants of Mathew 5 and the beatitudes.


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