Volume 23, Number 11; Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

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As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
— President John F. Kennedy


9B: Hitchcock-Tulare 50, Herreid-Selby Area 28.
9A: Gregory 36, Warner 23.
9AA: Wall 34, Parkston 14.
11B: Elk Point-Jefferson 21, Winner 14.
11A: Dell Rapids 24, West Central 7.
11AA: Pierre 35, Tea Area 20.
11AAA: Sioux Falls Jefferson 48, Harrisburg 21.


The official lighting of the Christmas trees display at the Capitol will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Capitol will be open for people to view the trees from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day from Nov. 23 through Dec. 26.

Entertainment at the Capitol during the early days of the display:
— Sunday, Nov 27
2 to 3 p.m.: Pierre Music Store students and instructors.
— Tuesday, Nov. 29
Noon to 1 p.m.: Cody-Kilgore (Neb.) High School band and vocal students.
— Wednesday, Nov. 30
Noon to 1 p.m.: Pierre Music Store students and instructors.
— Thursday, Dec. 1
Noon to 1 p.m.: Bison grades 7-12 choir.


All three tournaments will be played at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls today through Saturday. The third-place and championship matches in all three classes will be televised live on SDPB Saturday evening.

Quarterfinal pairings:
11:30: Sioux Falls Washington vs. Rapid City Stevens.
1:15: Sioux Falls Jefferson vs. Pierre.
5:00: Sioux Falls O’Gorman vs. Huron.
6:45: Sioux Falls LIncoln vs. Harrisburg.
11:30: Wagner vs. Elk Point-Jefferson.
1:15: Sioux Falls Christian vs. Dakota Valley.
5:00: Miller vs. Platte-Geddes.
6:45: Elkton-Lake Benton vs. Belle Fourche.
11:30: Warner vs. Freeman.
1:15: Northwestern vs. Wolsey-Wessington.
5:00: Burke vs Castlewood.
6:45: Chester Area vs. Colman-Egan.


All-conference football: The ESD Conference announced the all-conference team that included these Governor players—offense, Lincoln Kienholz, Jack Merkwan, Jett Zabel, Christian Busch, Matthew Coverdale; defense, Gavin Stotts, Jacob Mayer, Jason Maciejczak.

Volleyball: The Governor girls swept Brandon Valley, 3-0, on game scores of 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 in their SoDak 16 match, qualifying for the state tournament. Pierre’s record is 16-5.

Early dates for Riggs High winter sports teams:
Dec. 2-3: Girls/boys at Mandan Invitational.
Dec. 8: Girls/boys home vs. Brookings.
Dec. 9-10: Girls/boys at Rapid City Invitational.
Dec. 13: Girls/boys home vs. Aberdeen Central.
Dec. 15: Girls/boys at Harrisburg.
Dec. 17: Girls only at Ashley, N.D., Invitational.
Dec. 1: at Huron quadrangular.
Dec. 3: at Sioux Falls Jefferson invitational.
Dec. 8: at Mitchell quadrangular.
Dec. 10: at Aberdeen Central invitational.
Dec. 17: at Mitchell invitational.
Dec. 9: home vs. Rapid City Stevens.
Dec. 10: home vs. Rapid City Central.
Dec. 16: at Sturgis.
Dec. 17: at Spearfish.
Dec. 9: at Rapid City Stevens.
Dec. 10: at Rapid City Central.
Dec. 16: home vs. Sturgis.
Dec. 17: home vs. Spearfish.

Football: Pierre won its sixth consecutive Class 11AA championship and its seventh in the 10-year history of Class 11AA when the Governors pulled away in the second half to defeat Tea Area, 35-20. Two mammoth touchdown pass plays in the first half—one for 92 yards from Lincoln Kienholz to Jack Merkwan for a 7-0 lead and the second for 75 yards from Kienholz to Merkwan for a 14-7 lead—started the game for Pierre. Tea answered each time, but after the Titans’ second score, the extra-point kick was missed, and Pierre led at halftime, 14-13. In the third quarter a pass play covering two yards from Kienholz to Brock Moser lifted Pierre ato a 21-13 lead. Again Tea answered, this time with a 68-yard touchdown pass play, and it was 21-20. Kienholz ran in from four yards out late in the third period for a 28-20 lead. In the final quarter Kienholz scored from the 11, following blocks by Jett Zabel into the end zone. Interceptions by Kienholz, Deegan Houska and Emmit Anderson played key roles in the championship win. Tea’s leading rusher was held to 66 yards when he averaged more than 200 yards per game during the regular season. Kienholz rushed 32 times for 121 yards and two scores and completed 14 of 28 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also made one interception and punted four times, averaging 38.3 yards per kick. Merkwan had eight catches for 234 yards, setting a new championship game all-class record for receiving yards, and scored twice. Pierre rushed for 115 yards, Tea for 66, and Pierre had 274 passing yards to Tea’s 248. The Governor defense, which starred in the game throughout, had three sacks.


4 days: Men’s soccer World Cup, Qatar (Nov. 21-Dec. 18).
4 days: Pierre Parade of Lights (Nov. 21).
5 days: Capitol Christmas trees lighting ceremony (Nov. 22).
7 days: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24).
8 days: Fort Pierre tree lighting and Cowboy Christmas events (Nov. 25).
15 days: Pierre Players’ “‘Til Beth Do Us Part” (Dec. 2-4, 8-10).
18 days: Jeff Gould/A Prairie Christmas On Stage (Dec. 5).
21 days: Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers (Dec. 8).
25 days: Riggs High band/choir concert (Dec. 12).
32 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (Dec. 19).
35 days: Buchanan Elementary Christmas concert (Dec. 22).
38 days: Christmas (Dec. 25).
44 days: College football national semifinals (Dec. 31).


Gratitude turns what we have into enough.


Black Hills State football (Josh Breske): The Yellowjackets ended their season with a 38-0 loss to CSU-Pueblo. Nevertheless, their 7-4 record gave BHSU its first winning season in six years.

Mount Marty men’s basketball (Lincoln Jordre): The Lancers lost to Doane College, 74-63, and last night lost to Briar Cliff, 80-76. In the latter game Lincoln was 3-of-5 and 2-of-2 for eight points with four rebounds and two assists. Now 3-4, MMC plays at Hastings Saturday, at home vs. WU Tuesday, at Southwest Minnesota State Nov. 26, at USD Nov. 28 and at home vs. Midland Nov. 30.

Dakota Wesleyan wrestling (Tyson Johnson, Aric Williams): At the DWU Open Tyson at 157 pounds had a bye, lost a 3-1 sudden-victory decision to a Morningside wrestler, had another bye, won by fall over a St. Thomas man in 3:20, then lost by fall to a Southwest Minnesota State wrestler in 2:57. Last night DWU lost a dual to Northwestern (Iowa), 21-19. Aric at 149 won by fall in 3:49. Tyson at 157 lost a 4-3 decision. Now 0-1 in duals, DWU wrestles Saturday at the Nebraska-Kearney tournament and Tuesday at the GPAC duals in Sioux City.

Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball (Nick Wittler): The Tigers lost to Morningside, 80-64, as Nick was 5-of-11 (0-for-5 in threes) for 10 points with three boards, an assist and a steal. Last night DWU won at #5 Jamestown, 80-68. Nick was 2-of-4 (1-of-2 in threes) for five points with one rebound. Now 2-2, DWU plays in Aberdeen Friday vs. Indiana Wesleyan and Saturday vs. Carroll (Mont.), at Mount Marty Tuesday and at Dakota State Nov. 30.

Mary women’s basketball (Chloe Lamb): The Marauder women had their games against Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State in Bismarck canceled by the blizzard. Last night Mary lost at Black Hills State, 77-67. Now 0-1, the Mary women will be in Hilo, Hawaii, next week to play the University of Tampa and the University of Hawaii-Hilo on Thursday and Friday.

South Dakota State swimming (Morgan Nelson): The Jackrabbit women lost a dual to Omaha, 173.5-122.5. Morgan placed third in the 100 breast stroke in 1:08.55, fifth in the 200 breast in 2:36.52 and eighth in the 200 individual medley in 2:27.16. She also swam on SDSU’s “B” team in the 200 medley relay, placing third in 1:49.51. SDSU swims this weekend at the Augustana Invitational.

Mary wrestling (Lincoln Turman): The Marauders’ trip over to the Bison Open in Fargo was canceled by weather. Mary sends wrestlers to Nebraska-Kearney’s tournament this Saturday and to Jamestown for a dual Nov. 29.

Charleston volleyball (Jaxin Melby): The Eagles won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches in the MEC conference tournament by 3-0 but lost in the championship match to Wheeling, 3-1. Charleston had a 32-4 record in the regular season. They will play Fairmont State first in the NCAA tournament.

Augustana swimming (Ella Ward-Zeller): Idle last week, the Viking swimmers host their own invitational this weekend through Saturday.

South Dakota men’s basketball (Max Burchill): The Coyotes defeated Dakota State, 82-64. Max in 14 minutes was 1-of-1 and 2-of-2 for four points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Now 2-1, USD plays at Mississippi State tonight. Next Tuesday and Wednesday at a tournament at Fort Myers, Fla., USD will play Long Island University in the semifinals and then in the third-place or championship game the following night. USD also will be at Coastal Carolina Nov. 26 and at home vs. Mount Marty Nov. 28.

Augustana women’s basketball (Aislinn Duffy, Katie Bourk): The Augie women won their first two games, 62-59 over Fort Hays State and 86-77 over Missouri Western. In the latter game Aislinn was 13-of-18 (2-of-3 in threes) and 5-of-5 for 33 points with seven rebounds, four assists and a block. Augie is home vs. Briar Cliff Saturday, Wayne State Tuesday, Dakota Wesleyan Nov. 26 and Chadron State Nov. 27.

Northern State football (Jacob Howard): The Wolves lost to Minnesota-Duluth, 28-7, and ended the season with a 6-5 record. Saturday was Jacob’s Senior Day game at Northern.

Missouri Baptist football (Shawn Schnabel): MBU won its season finale over St. Ambrose (Iowa), 42-38. The final record was 4-7.

Dakota State football (Jaden Flor, Collin Brueggeman, Nathan Cook): The Trojans defeated Waldorf, 13-0, in the last game of the season. DSU’s final record was 6-4.

North Dakota State football (Grey Zabel): The Bison edged Southern Illinois, 21-18. Now 6-1 in the Valley and 8-2 overall, NDSU hosts UND Saturday, then awaits their playoff selection show. The pairings will be revealed at 11:30 a.m. CST Sunday on ESPNU.

South Dakota State football (Regan Bollweg): The Jackrabbits dominated Illinois State, 31-7, and clinched the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship. This is their bye weekend as the regular season ends. The Jacks’ next game will be in the playoffs once the NCAA selection show reveals where and when that will be. The selection show will be televised at 11:30 a.m. CST Sunday on ESPNU.

Northwestern (Iowa) football (Morris Hofer): The Raiders whipped Hastings, 41-10, to finish the regular season with a 9-1 record. Northwestern hasn’t lost since a loss to #1 Morningside the first week of the season. Morris had one solo tackle and two assisted tackles against Hastings. Northwestern, seeded #3 nationally in the NAIA playoffs, will host #14 Dickinson State of North Dakota Saturday in Orange City in the first round of the postseason. That winner advances to a quarterfinal the following Saturday, Nov. 26.

Augustana football (Jett Lamb, Colton Hartford): The Vikings defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 49-0, in the season windup. Jett had one assisted tackle. With a 7-4 record Augie had its fourth straight season with a winning record.


Oahe Capitals: According to the Oahe Hockey Association website, the boys varsity opens play against Brookings next Friday, Nov. 25, followed by home games vs. Brandon Valley Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. The girls varsity’s first listed games are Dec. 9 vs. Mitchell at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 vs. Rushmore at 6 p.m., both at home.

Rapid City Rush: The Rush lost to Idaho, 4-2, then won over Idaho in a shootout, 4-3. Rapid City is at Tulsa Thursday, Saturday and Sunday then home vs. Kansas City Nov. 23, 25 and 26.

Badlands Sabres (Mason Martin): The Sabres lost twice to Gillette, 3-2 in overtime and 2-0. Badlands goes to Sheridan Friday and Saturday, then goes to Yellowstone Nov. 25-26.

Aberdeen Wings: The Wings beat North Iowa twice 4-1 and 3-2 in overtime. Aberdeen is now off until a Nov. 26 home game vs. Bismarck.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild won at Seattle, 1-0; lost to San Jose, 3-2, after a shootout, and lost at Nashville, 2-1. Now 7-9, Minnesota is home for five straight games—tonight vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday vs. Carolina, Wednesday vs. Winnipeg, Nov. 25 vs. Toronto, and Nov. 27 vs. Arizona.


U.S. Men’s National Team games in World Cup group stage:
— Monday vs. Wales, 1 p.m. CST on Fox.
— Nov. 25 vs. England, 1 p.m. CST on Fox.
— Nov. 29 vs. Iran, 1 p.m. CST on Fox.


Sioux Falls Skyforce: The Force defeated Fort Wayne twice, 127-117 and 124-114. Now 2-2, Sioux Falls is home Friday and Saturday vs. Windy City and Nov. 23 vs. Grand Rapids, then goes to Wisconsin Nov. 26.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves lost to Memphis, 114-103; beat Cleveland, 129-104, and last night won at Orlando, 126-108. Now 7-8, Minnesota plays at Philadelphia Saturday, at home vs Miami Monday, at Indiana next Wednesday, at Charlotte Nov. 25, at home vs. Golden State Nov. 27, at Washington Nov. 28 and at home vs. Memphis Nov. 30.

Women’s basketball:
— SDSU (2-1): Defeated Lehigh, 91-73; defeated Mississippi State, 63-62.
Upcoming games: at the Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas vs. UCLA Saturday, plus 2 more games there; Nov. 28, at Washington State; Nov. 30, at Montana State.
— USD (3-1): Lost to Creighton, 74-51; beat Bradley, 71-53; beat Bellevue, 100-38.
Upcoming games: Sunday at St. Louis; Nov. 25 and 28 in Las Vegas vs. Santa Clara and Fordham.

Men’s basketball:
— USD (2-1): Defeated Dakota State, 82-64.
Upcoming games: Thursday, at Mississippi State; at the Fort Myers, Fla., tournament vs. Long Island Tuesday, plus one more game there; Nov. 26, at Coastal Carolina; Nov. 28, home vs. Mount Marty.
— SDSU (2-2): Defeated St. Bonaventure, 66-62; lost to Arkansas, 71-56.
Upcoming games: Saturday, home vs. Stephen F. Austin; Nov. 25-26 in Savannah, Ga., vs. Valparaiso and James Madison.


Midco Sports Network live games this week and next week:
Men’s basketball: South Dakota Mines vs. Augustana, 11 a.m.
Men’s basketball: Black Hills State vs. MSU-Moorhead, 1 p.m.
Men’s hockey: UND vs. Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Football: USD vs. Northern Iowa, 1 p.m.
Football: UND vs. NDSU, 2:30 p.m. (MS2).
Men’s hockey: UND vs. Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m.
Men’s basketball: UND vs. Montana State, 1 p.m.
— NOV. 25
Men’s basketball: UND vs. Utah Tech, 1 p.m.
Volleyball: Summit League semifinals, 4 and 7 p.m.
— NOV. 26
Volleyball: Summit League championship, 2 p.m.
Men’s hockey: UND vs. Bemidji State, 6 p.m.
— NOV. 27
Men’s basketball: UND vs. Cal State-Fullerton, 1 p.m.

NFL live games on local TV this weekend and next:
Thursday: Tennessee at Green Bay, 7:15 p.m., Prime Video.
Sunday: Cleveland at Buffalo, noon, CBS.
Sunday: Chicago at Atlanta, noon, Fox.
Sunday: Dallas at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m., CBS.
Sunday: Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Monday: San Francisco at Arizona, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.
Thanksgiving: Buffalo at Detroit, 11:30 a.m., CBS.
Thanksgiving: New York Giants at Dallas, 3:30 p.m., Fox.
Thanksgiving: New England at Minnesota, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Nov. 27: Chicago at New York Jets, noon, Fox.
Nov. 27: Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City, 3:25 p.m., Fox.
Nov. 27: Las Vegas at Seattle, 3:05 p.m., CBS.
Nov. 27: Green Bay at Philadelphia, 7:20 p.m., NBC.
Nov. 28: Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m., ESPN.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings improved to 8-1 with an exhilarating 33-30 overtime win at Buffalo. After the Vikings kicked a field goal on its possession in overtime, they intercepted a Josh Allen pass in the end zone during Buffalo’s possession to end the game. Minnesota was down 27-10, then led 30-27 with 41 seconds left when an Allen fumble into the end zone was recovered by the Vikings. The Vikings are home vs. Dallas at 2:25 p.m Sunday, then home again on Thanksgiving night vs. New England at 7:20 p.m.

Denver Broncos: Denver lost to Tennessee, 17-10, and now stands at 3-6. The Broncos host Las Vegas at 3:05 Sunday, then play at Carolina at noon Nov. 27.

Missouri Valley Football Conference update:
— Conference standings: SDSU 8-0, NDSU 6-1, UND 5-2, Southern Illinois 4-3, Youngstown State 4-3, Northern Iowa 4-3, Illinois State 3-4, USD 2-5, Missouri State 2-5, Indiana State 1-6, Western Illinois 0-7.
— Last week’s scores:
SDSU 31, Illinois State 7.
UND 28, USD 19.
Missouri State 28, Youngstown State 22.
Indiana State 21, Western Illinois 0.
NDSU 21, Southern Illinois 18.
— This week’s games:
UND at NDSU, 2:30 p.m.
Northern Iowa at USD 1 p.m.
Missouri State at Indiana State.
Southern Illinois at Youngstown State.
Western Illinois at Illinois State.


Losses by the Buffalo Bills, Oregon, Seattle and Dallas fouled up many of our contestants. But Randy Pool, Kyle Richards and Jason Noyes came in with 8-2 records for 10 points each. At 7-3 for nine points each were Eric James, Levi Neuharth, Dawn Magee and Thomas Voeltz. At 6-4 for 8 points each were Mikal Kern, Seb Axtman, David Ludwig, Nathan Vetter, Beth Rinehart and Debra Bollinger.

Note to contestants: There will be no Midweek Update next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, but we will still have a contest for the following week. Find the list of games at the Parker Knox page on Facebook.

Contest #15 (send your 10 winners to parkerhome16@hotmail.com by Saturday morning):
(1) Iowa at Minnesota.
(2) USC at UCLA.
(3) UND at NDSU.
(4) Montana at Montana State.
(5) TCU at Baylor.
(6) Colorado at Washington.
(7) Utah at Oregon.
(8) NFL: Philadelphia at Indianapolis.
(9) NFL: New York Jets at New England.
(10) NFL: Dallas at Minnesota.


Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.
— Ernest Hemingway


  • Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who check out The Midweek Update each week.
  • We will take next week off. The next Update will appear on Thursday, Dec. 1.
  • On South Dakota Public Television tonight (Thursday), there will be a documentary on the Pride of the Dakotas marching band from SDSU, starting at 8 p.m. CST. The band will be playing/marching in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York next Thursday.


Thursday, Nov. 17:
Joseph Merriam, Jessica West, Tessa (Bollinger) Hartmann, Claire Taylor, Aaron Goehring, Carol Axtman (#85).

Friday, Nov. 18:
Denise (Marshall) Kjer, Cobey Carr, Linda Burchill, Chris Voller, Tom Hindman, Joe Jungman, Brendan Whitebird.

Saturday, Nov. 19:
Karla Byrum, Chris Pope, Alice Geraets, Bonnie Small, DeeAnn Stevens, Rachel Zuercher, Ken Weinheimer, Caroline Tschetter, Mike Anderson, Jim Sampson, Rob Shoup, Taylor Lindekugel, Bethany (Goeden) Intorn, Kylor Knox, Kaid Knox, Aiden Dykstra, Brad Cruse.
— 11th anniversary, Jared/Kim (Weischedel) McPherson.
— 11th anniversary, Michael/Macy (Welsh) Kaiser.

Sunday, Nov. 20:
John Forney, Ethan Ellefson, Ryker Tieszen, Austn Wagner, Sarah Magdanz, Blake Dean, Jerry Tveidt, Cammy (Clark) Theeler, A.J. Neuberger, Rigley Kulesa.

Monday, Nov. 21:
Thomas Voeltz, Peggy Rose, Mark Logan, Chuck Hamre, Ashton Wood, Evelyn Decker, Dawson Jarecke, Delaney Jarecke.
— We fondly remember Tyler Wilcox, who passed away 17 years ago today.

Tuesday, Nov. 22:
Kelly Culberson, Al King, Madelyn Lusk, Jane (Trumble) Husman, Lowen Kulesa, Jesse Herra, Gavin Gabriel, Brad Like, Hannah Melius, Judy (Sonnenschein) Larson, Will Nebelsick.

Wednesday, Nov. 23:
Kerry (Ingram) Rounds, Cody Van Houten, Sarah (Zellmer) Johnson, Elaine Konechne, Tom Tipton, Eva (Schmidt) Reed, Laurie Johnson, Benjamin Saniuk, Allyson Pierce, Erin (Schiefelbein) Jones, Wendy (Kaiser) Wulf, Knox Englehart, Jenny Weingart, Gage Deal, Cora Vogel.

Thursday, Nov. 24:
Tucker Stoeser, Mary (Wendt) Curtis, Jared Boyer, Monica Paxton, Pam Kean, Mae Virginia Gibson, Janet Hofer, Tom Roberts, Harper Lucas, Kaishia (Bernard) Anderson, Brooke (Lee) Crnin, Sharon Hoelscher, Todd Meierhenry.
— 16th anniversary, Jerid/Megan (Joachim) Jaeger.

Friday, Nov. 25:
Deann (Asheim) Mohlman, Randy Hilding, Ezekiel Ross, Kyle Hollingsworth, Cliff Garber, Reggie Hansen, Cadi Imsland, Ken Koistinen, Tyrell (Allardyce) Janiga, Bob Ruedebusch, Matt Mancuso.
— 11th anniversary, James/Jill (Rounds) Sleger.
— 19th anniversary, Jamie/Crystal Dvorak.

Saturday, Nov. 26:
Andrew Berreth, Patti (Marso) Peterson, Brian Myers, Christina (Zellmer) Nath, Kristin (Rausch) Hangebrauck, Thea (Miller) Ryan, Julie Bright, Coy Knudson, Curt Rawstern, Jackie Forster, Melissa Kirkpatrick, Lauren Retterath, Ben Blair, Stacey (Shepherd) Schumacher, James Berreth, Tom Martin.
— 12th anniversary, Jeff/Taya (Dockter) Runyan.
— 11th anniversary, Michael/Kylie (Sutton) Knudson.

Sunday, Nov. 27:
Randy Briese, Emory Aguirre, Matt Flyger, Gracie Keyser, Lynn Sevening, Mary (Likness) Keeler, Donny Kuper, Gretchen Lord Anderson.
— 18th anniversary, Gary/Bobbi (Martin) Drewes.
— 18th anniversary, Boice/Jamie (Mesteth) Hillmer.
— 7th anniversary, Rick/Shelbi (Hostler) Schimpf.
— 46th anniversary, David/Kathy Hausmann.

Monday, Nov. 28:
Katie (Zeller) Murphy, Kacie (Schneider) Olson, Travis Lindekugel, Maxx Vaudrin, Kim (Deffenbaugh) Altermatt, Ryan Hipple, Scott Colwill, Ella Frohm.

Tuesday, Nov. 29:
Michael Haradwick, Bobbi (Bourk) Underberg, Corey Westover, Reid LeBeau, Kallie Heibel, Luke Steece, Lisa Blake, Dallas Cronin, Marcie (Fuhrer) Holsteen, Ashleigh Baker, Josh Tetzlaff, Sarah Burger, Kayla Prince.

Wednesday, Nov. 30:
Lynsey (Meyer) Anderson, Robbin (Volmer) Figge, Todd Palmer, Chris Boom, VeaBea (Bourk) Thomas, Jay Vogt, Elizabeth Heidelberger, Mary (Storsteen) Dieken, Jake Stewart, Michael Gardner, Cole Hoelscher, Robyn (Bramblee) Bothwell, Joanna Peterson, Holly (Byrum) Jacobs.
— 48th anniversary, Rodney/Janice Haag.

Thursday, Dec. 1:
Shawn England, Kristin (Rau) Hayward, D.J. Stars, Lena (Burtts) Hammell.


Jason and Ashley (Iverson) Feyereisen of Watertown are the parents of their second daughter. Sloane Grace Feyereisen was born Nov. 10, weighing 6.15 pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches. She joins a sister, Mia, 4 1/2, in their family. Maternal grandparents are Jim and Rosa Iverson of Pierre.

Vernon Thorson, 64, Fort Pierre, died Nov. 10 at home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Pat Duffy Community & Youth Involved Center where a time of sharing will begin at 7. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Memorial Church. Vernon grew up near Hayes and graduated from Riggs High School in 1976. He married Susan Davis in 1979, and they had two children. He married Holly Glines in 2000, and Vernon gained three stepchildren. He worked for Morris Irrigation, Norm Nystrom, and the city of Pierre water department. He went to work for the city of Fort Pierre in 1998 and later became its city superintendent. He is survived by his children Amy (Patrick) Olson, Lee (Briana) Thorson and Jamie Myers; his stepchildren, Joey (Shanna) Montana, Adam Montana and Meagan (Josh) Montana; 11 grandchildren; his brothers, Stanley Thorson, Lyle (Linda) Thorson, and Doug (Mary) Thorson, and a sister, Kathleen (Degan) Poss.

The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) announced that Riggs High graduate Dr. Wendy Birhanzel of Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs has been named 2023 Colorado Superintendent of the Year. She was selected by a committee of former award winners and superintendents through a competitive process. Dr. Birhanzel will represent Colorado in the 2023 National Association of School Administrators’ national Superintendent of the Year program. According to a news release, a clear theme emerges in visiting with Dr. Birhanzel’s colleagues and staff about her leadership’s impact. She is described as someone who “walks the talk” and puts the needs of students at the center of every decision she makes in specific and tangible ways that have made a profound difference in better ensuring student support and success. Under Dr. Birhanzel’s tenure, Harrison School District 2 has implemented systems and initiatives that have dramatically improved their achievement and student discipline referral and expulsion rates. A district-wide systemic focus on teaching and learning has helped yield not only an 81% graduation rate and 1.2% dropout rate but also resulted in Harrison 2 students outperforming every other district in the state with comparable demographics of at least 65% minority students and 65% of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Every school in the district has a full-time social worker on staff among other available student supports. One of the primary reasons Dr. Birhanzel is highly effective in these areas is her standout priority for connecting personally with students. She created a Superintendent’s Advisory Group in both of the district’s high schools with 20 students serving on each group. These conversations have produced new ideas for the district to consider, including better ways to provide advisory support and strategies for a more inclusive culture through high school common areas. Dr. Birhanzel visits the district’s more than 20 schools every semester on at least three separate occasions. The Harrison 2 district was named the 2022 Best Education Workplace by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Dr. Birhanzel has been named 1 of “22 to Watch in 2022” by the Southeast Express, a Woman Making a Difference by the League of Women Voters, and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transformational Leader by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Weston and Kristin (Fawcett) Kusser now have three daughters in their family. The latest, Marty Katherine, was born Nov. 10. She joins older sisters Falon, 4, and Jensen, 3, in the family.

Sonia Jordre, 84, Aberdeen, passed away Nov. 10. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Selby United Methodist Church. The family will be present starting at 5 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the church where a prayer service will follow at 6. Mrs. Jordre grew up in Aberdeen and graduated from high school and Northern State Teachers College there. She married Paul Jordre in 1959, and they lived in Wilmot, Edgemont, Arlington, Faulkton and Selby. She spent her career as a teacher and librarian. She was a resident of Avera Mother Joseph Manor at the time of her death. Survivors include four children, Karinda (Michael) Groothuis of Montevideo, Minn., Todd (Julie) Jordre of Aberdeen, Sharla (Scott) McCaskell of Rapid City and Clark (Patti) Jordre of Onida; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Terry and Geraldine Jordre of Aberdeen and Galen and Ann Jordre of Pierre, and many nephews and nieces. Among those who preceded her in death were her husband of 59 years, her parents and two siblings.

Dale Hartmann, 89, died Nov. 12 at Avera Maryhouse. His funeral is being held this (Thursday) morning at Faith Lutheran Church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. MST Friday at Black Hills National Cemetery. Dale grew up at Mission and graduated from Todd County High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. After his military service he attended South Dakota State and earned a civil engineering degree. He married Myrna Beck in 1960, and they lived in Chamberlain and Winner before coming to Pierre in 1962. Dale worked as chief of survey for the state for more than 20 years, retiring in 1994. Dale was a volunteer fireman for 35 years and was active in all phases of service at Faith Lutheran Church, including working as Sunday School superintendent for 19 years. He was also a courier for BankWest and an insurance claims adjuster. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Myrna Hartmann; three sons, Darrell (Sarita) Hartmann, Damon (Cindy) Hartmann and Randy (Jodi) Hartmann; his daughter, Lorri (Carl) Rathbun; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
— William Arthur Ward


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