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Vol. 16, No. 32; Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Riggs High junior Josie Slaathaug is one of four speakers scheduled for the March for Science event in Pierre this Saturday, April 22.

It kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Federal Building downtown. Marchers will proceed down Pierre Street to Missouri Avenue, then west to Steamboat Park. Tables and chairs will be available in the park for those who are unable to join the actual march but who want to be at the event for the speeches and subsequent rally.

This march is one of more than 500 marches and rallies in 37 countries around the world. The March for Science represents an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to champion science that serves the common good and the indispensible role it plays in our lives and communities. (News courtesy of Dakota Radio Group's "My Daily News.")


I had amnesia once. Or twice.


Boys basketball: Postseason honors have continued for members of the Governors team. Brad Dean was named as a first-team All-State player in Class "AA" basketball, and Peyton Zabel was selected as a second-team All-Stater.

Boys basketball: Postseason honorees among the Pierre Governors team included Hunter Jockheck, most valuable defensive player; Brad Dean, most valuable offensive player; Warrent Garreau, Hustler Award, and Connor Campbell, most improved player.

Girls golf: At the season-opening meet at Harrisburg, Pierre finished seventh of 11 teams with a 360 score. Aberdeen Central was first with Rapid City Stevens second. Shelbie Guthrie and Annabelle Simpson tied for 14th place with 86s, and Hallie Gronlund was 28th with a 93. Other Pierre scores: Jessa McTighe 95, Taylor Davis 96, Rilee Rowse 104.

Boys track: In Huron on April 7 Connor Campbell won the high jump at 6'3". Levi Stoltenburg was second in the shot put and third in the discus, Caleb Lusk placed second in the 800 and third in the 1600, and Nate Zimmerman was second in both hurdles events. At the Miller meet April 11 Campbell again was high jump champion while Trevor Adamson won the 110-meter high hurdles. At the Rapid CIty Track-o-rama April 13 Campbell was Pierre's only first-placer, going 6'3" in the high jump. Thomas Pietz placed fourth in the pole vault at 12'0". In the discus Jack Maher was third at 147'0" and Levi Stoltenburg fifth at 143'1". Caleb Lusk placed fifth in the 3200 in 11:37.37 and Warrent Garreau sixth in the triple jump at 39'3/4". The Govs' 4x400 relay team was fourth in 3:44.07.

Girls track: Hannah Shaffer won the 800 and Mackenzie Rath won the discus at the Huron meet where Pierre was second with 139 points behind Watertown's 186. Maddie Reinke was second and Rath third in the shot put. At Miller the Pierre first-placers were Addison Eisenbeisz in the high jump, Joanna Zanin in the long jkump and Demi Zeeb in the 1600. At the Rapid City Track-o-rama Eisenbeisz was second in the high jump at 5'1" and Tori Thorpe was fourth in the triple jump at 34'3/4". Rath was fifth in the discus at 110'2" and fifth in the shot at 36'5".

Boys tennis: The Governors were swept at a quadrangular in Huron, losing to Watertown and Huron by 5-4 scores and to Lincoln by 9-0. Kaden Hight went 2-1 for the day, and he and doubles partner Francesco Zago also were 2-1. Pierre won both ends of a triangular, taking out Spearfish 9-0 and Rapid City Christian 8-1. In a home triangular the Govs lost to Stevens 7-2 and won over Aberdeen Central 5-4. In Sioux Falls Monday the Govs lost to Washington 8-1 and lost to Brandon Valley 6-3. Hight and Zago won their singles matches and combined for a doubles win against the Lynx, and Hight scored the Pierre point against the Warriiors.


There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. --- Charles Dickens


Track: At the Spearfish meet April 8 Damon Hoftiezer was second in the boys discus at 145'9", and Madyson Titze was 16th in the girls' discus. In boys events at the Big Dakota Conference meet Tuesday, Hoftiezer won the shot put at 47'4". The Buffaloes' medley relay team of Dylan Gabriel, Riley Hannum, Morgan Masteller and Cale Meiners won their race in 4:00.83. The SCHS 4x800 boys team placed second in 9:04.04. Runners were Meiners, Shay Van Den Hemel, Reid Wieczorek and Logan Rosenberger. Tori Jones was a double winner, taking the 100-meter hurdles in :16.03 and the 300s in :50.56. The Lady Buffs medley team of Andi Drageset, Katelynn VanDusseldorp, Andi Drageset and Jennifer Sweetman won their event in 5:02.85. The girls 4x100 team of the same four runners placed second in :56.08. The 4x200 team of Harley Fischer, T.J. Drageset, Sweetman, and Andi Drageset was second in 1:56.86.


The official groundbreaking for the Helmsley Center will be held Friday.

Last August Avera announced plans to build a new cancer center in Pierre, thanks to up to $10 million in grant funding from the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust. The new home for the $30 million Avera Cancer Institute in Pierre will be named the Helmsley Center and will house state-of-the-art cancer care as well as clinic space for primary and specialty care.

The groundbreaking will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the hospital parking lot. The public is invited to attend. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")


"An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, which views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic." --- William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education


Boys basketball: Jacob Howard and Lincoln Jordre were selected by the Aberdeen American-News sports staff for its All-Area boys basketball honor squad.

Golf: At the "B" Classic in Mitchell in girls golf Lauren Wittler placed ninth with a 102 score, and Kara Huse was 41st at 129. From the boys team Clay Feller had a seventh-place finish with a round of 82. Devan Kleven was 27th at 91, Greer Hofer 47th at 95 and Nick Wittler 71st at 108.

Track: At the season-opening meet at Mobridge, Jacob Howard qualified for the state meet with a third-place toss of 45'6" in the shot put, and Chloe Lamb qualified for state with a first-place 112'9" in the discus. Other first-placers for SBHS in girls events were Brooklynn Bradford at :13.7 in the 100, Avery Weinheimer at :55.90 in the 300-meter hurdles and Lauren Wittler at 35'2 1/2" in the shot put. In the boys events Brady Hill won the 100 in :11.7.

Track: At the Gettysburg Invitational, Brady Hill was a triple winner---the 100 in :1142, the 400 in :58.88 and the long jump at 18'7". The boys 800-meter relay team of Garrett Petersen, Griffin Petersen, Zach Farries and Quinn Jordre won their event in 1:50.59. Sebastian Frost was second in the 1600, Jack Mercer second in the shot, and the boys 400-meter relay team second. In girls' events Chloe Lamb won the shot at 32'7 1/2" and the discus at 107'11". Brooklynn Bradford was second in the 100.

Girls basketball: In all-star games at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, Racquel Wientjes had eight points and five rebounds for the White team, and Chloe Lamb had five points and six rebounds for the Blue team. South Dakota White defeated Blue, 86-62.

Girls basketball: The state champion Chargers' head coach, Mark Senftner, was chosen by the Aberdeen American-News for its All-Area Coach of the Year in girls basketball.


The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.


Thursday, April 20:
Linda Euneau, Ryan Parker Knox, Steven Gordon, Kristen (Viken) Carlson, Ty Holsteen, Elaina Rounds, Michael Burke, Marlee Casanova. 4th anniversary, Troy/Bonnie (Pitlick) Rus.

Friday, April 21:
Ava Stoeser, Vicki (Kinder) Rapp, Alexander Becker, Melissa Gosselin, Teresa (Zebroski) Murdoch, Neil Nemec, Larissa Fasthorse, Mira Garrett, Adam Bertsch, Olivia Graff, Kara (Kurth) Kuiper, Danyelle Angyal, Colette Kemink, Donna Cole. 5th anniversary, Jake/Tara Johnson. We fondly remember Hyrma Zakahi on her birthday.

Saturday, April 22:
Bob Burke, Sandra Hepper, Mark Livermont, Tim Schmidt, Lindsey (Jungwirth) Costello, Bonnie Bauder. Anniversary, Mike/Jean Rounds. 11th anniversary, Todd/DeNeil (Hosman) Taylor.

Sunday, April 23:
Grady Gilmore, Shirley Bonhorst, Heather Sperry, Gracie (Lindbloom) Curtis, Dusty Paulsen, Teva Snodgrass, Karen (Cremer) Hofer, Preston Mohlman, Scott Carbonneau, Tara Jo St. Germaine. 6th anniversary, Brian/Sarah Custer.

Monday, April 24:
Damian Dieken, Sean Devine, Terry Larsen, Karissa Guthrie, Phil Leidholt, Dave Lingle, Briggs Goehring, Autumn Bryant. 7th anniversary, Joel/Kelly (Johnson) Metz. 5th anniversary, Dustin/Kayla (Gallimore) Witt. 35th anniversary, Jack/Jill Aadland.

Tuesday, April 25:
Evan Jarvis, Lola Hollingsworth, Amanda Olson, Betty Jones, Cameron Sass, Stephanie (Magedanz) Bartsch, Helen Jane Paxton, Greg Lakner, Peggy Hofmeister, Jodie (Hickman) Anderson. 8th anniversary, Chase/Joanie (Flottmeyer) Blair. 8th anniversary, Justin/Holly Artz. 4th anniversary, Trevor/Jackie Fisher. 31st anniversary, Bob/Laurie Gill.

Wednesday, April 26:
Beth Simon, Jean Easland, John Wellhouse, Julie Miller, Matt Mitchell, John Bradley, Nathan Ellenbecker, Susan (Van Camp) Wendelbo, Rebekah Hartmann, Brian Chicoine, Sarah Gloe, Susie Gloe, Sheryl Nielsen, Jane Candler. 14th anniversary, David/Ann (Beemer) Candler. 3rd anniversary, Andrew/Ashley Tople. 14th anniversary, Dennis/Jackie (Thorson) Richey. 3rd anniversary, Will John/Kylee (Lamb) Johnson. 3rd anniversary, Tyler/Nikki (Koenig) Sullivan.

Thursday, April 27:
Carol (Ebert) Newcomb, Mona Oehlerking, Mike Leidholt, Joyce Richardson, Allyson (Friez) Kreycik, Daulton Mercer, Gene Weischedel, Isaac Denke, Sarah Olson, Matt Blake, Melinda Christiansen, Morgan Lindekugel, Lavin Stoeser, Leo Sengos. 10th anniversary, Forrest/Susan (McNeely) Foster.


Arguing with a woman is like reading the software licensing ageement. In the end you have to ignore everything and just click "I Agree."


South Dakota football (Brevin Kaiser): The Coyotes will have their spring game at the DakotaDome at 7 p.m. Friday. Brevin took a redshirt last season in his first year at USD so has four years of eligibility remaining. He is listed on the roster as a 6'3", 205-pound quarterback.

South Dakota women's golf (Katie Bartlett): At the Kansas City Shoot-out USD was fifth of 10 teams with an 89-over-par scorecard of 318-314-321=947. Katie tied for 52nd at 80-82-91=253. USD plays in the Summit League championships Sunday through Tuesday at Nebraska City, Neb.

Augustana football (Trevor DeSchepper): The spring game for the Vikings will be held April 29 at Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Trevor is listed on the Augie roster as a senior wide receiver. He started all 11 games as a wide receiver last fall, catching 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He graduated from high school at Harrisburg.

Northern Michigan women's golf (Karissa Guthrie): At a tournament in Canton, Ohio, the NMU women tied for second among 12 teams at the Cav Classic with a 307-315=622 score. Karissa was her team's best, placing fourth with a 74-76=150. NMU plays this Friday at their conference championships in Nashport, Ohio.

South Dakota State track (Kyle Anderson, Riley Sears, Max Reinke, Rachel Propst): In a dual at USD the Jackrabbits lost the men's dual, 99-92, and lost the women's dual, 104-87. Kyle was second in the shot put at 53'10 1/2", and Riley placed fourth in the high jump at 6'6 3/4". At a meet in Azusa, Calif., Kyle placed eighth in the shot at 51'8 1/2" while Riley tied for 19th in the long jump at 6'4 3/4". SDSU sends athletes to Iowa City Saturday and to USD's meet Tuesday.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers, Landon Busch): To start a three-game series at NDSU, the Jacks lost 4-1, and Quinn pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out one and allowing a run and a hit. In another 4-1 loss to the Bison, Landon Badger went 0-for-1 as a pinchhitter. He was 1-of-3 in a 1-0 win in the final game of the series. SDSU lost at Creighton, 6-5 in 11 innings. Landon was 0-for-3 at the plate, and Quinn pitched an inning, striking out one. In a weekend series, SDSU lost two of three to Western Illinois. In a 7-2 loss, Quinn threw two innings, allowing three hits, an earned run and a walk while striking out three. In an 8-4 loss Badger played in center field but was 0-for-0 at the plate, and Quinn pitched two innings, allowing a walk and two hits and fanning one. SDSU won the final game, 13-5, and Badger was 1-of-2 and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.. On Tuesday in Minneapolis the Jacks were tied with Minnesota, 2-2, until the Gophers got two runs in the fifth on a two-run triple that went to the wall in center field and took the permanent lead in a 5-2 win. Badger was 1-of-3 and scored a run, and Quinn pitched an inning, allowing a walk and a hit and striking out one. Now 15-17, SDSU is home for three vs. Oral Roberts this weekend, one vs. Dakota State Tuesday, and one vs. Creighton next Wednesday.

South Dakota State women's golf (Hallie Getz): The SDSU women placed third of 10 teams at the Kansas City Shoot-out with a score of 317-302-311=930. Hallie tied for ninth at 81-73-79=233. SDSU goes to the Summit League championships Sunday through Tuesday at Nebraska City, Neb.

Black Hills State women's track (Kelsey Van Den Hemel): At the Al Bauer meet at the School of Mines, Kelsey placed 11th in the 1500 in 5:31.64. At the Blue Hawk Games at Dickinson, Kelsey was 11th in the 1500 in 5:44.43. BHSU sends runners to Fort Collins to the Christiansen meet this Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan baseball (Jared Neilan): DWU took three of four from Northwestern, winning 2-1, 3-2 and 8-4 and losing 10-6. Jared had four hits in 16 at-bats in the four-game series and had an RBI in the loss. DWU lost twice to Mayville State, 10-4 and 7-0, and Jared was hitless in five at-bats. The Tigers split with Dordt. Jared was 2-for-4 in a 5-3 win, driving in a run on a solo home run. DWU lost the nightcap, 7-1. DWU lost two GPAC games to Mount Marty, 5-0 and 4-3. On Tuesday the Tigers led at North Dakota State, 2-0, till the Bison got a run in the fifth, a tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the ninth on a single, a sacrifice bunt and a single to win 3-2. The Tigers play four at Morningside this weekend and two at Dordt next Tuesday in league play.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers won over North Dakota State, 6-1, as Nolan pitched an inning, allowing three hits and an earned run. Minnesota lost two of three Big 10 games at Indiana. On Tuesday the Gophers won over SDSU, 5-2. Nolan started the game, threw 2 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and two walks while fanning one. Now 22-10, Minnesota is home for three vs. Nebraska this weekend, then plays at Northern Illinois Tuesday.

University of Mary men's track (Steven Gordon, Jack Wollman): At their only home meet, the Mary men placed first among seven teams. Steven was second in the 1500 in 4:02.29 and fifth in the 3200 in 9:14.95. Jack placed 13th in the 800 in 2:04.31 and ran on Mary's "B" team in the 4x400 relay, placing seventh in 3:39.78. At the Blue Hawk Games in Dickinson, Steven was second in the 5000 in 15:49.69 and Jack ninth in the 800 in 2:06.49. Jack and the rest of the Mary "B" team in the 4x400 won their event in 3:28.24, beating not only other schools but their own "A" team. Mary sends athletes Saturday to NDSU's Hokanson Invitational.

Northern State track (Elizabeth Raecke, Courtney Brandt, Courtney Espeland): At the NSIC-MIAC two-conference meet in Maryville, Mo., the NSU women were sixth. Elizabeth placed 17th in the 400 in 1:01.18 and Courtney Brandt 28th in the 800 in 2:44.31. Elizabeth ran on the 4z100 team, which placed sixth in :48.71. At NSU's twilight meet Courtney Espeland placed fifth in the 800 in 2:35.74. Elizabeth ran on the winning 4x100 relay team in :50.27. NSU competes this weekend at the Sioux City Relays.


"There are three kinds of men---the one who learns by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."


May 6: Justin Jensen/Mackenzie McKeithan.
May 27: Cody Nilson/Jessica Blackmore.
May 27: Ryker Tieszen/Angela Koch.
May 28: Damon Thielen/Jessica Brown.
May 28: Taylor Brock/Bethany Dahl.
June 3: Walter Haag/Natasha Stewart.
June 24: Jody Lutz/Sydney Thompson.
June 24: Andru Meiners/Brittany Guindon.
June 24: Blake Hemminger/Ashley Brotsky.
July 7: Zachary Merrill/Christina Borah.
July 22: Connor Landberg/Michaela O'Daniel.
July 22: Travis Newling/Megan Reindl.
Aug. 12: Chris Voller/Ashlee Mendive.
Aug. 19: Wyatt Trautman/Miranda Wilson.
Aug. 19: Trevor Lopour/Mary Volmer.
Aug. 20: Cody Coppess/Mandi Gallina.
Aug. 26: Taylor Owens/Angie Kemnitz.
Sept. 2: Jayson Herra/Jordyn Anderson.
Sept. 9: Mic Stulken/Nicole Madden.
Sept. 9: Charlie Kaufman/Carrie Erickson.
Sept. 16: Derrick Miller/Kelbie Frederick.
Sept. 30: Adam Sharkey/Salina Ballesteros.
Oct. 7: Robert Teachout/Ann Smith.
Oct. 7: Brian Long/Allie Rudish.
Aug. 18, 2018: Jason Noyes/Micki DeCurtins.


This is what all of you 70+-year-olds and yet-to-be kids may have to look forward to. This supposedly happened at an independent living center.

The people who lived there had apartments, but they all chose to eat at a central cafeteria. One morning one of the residents didn't show up for breakfast, so a lady went upstairs and knocked on his door to see if everything were O.K. She could hear him through the door, and he said that he was just running late and would be down shortly, so she went back to the dining area.

An hour later he still hadn't arrived, so she went back up toward his room. She found him on the stairs. He was coming down but was having a difficult time. He had a death grip on the handrail and seemed to be having trouble getting his legs to work right. She told him she was going to call for an ambulance, but he told her he wasn't in any pain and just wanted to have his breakfast. So she helped him the rest of the way down the stairs, and he had his breakfast.

But when he tried to return to his room, he was completely unable to get up even the first step, so they called for an ambulance for him. A couple hours later, the lady called the hospital to see how he was doing. The receptionist there said he was fine. He had just put both of his legs in one leg of his boxer shorts.


Sioux Falls Stampede: The Herd finished the regular season on a high note, winning over Sioux City, 2-1 and 4-1. Sioux Falls finished with 21 wins but did not make the playoffs.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild's season is still hanging by a thread, but at least it's still hanging. Minnesota faced elimination from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last night but won at St. Louis, 2-0, so now, down 3 games to 1, the Wild return home for Game 5 Saturday. Game 6 would be Monday and Game 7 next Wednesday. St. Louis won the first two games in St. Paul, 2-1 in overtime and 2-1, then won 3-1 in Game 3. The Wild had entered the playoffs with some momentum, having won the last two regular-season games, 4-3 at Colorado and 3-1 at Arizona.


Option #4: You could retire to Minnesota where . . . . .

(1) . . . . . you have only three spices---salt, pepper and ketchup.
(2) . . . . . Halloween costumes have to fit over parkas.
(3) . . . . . you have 17 recipes for casseroles.
(4) . . . . . sexy lingerie is anything flannel with fewer than eight buttons.
(5) . . . . . the four seasons are almost winter, winter, still winter, and road repair.
(6) . . . . . the highest level of criticism is "He is different," "She is different," or "It was different."


Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost to Dallas, 2-0, and earned a standings point with a 2-2 tie at Houston. Minnesota is home at 5 p.m. Sunday vs. the Colorado Rapids, who will be playing without goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is under suspension.


When I was a child, I thought nap time was a punishment. Now as a grown-up it feels like a small vacation.


Pierre Governors: After sweeping the season-opening doubleheader over Douglas, the Governors won two more in a sweep at Winner-Colome April 6. Pierre won the opener, 5-3, scoring twice in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Peyton Zabel was winning pitcher in relief, going 2 2/3 innings, striking out four and allowing no hits, no runs and no walks. Joe King had three hits and Zach Rabern a pair. Pierre won the nightcap, 8-5, behind a four-run second and a three-run fourth. A two-run triple by Connor Gerber was the big blow in the second. Rabern was winning pitcher, throwing three innings and allowing three runs, six hits and no walks while striking out one. Three men out of the bullpen held the lead. Spencer Sarringar had two hits. Now 4-0, Pierre is in the midst of a long break over Easter and prom weekends and will next play at home Saturday, April 29, against Rapid City Central at 4 p.m. and the following day vs. Harrisburg at home at 1 p.m.

Minnesota Twins:
Thursday: Cleveland, 12:10 (MLB Network).
Friday: Detroit, 7:10 (Fox Sports North).
Saturday: Detroit, 1:10 (Fox Sports North).
Sunday: Detroit, 1:10 (Fox Sports North).
Monday: @ Texas, 7:05 (Fox Sports North).
Tuesday: @ Texas, 7:05 (Fox Sports North).
Wednesday: @ Texas, 7:05 (Fox Sports North).

Chicago Cubs:
Friday: @ Cincinnati, 6:10 (MLB Network).
Saturday: @ Cincinnati, 12:10 (MLB Network).
Sunday: @ Cincinnati, 12:10.
Monday: @ Pittsburgh, 6:05 (ESPN).
Tuesday: @ Pittsburgh, 6:05.
Wednesday: @ Pittsburgh, 6:05.

Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Friday: San Francisco, 6:40 (Root).
Saturday: San Francisco, 6:10 (Root).
Sunday: San Francisco, 1:10 (Root).
Monday: Washington, 6:40 (Root).
Tuesday: Washington, 6:40 (Root).
Wednesday: Washington, 6:40 (Root).
Thursday: Washington, 1:10 (Root).


Thursday: black walnut.
Friday-Sunday: blackberry cheesecake.
Monday-Tuesday: blue mood.
Wednesday-Thursday: butter pecan (new flavor).


Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?


Minnesota Timberwolves: The Wolves' last five regular-season games were not exactly anything to cheer. They lost them all although by a grand total of 22 points---105-98 to Portland, 120-113 to Utah, 110-109 to the Lakers, 100-98 to Oklahoma City and 123-118 to Houston. Minnesota has now missed the playoffs for 13 straight seasons although its young roster offers some hope for the future.

Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): In an 85-75 loss to Niigata Sam was 2-of-5 and 1-of-2 for five points, seven rebounds and two assists. In an 81-71 loss to that same team Sam was 9-of-17 and 4-of-8 for 22 points, 10 boards, two assists and a steal. In last weekend's 83-80 win over Toshiba Sam not only had the two clinching free throws at the end but had a triple-double---17 points, 167 rebounds and 10 assists. He was 6-of-12 in field goals and 5-of-6 in free throws. In a 78-63 loss to Toshiba he was 3-of-7 for six points with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks. This weekend the Grouses play two vs. Samen (29-24).

* High school basketball: Assuming the final vote in June goes the same way as the proposals' first readings did this week, the SDHSAA will have Sweet 16 formats in all classes of basketball and volleyball beginning next year, just as Class "A" has had the past couple of years. In Class "AA" the decades-old format of districts, and then second- and third-place teams getting another chance at the state tourney by playing in a regional game, is out the window. The top 16 teams in "AA" (with one school not qualifying) will be seeded into a 16-team field with #16 playing at #1, #15 playing at #2, etc. The winners of those eight games will qualify for the state tournament. In Class "B" the districts will no longer exist, and instead there will be eight regions, just as in Class "A" now. The regional tournaments will play down to two finalists in each region, and those 16 teams will be seeded with #16 playing at #1, etc., and those eight winners will be the teams that go on to the state tournament. Everything will now be single-elimination, so those years of losing in one's district, even in a stunning upset, only to have another chance to get to state, are history.


"We all wait for things to get easier, simpler, better, but this is a mistake. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, or you'll run out of time." ---


NFL preseason: The National Football League last week announced opponents for the four weeks of preseason games in August. The Vikings will play at Buffalo during the Aug. 10-14 time period; at Seattle between Aug. 17 and 21; at home vs. San Francisco (definite date Aug. 27, 7 p.m.), and at home vs. Miami on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1. The Broncos will play at Chicago, at San Francisco, home vs. Green Bay and home vs. Arizona during the preseason. The NFL regular-season schedules for all teams will be revealed this evening (Thursday). Rumor already has it that the Vikings will open the season in the Sunday night game at Atlanta's new stadium.

Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm remains undefeated at 7-0 after beating Cedar Rapids, 46-21, and Green Bay, 55-33. Sioux Falls plays Green Bay (2-6) again this Saturday on the road.


"Not everyone will understand your journey. That's O.K. You're here to live your life, not to make everyone understand." --- SpiritScience

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance


Tonight: Stanley County school carnival.
1 day: Pierre Legion Relays (April 21).
2 days: Riggs High School prom (April 22).
4 days: Riggs High awards night (April 24).
7 days: NFL draft begins (April 27).
11 days: Pierre Educational Foundation's Evening of Excellence (May 1).
11 days: Stanley County high school/middle school concert (May 1).
15 days: Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Sioux Falls (May 5-6).
15 days: Pierre Players' "Goodbye, Mr. Fancy" (May 5-7, 11-13).
16 days: All-State Jazz Band concert, Rapid City (May 6).
18 days: Riggs High spring play (May 8-9, 11).
19 days: Riggs High fine arts awards program (May 9).
19 days: Stanley County High activities banquet (May 9).
20 days: Stanley County High scholarship night (May 10).
20 days: St. Joseph School spring concert (May 10).
25 days: Riggs High band concert (May 15).
26 days: Riggs High choirs concert (May 16).
27 days: Capital City Children's Chorus spring concert (May 17).
27 days: Last day of school at Sully Buttes (May 17).
28 days: Georgia Morse Middle School band/choir concert (May 18).
28 days: State boys tennis tournament, Sioux Falls (May 18-20).
29 days: Last day of school in Pierre (May 19).
30 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 20).
31 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 21).
31 days: Riggs High graduation (May 21).
34 days: Last day of school at Stanley County (May 24).
36 days: State track meets, Sioux Falls/Tea/Brandon (May 26-27).
37 days: State high school baseball tournament, Sioux Falls (May 27).
44 days: Fort Pierre Bicentennial kickoff/all-horse parade (June 3).
44 days: Match of Champions bronc ride (June 3).
46 days: State boys/girls Class "B" golf tournaments, Sioux Falls (June 5-6).
46 days: State girls golf tournaments ("A" Dell Rapids, "AA" Huron) (June 5-6).
47 days: Municipal elections (June 6).
49 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 8-11).
52 days: Tony awards, CBS (June 11).


"Rather than a wall, America needs to build a giant mirror to reflect on what we've become." ---


* Free of my music responsibilities at home on Thursday and Sunday two weeks ago, I took advantage to go to Sioux Falls to see my daughter and her family. Except for one day last fall, I hadn't been in the big city for 3 1/2 years. Grandson Dylan and I found there are a pair of must-go places in Sioux Falls in addition to the Barnes & Noble store. One is Flyboy Donuts on the southwest corner of 57th and Western. It's a mandatory destination for any weekend morning, but expect to stand in line even at 7 a.m.! The other is an ice cream store whose Facebook page I happened to notice; otherwise I would not have known Stensland Family Farms' Ice Cream Shop and Country Store were there. Luscious ice cream and so many choices! It's in a sort of strip mall down a few doors behind Fuddrucker's on W. 41st St. across from O'Gorman. With hot weather coming, a triple-dip dish of three different ice cream varieties is a great idea.

* Driving back home on I-90 on Monday, April 10, I ran the gamut of the weather South Dakota can provide in the spring. Sioux Falls---spitting rain. Salem exit---heavy rain. Mitchell---freezing sleet, Mount Vernon exit---snow flurries beginning. Plankinton---heavy sideways snow, and following a snowplow and staying behind him made driving possible. Kimball---snow stopped but I-90 in awful condition where it hadn't yet been plowed. Oacoma---time to buy sunglasses to fight off the whiteness of the snow. Kennebec---snow gone, skies beginning to clear. Vivian---no snow on the highway. Murdo---sunshine, smooth sailing. Wall---donuts, just because that's what you do at Wall.

*As I posted on Facebook last weekend, it was a thrill to watch and hear our own Allison Mickelson (Riggs '95) sing not only in the 13-member In-the-Middle Choir but as a soloist at the Good Friday service at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village in New York City via means of livestream. She sang "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from "Jesus Christ Superstar." What a voice! Allison also provided music for the Holy Saturday Vigil there and sings regularly with the choir at that church.

* Great news for hockey fans this week! The Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls gets to host the Division I men's hockey West Regional next March with the two semifinal games on March 23 and the championship game on March 25, the latter sending somebody on to the Frozen Four in St. Paul. If UND makes the tournament as it almost always does, the Fighting Hawks will be assigned to the Sioux Falls regional. Plan on ordering your tickets as soon as they go on sale because those UND people will fill up the place.

* Sioux Falls also this week was awarded the Division II national wrestling tournament in 2020 and the Division II national volleyball tournament the same year.

* It wouldn't be a bad idea for an avid sports fan to just move to Sioux Falls and stay there for the whole month of March next year. Why? Here are some reasons:
* State "A" and "B" wrestling tournaments, Feb. 23-24.
* Northern Sun Conference women's and men's basketball tournaments, Feb. 24-27.
* Summit League women's and men's basketball tournaments, March 3-6.
* State "AA" girls and boys basketball tournaments, March 15-17.
* NCAA Division I men's hockey West Regional, March 23 and 25.
* NCAA Division II women's basketball national tournament, March 27-30.
* NCAA Division II men's basketball national tournament, March 28-31.

* I posted on Facebook earlier this week that this week each year is that one when we can't help but remember the horrible events that happened within a time span of six or seven days over the years---the crash of the state plane in 1993, Waco the same day, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. I then said those events are offset personally by the birthdays of granddaughter Olivia on April 19 and son Ryan on April 20. Several of you have noted that you, too, have bright spots in your personal histories that counteract the tragedies that are associated with this part of April each year.

* By skimming through an issue of 605 Magazine, I discovered there exists right here in Rapid City a wonderful new coffee place of which I had no idea, even though I drive by there several times a week. It's called Harriet and Oak, and it's located in what used to be a Chevrolet dealership. It's at 329 Main St., which is on the southeast corner of the intersection of Main and 4th St. just east of downtown. One reason I had never noticed Harriet and Oak is that there currently is no signage there, but word is getting around. There is even an honest-to-goodness Volkswagen inside in which small groups can sit and enjoy their coffee, breakfast or lunch. I'm not one for these fancy coffees you find all over the place these days, but my cup of "just plain coffee" was one of the best I've ever had anywhere. And then there is Waffle Wednesday. Waffles of various unique descriptions are a highlight each Wednesday and each weekend morning. The owners have two other brands of coffee shops---Blackbird Expresso in Spearfish and The Green Bean Coffeehouse in Belle Fourche and Spearfish. I hope this place in Rapid City does well; be sure to stop in if you are one of us who live here or if you are one of the hundreds who come here on a regular basis. As for me I have found a new place at which to kill the 90 minutes between my two church services on Sundays!

* Consider how many men have played in the major leagues over the years. Put them all in an alphabetical registry, and you would have a list of considerable length. So what are the odds that, on Tuesday of this week if I heard this information correctly, the very first name on that all-time list and the very last name on that list are in the big leagues at the same time! The first name on the list would be Atlanta pitcher David Aardsma, and the last would be Seattle pitcher Tony Zych.


The civility which money will purchase is rarely extended to those who have none. --- Charles Dickens


Matt Blake has been sworn into the Iowa Army National Guard as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer. Matt works as director of government relations and membership services at LeadingAge Iowa in Iowa City.

Juanita Kangas, 92, Pierre, died Monday. Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The Stanley County school carnival will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) in Parkview Auditorium.

Long-time Pierre resident Wyland Borth passed away at the age of 87 on April 14. Services were held Wednesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. A native of Herreid and a graduate of Northern State College, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War period. He taught for 12 years at Glenham, Erwin and Herreid and was superintendent at Hosmer. He worked for 24 years in the state Department of Education. During his retirement years he was active in the South Dakota and National Retired Teachers Associations, AARP, Boys State, his church and the Capital City Task Force. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Borth; son Rollie Borth in Pierre; son Dean Borth and his wife Angie of Massillon, Ohio; daughter Jill Sweetman and her husband Mark in Pierre; grandchildren Michael Borth, Jacob Borth, Drew Sweetman, Maari LaBrie, Kaitlin Cummings, Kyla Holter and Kaleb Fischer, and seven great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends have initiated a GoFundMe page for Zay and Carrie (Gerber) Norman in recent weeks. Zay, who ranches out in the Hayes area, unexpectedly lost his eyesight due to complications arising from open-heart surgery in January. The Normans have desperately been searching for options that might lead to Zay's regaining his eyesight. Such options are not covered by insurance, of course, and travel is expensive, so friends are encouraged to pitch in at Those preferring to send donations directly to the Normans can send them to 118 E. Main Ave, Fort Pierre SD 57532.

Congratulations to Kai Hanson and his fiancee, Kayla Saxe, on their recent engagement. Kai and Kayla stopped by the house they were arranging to purchase for an inspection, and Kai surprised her with an on-the-spot proposal while there. Kayla works as an It consultant for Eagle Creek in the Twin Cities but actually knows Pierre well because she started her career with Eagle Creek in Pierre in the 2012-15 time period. However, Kai had already left Pierre by that time. They met in the Cities through a mutual friend.

Services for Joyce (Forest) Bauer, 77, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24, at New Life Assembly of God in Pierre. She passed away April 17 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. She grew up in the Blunt and Onida areas and attended Sunshine Bible Academy. During her adult life she worked at the city hall in Pierre, J.C. Penney for many years, Kmart, Dakotamart and Walmart. She is survived by her husband, Delbert Bauer of Sioux Falls; daughters Pam Bauer and Rita Miller of Sioux Falls; brothers Danny Forest and his wife Lisa of Pierre and Gene Forest of Pierre; sisters Shirley Whitney of Pierre, Delores Rice of Mitchell and Jane Hamlin of Bellevue, Neb.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Brooke Bjorneberg has begun a new job in Colorado Springs as a casework supervisor at an agency that contracts with the county. She will be supervising cases involving children who are placed in foster homes and group homes. It is a job similar to the last one Brooke held when she lived in Tucson, Ariz.

The funeral services for Mary Gormley, age 96 1/2, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau, Mont. She was the mother of Pierre resident Grant Gormley.

Congratulations to Riggs High alumni (and extraordinary musicians) Rodd Bauck and Megan Vockrodt, who announced their engagement this week.

John Walker, 89, Pierre, died April 13 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. Services were held Tuesday at Lutheran Memorial Church. A native of the Clearfield area, he and his wife Alice moved to Pierre in 1955, and they raised their three daughters here. He worked for state government. He is survived by two daughters, Joyce Schomberg of Pierre and Judy Bouzek of Huron; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchildren. Among those who preceded him in death were a daughter, Janet King; a grandson, Brent Bouzek; his wife and an infant son, William Walker.

The Pierre School Board last week accepted the retirement notification of Karen Christopherson, Jefferson Elementary music teacher, effective at the end of the year. Also resigning from the district staff are Carissa Naasz, Buchanan Elementary; Nicole Pauli, Georgia Morse Middle School; Andrew Dempenwolf, Kennedy Elementary, and Ashley Larson, Jefferson Elementary. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

The fifth annual Flying Five Foundation Tyler Wilcox Golf Classic will also include a 5K Fun Run this year. The date is Saturday, June 17, at the Dunes. There will be two flights of golf at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. plus the run for non-golfers. Entertainment will take place at the RedRossa restaurant. To sign up your golf team and flight, send an e-mail to or text a message to Steven Cronin.

Ervine "Erv" Nold passed away April 8 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital at the age of 76. He grew up at Hague, N.D., and Aberdeen. He brought his family to Pierre in 1960 so he could work on the Oahe Dam construction. In 1961 he went to work for Holst Motors. In 1968 he began a long career with Forney-Neuharth Oil Company, retiring at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife, Blackie; son Mike and his wife Debra, son Lionel and his wife Connie, son Ervine and his wife Lisa, daughter Cathy and her husband Steve, 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters.

Riggs High seniors Spencer Sarringar and Maddie Reinke are this year's recipients of the Glen and Geoff Garrett Scholarship Award, which goes to a pair of seniors who have participated in at least two sports while maintaining at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Karen Lafferty, 71, died April 14. Services are being held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at St. Catherine's Church at West Bend. The former Karen Gravatt grew up in Pierre and in The Pocket area and went to school at Stephan. She worked at the Kings Inn, Maryhouse and Beverly's nursing home. She and her husband raised seven children, including Ivan Gravatt of Pierre, Darin Gravatt of Pierre, Arthur Lafferty of Polson, Mont., Shannon Monson of Pierre, Bert Lafferty of West Bend, Rocky Lafferty of Sioux Falls and LuAnn Lafferty of Pierre; 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A district-wide school psychologist position which has been vacant for more than two years has been filled by the Pierre School District. Sydney Fleming, a 2014 Augustana University graduate who has studied since then in Belgium and France, will join Jennifer Johnson as the second psychologist in the district. Also hired for the 2017-18 school year are Jason Stangeland, seventh-grade math; Eamin Entwisle, eighth-grade science; Matthew Thorson, Jefferson third grade; Angela Koch, Kennedy fifth grade, and Erin Bush, Kennedy first grade. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Announced as candidates for queen of the Riggs High prom to be held this Saturday are Raegan Winder, Hannah Booth, Hannah Shaffer and Steph Nelson. The king candidates are Trey Falcon, Andrew Van Gerpen , Nolan Ortbahn and Brad Dean.

"Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs," the film which has been produced and directed by Justin Koehler of the Midland area, will have its premiere in Rapid City at the Elks Theater as one of the features of the Black Hills Film Festival at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, April 26. Koehler hopes to also screen the movie in Fort Pierre or Pierre later this year. He can show it only at film festivals or free screenings for the time being.

Spencer Sarringar has signed his letter of intent to attend Northern State University and play baseball for the Wolves.

Jean Peterson, 89, died April 9 at home in Lacey, Wash. She and her husband Lester were married in 1945. They lived in southern Hyde County and raised nine children. After selling their ranch, they lived in Pierre, and she worked for state government. Mr. Peterson died in 1993. Jean married Ken Wilson in 2000, and they lived in Pierre and Sioux City. For the last four years she lived at the home of a daughter. She is survived by eight children, Lou Ann Leischer, Gay Hoerler, Kathy Sayler, Becky Eaton, David Peterson, Kristine Schmidt, Scott Peterson and Amy Larsen; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A cast of 14, including Ryan Parker Knox, will perform the Rogue Theatre's final show of the 2016-17 season April 27-May 14, staging Shakespeare's "Macbeth" Thursdays through Sundays during that time period at the theater in Tucson, Ariz.

Mindy Cronin, whose husband Dallas is a native of Pierre (Riggs '99), a school nurse with the Rapid City Area School District, has passed her national certification with the National Association of School Nurses and is now only the second nationally certified school nurse in South Dakota.

The J.C. Penney chain announced that the four South Dakota stores it plans to close---Pierre. Watertown, Mitchell and Yankton---will not close in June but will instead remain open for business through July 31.

Talk about a long, arduous journey! Caleb Gilkerson's paddleboat, The Sunset, sits in the water at Oahe Marina below Oahe Dam these days after completing the trip from Cincinnati, Ohio. The boat was sailed from Cincinnati down the Ohio River past Louisville to the mouth of the river where it flows into the Mississippi, then north upstream on that river to St. Louis and then into the Missouri River, all the way across Missouri to Kansas City and upstream past Omaha to Sioux City. There low water level caused the boat to run aground on sand. With the help of the release of more water from upstream dams and a tugboat, the paddleboat was able to be navigated out of trouble and as far upstream as Clay County Park near Vermillion. There on April 11 The Sunset was lifted out of the river and onto a moving truck. From there it rode the truck all the way to the marina north of Fort Pierre by the next night. Staff from the Department of Game, Fish and Parks spent last Thursday decontaminating the boat to be sure there were no invasive species clinging to the boat. Gilkerson said interest in use of the boat for parties and dinner cruises this summer has been strong. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Chris Martian of Rapid City has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the state's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the first of his party to announce he will seek the chair being vacated by Rep. Kristi Noem. Martian's candidacy guarantees that whoever wins the Republican nomination (Dusty Johnson or Shantel Krebs) in the June 2018 primary election will face opposition in the general election in November 2018.

Lucas Jeanotte scored the first hole-in-one of the 2017 golfing season, getting an ace on the No. 4 hole at Hillsview Golf Course last Tuesday.

Jessica (Duba) and Ross Castelli have moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Parker, Colo., in the Denver suburbs. Jessica started a new job as a systems engineer with Sierra Nevada Corporation, working with military aircraft. Her parents, former Pierre residents Jerry and Myra Duba of Rapid City, are pleased the Castellis are now only six hours away instead of 11. The Dubas' other daughter, Jennifer, lives in Rapid City with her husband, C.J. Erlandson, and the Dubas' 7-year-old grandson, Solomon.

Crowned as the royalty of the Stanley County High School prom were Morgan Masteller as king and Bailey Klemann as queen.

Riggs High graduate Josh Anderson was scheduled to be moved this past Tuesday to Hope Network in Grand Rapids, Mich., for continued therapies and work on daily living skills. He has been at Craig Hospital in Colorado for several months. Back in December 2015 Josh suffered a traumatic brain injury while at work in Colorado and was starting to live on his own. But four days after his dad Dave was diagnosed with lymphoma, Josh suffered a grand mal seizure last August, setting back his recovery. Dave and Debbie Anderson's other child, Megan, is a student at Legacy High School in Bismarck.

The Stanley County School Board is accepting resignations effective at the end of next month from Erin Bush, first grade; Eric Fjerestad, third grade; Andrew Moore, high school science, and Angela Pickett, elementary special education. The board has offered new contracts to Adam Dannenbring, high school technology/CTE/employability teacher; Amber Gill, special education; Austin Lopour, elementary, and Christina Borah, elementary. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

The Pierre Elks Lodge held its officer swearing-in ceremony and awards night recently. Named the Elks Citizen of the Year was Kevin Larsen. Officer of the Year was Uncle Matt. Honored as Elk of the Year was Seb Axtman. (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Every year in South Dakota about 4,000 children experience sexual abuse. This was one finding of the Jolene's Law Task Force studying child abuse in South Dakota. The task force was established by Governor Daugaard in 2014. A key recommendation made by the Jolene's Law Task RFoce was for the state to set up a center to further study the issue and make recommendations for how to address it. Carrie (Gonsor) Sanderson, a Riggs High and USD alumna who previously worked for the U.S. Attorney's office, has been named the first director of USD's Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. The center is housed in the School of Health Sciences. The task force has a 10-year plan, which Sanderson will be working with as part of the center's mission. One of the key goals is to gather information about child abuse and then distribute the information across the state. Another goal is to work with "mandatory reporters" of child abuse like nurses and police officers and provide them with more education. (News courtesy of USD's The Volante.)

The second annual Oahe Summit, a Christian music festival which was held outdoors last summer at the Silver Spur, has announced its performers for this summer's show at the Riggs theater on July 28. The Bonray band will be the headlining act, and other performers will be Jacob Daniel (Pierre native Jacob Shoup) and Audrey Hope. Ticket information will be announced soon. The Bonray band is a family band of four siblings---Zac, Jesse, Jake and Morgan Bonner. You can find more information on them and hear their music at and on their Facebook page entitled Bonray.

The 27th annual luncheon hosted by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota in association with the governor's office, the School Administrators of South Dakota and the state Department of Education to honor the top 1% of the state's high school graduates is set for Monday noon at the Ramkota. The event is sponsored by the Board of Regents, the SDEA, and the South Dakota Community Foundation. Local high schools will be represented by Carson Wyly from Stanley County, Kole Pickner from Sully Buttes, and Brody Hultman and Amanda Pugh from Riggs High.

Kristen Job (Riggs High '92), Secondary Excellence in Youth coordinator in the Westside Community Schools on the west side of Omaha has been named executive director of the Nebraska Association for the Gifted. Kristen, who has been with the Westside Community Schools for 14 years, has also served on the association's board for six years. Her programs and students at Westside have won multiple awards and honors. Most recently her students at Westside's high school and middle school finished among the top contenders at both State History Bee and State Geography Bee finals. More than a dozen of those students will compete at nationals. The Westside district includes 10 neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

Marj (Schmidt) Thompson, a graduate of Riggs High School is taking a group of 30 of her South Dakota State University students to the African nation of Ghana in May. Marj is coordinator/advisor/instructor for pre-health professionals, students who want to be doctors in the future. She has been at SDSU for nearly 10 years. Marj and her husband, Jack, and their four children live in Brookings. Marj is also a group fitness instructor in Brookings.

SIx years after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, former Pierre resident Clint Harris died April 4. His funeral service was held April 11 at the Church of St. Timothy in Blaine, Minn. Born in New Jersey Clint spent the majority of his youth in the Philippines where his father's ministry took the family for 13 years. He completed high school in Hazleton, Pa. The family moved to South Dakota, and Clint earned his bachelor's degree at Northern State University. He and his wife Dawn ("Punky") were married in 1977. They raised their family in Aberdeen where Clint worked for the Kessler's grocery operation. The Harrises moved in 1997 to Pierre where Clint began a long, successful career in the lottery industry. He became executive director of the South Dakota Lottery in 2000 and oversaw four years of record revenues. Inh 2004 Clint was appointed to head the Minnesota State Lottery and moved to Coon Rapids. During his work in Minnesota until his retirement in 2011, he received numerous industry achievements. He is survived by his wife of Coon Rapids; son Eric Harris and his wife Abby of Pierre; son Chad Harris of Coon Rapids; daughter Samantha Harris of Coon Rapids; three grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers. Eric graduated from Riggs High in 1997 and Chad in 2000, and Samantha went through the Pierre school system as a special education student following the Class of 2007.

Joe and Nikki (Grandpre) Wilson of Omaha were treated to a three-day event at Scottsdale, Ariz., by his company, CSG International, where Joe is director of cyber security and network operations. The event in Arizona was hosted by the top executives of CSG, including its CEO, to honor some of the top performers and impact players in the company with its 2017 Award of Excellence. Joe is responsible at CSG for their information security as it relates to computers, networks, tech and security architecture. His company holds and manages the software that services billing, scheduling and communications for some major well-known service providers. The award of excellence honors not only top sales personnel but also employees who have a significant impact on the business as "game changers." Joe has been with CSG only since January 2015. The 31 honorees at this year's event in Scottsdale came from across the global company of 4,000 employees. Joe graduated from Riggs High in 1999 and Nikki in 2000. They have three children.

Jessica Nelson Rumpca, who lives in Beresford with her husband, Pierre native Jason Rumpca, ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday, finishing the 26.2-mile distance in 3:10.04. That made her 698th among women in the full marathon and 4,820th overall. Jessica is a registered nurse at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, and Jason is an attorney in Beresford.

Vermillion area readers, take note that Nick Burke's Totally Rad band will play at The Varsity Pub this Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Luke Venner, executive chef and co-owner of the elm restaurant in New Canaan, Conn., is the subject of another feature article. You can find it at

Graveside services for Velta Scott, 87, will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the cemetery in Highmore, followed by lunch and a celebration of her life at Thunderbird Lanes. She died April 14 at home in Bedford, Texas. The former Velta Sarvis grew up in Highmore. She and Chuck Kindopp raised three children in the Harrold, Holabird and Highmore areas. He died in 1999. Velta married Bob Scott in 2003, and they lived in Pierre. After his death in 2006, she moved to Texas. She is survived by her children, Larry Kindopp, Juanita Webber and Kimberly King; four grandchildren, James Kindopp, Justin Kindopp, Sara Gloe and Amber Mason, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, seven brothers, a sister and a grandson.

George and Heather (Knox) Sazama and three boys, who have lived in Sioux Falls since last August, will be moving back to Rapid City next month. Heather will be returning to the staff of the Pennington County State's Attorney's Office, and George will be rejoining the surgical ICU staff at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

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