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Vol. 19, No. 37; Thursday, May 25, 2017

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You likely don't pay any attention to the volume number and the issue number at the top of each Midweek Update. Last week's read "Vol. 16, No. 36." Now we're Volume 19? What gives?

Here's the deal. Each week as I have typed that dateline I wondered to myself why it is Volume 16 because I know this thing has been going longer than 16 years. A "volume" starts with the beginning of the school year, so Volume 16 would have started in the fall of 2001, and I know this has been going longer than that. This week I was rummaging through a box of old columns of mine and ran across a piece from the early 2000s and found that indeed this could not be Volume 16 but should be Volume 19. So having started doing this on a regular basis in the fall of 1999 makes more sense. (Didn't we do it in the 1998-99 school year or earlier? I guess not.)

Anyway that's how we suddenly have made it to Volume 19, and these next few weeks will put an end to our 19th school year of this publication. I know last fall I threatened this would be the last year of it. More on whether we will venture on to a Volume 20 or not later!


You know you're a bad driver when Siri says, "In 400 feet stop and let me out."


Thursday: almond.
Friday-Sunday: tutti fruitti.
Monday-Tuesday: orange.
Wednesday-Thursday: watermelon.


Sometimes we think we're not good enough or smart enough or strong enough, but we are. So, if you see someone hurting or down or discouraged, give him or her a smile or a head nod or a high-five or a hug. We all have something to offer. We all are valuable. We all are good enough in our own special way. --- Bryan Skavnak


This week's schedules:
Track---Friday, state track meet @ Brandon; Saturday, state track meet @ Sioux Falls.
Girls golf---Thursday, @ Brandon Valley invitational; Tuesday, @ ESD Conference meet, Brandon.

Boys tennis: Pierre placed 10th at the state tournament in Sioux Falls with 224 points. Sioux Falls Lincoln won the team title for the fifth straight year. Kaden Hight got to the fifth-place semifinals, Jace Wernsmann lost in the consolation round, Chris Rae placed seventh, and Tate Johnson reached the consolation final in singles play. In doubles Hight and Francesco Zago placed seventh, and Wernsmann/Rae got to the consolation final.

Girls track: At the last regular-season meet in Huron, the Pierre girls placed fourth among six teams. Mackenzie Rath won the discus at 117'11" and was third in the shot put. Addy Eisenbeisz was third in the high jump. In the 400 Emily Mikkelsen placed third and Sophia Stueven fourth. Hannah Shaffer was a double placer---fourth in the 800 and fifth in the 1600. Sophie Bullard set a new school record of 10'3" with a second-place finish in the pole vault.

Boys track: At the Huron meet Caleb Lusk was second in the 800, Vincente Ramirez third in the 100 and Frank Becker fourth in the 400. Nate Zimmerman finished second in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles events. Thomas Pietz was third in the pole vault, Warrent Garreau fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump, Jack Maher fourth in the shot and fourth in the discus and Levi Stoltenburg fifth in the shot and third in the discus. The Pierre 4x400 relay team placed fourth.

Wrestling: The head coach of the state champion Governors, Shawn Lewis, has again been named Head Coach of the Year by the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association.

Argus Leader 2017 Sports Awards: Argus Leader Media's 2017 sports awards will be presented at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls on June 3. The state's top athletes in each sport have been invited to the event, whose guest speaker will be legendary Baltimore Orioles baseball star Cal Ripken Jr. The Pierre athletes invited to participate include Joana Zanin for girls soccer, Lincoln Turman and Will Turman for wrestling and Kaden Hight for boys tennis.

Girls golf: At the Brookings meet Pierre was seventh among 12 teams with a 370 score. Shelby Guthrie tied for eighth with an 85 for Pierre's best finish. Annabelle Simpson had an 88, Hallie Gronlund 96 and Rilee Rowse 101. At Watertown Monday the Lady Govs placed third behind Aberdeen and Harrisburg. Pierre had a 369 score. Gronlund placed eighth and Simpson ninth with 89s.


A jumper cable walked into a bar. The bartender said, "I'll serve you but don't start anything."


This week's schedules:
Track---Friday, state track meet @ Tea; Saturday, state track meet @ Sioux Falls.
Golf---Next, state tournament @ Sioux Falls June 5-6.

Girls track: At the Region 6A meet where the top two placers in each event automatically qualified for the state meet, the Buffalo girls placed fourth with 89 points. Chamberlain was the team champion. These were the SCHS places:
--- Tori Jones, first in 100-meter hurdles, :15.79, and first in 300-meter hurdles, :48.69.
--- Medley relay, first, 5:05.70 (Andi Drageset, Katelynn VanDusseldorp, T.J. Drageset, Jennifer Sweetman).
--- Kalyssa Smith, second in shot put, 33'1/2", and fifth in discus, 89'3".
--- Mady Titze, sixth in discus, 86'8"
--- 4x200 relay, third, 1:58.12.
--- Kennedy Sommers, fifth in 400, 1:11.58.
--- Katelynn VanDusseldorp, seventh in 200, :30.65, and fifth in 100, "14.18.
--- Ella Hand, sixth in 100, :14.30.

Boys track: SCHS finished second with 148 points as Miller won the team title. Buffalo placers at the Region 6A meet:
--- J.D. Carter, first in 100, :11.24, and first in 200, :22.82.
--- Dylan Gabriel, third in 100, :11.28, and fourth in 200, :23.90.
--- Cale Meiners, first in 800, 2:12.12, and second in 1600, 5:06.64.
--- Damon Hoftiezer, first in discus, 154'0", and first in shot put, 52'9 1/2".
--- Brady Hoftiezer, second in shot put, 49'4 1/2", and sixth in discus, 115'8".
--- Will Spangenberg, eighth in shot put, 35'10 3/4".
--- Austin Hand, fourth in triple jump, 35'11".
--- Medley relay, first, 4:00.71 (J.D. Carter, Dylan Gabriel, Morgan Masteller, Logan Rosenberger).
--- 4x800 relay, first, 9:00.52 (Rosenberger, Reid Wieczorek, Ryan Habeck and Meiners).
--- Reid Wieczorek, fifth in 800, 2:24.61, and seventh in 1600, 5:36.97.
--- Ryan Habeck, sixth in 800, 2:24.90.
--- Logan Kennedy, fifth in 3200, 12:45.13.
--- Riley Hannum, fifth in 300-meter hurdles, :47.58.
--- 4x100 relay, second, :47.22 (Gabriel, Hannum, Masteller, Carter).
--- 4x200 relay, fourth, 1:49.02.
--- 4x400 relay, fifth, 4:17.08.

Golf: At the regional meet Monday Micaiah Hunter placed 16th with a 99 to qualify for the state tournament. The boys tgeam placed eighth with a 339 score.


Talent without character is like an expensive, fast car with no gas. It's useless without the fuel that drives it. Character drives talent toward greatness. --- jongordon11


This week's schedules:
Track---Friday-Saturday, @ state track meet, Sioux Falls.
Golf---Next, state tournament @ Sioux Falls, June 5-6.

Girls track: The Sully Buttes girls placed fourth with 89 points at the Region 2B meet, which was won as usual by Ipswich. Charger placers included:
--- Chloe Lamb, first in discus, 122'3 1/4", and third in shot put, 37/2 1/4".
--- Rachel Guthmiller, third in discus, 116'2 3/4".
--- Lauren Wittler, second in shot put, 37'5 1/4".
--- Jenni Jones, second in triple jump, 12'1".
--- Brooklyn Bradford, third in 100, :12.77, and fourth in 400, 1:07.06.
--- 4x100 relay, fifth, :58.04.
--- 4x400, second, 4:20.69 (Hannah Weinheimer, Bradford, Avery Weinheimer, Gracie Weinheimer).

Boys track: The Charger boys tied for fourth with 80 points at the Region 2B meet where Ipswich was the team champion. The SBHS placers:
--- Brady Hill, first in 100, :10.73, and first in 200, :23.95. His time in the 100 is a new SBHS school record.
--- Jacob Howard, second in shot put, 47'7 1/4", and second in discus, 143'0".
--- Medley relay, second, 3:56.72 (Phillip Gilliland, Mackenzie Weinheimer, Brady Hill, Sebastian Frost).
--- Hunter Buckles, sixth in 200, :26.05.
--- 4x100 relay, third, :47.89.
--- 4x200 relay, second, 1:38.85 (Gilliland, Weinheimer, Buckles, Hill).
--- 4x400 relay, seventh, 4:03.78.
--- 4x800 relay, eighth, 10:16.09.
--- Lincoln Jordre, fourth in high jump, 5'5".
--- Nick Wittler, seventh in triple jump, 35'7 1/2".

Golf: The Charger boys placed second at the regional meet Monday with a 274 score to advance as a team to the state tournament. Greer Hofer placed sixth, Devan Kleven seventh, Clay Feller eighth and Nick Wittler tenth. Lauren Wittler placed second individually with a 100 to qualify for the state tournament as did Kara Huse in seventh place.


"The future of this country does not depend solely on my remaining in Congress for the next 20 years."


Thursday, May 25:
Ryan Russell, Jessica Smith, Ronda (Zebroski) Kline, Dave Mack, Kris Schneider, Caitlin Reimers, Bronson Schiefelbein, Jennifer (Duba) Erlandson, Kristen Hanson, Michael Lyons.

Friday, May 26:
Conor Cruse, Tom Harmon, Chad Gran, Abby Kennison, Bergen Osterkamp, Beth (Yackley) Rinehart, Adrie Frame, Jackie (Schall) Shepherd, Brandon Christiansen, Ryan Goehring, Will Mortenson, Isabel Gander, Jessica Lomheim, Chuck Quinn. 10th anniversary, Josh/Meagan Hove. 4th anniversary, Tim/Rachel (Knutson) Steece. Anniversary, Eric/Laurie Feiler. 5th anniversary, Mike/McLean (Thompson) Kerver.

Saturday, May 27:
Marcia Mack, Erin Stars, Debbie (Willingham) Hubbard, Mary Peterson, Emma Haberman, Audrie Morris, Troy Fox, Kristi (Kennedy) Van Winkle. 1st anniversary, Alex/Nikki (Douglas) Jensen. 11th anniversary, Jason/Deanna Reitz.

Sunday, May 28:
Emma Lundeen, Sophia Lundeen, David Hauschild, Brian Custer, Larry Johnson, Sarah Deters, Mary Heidelberger. 1st anniversary, David/Georgina (McKee) Smith. 6th anniversary, Brian/Caitlin (Feller) Kemnitz. 12th anniversary, Mike/Shirley (Licht) Shaw. 6th anniversary, Chad/Amanda (Sorensen) Jungman. 1st anniversary, Ryan/Elizabeth (Nail) Miller. 12th anniversary, Ross/Jessica (Duba) Castelli. 12th anniversary, Tom/Erin (Nielsen) Nielsen. 12th anniversary, Brian/Nicole (Miller) Willis.

Monday, May 29:
Ray Hunsley, Austin Senger, Gail Opoien, Breanna Bishop, Teagan Madden, Helen Stahl, Kimberly Coats, Dax Cappellano, Cora Hachem, Hunter Hamre. 7th anniversary, Matt/Kay (Hutchinson) Gill. 24th anniversary, Dan/Deb (Kern) Workman. Anniversary, Ken/Joyce Koistinen. 7th anniversary, Tony/Jessica Jockheck. 8th anniversary, John/Callie (Buechler) Morris. 56th anniversary, Larry/Gail Lyngstad. 13th anniversary, Andrew/Darcy (Beck) Boersma. 13th anniversary, Dustin/Tina (Peterson) Ottenbacher. 13th anniversary, Mike/Meghann Klinger.

Tuesday, May 30:
Linda Lomheim, Jason Rodgers, Jordan Bordewyk, Trish (Curtis) Schroeder, Jamie Lamb, Brienna Binger, Judy Rapp, Eric Lebida, Aaron Propst, Kristin McNeely, Priscilla Sommer, Paul Schoenfelder. 2nd anniversary, Austin/Moriah (Wagner) Gross. 2nd anniversary, Drew/Nicole Mickelson. 2nd anniversary, Will/Shuree Mortenson. 2nd anniversary, Jason/Kelsey Mangan.

Wednesday, May 31:
Kirk Yackley, Jeff Robbins, Craig Feigum, Alice Rapp, Anna Engelbrecht, Kayla Engelbrecht, Connie (Rislov) Casanova, Wes Dugstad, Jackson Hipple, Graham Protexter, Tori Emerson, Jackie Schlaikjer, Melissa (Hitchcock) Maxwell, Lahnee Martin, Rodney Parks, Curry Kuehl, Tyler Bales. 9th anniversary, Dan/Alissa (Harter) Schumacher. 56th anniversary, Jack/Lillian Campbell. 6th anniversary, Daniel/Christee (Staufer) Hershberger. 4th anniversary, Aaron/Jenna (Goehring) Haller. 3rd anniversary, Nick/Liz (Winter) Marso. 3rd anniversary, Andrew/Heather Fergen. 20th anniversary, Jon/Heather Sailer. 14th anniversary, Jason/Lanete (McFarling) Kotilnek. 60th anniversary, Roger/Suzanne Pries.

Thursday, June 1:
Jonathan Huft, Miranda Townsend, Amanda (Chick) Deelstra, Josh Ford, Bruce Abels, Tanner Johnson, Paige Erickson, Alex Roth, Melinda (Kruger) Vetsch, Jerry Bollinger, Rick Jensen, Julie (Inman) Darger. 1st anniversary, Aaron/Kayla (Pochop) Riswold. 15th anniversary, Nathan/Kristen (Koupal) Venner. 4th anniversary, Elliot/Emily (Bloomberg) Meier. 54th anniversary, Dan/Helen Sutera. 44th anniversary, Mark/Marcia (Davis) Kozel. Anniversary, Craig/Gail Eichstadt.


You wouldn't worry so much about what others think if you realized that seldom they do. --- Eleanor Roosevelt


South Dakota State women's basketball (Sydney Palmer): In a look ahead to next winter's women's basketball team at South Dakota State, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader had this to say about Sydney: "Coming off a solid season as a reserve, Sydney will be one of a handful of players fighting for playing time on the wing." Next winter will be Sydney's junior season.

Minnesota baseball (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers lost to Purdue, 5-2 and 11-1, and defeated Purdue, 9-2, in the last regular-season series to finish 33-19 overall and 15-8 in the Big 10. Nolan was starting pitcher in eight games and had a 2-2 win-loss record. He had an earned run average of 4.23, throwing 27 2/3 innings, giving up 31 hits and 10 walks while striking out 16. In the Big 10 conference tournament at Bloomington, Ind., starting Wednesday, Nebraska is the #1 seed. The #3-seed Gophers started against #6-seed Indiana and won 5-4. Nolan did not play in that one. Minnesota now advances to play Northwestern, which defeated Michigan yesterday, at 4 p.m. CDT today (Thursday). The tourney, which runs through Sunday, will send its champion as the Big 10's automatic entrant in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be televised Monday morning.

South Dakota State baseball (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The Jacks swept Omaha in the last regular-season series, 5-3, 7-2 and 6-4, as SDSU bullpen pitchers threw nine shutout innings. In the first game Landon went 1-for-2, walked twice, stole a base and scored the lead run on a teammate's double. In the second game he scored twice, once on a wild pitch and once on an infield error while walking once. In the final game Landon drove in a run on a first-inning single, walked once and scored once. Quinn pitched the eighth inning, facing four batters, walking one, striking out one and getting two on a groundout. SDSU closed the regular season with eight straight wins to finish 25-22 overall and 18-12 in the Summit League. In the four-team league tourney in Tulsa starting Wednesday, the Jacks, the #3 seed, faced #2 NDSU in the opener and beat the Bison, 6-5, on the strength of Tony Kjolsing's two-run come-from-behind homer in the seventh inning. Landon was 0-for-3 at the plate, walking once. SDSU advances in the winners' bracket to play the winner of last night's Oral Roberts-Western Illinois game at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday). The tourney champion automatically goes to the NCAA Tournament.


The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.


Toyama Grouses (Sam Willard): The season is over for Sam in Japan, and he should be home this week. The Grouses survived their postseason play and will stay in their D1 division for next season after winning twice two weekends ago and then defeating Yokohama, 79-71, this past weekend. Sam went 3-of-7 and 3-of-4 for nine points with 10 rebounds and two assists.


As you sit at your computer, try to say "Irish wristwatch" five times in 10 seconds.


Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm rolled Cedar Rapids, 54-20, to improve to 11-1 for the season. Sioux Falls is home vs. Wichita Falls, the only team to give them a defeat, at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.


The more wisdom you attain and the more conscious you become, the crazier you will appear to others. ---


Sioux Falls Thunder: The first home game for the Thunder against LaCrosse was cancelled due to weather Saturday. They will try again to open their first season with a road game at the Minnesota Twinstars FC Saturday. The LaCrosse home game has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, May 30.

Minnesota United FC: The Loons lost another one-goal game, falling at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-1. For the second straight week the Loons' goalkeeper gave up an own goal. Now 3-7-2, Minnesota is home vs. Orlando at 7 p.m. Saturday.


When the politicians complain that TV turns their proceedings into a circus, it should be made plain that the circus was already there and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers were well trained. --- Edward R. Murrow


1 day: State track meet, Sioux Falls/Tea/Brandon (May 26-27).
2 days: State high school baseball tournament, Sioux Falls (May 27).
11 days: Crazy Horse volksmarch (June 3).
11 days: Fort Pierre Bicentennial kickoff/all-horse parade (June 3).
11 days: Match of Champions bronc ride (June 3).
13 days: Boys/girls state "B" golf tournaments, Sioux Falls (June 5-6).
13 days: Girls state golf tournaments, "A" Dell Rapids, "AA" Huron (June 5-6).
14 days: City/school board elections (June 6).
16 days: S.D. Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion (June 8-11).
19 days: Tony awards, CBS (June 11).
24 days: Unveiling of Trail of Governors statues (June 16).
25 days: American Cancer Society Relay for Life (June 17).
25 days: Flying Five Foundation Tyler Wilcox Golf Classic and 5K run (June 17).
29 days: Capital City Children's Chorus 25th anniversary reunion (June 21).
30 days: Oahe Days (June 22-25).
31 days: Riggs High Class of '97 reunion (June 23-24).
39 days: Paws Animal Rescue "Save a Stray" 5K color run (July 1).
45 days: Riggs High Class of '77 reunion (July 7-8).


Why s it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?


The following came from a graduation card received by a Riggs High graduate back in the late 1990s from Lynell Asher, who then was teaching sixth grade at Jefferson Elementary. She found it in a publication which attributed it to somebody named Anonymous, so we keep passing it on.

To the Class of 2017:
You are the greatest miracle in the world.
You have the power to think.
You have the power to love.
You have the power to will.
You have the power to laugh.
You have the power to imagine.
You have the power to create.
You have the power to plan.
You have the power to speak.
You have the power to pray.
You have the power to choose.
Choose to love rather than hate.
Choose to laugh rather than cry.
Choose to create rather than destroy.
Choose to persevere rather than quit.
Choose to praise rather than gossip.
Choose to heal rather than wound.
Choose to give rather than steal.
Choose to act rather than procrastinate.
Choose to grow rather than rot.
Choose to pray rather than curse.
Choose to live rather than die.
You are more than a human being. You are a human becoming.
You are capable of great wonders. Your potential is unlimited.
Enjoy this today today and tomorrow tomorrow.
Now like a butterfly from its chrysalis, you can fly. Fly as high as you wish, and neither the wasps nor dragonflies nor mantises of mankind shall obstruct your mission, your search for the true riches of life.


Of course I talk to myself. Sometimes I need expert advice.


Pierre Post 8: The American Legion season begins as what used to be a traditional season-opener returns. Rapid City Post 22 will be at Hyde Stadium for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Memorial Day. Post 8 will continue a full home schedule next week---Watertown, 5 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday; Aberdeen, 5 p.m. doubleheader Thursday, and Sioux Falls East, 4 p.m. doubleheader June 3.

Pierre high school baseball: Pierre swept through the regional tournament's two games without allowing a single run. The Don't-Call-Them-The-Governors whitewashed Rapid City Central, 11-0, in the semifinal round as Garrett Stout went five innings, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks while fanning five. Nate Zimmerman was 2-for-3 as a hitter. In the championship game it was more of the same as Pierre ousted Rapid City Stevens, 9-0, Peyton Zabel in six innings of pitching gave up a single hit and struck out six. Connor Gerber was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Pierre takes a record of 18-1 to the four-team state tournament where other regional champions are waiting, including unbeaten Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Brandon Valley. The other team at state will be the winner of last night's Brookings-Watertown game, which has been postponed twice this week by bad weather. The state tourney will be played Saturday, and the championship will be televised live at 5 p.m. CDT on Midco Sports Network.

Pierre high school baseball: Pierre players Michael Lusk, Spencer Sarringar, Nate Zimmerman, Peyton Zabel and Connor Gerber were named to the all-region team.

Minnesota Twins:
Friday: Tampa Bay, 7:10 (Fox Sports North).
Saturday: Tampa Bay, 1:10 (Fox Sports North).
Sunday: Tampa Bay, 1:10 (Fox Sports North).
Monday: Houston, 1:10 (Fox Sports North).
Tuesday: Houston, 7:10 (Fox Sports North).
Wednesday: Houston, 12:10 (Fox Sports North).
Thursday: @ Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 (Fox Sports North).

Chicago Cubs:
Thursday: San Francisco, 1:20 (MLB Network).
Friday: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 9:10 (MLB Network).
Saturday: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:15 (Fox).
Sunday: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 3:10.
Monday: @ San Diego, 3:40.
Tuesday: @ San Diego, 9:10.
Wednesday: @ San Diego, 2:40.

Colorado Rockies:
Thursday: @ Philadelphia, 11:05.
Friday: St. Louis, 6:40 (Root).
Saturday: St. Louis, 7:10 (Root).
Sunday: St. Louis, 1:10 (Root).
Monday: Seattle, 1:10 (Root).
Tuesday: Seattle, 5:10 (Root).
Wednesday: @ Seattle, 8:10 (Root).
Thursday: @ Seattle, 1:40 (Root).

Four Corners: The Four Corners will have its home openers on Memorial Day with a doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. against Redfield. In their most recent game Four Corners lost to Winner-Colome, 14-5. Brad Hand had two hits, and Nathan Hainy and Justin Lester each drove in two runs.

Pierre Rattlers: After a one-year hiatus the Rattlers are back in business with Tyson Lindekugel as manager. This past weekend the Rattlers defeated the Sioux Falls Saints, 12-6. Brian Graves had four hits, Cooper Walton three hits and Dalton Decker two hits while Jordan LaBrie hit a solo homer. The Rattlers used five pitchers---Harry Decker, Dalton Decker, Walton, Will Ellwanger and Allen Goodman---who struck out 13 and allowed seven hits.


I have always said there is only one thing that can bring down our nation---our dependence on foreign countries for food and energy. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy. --- John Salazar

Oahe Guide Services


May 27: Cody Nilson/Jessica Blackmore.
May 28: 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: Blake Hemminger/Ashley Brotsky.
June 24: Andru Meiners/Brittany Guindon.
July 7: Zachary Merrill/Christina Borah.
July 8: Cole Oakley/Sierra Solberg.
July 15: Cody Paxton/Erica Guthmiller.
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. 16: Nathaniel Louwagie/Brea Paul.
Sept. 16: Jamie Ramirez/Megan Gordon.
Sept. 30: Adam Sharkey/Salina Ballesteros.
Oct. 7: Brian Long/Allie Rudish.
Oct. 7: Robert Teachout/Ann Smith.
Oct. 14: Parker McKittrick/Maddy Keeler.
Aug. 18, 2018: Jason Noyes/Micki DeCurtins.


What is a "free gift"? Aren't all gifts free?


--- Last week we listed the shows coming to Rapid City during the Broadway series of 2017-18. Now here are the shows coming to the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls during their 2017-18 season: "Kinky Boots" in September, "Motown" in October, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" in January, "The Sound of Music" in February, "Chicago" in March and "Cabaret" in April. Precise dates will be announced later.


Q.: Where is the world's coldest place?
A.: East Antarctica Plateau where the temperature can go as low as 135.8 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. That happened in August 2010.


Sundays at the Legion, the weekly musical get-together on the deck of the Legion cabin, begins this weekend. Blue Sky, featuring Jake Miller, will play. The music goes each Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Damon Thielen, a dentist in Sioux Falls, was honored as Young Dentist of the Year for exceptional service to the dental profession at the convention of the South Dakota Dental Association. Damon's big month continues with his wedding this weekend.

A recent story in the Capital Journal reported that the Dairy Queen on West Sioux Avenue will be open this fall.

Reina Welch Okawa, whose husband, Eddie Welch, is a native of Pierre, has her own show of original origami art pieces at the Visual Arts Center on the second floor of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

Andy Smith, graduate of the School of Mines, will be leaving shortly for an 11-month stretch in New Mexico. He works in Denver for AECOM, a multi-national engineering firm with 95,000 employees around the world. He will be working on a coal plant upgrade for finishing construction and testing.

Ricky "Moose" Anderson, 65, died May 15. Private family services will be held at a later date. A graduate of Stanley County High School in 1972, he worked in construction for many years, then worked for River Cities Transit. He is survived by his wife, the former Kathi Fratzke; daughters Brandy, Kari, Samantha and Sondra; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Barb, and a brother, Roger.

Josh and Jessica (Callahan) Carr are the parents of another son. Caelum Truman Carr was born May 20, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 20 1/4 inches. He joins brother Cameron, 2 1/2, in the family. Josh is regional law enforcement supervisor for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and Jessica is a seventh-grade science teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School.

Roger and Suzanne Pries will observe their 60th wedding anniversary next Wednesday, May 31. Friends can send greetings to them at 812 N. Monroe, Pierre SD 57501.

The Rev. Alex Haines will be joining the staff of Lutheran Memorial Church as associate pastor in early June. A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary. Pastor Haines and his wife Rachel are expecting their first child.

Jody Marbach, 75, died May 18 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She was a native of Grand Junction, Colo., who came to Pierre in 1962 and worked for the Pierre Public Schools. She is survived by her husband, Joe; a son, Mark, in Pierre; a daughter, Nancy, in Sioux Falls, and five grandchildren.

Kyle Richards, a 1992 alumnus of Riggs High School, has been selected as the new chief executive officer of Lake Region Healthcare at Fergus Falls, Minn., beginning in June. Kyle has been president of Regional Health's Hills Market and Regional Health Network based in Rapid City since 2015. Prior to that he was CEO of Waverly Health in Iowa and before that CEO of Sanford's Webster Medical Center and Bethesda Home at Webster. In Fergus Falls he will be responsible for the daily operations and financial performance of Lake Region Healthcare and its affiliated organization, Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services. Kyle earned his master of public administration degree from USD. He, his wife Tammy and their two children will be moving from Rapid CIty to Fergus Falls.

The first of the summer weekly services at the Oahe Chapel will be at 8 a.m. this Sunday, May 28, conducted by St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Everyone is welcome. The chapel is located at the east end of Oahe Dam on S.D. Highway 1804.

Cheri (Olinger) Raymond of Sioux Falls is spokesperson for Helpline Center's sixth annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide walk at Falls Park on June 17. The event raises financial support for critical prevention and survivor support services. Cheri and family and friends will be walking as Team Jonathan, remembering her brother Jonathan who was lost three days before his 30th birthday five years ago. She welcomes fellow walkers. For information or to contribute to her fund-raising effort, go to this address:

Betty Dunwoody died April 18 at the age of 90 in Sioux Falls. Services were held May 20 at the Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, and Catholic Masses will also be celebrated in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Aberdeen. She grew up in Aberdeen and moved with her family to Pierre in 1963. Her husband, Ralph, opened their Oahe Glass business. The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 2005. She is survived by her husband; sons Richard and Robert; daughters Gail and Nancy; three sisters; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eric Rupe, who graduated magna cum laude from USD earlier this month, is working as a paramedic on the Avera McKennan helicopter flight team.

Riggs High alumnus Brian Shekleton is running for a seat from Ward I on the city council in St. Louis Park, Minn. He has a candidate Facebook page you can follow.

"Tater Tot and Patton," the full-length movie written, produced and directed by Andrew Kightlinger ('04), will have its premiere in Los Angeles June 9. The film was shot in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area in 2015, most of it on a ranch in Stanley County. However, a few scenes were filmed in several locations in Pierre, including Lariat Lanes and a few gas stations. For a trailer on the film go to (News courtesy of "Today's KCCR News.")

Dr. Nathan Chapelle, one of the physicians on the staff of Custer Regional Hospital, was a panelist at a community drug education and prevention event sponsored by a new local group called Recovery Intervention Support and Education (RISE).

Brendan and Andee Newman of Pierre became parents for the first time May 22. Their son, Tennyson James Newman, weighed 6.6 pounds and measured 19 1/2 inches. His paternal grandparents are Rick Newman and the late Barb Newman.

To celebrate the arrival of the Newman baby, Brendan's employees at Zesto dyed their vanilla ice cream a baby blue hue Monday.

Former Pierre resident Juanita McKeever is a proud grandma this week. Her grandson, Jack Knoblauch, received an academic award with highest honors and the Presidential Award at Coon Rapids High School in the Minneapolis suburbs this week. He is the son of Cristin (McKeever) and Ray Knoblauch. Jack plans to attend St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn., beginning this fall.

Pierre native Matt Tetzlaff got a good deal more than his master's degree out of his two years at Black Hills State University. This week he became engaged to Korie Lebeda, who is an assistant volleyball coach at BHSU. Matt has been at BHSU for two years since his graduation from NDSU, working as an assistant coach in the track and field program while working on his master's degree.

Mikal Kern, after seven years in the classroom and on the coaching sidelines at Wyndmere, N.D., High School, is switching to an administrative role. Beginning this fall he will be the elementary principal at Wyndmere. Mikal will complete his master's degree in educational leadership at Minnesota State-Moorhead in December.

The 40-year reunion of the Riggs High School Class of 1977 will be held July 7-8, starting with a 6 p.m. social on that Friday at the American Legion cabin. On Saturday the class will take a ride on the Sunset paddleboat at 1:00, move to Scott and Deb Schuetzle's home at 4:00, and reconnect at the Legion at 7 p.m. Contact people for the reunion are Brad Curtis, Monte Kramer, Cindi Walsh and Sally Skotvold Crouser. Information is available on Facebook at

Pierre set a record low for a day's high temperature when the high last Saturday was only 50 degrees.

In November 1950 a Northwest Airlines flight crashed into a ridge of the Rocky Mountains near Butte, Mont. All 22 persons aboard perished, including Brent Sogaard's great-grandfather, Arthur Sogaard, who was 50 at the time. His grandson, Tom Sogaard, Brent's dad, was 4 years old. On Monday of this week Brent and his wife Jenni, who live in Billings, hiked seven miles along the Continental Divide and a half-mile off trail through fairly deep snow to see the wreckage that remains, then hiked the seven miles back. They hope Tom can join Brent on the same hike later this year.

Holly (Knox) Perli of Regional Health made opening remarks at Western Dakota Tech's pinning ceremony for 46 graduates of WDT's practical nursing program May 12.

Ryan Thier, husband of the former Stephanie Collison ('94), underwent surgery for a benign brain tumor at USC's Keck Hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday. A post-surgery post on Facebook later Tuesday indicated the surgery went well. The Thiers live on a farm near Adrian, Minn., and Stephanie is an optometrist in Worthington.


Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see. --- Mark Twain


Pierre graduations: Those were the days!

For many years my friend Shirley Eisnach and I joked about graduation weekend. We called it the weekend when we ate our way back and forth across Pierre.

Shirley taught a generation of junior high English students. A quarter-century worth of high school kids had scrapbooks full of my newspaper stories, so out of a senior class of about 200 kids, Shirley and I always had a minimum of 40 or 50 receptions to attend, and more often than not, they were the same seniors, so she and I kept bumping into each other in graduating seniors' homes. From Saturday morning through Sunday night it was a wonderful time. We joked about leaving our cars running out at the curb, sprinting into the house to shake the graduate's hand, throwing a card into his basket, grabbing a sandwich or a carrot stick, and racing to the next stop.

Especially in the rush of receptions in the three hours after the graduation ceremony itself, it was necessary to plan one's route on a Pierre city map, then take the receptions on the east side in order first, then to midtown, then to those in homes along the river. The final stop was always the Ramkota where the largest convention center room had about 10 seniors having their receptions all in one place---a real gas-saver for Shirley and me!

You remember the Parkie Awards I present in this column each January? One year Shirley and I came up with the idea of presenting a special batch of Parkie Awards following graduation weekend.

The problem was that, by the end of Saturday's schedule of receptions, I had usually stopped eating, hard as that may be to believe. But by the time I had visited the 14th or 15th home in one day, I wasn't accepting so much as a cup of punch! So how could I give a four-star award to one home for its reception when I didn't dabble in any of the goodies from the table at somebody else's party?

Scrumptious as they were, how could I dare say Ginny Schlekeway's sliced turkey sandwiches at her son's party were better than somebody else's whose buns I hadn't tried, although I remember being sorry Mark was her youngest and therefore her last graduation reception.

Mouth-watering as it was, how could I give an award to Deb Schiefelbein's rhubarb crunch when I hadn't tasted some other senior mother's dessert?

Even if Ginny Lors' graduation cake was smooth, moist and tasty, which it certainly was, maybe somebody else's which I hadn't tried was just as good!

Or the tacos at Pat Clark's---great idea! Or Jean Denton's barbecued beef sandwiches---delicious! Or the punch at Carol Clausen's---get that recipe!

Usually by the end of graduation weekend, I couldn't look one more cheese ball in the face. Or one more crockpot of steaming Little Smokies. Or one more sugar cookie with green and white Governor frosting. Believe me, I tried, but I couldn't.

Nevertheless, one year just before graduation weekend, I came up with a list of potential Parkie Awards I would give. Then I had the great idea of making notes in the car between receptions. I enlisted the help of my newsroom colleague Dorinda Daniel to do the driving between parties while I made notes on the reception just attended.

In advance of the big weekend, I had made notes of categories in which awards could be bestowed. For example:

Best hostess.
Most hospitable senior.
Best fruit punch.
Most comfortable chairs.
Sunniest or shadiest deck on which to sit on comfortable chairs.
Most harried senior mother.
Proudest-as-a-peacock senior father.
Best company with whom to munch chips and dip.
Best arrangement of 13 years of school photos on a living room wall.
Senior most obviously desiring to be anywhere else but where he was.
Most relaxed atmosphere.
Reception most like a zoo (although zoos are nice sometimes).
Senior mother taking herself and this situation least seriously.
Longest food line.
Home having undergone the greatest change from its normal appearance to what it looked like on graduation day.
Home most obviously totally gutted and renovated in time for graduation.
Person with whom I came in contact the most times in one day at graduation receptions.
Quickest food service.
Greatest height to which any one senior's gifts were stacked without their tipping over.
Friendliest family dog mingling among, under and on the laps of reception guests.
Best sticky rolls at a graduation brunch.
Senior's youngest brothers and sisters best trained in carting off gifts and garbage.
Most parking space available for easy access to and quick departure from said reception.
Least parking space available.
Senior who gave the best tour of his spic-and-span bedroom.
Senior whose bedroom was most obviously locked and off-limits to guests.
Freshest whole strawberries and melon balls.
Carpet onto which I spilled the most whole strawberries and melon balls.
Most scrapbooks accessible to interested page-flippers.
Least space available on comfortable couches on which to page through scrapbooks.
Senior mother most active with a flash camera.
Senior father most active with a video camera.
Senior who obviously wondered who I was and why I had been invited.
Hardest-working out-of-town grandmother from the greatest distance stuck in the kitchen doing the dirty work.
Reception hosts distributing the most welcome antacid tablets on the way out.
Best reception with a backyard gazebo in which was playing a live band.
Reception at a location with the best view of the river.
Reception with the most teachers present as guests.
Reception where there were the most fathers out in the garage and the most mothers in the kitchen, all at the same time.

I eventually chickened out and never did publish the award winners. It occurred to me that the 150 seniors who did not invite me to their receptions might have had better desserts and all and that maybe they shouldn't be left out of consideration.

I well recall some awards that I should have given. One to Jay Mickelson for carving the logo of the Chicago Blackhawks (son Drew's favorite hockey team) out of a watermelon. And one to Meredith Lee who had the band of local guys called His Trusty Steed playing live in her garage. And one to Jay Davis whose graduation Neiman-Marcus cookies for son Josh's party were made from whole wheat flour and sunflower seeds instead of chocolate chips. And one to Isaac Vogel whose party guests included not only us mere Americans but also Christian Rapp and his father from Germany and Yoshi Fukazawa from Japan. Or one to the senior (I honestly forget who it was) whose dog threw up on the living room carpet amid all the festivities.

Graduation weekend in my Pierre years, especially if the weather were beautiful, was a highlight of each year for sure. On those years when the weather permitted graduation to be outdoors, the site of all of those green-gowned graduates wending their way down the hill from the middle school to Hollister Field was something to behold.

Since leaving Vermillion and my newspaper work there, I no longer have close attachment to graduating seniors. Maybe three years from now when my first grandchild graduates from high school, I will have become acquainted with enough of her classmates to warrant receiving invitations to receptions. I hope so because the thought of those meatballs and strawberry dessert is making my mouth water.

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