THE MIDWEEK UPDATE
Vol. 19, No. 35; Thursday, May 17, 2018
TO THE CLASS OF 2018
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
You are capable of great wonders. Your potential is
Enjoy this day 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.
PIERRE GOVERNORS SPORTS ROUNDUP
This week's schedules:
Track: Thursday, @ Huron invitational.
Girls golf: Thursday, @ Brookings invitational; Monday,
@ Watertown invitational.
Boys tennis: Thursday-Saturday, @ state tournament,
Girls track: At the ESD Conference meet Brandon Valley
was team champion, followed by Yankton second, Harrisburg third, Watertown
fourth and Pierre fifth among nine teams. Mackenzie Rath won the discus at
125'1" and was second in the shot put at 39'1 3/4". Addy Eisenbeisz won the
long jump at 17'7" and was second in the high jump at 5'5" and second in the
triple jump at 35'2". Taryn Senger placed third in the triple jump at 33'8".
The 4x800 relay team of Jessica Lutmer, Kyla Keyes, Autumn Iverson and Emma
Lusk placed fourth as did the 4x100 team of Kyanne Beck, Haylee Hauck, Addy
Smith and Emily Mikkelsen. Lutmer placed sixth in the 800 in 2:30.20, Mikah
Moser was seventh in the pole vault and Emry Heiss was sixth in the long
jump. Girls' relay teams were sixth in the 4x200, medley and 4x400 teams.
Boys track: Brandon Valley also won the boys' ESD
Conference title, followed by Aberdeen Central second, Watertown third,
Harrisburg fourth and Pierre fifth among nine teams. The only Pierre
champion was Erick Colman in the shot put at 52'2 1/4", and he was also
seventh in the discus. Paul Adam placed third in the high jump at 6' and
fifth in the long jump at 20'1/2". Jack Maher was seventh in the shot put,
Caleb Lusk sixth in the 3200 in 10:42.40, fourth in the 1600 in 4:39.46 and
fifth in the 800 in 2:02.55. Barry Browning placed fourth in the 400 in
:52.44. The medley relay team of Leander Austin, Kade McTighe, Barry
Browning and Tucker Berens was third. The 4x200 team of Austin, Jaden
Jessop, McTighe and Browning placed fourth. Pierre relay teams were fifth in
the 4x800 and sixth in the 4x400.
ESD Conference: Pierre placed fifth in both boys and
girls all-sports standings this school year. In ESD boys sports Aberdeen
Central was the first-place school followed by Brandon Valley and
Harrisburg. In girls sports Brandon Valley was the winner with Watertown
second and Harrisburg third.
Boys tennis: At the ESD Conference tennis tournament
Pierre placed eighth among the nine schools with Mitchell earning the team
championship. Jace Wernsmann at #1 singles and Phil Adam at #4 singles both
won consolation championship honors. Grant Judson placed fourth at #5
singles. The #3 doubles team of Judson and Spencer Davis placed sixth.
Girls golf: The Lady Govs were sixth in the Mitchell
invitational Friday with a 75-over-par 363. Hallie Gronlund tied for 11th at
86, 14-over-par. Annabelle Simpson tied for 24th with Jessa McTighe with
92s. Other scores: Kaitlyn Swenson 93, Rilee Rowse 99, Taylor Davis 99. On
the same course in the Parkston invitational Tuesday, Pierre was second at
368 behind champion Burke/South Central. Gronlund placed sixth with an 85,
Davis seventh at 89, Annabelle Simpson eighth at 94, McTighe 12th at 97 and
Swenson at 103.
THOUGHTS ON GETTING OLDER
Getting lucky means walking into a room and remembering
why I'm there.
STANLEY COUNTY BUFFALOES SPORTS ROUNDUP
This week's schedules:
Track: Thursday, @ Region 6A meet, Miller.
Golf: Thursday, @ Mobridge-Pollock invitational;
Monday, @ Region 5B meet, Pierre.
SULLY BUTTES CHARGERS SPORTS ROUNDUP
This week's schedules:
Track: Thursday, @ Region 2B meet, Gettysburg.
Golf: Monday, @ Region 5B meet, Pierre.
Track: At the Miller invitational Lauren Wittler won
the shot put at 39'3", breaking her own school record. Jacob Howard won the
men's shot put at 51'2" and the discus at 145'2". Rachel Guthmiller won the
discus at 121'10". The girls' 4x400 relay team won their race in 4:34.4 as
Courtnie Weinheimer, Allyson Wittler, Dani Frost and Brooklynn Bradford
carried the baton. At the first Charger Invitational held on the new track
in Onida, the boys' medley team of Morris Hofer, Coulton Lentz, MacKenzie
Weinheimer and Sebastian Frost won their race in 3:51.70, qualifying for the
state meet. Bradford won the girls' 100 in :13.34, Lincoln Jordre the high
jump at 5'6", Angela Guthmiller the shot put at 32'8 1/4" and the discus at
112'2", Jett Lamb the shot at 47', and Jack Mercer the discus at 125'.
Charger relay teams won the girls' 4x200, boys' 4x200, boys' 4x100, girls'
medley, girls' 4x400 and boys' 4x400.
Golf: At the Central Conference meet Kara Huse was
medalist among the girls with Lauren Wittler sixth. In boys' play Devan
Kleven placed sixth and Nick Wittler 10th.
Always leave people better than you found them. Hug the
hurt. Befriend the lost. Love the lonely.
--- TobyMac, SpeakLife
Thursday, May 17:
Josh Davis, Eileen Bertsch, Bill Squires, Gus Terveen,
Angie (Wire) Fouts, Calla Ellis, Diana Melvin, Blair Krueger, Mat Ripperger,
Tyler Hoffman, Uncle Matt Schatz, Meshanna Heckenlaible, Lanete (McFarling)
--- 15th anniversary, Arlo/Chandra (Miller) Brower.
--- 15th anniversary, Dan/Sarah (Shepherd) Schulte.
--- 4th anniversary, Cole/Jennifer (Glanzman) Uecker.
--- 38th anniversary, Hal/Marie Rumpca.
--- 4th anniversary, Charlie/Stephanie Moore.
--- 9th anniversary, Matt/Blair (Simon) Picchietti.
Friday, May 18:
Clay Roberts, Doug Marsh, Sara (Tillman) Anderson,
Sommar (Jastorff) Nelson, Josh Zellmer, Bryce Herr, Joanne Andersen, Will
Saturday, May 19:
Julie Smith, Darin Boe, Jack Runyan, Casey Hight, Matt
Koester, Emily Swanstrom, Shawna (Miller) Lizotte, Michelle (Beemer) DeWitt,
Mike Yackley, Casey Templeton, Paula Welch, Jeff Hayward, Nola Terveen, Tim
Davis, Gordon Woods.
--- 11th anniversary, Tim/Melissa Schumacher.
--- 6th anniversary, Seth/Karae (Englehart) Parsons.
--- 39th anniversary, Kevin/Brenda Goeden.
Sunday, May 20:
Lisa Chamley, Maggie Lanning, Taynen Stout, Katie
(Hallock) Moberg, Murray Thompson, Caleb Kuszmaul, Polly Gill, Mark
Leiferman, Renessa Williams, Chad Johnson, Ainsley Askew, Deanna Smith, Dave
O'Connell, Owen Joy, Elliesia Nelson, Caelum Carr.
--- 13th anniversary, Doug/Krista (Beastrom) Stevens.
Monday, May 21:
Boomer Kuiper, Tessa (Heiss) Krueger, Lindsey Kozel,
Hayse Moore, Sam Booker, McKenna Halverson, Garrett Weber, Bob McCarty, Tara
--- 2nd anniversary, Cliff/Alexis (Yackley) Warner.
--- 24th anniversary, Paul/Toni Kennefick-Aschoff.
--- 7th anniversary, Harry/Emily (Goeden) Decker.
--- 7th anniversary, Mark/Alysia Livermont.
--- 41st anniversary, Mark/Sheryl Nielsen.
--- 14th anniversary, Josh/Kelli (Snow) Rohrer.
--- 2nd anniversary, Tyler/Erika Tordsen.
Tuesday, May 22:
Josh Aker, Christopher Carter, Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer,
Nicole Royer, Pat Snow, Tennyson Newman, Brian Bumann, Mandy (Hill) Johnson,
Dick Koester, Elliot Bertsch, Michell (Knoll) Peterson, Macy (Welsh) Kaiser.
--- 8th anniversary, Kipp/Kelsee (Larsen) Stahl.
--- 9th annivwersary, Joe/Amy (Robinson) Ryan.
Wednesday, May 23:
Caroline Zebroski, Huntley Canode, Matt Gill, Kade
Binegar, Bob Jeffries, Billy Serbousek, Jenny (Gors) Hodges, Morgan Freidel.
--- 3rd anniversary, Aaron/Claire Rumpca.
--- 3rd anniversary, Dmitri/Brittni Melius.
--- 65th anniversary, Darrell/Sue Robbins.
--- 26th anniversary, John/Heather Forney.
--- 6th anniversary, Maxx/Macy Vaudrin.
--- 3rd anniversary, Dustin/Tarin James.
--- 9th anniversary, Neils/Kara (Gloe) Christoffersen.
Thursday, May 24:
Stephanie Paul, Betsy (Valnes) Barkley, Luke
Schanzenbach, Adrian Freidel, Tony Jockheck.
--- 15th anniversary, Gary/Molly Redden.
--- 4th anniversary, Mick/Jenny (Ness) Hofer.
--- 4th anniversary, Cody/Darcy (Unruh) Keiser.
WORDS OF WISDOM
The world is violent and mercurial. It will have its
way with you. We are saved only by love---love for each other and the love
that we pour into being a parent, being a writer, being a painter, being a
friend. We live in a perpetually burning building and what we must save from
it, all the time, is love.
--- Tennessee Williams
COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP
South Dakota State (Landon Badger, Quinn Reimers): The
Jacks go into the final series of the regular season at NDSU this weekend
with a 16-27 overall record, 14-10 in Summit League play. After a 10-0
non-conference loss at Wichita State last Wednesday, SDSU lost two of three
to Western Illnois. In a 4-3 14-inning loss Landon went 0-for-6 at the
plate, and Quinn faced one batter and getting a ground-out in a third of an
inning. In a 13-7 win Landon was 2-for-3, drove in a run, walked twice and
scored three times. In a 9-6 loss Landon had an RBI triple in five at-bats.
Quinn in two innings pitched walked one, allowed one hit, got five men on
ground balls and retired another on a fly. The top four teams in the Summit
advance to next week's league tournament at Tulsa from where the champion
advances into the NCAA Tournament.
Minnesota (Nolan Burchill): The Gophers took two of
three from Michigan State, winning 10-5 and 3-1 and losing 6-5. On Tuesday
Minnesota won in New York over St. John's, 8-4, to go to 35-13 for the
season. The Gophers finish the regular season this weekend with three games
Northern (Spencer Sarringar): After upsetting top-seed
Minot State in the first round of the NSIC Tournament, Northern lost to
Concordia-St. Paul 5-4, stayed alive with a 12-6 win over Wayne State but
was eliminated in a 4-1 loss to Minot State. NSU finished the season with a
Thursday: @ Atlanta, 6:35 (MLBN).
Friday: @ Cincinnati, 6:10.
Saturday: @ Cincinnati, 12:10 and 6:10.
Sunday: @ Cincinnati, 12:10.
Tuesday: Cleveland, 6:05 (ESPN).
Wednesday: Cleveland, 7:05 (MLBN).
Colorado Rockies (times are MDT):
Thursday: @ San Francisco, 8:15.
Friday: @ San Francisco, 8:15.
Saturday: @ San Francisco, 2:05 (MLBN).
Sunday: @ San Francisco, 2:05.
Monday: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10.
Tuesday: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10 (ESPN).
;Wednesday: @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10.
Friday: Milwaukee, 7:10 (FSN).
Saturday: Milwaukee, 6:10 (FSN).
Sunday: Milwaukee, 1:10 (FSN).
Monday: Detroit, 7:10 (FSN).
Tuesday: Detroit, 7:10 (FSN).
Wednesday: Detroit 12:10 (FSN).
May 25: @ Hub City (Aberdeen), 6:35.
May 26: Hub City, 6:35 (home opener).
May 27: Hub City, 5:35.
May 29: @ Hub City, 6:35.
May 30: Hub City, 6:35.
May 31: Hub City, 6:35.
June 1: @ Badlands (Dickinson), 7:35.
June 2: @ Badlands, 7:35.
June 3: @ Badlands, 6:35.
June 4: @ Souris Valley (Minot), 6:35.
June 5: @ Souris Valley, 6:35.
June 6: Hub City, 6:35.
June 7: Hub City, 6:35.
June 8: Spearfish, 6:35.
June 9: @ Badlands, 7:35.
June 10: @ Badlands, 6:35.
June 12: Souris Valley, 6:35.
June 13: Western Nebraska (Scottsbluff-Gering), 6:35.
June 14: Western Nebraska, 6:35.
June 15: Spearfish, 6:35.
June 16: Spearfish, 6:35.
June 17: Spearfish, 5:35.
June 18: @ Western Nebraska, 7:35.
June 19: @ Western Nebraska, 7:35.
Sioux Falls Canaries: The Canaries will play the first
six games of the American Association season at home in the Birdcage--Friday
7:05, Saturday 6:05 and Sunday 1:05 vs. Chicago and Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 7:05 vs. Sioux City.
STRANGE FACTS ABOUT THE U.S.
You can wach more than 100 ponies swim to Chincoteague
Island in Virginia each year.
COLLEGE TRACK ROUNDUP
Liberty (Cortney Dowling): At the Big South Conference
meet in High Point, N.C., the Flames' men's and women's teams both won
conference titles, both for the fourth straight year. The 4x100 relay team
on which Cortney is the anchor won their race in :44.80, a new school, meet
and stadium record. Cortney is also on the 4x400 team which won in 3:36.75,
and she herself won the 400 in :54.65, a personal-best time as a collegian.
She was also third in the 200 in :24.96. Qualifiers will compete in the NCAA
East Preliminaries at Tampa, Fla., May 24-26.
Mary (Jack Wollman); The Marauders' men's team were
second in the NSIC conference meet, scoring 18 points in the final event,
the triple jump, to leapfrog two other teams in the rain at Winona.
Minnesota State was team champ with 191 points, Mary second at 102 1/2,
Augustana third at 98 and Wayne State fourth at 92.
South Dakota State (Riley Sears, Max Reinke, Rachel
Propst): The Jackrabbit men were second and the women fourth at the Summit
League championships. Among the Pierre athletes Riley tied for seventh in
the high jump at 6'5". SDSU's Bryan Courter was named field events MVP after
winning the long jump and the triple jump. Kyle Burdick was track events
MVP, winning the 1500, going second in the 10,000 and placing third in the
800. Those Jacks who qualify will compete May 24-26 at the NCAA West
Preliminaries in Sacramento.
South Dakota: The Coyote women tied for the league
championship at the Summit League championships, the first track title for
the USD women since joining the league. The USD men placed third. Shanice
Cannigan was named Most Outstanding Performer among the women by winning the
100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles, placing fourth in the long jump and eighth
in the long jump and anchoring the 4x400 relay team. Joe Reagan, the male
Most Outstanding Performer, won the 200 in :21.00, the second-best time in
school history, and was second in the long jump and fourth in the 100 and
ran second leg of the second-place 4x100 relay team. Pole vaulter Chris
Nilsen won his event in 19'1/4". Gawain Williams was first in the 100 and
became the fourth male in Summit League history to win four titles in the
same event. USD won 14 events at the meet. Qualifiers will compete May 24-26
at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento.
Black Hills State (Allan O'Donnell, Kelsey Van Den
Hemel): At a last-chance meet at Nebraska-Kearney, Allan placed second in
the high jump at 6'8". On Tuesday he learned he and teammate Tristan Hepp
have both qualified in the high jump for the NCAA national Division II meet
at Charlotte, N.C., May 24-26. Allan was also one of five BHSU athletes
named South Central All-Region for the outdoor season. He was also
all-region for the indoor season.
"I Lost My Balance" by Eileen Dover and Phil Down
--- Literary WordPlay
June 2: Ethan Fife/Heather Mangan.
June 2: Cole Cruse/Kadence Feininger.
June 16: Matt Blaseg/Taryn Wolf.
June 16: Brandon Vockrodt/Kayla Nuese.
June 29: Jack Markel/Eileen Leong.
July 7: Matt Tetzlaff/Korie Lebeda.
July 14: Shawn Hlavacek/Rebekah Hartmann.
Aug. 11: Steve Long/Cassie Amundson.
Aug. 18: Todd Leiferman/Hillary Handcock.
Aug. 18: Jason Noyes/Micki DeCurtins.
Aug. 19: Derek Berman/Danea Duxbury.
Aug. 25: Steven Gordon/Katelynn Engh.
Sept. 29: Tyler Arbach/Rachel Hartmann.
Oct. 6: Rodd Bauck/Megan Vockrodt.
Oct. 6: Cale Pell/Sarah Lihs.
Aug. 31, 2019: Devin Maki/Karlie Warne.
NEW DOG CROSS-BREEDS
Pekingese + Lhaso Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog
Sioux Falls Thunder: The Thunder beat LC Aris FC from
LaCrosse, 6-1. After playing in St. Paul against VSLT FC last night, the
Thunder plays at home Saturday at 7 p.m. vs. the Minnesota Twinstars FC.
Minnesota United FC: The Loons of Major League Soccer
lost at San Jose, 3-1. Minnesota plays at Sporting Kansas City at noon
Sioux Falls Storm: The Storm scored late to beat
Nebraska, 40-36, and now stand at 7-3 for the season. The Storm goes to
Cedar Rapids Friday.
WHY ENGLISH IS SO HARD
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
Minnesota Lynx: The Lynx improved to 1-1 with an 87-58
win over Chicago in the WNBA. Minnesota is home vs. Los Angeles at 4 p.m.
Sunday on ESPN2 and hosts Dallas next Wednesday at 7 p.m.
PGA Champions Tour: Idle last week, Tom Byrum and the
Champions Tour golfers go to Birmingham this weekend for the next event on
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
"No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption
in others can possibly do his duty by the community."
--- Theodore Roosevelt
2 days: Sully Buttes High graduation (May 19).
3 days: Riggs High graduation (May 20).
3 days: Stanley County High graduation (May 20).
4 days: Voter registration deadline for June 5 primary
and local elections (May 21).
8 days: State track meets, Rapid City/Sturgis/Spearfish
9 days: Pierre Trappers home opener (May 26).
10 days: State high school baseball tournament, Sioux
Falls (May 27).
14 days: NBA Finals begin (May 31).
16 days: Crazy Horse volksmarches (June 2-3).
18 days: State 'B' boys/girls golf tournaments,
Watertown (June 4-5).
18 days: State girls golf tournaments, 'A' Dell Rapids,
'AA' Aberdeen (June 4-5).
19 days: Primary and local elections (June 5).
21 days: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Vermillion
24 days: Tony awards, CBS-TV (June 10).
28 days: Men's soccer World Cup (June 14-July 15.
29 days: Unveiling of newest Trail of Governors statues
30 days: College World Series, Omaha (June 16-27).
35 days: Capital City Children's Chorus 25th anniversry
reunion (June 21).
35 days: Oahe Days (June 21-23).
36 days: Riggs High Class of '98 reunion (June 22-24).
43 days: Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society Elite Series
fishing tournament (June 29-July 2).
44 days: Stanley County High Class of '83 reunion (June
54 days: MLB All-Star Game, Washington (July 10).
64 days: JazzFest, Sioux Falls (July 20-21).
64 days: Pierre Players' "Guys and Dolls" (July 20-22
72 days: WNBA All-Star Game, Minneapolis (July 28).
76 days: State Legion baseball tournament, Pierre (Aug.
78 days: Riggs High Class of '78 reunion (Aug. 3-4).
78 days: Sturgis motorcycle rally (Aug. 3-12).
78 days: Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls (Aug. 3-11).
86 days: Lilly Fest, Fort Pierre (Aug. 11).
95 days: First day of school at Riggs High (Aug. 20).
97 days: First day of school at Pierre elementary and
middle schools (Aug. 22).
105 days: State Fair, Huron (Aug. 30-Sept. 3).
FOR LANGUAGE LOVERS ONLY
A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to
Pierre high school baseball: Winning three of four home
games last weekend gave Pierre a final regular-season record of 12-6. It is
interesting to note that every one of the six losses came in a doubleheader
split, so Pierre also defeated every time it played. Pierre swept Huron,
Mitchell and Brandon Valley and split twinbills with Brookings, Harrisburg,
Watertown, Washington and Stevens. Highlights of last weekend's games:
--- Brandon Valley: Pierre had only three hits in the
first game but still won 1-0. Starter Peyton Zabel went five innings,
allowing on ehit, walking five and fanning five. In the nightcap Pierre won
7-0. Starter Garrett Sout in six innings allowed five hits and one walk
while striking out six. Michael Lusk, Peyton Zabel and Grey Zabel had two
--- Rapid City Stevens: Pierre couldn't get a clutch
hit in a 3-2 loss in the first game. Starter Kyle Stover in 3 1/3 innings
walked two and allowed three runs and two hits. Maguire Raske held the
Raiders in check by striking out 10 in relief. In the second game Grey Zabel
pitched a no-hitter, striking out eight and allowing only two
baserunners---one on an error and one hit by a pitch. Austin Hoss had two
doubles at the plate as Pierre rolled to a 10-0 victory.
--- Regional tournaments (at least what they call
them): As of Wednesday afternoon the sites and matchups were yet to be
announced, but they will be played Saturday. The top four seeds in this
first year of the seeding process are all Sioux Falls schools---1,
Roosevelt; 2, O'Gorman; 3, Lincoln; 4, Washington. They have games yet to be
THE BLONDES ARE BACK
A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired
two new dogs, and asked her what their names were. The blonde responded by
saying that one was named Rolex and the other Timex.
Her friend said, "Whoever heard of someone naming their
dogs like that!"
"Helllloooooooooo," answered the blonde. "They're watch
ZESTO SHERBET SCHEDULE
Friday-Sunday: raspberry cheesecake.
RED SKELTON'S RECIPES FOR THE PERFECT MARRIAGE
I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name
PARKER'S PERSONAL NOTES
--- In American Legion baseball the Central Plains
Regional will again be played in Dickinson this August. But for 2019 and
2020 the regional has been awarded to Sioux Falls.
--- Legion baseball fans who have been to Floyd
Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City, home of Post 22, are familiar with Sarge,
the cat who lives at the ballpark. Sarge was a rescue cat who was brought to
the ballpark to live several years ago. It was recently discovered that he
has a tumor in his mouth that must be removed and a biopsy taken. The cost
may be at least $500, and possibly several hundred dollars more for teeth
removal. Fans and friends are hoping to raise $1,500 to take care of Sarge
so he can continue to live among the bleachers, dugouts and training
facilities at the Fitz. You can help here:
NEWS OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS
Riggs High senior Alex Badger has signed a letter of
intent to attend Morningside College in Sioux City next fall and participate
on the college's bowling team.
Hannah Gates, Riggs High senior, is one of 500 national
semifinalists in the National Honor Society scholarship program from among
more than 11,000 applicants. She will receive a $2,850 scholarship. She will
be attending Smith College in Massachusetts beginning this fall.
Justin Bender, a graduate of Riggs High School, died
May 11. A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday, May 19, from 2
to 5 p.m. at Wesley Acres Senior Living Center in Mitchell. He was a
business owner of JV Sprinkler Service in Bismarck. He is survived by his
parents, Randy and Coral Newsam and Brad and Jodi Bender; his significant
other, Nadia Dudyrev; his children, Adriana and Alexander, and his siblings,
Jesse Bender, Eric Bender, Ryan Bender, Heather Marmon and Madison Bender.
Dr. Kelly Glodt, superintendent of the Pierre public
schools for the last 11 years, has been selected by the South Dakota School
Superintendents Association as South Dakota Superintendent of the Year. He
was previously nominated for the award by the Pierre area sup,erintendents.
Dr. Glodt has been an educator for more than 30 years.
Kent Anderson, 35, formerly of Fort Pierre, died
unexpectedly at his home in Ashford, Ala., May 7. Services were held Sunday
at the Isburg Funeral Chapel. The son of Melvn and Rhonda Anderson graduated
from Stanley County High School in 2001. In his senior year he joined the
National Guard and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Then
he attended the University of Minnesota-Morris. Among his survivors are his
daughter, Sereniti Lynne; his parents, John and Rhonda Ackley of Pierre; his
siblings, Deanna Reindel of Dickinson, N.D., Layne Roeder of Alexandria,
Minn., and Riley Ackley of Minneapolis; a special uncle, Perry Longbrake of
Fort Pierre, and his grandparents, Sandy Ward of Eagle Butte, Eileen Malcolm
of Sturgis, Melvin and Dorothy Anderson of Wasta, and Daryl and Mary Lou
Stuart of Fort Pierre.
Pierre native Barry Johnson and his wife Janeen of
Champaign, Ill., have had a busy and impressive graduation month. Their son
Zach graduated from the University of Cincinnati law school, and their
younger son Noah graduated from the University of Illnois and will take a
year off from school before beginning medical school.
Principal Tom O'Boyle, who has also been the Stanley
County football coach since 2015, will be leaving Fort Pierre to become the
middle school principal at Vermillion. O'Boyle is a graduate of USD.
Joshua Waldman, 36, formerly of Pierre, died in West
Virginia on May 8. Services were held Wednesday at the Isburg Funeral
Chapel. He was the son of the late Larry and Linda (Pawelski) Waldman and
grew up and attended school in Pierre. He is survived by his sister, Angela
Waldman, and his niece, Bethany Waldman.
Greg Schaefer, oldest of the three children of Troy and
Kim (Merkwan) Schaefer of Rapid City, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree
at South Dakota State University. He will be doing a one-year residency in
St. Cloud, Minn., then he hopes to work in a hospital pharmacy setting.
Stanley County High alumnus Marty Calkins became
engaged last week to Marlin Gonzalas in the Dominican Republic where both
live. They are planning a wedding in June 2019. Marty, who formerly taught
in Glenwood Springs, Colo., before going to the Dominican Republic, is a
professor at the International School of Sosua in Carbarete, D.R. His
fiancee is a teacher at a school for boys to help them become good citizens.
Marty met Marlin when he volunteered at her school.
May graduates from Northern State University:
--- Megan Vockrodt, teaching and learning.
--- Chris Forster, business administration.
--- Vicki Lentz, teaching and learning.
--- Rachael Pederson, teaching and learning.
--- Megan Bennett, banking and financial services.
--- MaKayla Campbell, business administration.
--- Austin Christopherson, finance.
--- Faith Kongslien, psychologyu.
--- Ben Leidholt, finance.
--- Cathrine McGinnis, leadership and administration.
--- Elizabeth Raecke, human performance and fitness.
--- Olivia Waggoner, accounting/management.
Branden Lahman, son of Blunt native Chad Lahman and his
wife Lori of Broom field, Colo., graduated cum laude with a bachelor of
science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming.
Tim and Barb Bjorneberg of Pierre were among the
relatives who went all the way to San Angelo, Texas, for the graduation of
their granddaughter, Morgan Sibson, from Angelo State University. Morgan is
the daughter of Pierre natives Seric and Julie (Shangreaux) Sibson of
Colorado Springs. Morgan completed a bachelor of science degree in
kinesiology. She will work for a year before attending physical therapy
Michelle (Leidholt) Fonck ('96) graduated from Doane
College in Crete, Neb., with a master's degree in educational leadership.
MIchelle, whose parents are Mike and Betty Leidholt of Pierre, teaches
English at The Career Academy in Lincoln.
Anthony Hunt has completed law school at the University
of Oregon in Eugene. He has been hired at a business/corporate law firm in
Mark Svendsen is retiring after more than 40 years with
the stations of the Dakota Radio Group. He and his wife, Linda, will be
moving to St. Louis to be near their children and grandchildren. A farewell
reception honoring the Svendsens will be held today (Thursday) from 1:30 to
4 p.m. at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.
Jim McLain, whose bachelor's degree is from SDSU, is
nearing completion of his year-long online study toward a master of science
degree in secondary education. He has been student-teaching at Georgia Morse
Middle School and Riggs High School and now has been hired to teach seventh
grade English and language arts at GMMS beginning this fall.
Former Pierre student Jesse Beesley recently became
engaged to April Harwell, a native of Ennis, Texas, who works as a clinical
imaging specialist at GE Healthcare in Fort Worth. Jesse also lives in Fort
Worth where he is a nuclear medicine technician at a hospital.
Jack and Jo Mitchell, long-time Pierre residents and
the parents of Terry Disburg, passed away two days apart at Highmore Health.
Jack, 86, died Saturday, and Jo, 85, died Monday. Visitation will take place
from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Feigum Funeral Home, followed by a
prayer service at 7. Their joint funeral service is planned for 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23, at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Julia Jones and Chris Rumrill from First United
Methodist Church are among the members of a mission team who left earlier
this week for the Dominican Republic along with more than 500 pounds of
medicines and supplies.
Jordan Keeler, who graduated from Riggs High four years
ago this month, now has graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in
physiology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Conrad Adam, who graduated this month from the
University of South Dakota, plans to work as an analyst for the foundations
and endowments team at Abbot Downing, a financial services firm in
Minneapolis. Conrad was recently honored as Outstanding Senior of the Year
by the Beacom School of Business at USD.
Mike Trautner, 1976 Riggs High alumnus and a member of
the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame, was admitted to the ICU critical care
unit at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He is fighting a
vicious sepsis, an infection in the bloodstream, attributed to Group A strep
bacteria and the the toxic shock syndrome that ravaged his body, according
to a GoFundMe page that has been established. On May 9 he was moved from the
ICU unit but remains hospitalized with many complications. Friends of the
Trautner family can follow Mike's progress at this link:
Auditions for Pierre Players' summer musical, "Guys and
Dolls," will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 21-22, at the Grand
Opera House. However, before that, tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. there will
be a sing-along session at the Grand Opera House to familiarize potential
auditioners with the music. For information contact Brad Steckelberg at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Show dates for "Guys and Dolls" will be July 19,
20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Talk about a summer break! Austin Lentsch and the other
11 members of The Harvad Din & Tonics, their magnificent a capella group,
set off next week on a world tour. The stops start with this schedule: May
28, Reykjavik, Iceland; June 1, London; June 5, Dublin; June 7, Zurich; June
14, Strasbourg, France; June 18, Paris; June 22, Luxembourg. Then the group
flies a very long way for the Asia portion of their tour: July 1 Osaka,
Japan; July 4, Tokyo; July 6, Choshi, Japan; July 11, Beijing; July 13, Hong
Kong; July 18, Bangkok; July 22, Singapore; July 27, Seoul; Aug. 1, Sydney;
Aug. 6, Seattle.
Former Pierre resident Michael Card has been named
interim director of the University Center at Sioux Falls, effective June 22.
An alumnus of USD, he has worked for the university since 1992.
May graduates from South Dakota School of Mines and
--- Douglas Bachand, B.S. in industrial engineering and
--- Andrew Brown, B.S. in civil engineering, magna cum
--- Megan Johnson, B.S. in geological engineering.
--- James Roussel, B.S. in mechanical engineering.
--- Joshua Schweigert, B.S. in computer engineering.
The School of Business at Northern State University
inducted eight graduating seniors into Delta Mu Delta, the international
scholastic honor society. One of them is Chris Forster of Fort Pierre.
IT'S GRADUATION TIME . . . AND AWAY THEY GO!
Children are like kites. You spend a lifetime trying to
get them off the ground. You run with them until you're both breathless.
They crash . . . you add a longer tail. They hit the
rooftop . . . you pluck them out of the spout. You patch and comfort, adjust
and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that some day
Finally they are airborne, but they need more string
and you keep letting it out, and with each twist of the ball of twine, there
is a sadness that goes with the joy because the kite becomes more distant,
and somehow you know that it won't be long before that beautiful creature
will snap the lifeline that bound you together and soar as it was meant to
soar . . . free and alone.