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Jerry Hirrschoff was inducted into the Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame. Here's the article - half way down the page.


July 21, 2011

Faye (Miller) Hoppe Passes

On July 17, 2011, our classmate Faye Miller Hoppe passed away.  View her obituary at:


February, 2011

Ramona (Robinson) Rodewald Moves to AZ!

In March, 2011, Ramona and her husband are moving to this nice home in Bullhead City, Arizona, on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada!  It's a long way from Alaska, but now they will be closer to their kids who settled in the "lower 48".  Good luck Ramona!

August 22, 2010

Joe Riis (Jim's Son) Follows Antelope Migration

Wildlife photojournalist and National Geographic Young Explorer Joe Riis hopes to inspire people to protect the Path of the Pronghorn by documenting their epic migration - from the pronghorn's perspective.  Check out the article in National Geographic and check out Joe's Blog about the Antelope migration.

July 27, 2010

World Record Hailstone Weighed In Vivian

Check out the worlds largest hail stone, just hope you never see one up close and personal!!  Keloland article.

May 01, 2010

Beloved Teacher Passes

Alice Smith passed away on April 20, 2010, in Hill City SD.  For over 20 years, Mrs. Smith  taught biology and art at T. F. Riggs High School in Pierre, S.D., where she was also president of the Pierre Education Association. She belonged to AAUW, the Canvas Backs Art Club and Toastmistresses.  She returned to Hills City in 1975. 

More information may be found at:   http://hillcityprevailernews.blogspot.com/2010/04/alice-davis-smith.html

April 27, 2010

Xavia Arndt Sheffield has book published!

AMG Publishers published my Bible study entitled, "Life Principles from the Women of Acts" in January, 2010.  You can see it on my website at www.xaviasheffield.com

Meet Me on Euclid!

Internet site brings us ‘back in the day’

By Jeff Bunn
Capital Journal staff
Published/Last Modified on Friday, Feb 26, 2010 - 11:38:27 am CST

PIERREA former way friends in Pierre got together has made its way to today’s most popular strip — the Internet. 

In less than two weeks, more than 800 people have joined a Facebook group dedicated to the pasttime of rendezvousing on Euclid Avenue.

“It was a social network like Facebook and texting now,” said Dave Osterkamp, creator of Euclid Ave. Cruzin. “It was the best way to get a hold of your friends, ‘Meet me on Euclid.’”

The Web site, which had 826 members as of Thursday, has group discussions on what music people listened to while joyriding on the street, pictures of hangouts — most no longer around — and the cars that made the trip.

“It reminds them of all the good times we had back in the day,” Osterkamp said.

One person writes about getting his first and only speeding ticket on Euclid while others have posted pictures of old cars and motorcycles.

Osterkamp, 39, said he did his driving on the city street in the ‘80s and ‘90s and the group has members who go back to the ‘60s. He said the idea came after a friend posted pictures of his old car on the social networking Web site.

“I remembered seeing that car,” he said. “That’s how the whole page started.”

Osterkamp said he’s been surprised by the number of people who have become members of the page.

Joyriding up and down the stretch of road is not what it was years ago, partly because of police activity and generational changes, Osterkamp said.

“They shut Euclid down a few years ago and kind of kicked everyone off,” he said, in reference to policing. “But it was a whole culture — the culture around cars. My business pretty much comes from the car market — stereos for cars — I noticed when cruising stopped. It has taken a dip.”

A weekend gathering drew 20 to 100 cars, Osterkamp said.

“We’d be going five miles an hour up and down Euclid bumper to bumper,” he said.

He said he and others would like to organize another drive this summer during Oahe days.

Dave Erickson, a page member and cruiser from 1968 to 1978, said the Web site allows people to celebrate a part of American life less vibrant today.

“I had a ‘60 Impala sport coup, but I also rode with one of my friends — he had a ‘71 boss 351 Mustang,” Erickson said. “There were a lot of muscle cars cruising — Trans Ams, Barracuda, Chargers. It was just that generation. That was what you did. Euclid was the place.”

Visit the "Euclid Ave. Cruzin" group here.

August 25, 2009

Fort Bennett to Fort Pierre Casey Tibbs Memorial Trail Ride

(Article produced for Class of '64, I hope will be of interest to many in Class of '65! /larry.k)

This trail ride is of interest to the Class of ’64 because a couple of our classmates are involved.  Our own Mike Pellerzi was involved in the planning, and rode the trail in the heat of August with about 300 people, horses, mules and around 34 wagons.  This ride covered a route from a site near old Fort Bennett (the fort is now under water in the Oahe reservoir) to Fort Pierre, about 60 miles.  Darby Nutter and Gary Grittner (famous for last year’s Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trail Ride) organized this ride for benefit of the Verendrye Museum. 

The following narrative was provided by the ride historian John Duffy:

The Casey Tibbs Memorial Ride, sponsored by Verendrye Museum, Inc., of Fort Pierre, traveled approximately 60 miles along a route common to Indians, the U.S. military, and settlers into the area.  The remote trailhead at the Donelan Ranch in northeastern Stanley County took participants' breath away before their pickups were parked.

Over four days of riding, hundreds of horsemen, muleskinners, and teamsters saw scenery otherwise not accessible to the public.  Highlights included the confluence of the Cheyenne and Missouri Rivers, the 50,000 acre Triple U Buffalo Ranch, a stampede of 300-400 bison, the endless waves of grain on the Haskins Wheat Farm, as well as the many rugged creeks that feed the Missouri River from the west.  This in addition to sunrises, sunsets, dark night skies, meteor showers, abundant wildlife and the general beauty of western South Dakota.
Participants were also fed, educated and entertained at evening camps.  Local non-profit organizations fed between 300-400 attendees each evening and Verendrye Museum hosted historical presentations by expert speakers on topics including Fort Bennett, the Cheyenne Agency, St. John's Mission, Oahe Dam, Mission Ridge, prairie ecology, schools, public lands, Fort Pierre, historic trails, etc.  The gatherings also included poetry readings and live music until sunset each evening.  These night camps, complete with water, garbage collection, and toilets were usually bigger than three-fourths of the towns in South Dakota!
The ride concluded Friday morning when 34 wagons carrying 104 people and 205 riders on horses or mules descended the Missouri breaks along Verendrye Drive to the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rode Center.  From there, the 304 people and 269 head of livestock paraded down Deadwood Avenue in Fort Pierre before camping for the evening at the Stanley County Fairgrounds.  The ride concluded in downtown Fort Pierre with a supper, auction, and dance in downtown Fort Pierre on Friday night.
 Thanks John for your report! 

Check out the coverage from the Capital Journal:

Celebrating western life

Gearing up to ride

Trail ride, activities start next week

Trail ride saddles up

Trail ride heats up

(Thanks to Lisa Johansen, Associate editor, Capital Journal for helping me find these articles in the archives!)

Check out the  Dakota Radio Group press coverage at:


Don’t miss Greg Latza’s wonderful trail photos: 


(Oh, note that Greg is the son-in-law of our classmate Dianne Markwed Olander!)  Mike Pellerzi is featured in sunset silhouette between two wagons, in photo number 12 of this gallery. 


March 18, 2009

Mary Kay (Van Camp) White, passes at age 61.

(from CapJournal) 

Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 - 09:18:59 am CDT

Mary Kay (Van Camp) White, 61, died Sunday, March 15, at NC Little Hospice in Edina, Minn., with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

She was preceded in death by sons Chaffee and Taylor; brother Edward; and parents Royal and Charlotte Van Camp. She is survived by her son, Nicholas, and daughter-in-law, Jessica.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at The Timbers in Apple Valley, Minn., 14018 Pennock Ave. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, in Pierre, at Riverside Cemetery (far southeast corner); with reception afterward at Faith Lutheran Church, 714 N. Grand Ave.

Jan. 26, 2008

Mrs. Carl Passes 

Gladys Evelyn Carl, 90, passed away Jan. 26, 2008, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City. Mrs. Carl served as Riggs High School Guidance Counselor from 1963-1980.  For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:


June 24, 2007

Nancy Neiber retires!  Her career has spanned  37 years and practically every significant advancement in interscholastic female athletics in South Dakota Sports! 

January 19, 2007

Pathways: Paintings & Drawings by John Rychtarik

John has a new exhibit at The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science located at the intersection of 11th and Main, downtown Sioux Falls.  It's open January 19 through April 29, 2007.  Please pay a visit if you can!

Friday, January 12, 2007
Four past greats honored by Riggs

By Mike Smith, Capital Journal Staff
PIERRE - Four new inductees into the Riggs Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored during ceremonies at the boys' and girls' basketball doubleheader Saturday at Riggs Gym.  The Class of 2007 inductees included athletes Cathy (Greene) Gardner, Gaylord Sonnenschein, Lyle Stuart and contributor Dr. Gerald Herrin. The quartet will be honored at halftime of the boys game against Yankton at about 6:45 p.m.
     Gardner, Class of 1983, is the most honored gymnast in Lady Govs history. During her years of varsity competition, she and her teammates won two ESD championships, four regional titles and took second twice at the state tournament. That remains the best ever finish for a Pierre team.  Coached by Billy Beesley, Garner won the regional all-around title in 1982. She was the first Lady Gov to score a 9.0 on the bars and was the first Pierre girl to win an individual event at the ESD meet, which she did twice on the bars in 1982 and 1983. She placed sixth in the all-around at the 1982 state meet to go with a fourth place medal in the beam and floor.
After nearly a quarter century, her career high all-around score of 35.725 remains the fourth best in team history. She currently makes her home in Washington State.
     Stuart and Sonnenschein were both mid-1960s standouts and members of the Class of 1965.
Stuart was a three-year starter for the Gov football team, going both ways. He was first team All-state as a defensive tackle his senior year. Stuart's all-around play helped make him an All-State honorable mention in basketball that spring. Stuart threw the shot put and discus for the Pierre track team and was a member of the Post 8 baseball team in the summer.  He as also a standout in the class room as a National Honor Society member. He was a four-year member of the choir and band and a homecoming royalty member.  After graduation, Stuart went on to play basketball and football for the University of South Dakota. He now lives in Virginia.

     Sonnenschein was a teammate of Stuart's on Phil Trautner's final football squad that went 7-1 in 1964. The only loss was to top-ranked Rapid City 6-0. Sonnenschein was later named the first team Class A quarterback, the first Pierre signal caller so honored.
Sonnenschein also a star on the basketball court, made first team all-state his senior year. He led all players in the 1965 tournament with 58 points. As a shot putter with the Gov track team, he broke the team record. The mark of 53 feet, 3 inches was the best throw in the state that year is still fifth best in team history after more than 40 years.
Sonnenschein continued his athletic excellence at South Dakota State University where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball for two years. He continued his interest in athletics in Pierre as an adult, participating in amateur baseball, softball, basketball and golf. He still resides in Pierre.
     Dr. Gerald Herrin is the first Hall of Fame inductee who is neither a athlete, coach or administrator. He may have never made a tackle, scored a point or won a race but he had an impact on those who did.
     For 20 years, 1981-2001, "Doc" Herrin helped evaluate, treat and rehabilitate hundreds of injured athletes. Herrin's medical treatment and experience helped these athletes recover and return to the field to make the tackle, score the point or win the race.

Photos By Rich Shangreaux!

Oct. 23, 2006

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication

Check out Paul Mitchell's review of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication! 
Click Vietnam Memorial Review, on the left.

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