WRE Dupree area news Year in Review 2012



Hannah Hidgon was named 2012 Junior Snow Queen First Runner Up and Miss Congeniality. Anna Stambach and Chalynn Birkeland performed their talent act at the Junior Snow Queen Contest in Aberdeen.

The Dupree Tigers boys basketball team has jumped out to an impressive 7-0 start to the season.

Last fall the Dream Team started practicing once a week and have learned cheers and a dance routine. They have performed a couple of home games per month and love supporting the Dupree Tiger Girls and Boys’ basketball teams.

The Ziebach County Historical Society and the Dupree Community Club held their annual meetings, Monday, January 23, 2012, at Harry’s Hall. Quinn Lenk was named the Historian of the Year, and Michelle was named Dupree Citizen of the Year. Jon Holmes delighted listeners with his version of cowboy music.

Peyton Smith, the daughter of Skeeter and Staci Smith, has been chosen to represent Dupree High School at the Governor’s Leadership Luncheon.

The Dupree Tigers boys basketball team walked away with two more victories in the win column to move the team to an 11-0 on the season.


The Dupree Tigers finished 2nd in the annual Little Moreau Conference Tournament.

Kash Deal won the Saddle Bronc event at the high school 20X Extreme Rodeo at the Black Hills Stock Show.

Bobbie Till was selected for one of four $1000 Rapid City Chamber Scholarships.

In a match-up that only could be called a classic, two neighboring 11-0 teams, the Dupree Tigers and Faith Longhorns, battled it out in front of a packed house. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season.

Peyton Smith placed second and BreAnn Stevens placed fourth at the State Business Plan Competiton.

Irene Starr celebrated her 89th birthday party at the home of Vernon and Sue Starr.

Two victories over Takini and Tiospaye put the Dupree Lady Tigers season at 10-8 with two games left.

Takini School announced the retirement of Tanner Alber’s jersey #35 at the Takini vs Tiospaye Topa basketball game.

Garrett Keegan qualified for third State Tourney in a row and place 8th at the State A tournament.

The Dupree Lady Tigers finish- ed the regular season 11-9 with a loss to Kadoka.

Callie Henderson was recognized for achieving a high school milestone of over 1000 points made during her basketball career at DHS.

An Ohio bank robbery suspect was apprehended in Dupree, S.D.

Brady Birkeland and Voyle Stambach were the first place winners in the Dupree Coyote Calling Contest.

The Dupree Tigers wrapped up the regular season defeating Takini Skyhawks 79-59.

The Dupree Lady Tigers drew their season to an end losing to Timber Lake in the District 15B.

Clara High Elk celebrated her 90th birthday on February 26.


The Dupree Tigers defeated the Timber Lake Panthers 56-48 for the District 15B Championship.

Miranda Vines placed 1st Overall and Garrett Fischer placed 2nd Overall in their age groups at the Doland Invitational BB Gun Match.

The Dupree Tigers traveled to Lemmon to square off with season nemesis and neighboring Faith Longhorns for the Region 8B Championship. The Tigers outscored the Longhorns 8-3 in overtime to walk away the victor 59-55 after falling to Faith twice in the regular season for Dupree’s only two losses of the season.

The Dupree annual carnival was well attended.

Black Hills State University alumnae and former employee, Elaine Floyd and her husband, Joe, recently announced a $1 million pledge to endow the Elaine and Joe Floyd scholarship at BHSU.

The Dupree Tigers brought home the 7th place trophy from the 2012 State B tournament after defeating the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds 57-52.

The Ziebach County Historical Society is thrilled to be bringing the Lucile Silverman First Lady Doll Collection back home to Dupree.

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson announced that Dupree resident Elizabeth Bogue has been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bobbie Till and Callie Henderson are recipients of Dupree High School Alumni Scholarships, and Mary Gerates was chosen alternate.

Virginia Hertel presented a check for $2000 from the Dupree Auxiliary to the Dupree Volunteer Fire Department at the annual meeting.

Virginia Woodward celebrated her 91st birthday at her home in Dupree.

A quilt made and donated by Virginia Till to the Cowboys & Candlelight Dinner and Fund raiser held at Spearfish brought $2,500 making it the high selling item of the night and one of Virginia’s highest selling quilts.


Nathan Grueb, Vernon Starr, Dale McLellan and Shane Farlee are the four running candidates for the Dupree School Board position.

Connie K. Means received the 25 Years of Service award at the Dupree Post Office. She completed 25 years of creditable government service and also received a 25 year pin which represents a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication on her part.

Callie Jean Henderson, daughter of Pam and Bill Henderson, and a senior at Dupree High School, has formally signed with the Dakota State Women’s Basketball team for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Sioux YMCA Easter Egg Hunt was enjoyed by many youngsters.

Construction began on the Dupree Manor to fix the damage that occurred during the June 2011 tornado.

Dupree High School ‘Mardi Gras Madness’ prom was colorful and fun in purple, gold and green and the students and their guests looked amazing as well. The 2012 royalty were Queen Anna Stambach and King Kash Deal.


Dupree High School held it Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, with a dozen students exiting to follow their dreams.

Jon Severs killed a 7’ 3/8” bull snake after it startled him near Dupree.

Bobbie Till is the first recipient of the Vicki Young Memorial.

The Creature and the plot of ‘The Bear Creek Creature’ were unveiled to the public of Dupree when the Dupree High School’s Advanced Computer Class held their movie premier.

Takini Junior Kolton Belt is one of a few high school students able to say he is a published artist. Kolton’s artwork was chosen for the front cover of the book titled ‘American Indians in the Mass Media’ published by Oklahoma.

Chisum Farlee, Alysha O’Connell and Garrett Keegan earned a trip to the State Track Meet at the Region Tournament at Lemmon.

Five Dupree staff members who will not be returning for the 2012-2013 school year, Mary Dorsey, Wayne Blankenbiller, Ruby Brooks, Kayla Fischer and Judy Dosch were thanked for their service and honored at a party at the school.

Kash Deal won the saddle bronc riding at the Dupree Jackpot rodeo.


Codi High Elk was one of three Native Americans from the Midwest to dance for the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle.

Seth Longbrake won first place in the saddle bronc competition in Dupree and will compete at the state finals in Belle Fourche.

Ziebach County Historical Society is happy to announce that the Lucille Silverman First Lady doll collection is back home in Dupree. Darla Vrooman and Lawrence Woodward and Dondra Menzel traveled to Christoval, Texas, to meet with LaJuan Joyce and to pick up the dolls.

C-EB/Dupree High School Wrestler, Garrett Keegan, will be representing the Braves at the Disney Duels in Orlando, FL.

Fletcher and Cruz Birkeland won their family a trip to New York City. The boys were entered in Mohawk Flooring Messiest Kid contest. The boys were playing grocery store and ended up covered in red jello. The boys are competing against two other messy rugrats. The Birkeland family traveled to New York City for a television spot. All the messy contestants were invited to a picnic and encouraged to make a mess on Mohawk carpet.

June 27 was declared Pete Longbrake Day. Longbrake turned 80 and more than 125 family members and friends came to celebrate with him. CRST Chairman Kevin Keckler read the proclamation and thirty-seven of the best broncs in the country were bucked with 15 cowboys and one cowgirl getting to ride.


The 52nd annual Pioneer Days Celebration began Thursday evening with a free beef supper hosted by 1st Financial Bank USA and the Elvis Concert. Friday, was the alumni events, While Saturday and Sunday were filled with many activities including the parade, rodeo and wacipi, rodeos and dances.

Delbert ‘Shorty’ Garrett took home the top prize in bull riding at the Days of 1919 Rodeo in Timber Lake.

Hannah Higdon participated in Youth Range Camp.

Dan and Sharon Anderson hosted a tour on their ranch located west of Glad Valley in recognition of receiving the ‘Excellence in Grazing Management Award’.

USDA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres in South Dakota.


Students showed off their best work at 4-H Achievement Days.

Five teens for the CRST River Tribe, Carlys High Bear, Megan Cook, Penny Phillips, Jessie Carlson and Kenton Romero accompanied by Carol Mann, Executive Director of the Sioux YMCA, attended a teen values conference at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.

Dupree school staff prepare for the new school year starting on August 20th.

St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church and the Dupree School gymnasium received facelifts and repairs over the summer.

The Prairie Strippers Quilt Guild of Dupree and Faith hosted a Quilt Retreat at the Moreau Sanctuary. Forty-seven ladies took part in classes.


Dupree Tigers kicked off Homecoming week with the crowning of king and queen. The Royal Court included King Nate Widow and Queen Kenna In The Woods, 1st runners up Jerry Ian Jacobs and Penny Phillips, Prince Daxton McDaniel and Princess Josie Menzel. To close the 2012 Homecoming week there was the parade ‘A place in the Sun’ a tail gate party, the football game against Lemmon and a homecoming dance for teens.

The 92nd Dupree Community Stew Picnic was held at Woodward Creek on September 9. The cooks, Amy Linn, Carla Stambach, Junior cook Marlene Woodward, assistant cooks, Bonnie Mitchell and Edith Meland did a great job.

The Dupree United Church of Christ held their annual Harvest Festival with a large crowd attending. Over $8400 was raised from the auction plus the roast beef dinner.

A group of volunteers went to Leslie Marrowbone Memorial YMCA Camp and helped close up the camp for winter and repair and rebuild parts of the camp.

A new fundraising campaign by the SD FFA Foundation launches this week at participating Northern Plains CHS Service Centers and North Central Farmers Elevators including the one in Dupree.

The Dupree Tigers boys win Timber Lake Invitational and Little Moreau title.


Kourt Starr of Dupree, a sophomore at Chadron State College, won the tie down roping at the Lamar College rodeo.

Dugan and Margaret Bad Warrior hosted an open house at their home where permaculturist Karl Schmidt explained to participants some of the permaculture practices that the Bad Warrior’s use.

The DHS National Honor Society worked with the administration and elementary teachers and their students who dressed in pink to create a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon out of people for the ‘Think Pink’Day at Dupree School.

Thelma Frame, a former Dupree resident and her sister, Beverly Lindbloom, from Rapid City joined the Dupree Senior Center for dinner on Oct. 10.

The Dupree Tigers Cross Country team is heading to the State Cross Country Meet after the boys won the Region 5B Championship in Phillip.

Thirteen Dupree students attended ‘Peek at PC Day’ in Eagle Butte at Lakota Campus Presentation College.

Dupree Tigers honored football and cross country parents at the last home football game of the season.

The Dupree Cross Country Team placed 3rd at the State Meet.


The Dupree Masquerade Party held in conjunction with the Dupree Firemen’s Ball brought out many in their Halloween costumes.

As the South Dakota trademark winds howled down the streets on November 6, Dupree had more traffic than usual as residents turned out to vote.

This year the senior from Dupree High School chosen as the DAR Good Citizen is Anna Stambach, daughter of Mark and Monica Stambach.

The Dupree post office is facing shortened hours.

Sara Grueb and daughter, Reagan, and son, Radley, competed at the Northwest Barrel Racing Association in Gillette, WY. Reagan won the Peewee division riding Fiddling Boy Blue and Radley placed 16th out of 20 on Bandit. Sara won the 3D average saddle with a combined time of 33.212, riding Doc Squaws Bandit.

Anna Stambach was crowned the 2012 Sr. Snow Queen and Kenzie Hill was crowned the 2012 Jr. Snow Queen at the annual Ziebach County Snow Queen and Talent Show.


The weather was a balmy 51 % during the after dark live nativity performed by the Dupree UCC Youth Group.

A Christmas Cantata was presented on December 2, 2012 at the UCC to a well-attended appreciative audience.

At the ZC Commissioner meeting, the commission passed a resolution to request that the United States Postal Service remove the Dupree Post Office from any elimination or hour reduction.

The Dupree High School NHS held a Christmas activity for the Dupree Pre-K students. It was a great time for the youngest of Dupree School to play and get to know the oldest students.

Cory Dosch, with his business idea of Cory’s Custum Reloading and Peyton Smith with her ‘Big Idea’ of Bear Creek Beads received honorable mention at ‘Big Idea’ annual convention.

Takini Students will participate in the first annual ‘Tuweni Tsa Obsni’ Wounded Knee run.



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