Diana G. Schweitzer

Schweitzer, Diana Square, 73, West Fargo, ND died Friday, March 20, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Diana Gail Fish was born on June 12, 1941 at Dupree, SD to Frank and Nellie Mae (Stambach) Fish.  Diana grew up in Lantry, SD and graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1959 and was the class salutatorian.  After graduation Diana was a secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Pierre, SD. On August 31, 1963, Diana married Kenneth Schweitzer at Lantry.  Diana was a stay at home mother to her six sons as they traveled to different locations in SD, WY and ND until they moved to West Fargo in 1971. In the 1980’s she worked part time at the West Fargo Library which furthered her love of books and reading She then worked for Harmon Cable and No.Dak Insurance. Throughout her adult life, Diana had a love for knowledge and would take many online courses in a variety of areas. She later went to college for court stenography. She even taught herself to play the accordion and organ. Her husband of 42 years, Kenneth, passed away on June 13, 2006.

Diana “Spitfire” enjoyed talking with her husband and his truck driver friends, on the CB radio while creating hand tooled leather items for her family.  She also loved to crochet and knit, making many blankets and booties for her sons and grandchildren.  When her kids were adults, she and Kenneth would take motorcycle trips all over; one was to Mexico.  Diana also had a huge heart she would welcome in anyone or anything into her home that needed a place to stay.

Diana is survived by her six children: Marty (Janell), of West Fargo, Clint (Mark), of San Diego, CA, Ken Jr., of West Fargo, Stacey (Saadya), of West Fargo, Casey (Tina), of Rock Springs, WY and Shawn (Angie), of West Fargo; fifteen grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and her brother Frank Jr. (Rita) Fish, of Golden, CO.

Diana was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, granddaughter Stephanie, brother Dick Fish and sister June Peterson.

Ogliglela Hoksicala Hand Boy-Moran


Ogliglela Hoksicala Hand Boy-Moran, infant of Deidra Hand Boy and Jared Moran passed away Monday, March 12, 2018.

Funeral services will be 11:00a.m. MDT, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery, Thunder Butte, SD.

Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Ogliglela Hoksicala’s arrangements.

Melvin LeClaire

Melvin LeClaire, age 66, of Rapid City, SD and formerly of Dupree, SD, entered the Spirit World on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at his home in Rapid City.

He is survived by his own beautiful life partner, Madeline LeClaire of Rapid City, SD. Three sons: Pierre LeClaire and Dustin Condon of Sioux Falls, SD and David LeClaire of Rapid City. Three daughters: Myra LeClaire, Melda LeClaire, and Lauree LeClaire of Rapid City, SD. Three brothers: Bernard LeClaire and Vincent LeClaire of Dupree, SD. Edward LeClaire of Duluth, MN. One sister, Annabelle LeClaire of Duluth, MN. 23 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.

A one night wake was held Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Dupree Community Building, Dupree, SD. A prayer vigil service began at 7:00 PM. Funeral services took place at 11:00 AM, Monday, March 16 at the Dupree Community Building, with the Rev. Dan Juelfs officiating. Following a luncheon, burial followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery at Cherry Creek, SD.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rooks & Annis Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD

Rolland J. Thundershield, Sr.


Rolland J. Thundershield, Sr., 62, of Little Eagle, SD, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. Alexis Hospital in Bismarck, ND

He is survived by five sons: Rolland Thunder Shield, Jr. Blaze Thundershield of Mclaughlin, SD; Ellery Agard of Selfridge, ND., Chante Folson of Gillette, WY., and Austin Folson of Mandan, ND. Eight daughters: Christie Thundershield of Eagle Butte, SD., Josephine Thundershield, Vivian Chasing Hawk and Lenore Spotted Horse of McLaughlin, SD., Nadine Yellow of Mobridge, SD, Anetha Thundershield and Amy Thundershield of Bismarck, ND, and Ayla Thundershield of Bowman, ND. Two brothers: Fred Thundershield of Mitchell, SD, and Willard Male Bear of Minneapolis, MN. 54 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A one night wake was held at 7:00 PM (CST) Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Little Eagle Blue Gym, Little Eagle, SD. A Veteran’s funeral honoring procession was held to Little Eagle. A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM (CST), Saturday, February 7, at the Little Eagle Blue Gym, with Episcopal Lay Reader Bea Skinner and other lay readers officiating. After services a lunch was served. Interment with full military rites took place at the Thundershield Family Cemetery, near Little Eagle.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rooks & Annis Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD

Rosie Galbraith

Rosie Galbraith, 80, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Rosie was born Nov. 2, 1934, to Theresia (Zacher) and Tony Neigel in Eagle Butte, SD. She grew up in Eagle Butte along with her 10 sisters and one brother. She moved to Rapid City soon after graduating from high school and started working at Swanders Bakery when she caught the eye of the extremely handsome (future husband, our dad) Bob Galbraith. They were married soon afterwards in Aug. 29, 1953. The best was yet to come. They were blessed with their two daughters, Sandra Kay and Jeri Marie.

Rosie was an avid bowler and coached for many years helping teach several generations of young people how to bowl. She enjoyed every aspect of her 50 years of bowling, the friendships and memories that lasted a lifetime. Rosie was an accomplished seamstress. She began sewing as a young girl making her own clothes. Mom made everything from wedding dresses to draperies, upholstering furniture to stuffed animals for her grandchildren. There was quite a demand for the bowling shirts Rosie made. Her hands never rested. Rosie was either sewing, crocheting, or making the infamous “scrubbies.”

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Shawn Nielsen and Jeri and Al Barry; grandchildren Shellie Furchner, Stacey (Craig) Wehrle, Shari (Chad) Dahlke, Kevin Barry (Rapid City) and Brian Barry (Watertown); great-grandchildren Bailey Williams, Lux Wehrle, Joey and Serena Dahlke; her sisters and brother, Mary-Helen Riss, Shirley (Richard) McDermaid, Clarie (Bob) Melvin, Gloria Allen, (Rapid City); brother Buddy (Helen) Neigel, (Eagle Butte), Alma Hill (Texas), Sharon (Jeff) Neigel (Washington) and her brothers-in-law, Jim and Pauline Galbraith, Jerry and Linda Galbraith, Ronnie and Mary Ellen Galbraith, Donnie and Carolyn Galbraith, all of Rapid City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five sisters, and a great-granddaughter, Ella Rose.

If you will be attending the visitation or funeral, mom would be thrilled if you wore a “Rosie G. Original.”

Mom, we were truly blessed to have been able to share our lives with you.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Boulevard.

Her memorial service mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4500 Jackson Boulevard, with Rev. Brian Lane officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

An online guestbook for Rosie may be signed at www.oshiemschmidt.com.

Helping Kids in a Pickle….By Eating Pickles!

by Patty Peacock12th gr trying

Nationwide, sixty two children enter Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every minute. Family members pray for miracles so that their children get well and come home healthy. Anna Stambach, a sophomore at SDSU and a DHS Alum, challenged the DHS students to get involved and help the program like her group at SDSU was doing.  They raise funds all year at SDSU, through State A Thon, and then end the fundraising with a dance marathon on March 28th. Taking the information and the challenge to the students, DHS Student Council advisors Patty & Mark Peacock worked with the student council to host a fun, short, and tasty fundraiser to help support the Sanford Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Each grade, 7th-12th, chose two students to represent their class in a pickle eating contest. The teams of two students each had seven minutes to eat a large jar of big pickles. However, it never took that long and the seventh graders, McKenna Dupris and Shantell Brewer, finished their jar in about three minutes! The seventh grade took first place in the 7th-9th grade contest and the juniors, represented by Stephanie Longbrake and Olivia Dosch, took first place in the 10th-12th grade competition. The juniors actually took first after doing a face-off with the sophomores since it was determined there was a tie in the pickle eating. Each class sent one person forth to see who could eat three HOT peppers the fastest and the juniors narrowly beat the sophomores in that contest. (The students that participated in the pickle eating contest were: 7th Grade: McKenna Dupris and Shantell Brewer, 8th Grade: Lane Eaton and Stran Smith, 9th Grade: Shamra Garrett and Garrett Fischer, 10th Grade: Jadyn Woodward and Emily Hollow Horn, 11th Grade: Stephanie Longbrake and Olivia Dosch, and 12th Grade: Kolby Hill and Leon Olvera.)

The DHS Student Council had decided to donate $100 plus a $1 for every pickle eaten during the contest. In the end they donated $172 to the SD Children’s Miracle Network.

Spring is definitely in the air with 70 degree weather, enjoy the sunshine for the next few days, as temperatures will cool off again next week a few degrees.

Braves upset Warriors to claim Region 6A championship

Braves capture Region 6A Championship, upset Winner

Cheyenne Eagle Butte senior Samantha Bowker holds up the Region 6A championship trophy as her teammates celebrate following the Braves 62-53 defeat of the Winner Warriors in the championship game last Friday night in Ft. Pierre. The Braves advance to compete at the Girls State A basketball tournament this weekend in Watertown.  (Photo by Ross DuBray)



Last Friday night at Ft. Pierre’s Parkview Auditorium, the C-EB Braves girls basketball team took down the top seeded Winner Lady Warriors to claim the Region 6A championship 62-53 and advance to the State A Basketball Tournament. The state tourney will be played in Watertown this next weekend.

The 14-8 Braves will enter the state tournament the number eight seed and will face the top seeded St. Thomas More Lady Cavaliers in the opening game of the tournament. Game time is set at 12:00 p.m. noon CDT.

Region Championship

After losing to the 17-4 Lady Warriors at home on February 7 by 17 points, the number two seeded Braves came into the championship game the underdog against last years state runner-ups.

The Braves jumped out to a 5-2 lead early in the first quarter following a basket from underneath by Cassidy Hollow Horn and a three-pointer by Dawnee Keckler. Keckler and Tahnee Shaving pushed the lead to 9-4 before Winner’s Kelsey Bertram hit a three and the front end of a one on one to pull the Warriors back to within a point. Hollow Horn hit a three sparking a 13-4 scoring run for the Braves giving C-EB a 10-point lead. Bertram again hit a three to pull Winner to within seven but Keckler followed suit with another three moving C-EB back to a 10 point lead. As the quarter came to a close, Bertram would sneak another basket in for Winner, giving C-EB an eight point lead after the first quarter.

In the second, Winner opened the quarter with back to back three’s, one by Bertram and the other by Sydney Fritz to pull within three points of C-EB. C-EB responded with Theola Schad coming off the bench to score four points on a 8-0 run to take the lead back to 10. With time running down in the quarter, Winner had pulled back to within six, but a three by Mary Garter at the buzzer took C-EB’s lead back to nine points going into halftime.

The Braves started the third quarter on a 8-3 run pushing the lead to 14 points, the highest of the game. Winner came back on a 7-0 drive to cut their deficit to seven. Keckler scored on a drive to the basket and Shaving hit the backend of two free throws to give the Braves an eight-point advantage heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Winner came at C-EB hard with a 10-4 run to pull back within two points of C-EB at the 4:00 minute mark. With 3:05 left in the game, Samantha Bowker saved a loose ball on a Winner possession and drove to the basket in a one on one and converted the layup to give C-EB a four-point cushion.  Garter followed suit with a drive to the basket of her own to take C-EB back out to a six-point lead.

With 1:56 left in the game Winner’s Bailey Volmer hit a three to cut C-EB’s lead to three however it would be the last time the Warriors would score. C-EB hit five of seven free throws down the final stretch extending their lead. As time ran out the Braves had done what no other team in the region had been able to do this year and defeat Winner 62-53.

Keckler led the Braves with 16 points, closely followed by Cassidy Hollow Horn who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mary Garter finished with 10 points and pulled down six rebounds. Winner’s Kelsey Bertram led all scorers with 25 points including six three-pointers. Bailey Volmer finished with 14 points.

C-EB finished with 50% shooting from the free throw line, converting 11 of 22. Winner was 75% from the line making 9 of 12.  The Braves won the battle of the boards pulling down 32 to Winner’s 28. 

State Tournament

This year’s state appearance will mark the fourth trip the C-EB Braves girls basketball team hav made it to the big show. Their first appearance was in 2000, followed by appearances in 2007 and 2009. This year’s tournament will be held at the Watertown Civic Arena.

All three tournaments will be webcast with sessions starting at noon and 6:00pm CT all three days. To watch the Class A tournament go to this address http://www.sdpb.org/basketball/girls/a/.

All games will also be broadcasted live on SDPB-TV. The Class B Tournament will be aired on SDPB-1. The Class AA Tournament on SDPB-2, and the Class A Tournament on SDPB-3

C-EB (14-8) 25 37 48 62

WINNER (17-5) 17 28 40 53

C-EB: Dawnee Keckler 6 2-4 16, Samantha Bowker 3 0-2 6, Mary Garter 4 1-2 10, Tahnee Shaving 3 2-4 8, Cassidy Hollow Horn 3 6-10 15, K’Den Newbrough 1 0-0 3, Theola Schad 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 11-22 62.

Winner: Sydney Fritz 2 0-0 5, Bailey Volmver 6 1-2 14, Kelsey Bertram 7 5-6 25, Tawny Sherman 2 3-4 7, Rachel Sherman 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 9-12 53.

3pt Field Goals: C-EB 5 (Keckler 2, Garter, Newbrough); Winner 8 (Bertram 6, Volmer, Fritz). Rebounds: C-EB 32 ( Hollow Horn 10, Shaving 8, Garter 6); Winner 28 (T. Sherman 9, Volmer 7, Fritz 5). Total Fouls: C-EB 10; Winner 16 (Volmer out). Turnovers: C-EB 13; Winner 7. Steals: C-EB 6 (Bowker 6, Hollow Horn 2); Winner 6 (Bertram 3). Blocks: C-EB 3; Winner 2.

Braves to meet Winner in Region Championship

by Ross DuBray

Creighton LeBeau goes up for a layup against Chamberlain. (Photo by Ross DuBray)

Creighton LeBeau goes up for a layup against Chamberlain. (Photo by Ross DuBray)

The C-EB Braves boys basketball squad is one game away from returning to the state tournament after defeating the Chamberlain Cubs in the region semifinal on Saturday night on the Cub’s home court 66-56. The Braves had previously lost to the Cubs in January by a two-point margin.

The Braves moved into the semi-finals after easily defeating Crow Creek in the first round of the tournament last Thursday night 77-57.


The Braves jumped out to an 8-2 lead half way through the first quarter, before Chamberlain responded back on an 8-4 scoring run to pull back within two-points of C-EB at the end of the quarter.

Chamberlain’s Adrian Farmer tied the game at 12-12 to start the 2nd quarter, but Grant Kohlus answered with two back to back baskets to put some distance between the teams. Seth Friesz scored for Chamberlain to pull the Cubs back within two however Creighton LeBeau dropped a three and Grant Kohlus converted a three point play to push C-EB’s lead to six points halfway through the second quarter.

Chamberlain responded with seven unanswered points to take a one-point momentary lead, the only lead Chamberlain would hold in the contest. C-EB fired right back on a 9-0 run to run the lead again to nine points. Friesz dropped a three late in the second quarter to pull within five points at halftime.

The Braves came out of the locker room in the third quarter and launched a 13-0 run on the Cubs to take a 18 point lead halfway through the quarter. Farmer made two free throws and Friesz launched a three to score five quick points for Chamberlain.  Kohlus and LeBeau each hit a basket to take the lead again back to 16.  Farmer and Friesz combined for six unanswered points at the end of the quarter to cut the Braves lead to 11 at 48-37.

C-EB freshman Dayson Kohlus scored early in the quarter to give C-EB a 13 point lead, but Friesz fired back with back to back three’s and Tiegen Preibe made two free throws to cut the Braves lead to five. Both teams struggled with some free throws early in the quarter. With 1:27 left the Braves still held a five-point lead. In the final 87 seconds of the game, C-EB made 11 free throws in a row, converting 12 of 14. The freethrows pushed C-EB’s lead to 13. With time waning down, Davis Black Bull hit a long three to cut the margin to 10 points as time ran out for the Cubs.

Grant Kohlus led the Braves with 25 points. Brexton Traversie finished with 17 points and Creighton LeBeau put up 16. Wyatt Jewett finished with six points for the Braves and Dayson Kohlus rounded out the scoring with two points.

Seth Friesz led all scorers with a game high 29 points for Chamberlain. Friesz finished with five three-pointers. Adrian Farmer added 14 points for the Cubs.

First Round

C-EB jumped out to a 22 to 5 first quarter lead and never looked back as the Braves took down the Crow Creek Chieftains 77-57 in the first round of the regional tournament.

Grant Kohlus and Creighton LeBeau combined for 45 points and Brexton Traversie finished with 12 points in the win.  Devon Grant led the Chieftains with 24 points.

Semifinal March 7, 2015

C-EB (15-6) 12 31 48 66

Chamberlain (15-6) 10 26 37 56

C-EB: Grant Kohlus 9 6-10 25, Wyatt Jewett, 3 0-2 6, Brexton Traversie 6 5-6 17, Creighton  LeBeau 6 2-3 16, Dayson Kohlus 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 13-21 66.

Chamberlain: Tiegen Preibe 2 2-2 6, Parker Evans 1 0-0 2, Seth Friesz 12 0-6 29, Adrian Farmer 5 4-5 14, Davis Black Bull 2 0-0 5. Totals 22 6-13 56.

First Round March 5, 2015

C-EB (14-6) 22 44 55 77

Crow Creek (8-13) 5 22 34 57

C-EB: Grant Kohlus 9 1-1 24, Wyatt Jewett 0 2-2 2, Brexton Traversie 6 0-0 12, Creighton LeBeau 9 2-2 21, Dayson Kohlus 3 0-0 7, Brendan Walking Elk 3 0-0 7, Sam LeBeau 2 0-0 4. Totals 32 5-5 77.

Crow Creek: Anthony Fontenont 2 0-0 4, Dale Big Eagle 1 6-7 8, Tyler Marks 1 0-0 3, Devon Grant 10 2-4 24, Noah Comes Flying 1 0-0 3, Robert Johnson 3 0-0 7, Chris Comes Flying 4 0-0 8. Totals 21 8-11 57.

3-point field goals: C-EB 8 (G. Kohlus 5, LeBeau, D. Kohlus, Walking Elk); Crow Creek 4 (Grant 2, Marks, Johnson). Total Fouls: C-EB 14; Crow Creek 7. Rebounds: C-EB 42 (Traversie 12, LeBeau 8, Walking Elk 6). Assists: C-EB 20 (G. Kohlus 4, LeBeau 4, D. Kohlus 4)

John H. “Jack” Seymour

seymour, John, 79, Sturgis, died, Friday, February 20, 2015, at his residence.

He was born August 6, 1935, in Dupree, SD, to Happy and Nola (Brummet) Seymour.  He grew up in the Dupree area.  Jack married Joan Fairbanks September 25, 1955, in Dupree.

John as a youth was an 11 yr. member of 4-H.  John was a self-employed ranch operator from 1955 to 1958.  In 1959, he worked road construction for C H Lien.  In the early 60’s, John was a foreman for Sutton Ranch at Corson County.  From 1964-1968, John went to college at BHSC while working at the Homestake saw mill and the Black Hills Passion Play.  After completing college in the late 60’s and early 70’s, John was an Algebra Teacher in Sturgis and an Agriculture Teacher at Western Dakota Vo-tech.  He was president of the local telephone co-op for 2 years and Teacher Association President and Negotiator, Wrestling Coach (6 time conference champ), and a School Board Member for 3 years.  He was a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Meade County Fair Board member and Treasurer for 5 years, and chairman of the South Dakota Rangeland Days for 2 years.  In the 80’s, he was an Ag Finance Counselor for the Department of Agriculture.  John was also a candidate for Meade County State Representative.  In 1986-2009, John ranched and operated Bear Butte Gelbvieh of rural Sturgis.  In the fall of 2009, John retired into Sturgis.

He is survived by his sisters, Lois Sever, Deadwood, SD, Gail (Fred) Stambach of Dupree, SD, and Bonnie Picton of Longville, MN; one son, John Seymour Sturgis, SD; one daughter, Kathy Seymour Sturgis, SD; and two grandchildren, Derek and Amy, Sturgis, SD.      He was preceded in death by his parents, Happy and Nola Seymour, and his wife, Joan Seymour.

Visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Sturgis Church of Christ.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Church of Christ in Sturgis with Pastors Ron Ledford and Harold Delbridge officiating.

Burial followed at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to the local youth programs and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkade funerals.com.