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Good Morning, Easter is coming up make sure you have your baskets and chocolate bunnies ready!

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Dupree prom royalty crowned

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Patty Peacock/West River Eagle

Patty Peacock/West River Eagle

 

Hannah Higdon and GP Pederson were crowned the Dupree High school prom Queen and King saturday night. 

For more look for our April 17th issue! 

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Norris finalist for Mr. Basketball, selected to All-State First Team

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 The basketball season maybe over but for Cheyenne Eagle Butte senior Xavier Norris, the recognition keeps pouring in.

Last week, Norris was named to the South Dakota All-State first team, after helping lead Cheyenne Eagle Butte to a 17-3 regular season and the first state tournament appearance since 2003. The Braves finished with a seventh place finish at the tournament and a 20-5 record.

ROSS DUBRAY/WEST RIVER EAGLE

ROSS DUBRAY/WEST RIVER EAGLE

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John Anthony Morse

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Funeral services for John Anthony Morse, Sr., 65, of rural McLaughlin, are pending with Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. John entered the spirit world April 13, 2014 at his home

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Kenneth Standing Crow

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Funeral services for Kenneth Standing Crow, 48, of Ft. Yates, are pending with Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Kenneth entered the spirit world April 13, 2014 at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

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Lora Louis (McClure) Spiel

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Lora Louis (McClure) Spiel, 83, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at an Abilene hospital. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Roby, with burial following at Roby Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. A Monday evening visitation was held  at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. A memorial  service will be held in Eagle Butte at the U.C.C. Church on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Pauline Webb will officiate.

Born December 16, 1930, Lora was the daughter of S.J. and Lula (Keener) McClure. The family moved to Portales, New Mexico when Lora was in seventh grade, and to Agar, South Dakota, when she was in the twelfth grade. Lora graduated from Agar High School, and on December 10, 1954, married the love of her life, Edwin “Bud” Spiel,  in New Castle, Wyoming. Bud and Louise settled and built their house on the Van Brocklin homestead two miles north of Parade, North Dakota, where they spent forty years together and raised their family. Although Lora was primarily a homemaker, she also worked as a storekeeper, and at the Sacred Heart Women’s Shelter. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, making dolls, cooking, and upholstery. She had a beautiful voice, and loved to sing, especially hymns. In 1998, Lora moved back to Roby, and lived in Fisher County until her death. Lora was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the First Baptist Church of Roby.

Lora is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin “Bud”Spiel; her brothers, Pat McClure, Dude McClure, James McClure, and Jack McClure; her sisters, Inez Neves, Elizabeth Byrd and Jane McClure; and her son-in-law, Kelly Wing.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Bryan Spiel and wife Leah, of Parade, South Dakota; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Viola Wing of Mandan, North Dakota, Brenda Packard of Nisland, South Dakota, Karen Hump and husband David of Faith, South Dakota, and Kathy Fischer and husband Darren of Eagle Butte, South Dakota; one sister, Pauline Webb of Rotan; nineteen grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

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Marion K. Fett

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Marion K. Fett passed away on Thursday April 10, 2014, at Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City.

Marion was born on March 1, 1924, in Eagle Butte, S.D.  Marion grew up and graduated from High School in Eagle Butte.  She later relocated to Timber Lake, SD, where she met and married her husband, Dean Fett.  Both she and Dean were active members in the Timber Lake community and First Baptist Church.  Most people would remember them as the couple who rode the bicycle built for two in the annual Days of 1910 parade.  In the earlier years a favorite pastime was sewing her daughter’s clothes for holidays and special occasions.

Marion worked in the ASCS office as an office manager for 32 years.  After retiring from her job, she volunteered at the Timber Lake public library and Historical Society.  Her beloved husband Dean passed away in 1987.  She then relocated to Rapid City in 1998 to be closer to her daughter, Kathy.

Marion loved spending her remaining life in the Black Hills.  She enjoyed being a part of the coffee group at Sandstone Ridge and enjoyed many trips to Deadwood with the Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Gerry) Scharberg of Black Hawk; brothers, August (Heddie) Laurenz of Eagle Butte and Frank (Maggie) Laurenz of Eagle Butte; one sister, Bette (Raymond) Ross of Faith; grandson, Jason (LaDonna) Scharberg of Freeman; granddaughter, Carissa (Mark) Alley of Summerset; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Evan, Gavin, McKenzie, and Gage, who is to be expected in June; and many nieces and nephews whom she enjoyed visiting with on a regular basis.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dean Fett; brother, Henry Laurenz; and sisters, Helen Rich and Ann Pinnell.

Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, at Kirk Funeral Home, with Pastor Eric Grinager officiating.  A burial of her ashes will take place at a later date in Timber Lake, S.D.

 

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Warren Dean Briggs

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Warren Dean  Briggs 47, of Wake Forest passed away shortly after midnight on April 4, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Kerri, and his children Anthony, Ian and Emmeline.  Also surviving are his brother Wade Briggs (Jennifer) sister Eileen Briggs, sister in law Virginia Melton (Mark) brother in law Alfred Bianchi (Karen) nephews Colby Briggs, Carlo Bianchi and Domenic Bianchi and nieces Ashley Briggs and Morgan Briggs.

Also surviving are his father Kirby Briggs (Sonja), father in law Anthony Bianchi and mother in law Eleanor Bianchi, a host of other relatives and countless friends. Warren was preceded in death by his mother Luann Briggs.

Warren was born in Hughes County, South Dakota.  He studied political science at the University of South Dakota as well as at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England where he met Kerri.  He began his career in municipal  finance in New York City.  The family relocated to Wake Forest, North Carolina in 2006.  Over the course of his career in the municipal finance sector, he developed an expertise in sales and marking of enterprise software.

Warren was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, where he was a a member of the Trinity Men for Christ. He also served with the healing prayer team ministry.

Words cannot express the family’s sincere appreciation to Dr. John Strickler and the staff of Duke Medical Oncology for their devoted care to Warren as well as Wake County Hospice.

A Service of Resurrection and Celebration was held April 7, at t Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, N.C. The family then received friends at their home in Wake Forest.

 

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LaVera M. (LeBeau) Levell

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LaVera M. (LeBeau) Levell, 72, of Carter Lake, I.A. and formerly of LaPlant, passed away Tuesday, April 08, 2014, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, N.E.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., MDT, Monday, April 14, 2014, at HVJ Cultural Center, Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial will follow at the UCC Cemetery, LaPlant. An all night wake l began at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the HVJ Cultural Center, Eagle Butte. A procession formed at 5:00 p.m., at the 4 mile junction, east of town.

Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte was entrusted with LaVera’s arrangements.

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Georgia Berndt

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Georgia Berndt, age 76, of Eagle Butte passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the North Platte Care Center in North Platte, N.E. Arrangements are pending with Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

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Most recent regular Eagle Butte City Council Meeting on April 9, 2014. Recording records entire meeting excluding a one-hour executive session. Top action taken: approved Tuesday's Ward II election results; rescinded February council action reducing Mayor salary, putting it back to what it was prior to action; appointed Verzella LaPlante Mayor; appointed Tyson LaPlante to fill Ward II seat. Most recent Dupree City Council meeting held on Monday, April 7, 2014. Most recent regular Dupree City Council Meeting held on March 3, 2014. Recording starts shortly after meeting was called to order and runs entire length of meeting. Main discussion points included city streets and the upcoming April election.

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