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Victor E. Herrald, Sr.


Victor E. Herrald, Sr., age 70, of Cherry Creek, SD, entered the Spirit World on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Cheyenne River Health Center.

He is survived by six sons: Victor Herrald Jr, of Eagle Butte, Tom Janis, Kyle, SD, Andrew Herrald, Cottonwood Creek, SD, Brian Herald, Sioux Falls, SD, Sam Herrald, Dupree, SD, Dan Herald, Rapid City, SD. Four daughters: Vicky Herrald, Topeka, KS, Samantha Herald Swift Bird, SD, Alison Herrald, Denver, CO, Drew Herrald, Oak Creek, SD. One brother: Charles Herald, Jr., Cherry Creek. Two sisters: Ruth Ann Herrald, Custer, SD and Juanita Herald, Rapid City, SD. Numerous grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

A one night wake begins at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at the Cherry Creek Community Building, Cherry Creek, SD. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 18, at the Cherry Creek Community Building, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Episcopal Cemetery at Cherry Creek.

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


Dupree city council passes resolution to add a $4.47 surcharge to sewage bills


by Jody Rust/Correspondent

Resolution No. 020215-1 was passed Monday, February 2, 2015 at the monthly Dupree city council meeting, adding a monthly surcharge of $4.47 to the City of Dupree’s sewage bills.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 7:10 p.m. for Dupree residents who want to make comments or ask questions pertaining to this resolution or the sewage project in Dupree.

Residents with special needs who need to make arrangements for transportation or accommodations with the city to attend the meeting must call the city office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015.

The surcharge has been added to assist in the repayment of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan C461247-02, an addition to the surcharge of $10.55 that became effective in August 2013 to repay the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan C461247-01.

“We don’t have a choice about re-doing the sewer system, it’s required by the EPA,” said Mayor Ray Lenk.

Council member Greg O’Connell explained that the loan was need to supplement a grant the city received to update the Lagoon and sewage system in Dupree after the EPA evaluated and determined Dupree’s outdated sewage system did not meet current regulations.

The city would be faced with potentially high fines, possibly as much as $30,000.00, if they are unable to show how they will repay the loan, which covers expenses not covered by the grant to revamp the city’s system.

Larry In the Woods, a resident of Dupree, expressed concern about the increase at the meeting prior to its approval.

Several council members acknowledged the increase was not something they wanted to pay themselves, but the consensus was that the council would be better off passing the resolution than facing additional EPA fines for non-compliance should the city be unable to prove a means of repaying the loan to complete the sewage work.

In an effort to alleviate surcharges on billing, O’Connell suggested reviewing in the next few months how the $1.35 surcharge on the water bill could be eliminated.

O’Connell reasoned and council members agreed that even though there seems no way around the additional surcharge to the sewage bill, the council should make a concerted effort to save Dupree residents that $1.35 a month on the water bill.

Chancey Shrank of Brosz Engineering presented the completed survey results of the proposed storm-water drainage project.

The report assesses the current Dupree drainage system and proposes alternative ways and costs to repair or replace the current system, with Alternative 1 being to make no changes in the system.

The report indicates in three alternatives the work that would be done, the estimated expenses and subsequent annual maintenance expenses.

For example, Alternative 2 proposes fixing existing culverts, which would cost the city $313,180.00 for mobilization, localized grading, culvert repairs, cleaning out pipe culvert, seeding, mulch, fertilizer, contingency and administrative and legal fees, and design and construction management services.

Annual maintenance costs of Alternative 2 in the report came to $254,223.81.

Alternative 3, which would be a replacement alternative, has a much higher price tag than the other alternatives.

Given the current water and sewage projects, the city determined to wait on addressing the proposals in the survey given the expenses that each alternative would cost the city.

In other news, the city decided to maintenance Main Street in Dupree until                               they can apply for a new road for Main Street.

Mayor Lenk said that the road is fairly thick, and the expense of chip and sealing may not be worth it if in a few years, the city can apply for assistance to have Main Street re-ground and re-laid when the state does the same to Highway 65.

Council member Dustin Jewett mentioned key spots in front of LTM that the city should take care of in efforts to maintain Main Street until a new road can be laid.

Also in Main Street news, the council determined to hang signs that indicate trucks cannot park on Main Street overnight, and that will include harvesters during harvest.

The city received a letter from the U.S. Postal service which approved 323 Main Street, the new “Farlee building,” as the new location for the postal office.

Important election dates for the city are as follows: Tuesday April 14, 2015, election day in conjunction with the Dupree school board elections; nominating petitions may be taken out Friday, January 30, 2015, and must be filed before 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015; deadline to withdraw a petition is before 5:00 p.m. February 27, 2015 and can be withdrawn orally, in writing, or in person.

Council member Unalee Howe suggested that the council make efforts to use local resources to make the park more attractive both physically and practically for residents and those who pass through town.

Howe mentioned many possibilities, such as playground equipment, such as swings, a place for kids to hang out, a walking/running path from the park to the Cynex, and a fountain/wading pool, to name just a few.

Howe agreed to spearhead such a project, and mentioned that at one point the theme, “A nice place to hang your hat,” was suggested for Dupree because of the number of well-known bronc riders and the amount of rodeo participation and success the town has fostered over the years.

“We are not a one-horse town,” Howe said. “The care here is that we’re still very much alive with our western theme.”






Four Bands Community Fund receives $200,000 to promote cultural tourism


Over the next two years, Four Bands Community Fund, a community loan fund and nonprofit organization that primarily serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, will implement a project to assist 100 Native Americans in building an art business by providing access to loan capital, equity injections, and professional development training.  Participating artists and others will become the centerpiece of a cultural tourism marketing campaign designed to promote Cheyenne River as a destination.

“Four Bands believes that by continuing to support Native artists in developing successful arts businesses we are not only positively impacting our reservation economy, we are also maintaining and strengthening our Native American culture,” says Lakota Mowrer, Assistant Director of Four Bands.

The overarching strategy of the project, titled “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River,” is to strengthen the local arts sector in order to effectively market Native art and culture as a tourist attraction and utilize it to drive economic growth on the reservation. “We believe that Cheyenne River offers unparalleled beauty and a rich cultural experience for visitors. A key component of this project is helping our people to embrace that culture and to begin to think of it as an asset,” says Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands.

Fiddler has played an integral role in Four Bands’ successful past cultural tourism strategies such as “Native Discovery,” a project launched by Four Bands in 2004 through an unprecedented partnership with the South Dakota Department of Tourism. In its prime, that project reached up to 4,000 people per month by utilizing a website and various forms of new media to raise awareness of Native art and culture and promote Cheyenne River as a tourist destination. Four Bands’ “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project will build on those past efforts by incorporating additional marketing methods to support its arts, tourism, and culture strategy. Those methods will include a communal art space, two community events showcasing local artists, and a reservation visitor’s guide.

At more of a grassroots level, Four Bands will provide its core programs and services to individual artists.  A recent reservation-wide survey conducted by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures, an entity responsible for administering a 10-year poverty reduction project, revealed that 78% of the survey respondents who participate in a microenterprise were in the arts sector. As part of the project, Four Bands will disperse a total of $70,000 in lending capital, leveraged with equity injections, and paired with intensive one-on-one technical assistance to Native artists. In addition, some of the participants will be able to reach larger regional and national markets with support in e-commerce strategies.

Mowrer says the biggest challenge for most artists on the reservation is that while they are deeply passionate about their art, oftentimes the business side of their art practice is not a priority. She says this “reactive business pattern” causes many artists to sell their pieces well below market value. She adds, “We are hoping we can help our Native artists to think more critically about their art as a business, and to provide them with the right resources to showcase their talent to a wider market.”

To further support artists and other tourism-related businesses, Four Bands is partnering with the Cheyenne River Chamber of Commerce to mobilize a community arts and tourism networking group, which will facilitate discussions around the challenges and successes with art and tourism businesses, and to strategize on how to promote these sectors within the community and beyond.

Fiddler says the success of the “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project lies in the utilization of Four Bands’ holistic approach to economic development, which doesn’t just focus on one element, but on many things that all complement each other. She explains, “The artists build stronger businesses, which is then a bigger attraction for visitors. Our larger marketing efforts benefit local art and tourism businesses. Participants in the networking group all help each other grow. In the end, we have a population on the reservation that is proud of their culture, and a population off the reservation that respects and appreciates Lakota culture.”

The “Rediscovering Native Art on Cheyenne River” project is funded through multiple sources, including a $200,000 grant award from a joint initiative by the Kresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation dubbed the Catalyzing Culture and Communities through CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions), a $30,000 grant award from First Nations Development Institute’s Native Artist Capacity Building Initiative, and a $15,000 grant award from First People’s Fund’s Native Arts Economy-Building Program. Each of these initiatives funded several organizations across the country that focus on integrating arts and culture into community and economic development strategies.


Kenneth Bruguier


Services for Kenneth Bruguier, 48, Eagle Butte,  were held Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 1:00 p.m. MT at C-EB High School Auditorium.

Burial followed at the Green Grass Congregational Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home, Mobridge. An all night wake was held on Monday, February 2, 2015 with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.,  HV Johnston Cultural Center of Eagle Butte. Procession meets at 4 mile junction at 4:00 p.m. Kenneth passed Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Sharon Kay (Wulf) Maupin


Sharon Kay (Wulf) Maupin, 71, of Fort Pierre, SD, passed away January 31, 2015 at home in Fort Pierre, SD surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.  She was born March 13, 1943 in Redfield, Iowa to Donald Clair and Grace Lucille (Carpenter) Wulf. She was one of six children born to this union.

Sharon spent most of her youth growing up on ranches near Eagle Butte, SD.  She attended country school and enjoyed telling stories about riding her horse to school with her brother Don and sisters Sheryle and Janice.

On July 2, 1960 Sharon married the love of her life Thomas Edson Maupin in Pierre, SD. Tommy and Sharon lived in many different places during their 43 years of marriage including Idaho, Oregon, California, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas and Nevada but the majority of their married life was spent living in South Dakota.

They had two children Michelle Lynn and Brad William of whom they were extremely proud. Tommy and Sharon never missed an event that their children were involved in.

Sharon worked for the Stanley County Schools while her children were in school so that she could be home with them in the summers. After they graduated she started working in retail managing Roy’s Market in Elko, NV and as a department manager for the Walmart Store in Pierre, SD. She was very proud of the 23 years she was associated with Walmart. She was part of the original setup crew and was then the department manager for softlines for most of her career.

Sharon enjoyed her years of ranch life and loved to spend time telling stories of different happenings and adventures over the years. When traveling she would have different stories to tell from her lifetime depending on the area you were in. She would always talk about the people she knew and the adventures they had.

Sharon was a kind hearted person that no matter what kind of a day she may be having she would always put her feelings aside and have a smile and ask them how they were doing. She always worked to build great relationships with her friends and was always there for any family member that needed help. Family and friends meant everything to her.

As a Grandma, Sharon, had a special relationship with her grandchildren. She was always there to help and love them when they needed her and was always very proud of them.

In her fight with cancer she was just as concerned about everyone around her as she was for herself. She fought hard to beat the cancer for almost three years just to be able to spend more time with the people she loved.

Sharon is survived by her children, Michelle Barrett (Tim Jones), Fort Pierre, SD, Brad (WyLisa) Maupin, Pierre, SD, grandchildren Kimberly Barrett, Pierre, SD, Dustin Maupin, Ryder, ND and Thomas Maupin, Henry, SD and great granddaughter Jaidyn Maupin, CO. Siblings Donald (Donna) Wulf, Gillette, WY, Janice (Leonard) Deal, Fort Pierre, SD, Sheryle (Jerome) Schwahn, Fort Pierre, SD, John (Darlene) Wulf, Owanka, SD and Gerald (Donna) Wulf, Plankinton, SD, Nieces and Nephews, Brandy Maupin, Darin and Dan Wulf, Shawn, Kristy and Brian Deal, Stacey Bratrsovsky, John Jr., Justin, Amanda, Ward, Wade and Tyler Wulf, Kimberly Beens and Karla Morgan.  Sharon is also survived her extended family and wonderful beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law Gary Reed Barrett.

Memorials in Lieu of flowers can be directed to the Countryside Hospice of Pierre. Visitation will be February 6 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A prayer service to follow at 6:00 p.m. Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 7 at the United Methodist Church in Pierre. Inurnment is at the Scotty Phillip Cemetery. Arrangements have been placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com

Williamette Jo Miner


Williamette Jo Miner, age 47 of Timber Lake, SD, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at a result of an auto accident near Timber Lake,SD.

She is survived by her husband, David Miner of Timber Lake. Three sons: Isaac Buckley of Timber Lake, Kip Blue Coat and Casey Buckley of Eagle Butte, SD. Two daughters: Lucinda Buckley and Misty Blue Coat of Mobridge, SD. One brother: John Buckley of Ft. Yates, ND, and three sisters: Evelyn Good House of Ft. Yates, Donita Melttte of Rapid City, SD and Stephanie Four Bear of Timber Lake. 8 Grandchildren.

A one night wake begins at 4 PM, (MST) Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in White Horse, SD. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM (MST). Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM (MST) Saturday, February 7, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson and Rev. Norman Blue Coat Officiating. Burial will follow at the Emmanuel Episcopal Cemetery at White Horse.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Annis & Rooks Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD. Online condolences may be offered at rooksfh.com and our Rooks & Red Dog facebook page.

Ted W. Baldridge


Ted W. Baldridge, age 56, of Eagle Butte, SD, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Cheyenne River Health Center at Eagle Butte, SD.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Baldridge of Eagle Butte. One son, Michael William Baldridge of Elletsville, IN and one daughter, Amanda Baldridge of Ft. Wayne, IN. Two sisters, LeAnn Baldridge of Bloomington, IN and Lois Baldridge of Marion, IN. Three grandchildren.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will begin at 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Eagle Butte Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mark Richardson officiating. A private scattering of cremains will take place at a later date in Indiana.

Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Annis, Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte. Online condolences may be offered at rooksfh.com and our Rooks & Red dog facebook page.

Lavonne Kay Briggs


Lavonne Kay Briggs passed away on Wednesday, January 14 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in August. She was born on July 2, 1946 in Dupree, SD to Harold and Dorothy (Joens) Brewer.

Lavonne was raised near Eagle Butte, SD and married Walter ‘K’ Briggs on July 3, 1964. She worked for a number of years in the bakery at Sutley’s Town & Ranch Market in Ft. Pierre and then for the State of South Dakota in the Personnel and Agriculture departments. After retiring from the State, Lavonne worked at Running’s and loved interacting with her customers.

Working outdoors and playing with her grandchildren and pets kept her busy and entertained. She was forever moving a flowerbed or rebuilding a patio or deck space in her yard. She went on trips with her children to the Netherlands and Mexico, and brought home great memories and stories to tell. A few years ago, she planted a vineyard and began making wine as a hobby.

Lavonne lived and died on her terms; she was full of spunk and a wonderful lady who will be remembered for her friendliness, her easy laugh and her zest for life.

Lavonne is survived by her children, Lea Briggs (Todd Quinn) of Albuquerque, NM, Keith Briggs of Pierre, SD, Darcy Briggs (Linda Comeaux) of Littleton, CO, and Justin (Kristine) Briggs of Aurora, CO, and grandchildren, Derek (Mikala) Simon, Reid Simon, Riley Briggs, Wyatt Briggs, Haley Jackson, Peyton Briggs, Allison Briggs and Owen Briggs. Also surviving her are her sisters, Charlotte (Lawrence) Lesmeister and Donna Davis, brother Dale (Stella) Brewer, and many nieces and nephews. BriggsShe was preceded in death by her parents, one nephew and one niece.

Lavonne’s life celebration was held on Saturday, January 24th at 3pm CT at Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre, SD. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be directed to the Pierre-Fort Pierre Area Humane Society or the Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center in Pierre.

Barbara Marlene Zephier (Haskell)


Barbara Marlene Zephier (Haskell) of Lower Brule, SD passed away peacefully on January 22, 2015, at the Golden Living Center, Armour, South Dakota.

Funeral services were held at 10:00a.m. MST, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Lunch was served after the service. Burial took place at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery, LaPlant, SD, following lunch.

A two-night wake services was held beginning at 7:00p.m. MST, Monday, January 26, 2015 and 7:00p.m. MST, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the church. Services commenced with a procession from the 4 mile junction at 4:00p.m.on Monday. Visitation was at the Episcopal Church fellowship hall beginning the evening of January 26 until the morning funeral service on the 28th

Anna Mary Adamson


Anna Mary Adamson, age 90, died peacefully Thursday, January 22, 2015 at her home in Logandale, Nevada.

She was born September 22, 1924 in Pierre, South Dakota to Franklin Rusk and Helen Ziba Osmun Blasingame.  On October 22, 1948 she married her sweetheart,  Marshall Williams Adamson in Brookings, South Dakota.  He preceded her in death on September 15, 1985.

Mary grew up on a ranch outside of Eagle Butte, South Dakota.  She was known as “Sparky” to all of her friends there.  After their marriage, the Air Force allowed their young family, which now included Steve, Bill and Jane to live in many places, including Illinois, Germany and Las Vegas.  Later on, about the time that Nancy was born, they relocated to Echo Bay and then Overton.

Mary was an extremely giving person with her time.  She was a member of the Calvary Community Church, where she served in a variety of different positions over the years, including Deaconess, prayer chain coordinator and Sunday School Teacher.  She volunteered many hours at the Senior Center and was a docent for the Lost City Museum.  She will be remembered for her love and kindness to family and friends, and for her feisty personality.

Survivors include one son and two daughters: Bill (Carol) of New Pariah, UT; Jane (Wayne) Kennedy of Henderson, NV; Nancy (Wayne) Postma of Logandale, NV; daughter in law, Virginia Chilton of Kendric, ID; ten grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall;  one son, Steve and one sister, Elizabeth Koerner.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Community Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior at the Church. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Hill Memorial Cemetery.  Friends and family are invited to sign our online guest book at www.moapavalleymortuary.com