John Anthony Morse


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Cheri (Gabe) Davidson


Funeral services for Cheri (Gabe) Davidson, age 63, of Eagle Butte will be at 10 a.m. MT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Burial will be at the Episcopal Cemetery in Cherry Creek under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Family will be meeting at the 4 -mile junction on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and Services will be at 7:00  p.m. at the church.

Cheri passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at her home in Eagle Butte.

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Mni Wasté waterline project

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Truckloads of 30 inch pipe sit at the Coop parking lot, waiting to be delivered to their destination, the 12-mile Mni Wasté waterline project.  Trucks have been bringing the pipes in for the last couple of weeks as Mni Waste/Tri-County Water get ready to break ground on Phase 1 of the new waterline on April 24, 2014. Phase 1 of the project will pump raw water 10.1 miles from Lake Oahe to a new water treatment center. Phase 2 of the project will include the construction of the treatment center and a portion of treated water line running from the treatment center.  Phase 3 will be the construction of 25 miles of 24-inch treated water pipeline that will run 12.25 miles northwest to Highway 212 and 12.1 miles west to Eagle Butte. Completion of the project is expected by late 2015, early 2016


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Roderick Isna (Good Bear)


Funeral services for Roderick Isna (Good Bear), 59, of Eagle Butte, were Tuesday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m., MDT, at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson, Rev. Norman Blue Coat and Wylie Miller officiating. Casketbearers were the Cheyenne Eagle Butte Boys Basketball Team, Jay Shepherd, Danny High Elk, Myron Slides Off, Pat Red Dog, Berdette Iron Bird, Luther Talks, George Augustine, Jr. and Bob Walters. Burial followed at St. Thomas Episcopal Cemetery, On The Tree. Wake services began Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the cultural center. Roderick entered the spirit world March 26, 2014, in Eagle Butte. Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge entrusted with arrangements.

Roderick Earlwyn Isna “Isnala Wica”, 59, was born June 9, 1954, at Cheyenne Agency, S.D., to Earlwin Good Bear and Regina (Clown) Good Bear. Growing up, he lived in Thunder Butte and Dupree.  He attended school in Thunder Butte, Dupree, Saratoga, California and Winter Haven, Florida.

After successfully earning his GED, Roderick enlisted in the United States Army on August 31, 1971, receiving his honorable discharge August 30, 1974.

Roderick was a humble and generous man, who greatly believed and followed the traditional ways of the Lakota people. He spent a lot of time with his family,  Bob and Kathy Walters, going to sweats with those he considered family and attending sundances. He graciously shared the knowledge of the Lakota way with all those around him and those who were eager to learn it.

He volunteered at the HJV Cultural Center and was a member of the Auxiliary Legion Post 309. He was an avid sports fan and there was no team he supported and loved more than he did the CEB Braves. He attended all the home games and would follow the team to away games when he was able. Roderick was dedicated as much as he possibly could, to working with children and teaching them the ways of the Lakota people.

The last ten years Roderick struggled with his health but always kept faith that things would happen the way they were meant. His brother Roger Sulcer and Bob Walters often attended medical appointments with him and would stay by his side.

Roderick was survived by sisters, Margaret (Sevier) Begay, Teresa (Daniel) Fuentes and Lenora Bryson; nieces, Beulah Hollow Horn, Melda Augustine-Steensma, Johanna Dupris-Wellington, Dawn Dupris, Allisa Hill, Catalina Bryson; nephews, Delford Begay, Sevier Begay, Jr., Matthew Begay, George Augustine, Jr., Jeremiah Augustine, Mark Augustine, Christopher Dupris, Jr., Darrel Bryson, Jr. and many grandchildren.

Roderick was preceded in death by his parents, Earlwin and Regina Good Bear; his sister, Wanda Augustine; grandparents, Emily and Joseph Clown, Amy Blue Coat and David Good Bear; uncle, Amos  Blue Coat; nephew, Jason Taylor and niece, Aiyanna Gattie.

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Most recent Eagle Butte Special City Council Meeting held on April 23, 2014. Recording is of the entire open session excluding executive session. Action taken was to restate and re-approve three motions made at the April 9, 2014 session. Approved to move ahead with main street water main replacement project and to open it up to bids. 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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