Hope you stay cool today, supposed to be a hot one!

Charger to assume Dupree Snow Queen duties


On July 12, 2014, Jasilyn Charger assumed the role of the Dupree Snow Queen due to the current Snow Queen being unable to fulfill her obligations.

Charger was the first runner up at last years competition and will have a few community service projects to complete before the end of her reign in November.

Starting the Parade




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Pete Longbrake along with grandson Dakota Longbrake led the Parade processional down Main Street during Pioneer Days. Dakota carried the U.S. Flag and Pete carried the American Legion Flag.

Roald Mitchell


The Funeral Service for Roald Mitchell, age 86 of Dupree, was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the United Church of Christ in Dupree.  Pastor Pauline Webb officiated with burial in the Dupree Cemetery.

The Ushers were Rick Farlee and Troy Wall. Serving as Honorary Casketbearers were Addie, Emma, Delilah and Arianna Weaver, Teagan Longbrake, Henry Johnson, Kenliegh Michalson, and all of Roald’s friends and relatives.

Serving as Active Casketbearers were Cody, Cole, Clay, and Cassie Weaver, Jeff Henderson, Mardie Michalson, Callie Henderson, Mitch and Barry Johnson, Tate, Kirby, and Seth Longbrake, Jodie Henderson and Ellen Johnson†.

Roald Herbert Mitchell was born on May 10, 1928, at Maple Grove, M.N. to Warren and Ragnhild (Pederson) Mitchell.  Roald attended his first year of school in Maple Grove and then he returned home to the Mitchell family ranch.  He finished his schooling at Sunny Brook rural school south of Dupree.

His father passed away at an early age and Roald became involved in the ranching business at the age of 14.  He was united in marriage to Bonnie Stapert on June 27, 1956, at Sturgis, S.D.  Five children were born to this union, Pam, Cindy, Bernie, Brenda and Dianna.

Roald devoted his time to the management of his ranching operation up to the time of his death.  He loved taking his dogs riding on the 4-wheeler.

He always looked forward to the brandings and working cattle because he loved to visit with everyone who helped.   He was especially proud of his grand and great grandchildren.

Roald passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care in Pierre, SD.

Grateful for having share his life are his wife, Bonnie, Dupree, SD; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Bernie and Janice Mitchell, Dupree, SD; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Bill Henderson, Dupree, SD; Cindy and Casey Weaver, Wall, SD; Brenda and Doug Johnson, Peidmont, SD; Dianna and Mike Longbrake, Howes, SD; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 granddaughters, Jodie Henderson and Ellen Johnson, and his sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Tillier Wicks.

Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Faith Area Memorial Chapel in Faith, S.D.

Stella Rose Buffalo (Eagle Horse)


Funeral services for Stella Rose Buffalo (Eagle Horse), 78, of Eagle Butte, were Monday, July 21, at 11:00 a.m., at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte. Burial followed at Bridger Congregational Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge & Eagle Butte. Met at the 4-mile Jct. at 5:00 p.m. Sunday to process to the center for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Stella entered the spirit world July 16, 2014, in Eagle Butte. www.stoutfamilyfh.com

Stella Rose Buffalo “O’iye Ki’cun Win” was born July 4, 1936, in Bridger, S.D., to James Buffalo, Sr. and Sarah Stella New Black Bear and entered the spirit world July 16, 2014, at the IHS Hospital in Eagle Butte, S.D.

Stella resided in Bridger, S.D., from birth until she graduated from high school. She received her High School Diploma from the Old Agency School in 1956. Stella then traveled to Phoenix, AZ, to attend school to become a Bible School Instructor. She returned home to Bridger, shortly after moving to Cherry Creek, S.D., with her four sons, Carlton Buffalo, Shane, Shawn and Samuel Eagle Horse. Stella resided in Eagle Butte, S.D., at the time of her death.

Stella had many hobbies, making star quilts, making shawls and beading. Sewing was a big part of her life. She liked to attend Bingo and visit friends. In her younger days she enjoyed riding horses. Most of all, she loved to spend time with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Stella was employed in various jobs, a CHR in Bridger, housekeeping at the Eagle Butte IHS and worked at the Children’s Shelter in Eagle Butte.

Stella is survived by her long time companion, Harvey Eagle Horse; baby sister, Violet Colleen Lone Eagle; adopted brother, Leonard Crow Dog; sons, Carlton L. Buffalo, Shane L., Shawn L. and Samuel J. Eagle Horse; three hunka daughters, Rose Ina Strikes the Enemy, Sandra Buffalo DuBray and Serena Buffalo; 14 grandchildren, including two she was especially close to, Carlyss (Ason) and Carlyle (Kelly); 29 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents, James Buffalo, Sr. and Sarah New Black Bear, siblings, James Jr., Theodore, Dorothy and Mercy Buffalo and Don Standing Buffalo.

Getting ready for Hometown Days

Ross DuBray/West River Eagle

Ross DuBray/West River Eagle


Community members of all ages showed up in force on Thursday morning to lend a helping hand and setting up the downtown tent on Main Street for the Hometown Days Celebration.

Eagle Butte 20-1 reorganizes for 2014-15


The Eagle Butte 20-1 District School Board met on Monday night and swore in new board members and re-organized for the 2014-15 school year.

After the board conducted old business, newly elected board members Kyle Ward, Sami Ducheneaux, and Tina Neigel were swore in by 20-1 Business Manager Keith Watt to start their tenure for the year.

Charles Shupick was nominated by Tina Neigel to serve another year as board chairman. Shupick was renamed to chair after no other nominations were given. Holly Annis will serve as the vice-chairman for the next year.

Farmers Union announces Dewey/Ziebach Counties Day Camp date


From electricity and internet access, to banking and farm inputs, rural residents throughout South Dakota depend upon cooperative businesses for access to many essential products and services. To celebrate cooperatives’ role in their communities, Farmers Union organizations across the state will host day camps for rural youth.

This year’s theme: “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Cooperation,” celebrates the superheroes that are our local cooperatives.

For more of this story, look at our July 17th issue!

Dupree Main Street reshapes

Jody Rust/West River Eagle

Jody Rust/West River Eagle


The City of Dupree reshapes Main Street with the demolition of three buildings, the old Masonic Lodge, the YMCA  store next to the Lodge, and the old Post office, often called the Oster Building by locals. The Masonic Lodge suffered damage in the 2010 tornado, and the YMCA, which has not been used in several years according to Jerry Lemke, has been standing since 1910, originally erected to serve as the home of the local newspaper. Donnie Farlee arrived to help pick up debris floating into Main Street on the breeze. Farlee is one of a dozen remaining members in Dupree of the Masonic Lodge. 


Victoria Mary Good House


Funeral services for Victoria Mary Good House, 84, of Mobridge, formerly of Bullhead, were Monday, July 14th, at 1:00 p.m., CDT, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Bullhead. Visitation began one hour prior to service. Burial followed the service at the church cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Victoria passed away July 8, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.