16 area cowboys and cowgirls heading to State Rodeo Finals

Jerry Peacock/jpeacock.zenfolio.com

Jerry Peacock/jpeacock.zenfolio.com


16 cowboys and cowgirls from the Eagle Butte and Dupree area will represent their towns and schools at the 2014 South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals, June 18-22, 2014 in Belle Fourche.

The Northwest Region contenders competed at their second regional this past weekend in Dupree, following last weekends regional in Buffalo.

Anita Elaine “Suzie” LaRoche Reinhard

Anita Elaine “Suzie” LaRoche Reinhard, 71, of Pierre died June 6, 2014, at Avera Maryhouse. A wake started at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, at Pierre Indian Learning Center Old Gym continuing until the time of the service on Wednesday. Prayer service was 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the gym. Services were 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, at Pierre Indian Learning Center Old Gym. Interment was in the Scotty Philip Cemetery.

Arrangements have been placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel.  Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com

Suzie was born to Fred Daniel LaRoche and Bessie “Arlene” Thompson LaRoche on January 23, 1943, in Fort Thompson, South Dakota.  Suzie attended schools in Springfield, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Stephan and Old Cheyenne Agency.  She furthered her education at SDSU Culinary (Home EC) Class for her PILC position as Cook for 23 years.

Suzie, as a little girl, had special Cousins that lived with them for a period of time:  Antoine “Pudgy”, Marvin and Patsy LaRoche in Ft. George, South Dakota.

On September 13, 1961, Suzie was united in marriage to Laurence E “Sonny” Reinhard in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota.  Born to this marriage are her children: Mark, Cherylyn and Fanchon.  Sonny and Suzie left Ft. Pierre and followed the construction life in Gunnison, CO and Pawnee, OK, and then moved back to Ft. Pierre, SD in 1972.  Suzie started working at White Way Locker and Sutley’s Market in Ft. Pierre and Sooper Dooper Grocery in Pierre, SD.  In October 1986, she began her career as a Cook for the PILC in Pierre, SD.  She cooked, served and loved the children who came thru the cafeteria until her retirement in October of 2009.  She had two special grandsons who attended the PILC:  Jeremiah Robertson from North Dakota and Francis Little Elk of McLaughlin, SD.

Suzie enjoyed attending her daughter’s softball games and tournaments.  Her interests included: going to the casino, listening and dancing to country music, cooking family dinners, developing new recipes for generations to use, watching movies, being with her beloved Miss Kitty; and enjoying her grandchildren (especially when they spent the summers with her, watching movies, going out to dinner, shopping, listening to music and learning to dance with Grandma.)

Suzie and Sonny’s legacy is 17 grandchildren: Mandee (Jared) Adrian of Sioux Falls, SD, Melissa and Clayton Reinhard of Sioux Falls, SD,  Coy and Cayne Reinhard of Ft. Pierre, SD, Cyler Reinhard of Edgemont, SD, Cay’d Sedlacek, Jacey Schmidt of Yankton, SD, Royce (Kami) Pease of Ft. Pierre, SD, Cameron Pease of Rapid City, SD, Ryan, Reed and Randee Gray of Lower Brule, SD, Marissa and Jess West of Crown Point, NM, Melissa and Mariah Miner of Sioux Falls, SD;  six great-grandchildren: McKenzye, Jaylyn, Jaycyn, and Taylor Adrian of Sioux Falls, SD, Blayze Reinhard of Pierre, SD, and Kaydence Schmidt of Yankton, SD; special great-granddaughter (her namesake), Gabriella Elaine Miner to arrive October 3, 2014 .

Her brother and sister blessed her with special nieces and nephews: Bernard Long of Pukwana, SD, Janis Wiese Claudson of Missouri, Cameron Parker of Sioux Falls, Karleen Parker of Black Hawk, SD, Harlee Langdeau and Frederick LaRoche of Lower Brule, SD, and Jeremiah LaRoche of Brooklyn, NY.

Suzie was survived by her children:  Mark (Vicky) Reinhard, of Fort Pierre and two daughters:  Cherylyn (and special friend, Anita) Reinhard, of Sioux Falls and Fanshon(Dale) Gray, of Lower Brule; her special daughter, Mary Ann West; brother, Frederick “Fritz” (Cheryll) LaRoche of Lower Brule, SD, 16 Grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; uncles:    Erwin (Doe-Doe) LaRoche and Bill Thompson, aunts: Esther Spears and Winona Long; many cousins and other extended family members.

Suzie is preceded in death by her husband, Laurence “Sonny” Reinhard, parents Fred and Arlene LaRoche, sister, Fanchon LaRoche Parker, very special aunt, Majel West, aunts: Muffet Moore and Amelia LaRoche; uncles:  Benjamin and JW “Jiggs” Thompson, and Tony and Marvin LaRoche; maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Ruth Thompson;  paternal grandparents, Alex and Emma LaRoche; and cousins:  Louie, Sam and Marvin LaRoche.

Norma Jean (Tree Top) Snyder

Funeral services for Norma Jean (Tree Top) Snyder, 65, of Kansas City, M.O., formerly of Little Eagle, S.D., will be Wednesday, June 11th, at 11:00 a.m., CDT, at Stout Family Funeral Home, 519 7th Ave. East, Mobridge. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Little Eagle. Visitation begins at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, with prayer services at 7:00 p.m., also at the funeral home. Norma passed away May 31, 2014, in Kansas City, M.O.

Stanley Cadot

Funeral services for Stanley Cadotte, 62, of Sisseton, formerly of Wakpala, were Friday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Wakpala. Burial followed at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Cemetery. Viewing began at 4:00 p.m. Thursday at Stout Family Funeral Home, 519 7th Ave. East, Mobridge, leaving in procession at 5:30 p.m. to the Wakpala community center for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Stanley entered the spirit world May 30, 2014, in Bismarck.

Kane Moran

Kane Moran, 26, of Eagle Butte, entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, M.N.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Moran and son, Keziah Moran, of Eagle Butte. Adopted daughter, Joey Lynn Addison, Pierre, SD. Parents, Steven and Tisha Moran of Eagle Butte. Adopted mother: Philomine Moran, of Eagle Butte. Six brothers: Caleb Moran of Sioux Falls, SD; Jeb Moran, Ryan Moran, Dathan “Chepa” Little Wounded, of Eagle Butte; Ian Moran of Sioux City, IA. Shawn Moran of Vermillion, SD. Five sisters: Rhiannon Moran, Robbie Little Wounded and Stevie Neigal of Eagle Butte; Raina Moran of Pierre, SD and Wanda Little Wounded of Albequerque, MN.

A one night wake will begin at 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 9, 2014, at the H.V. Johnson Cultural Center. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 10, at the Johnson Cultural Center, with Lakota Spiritual Leader, Mr. Arvol Looking Horse, officiating. Burial will follow at the Bear Creek Cemetery, Bear Creek, SD.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte.

Joshua Lee Wishard

Joshua Lee Wishard, 25, of Spearfish, formerly of Pierre passed away Wednesday, June 4, at the Peabody Mine Company, Wright, WY.

Joshua was born December 27, 1988, in Pierre, SD, where he lived having graduated from TF Riggs High School in 2007 before settling in Spearfish. Josh had a passion for family, friends and Disc Golf – where he dedicated a portion of his time raising alcohol awareness through a local Disc Golf tournament in honor of his late brother, Cameron Dean Wishard. The tournament was organized by Josh as a way to bring friends and family together to commemorate Cameron’s life, as well as to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Josh had a passion for giving back and promoting the positive message.

Josh is survived by his mother, Kimrae Coyle (Mitchell), father, Tom Wishard Jr. (Belle Fourche), step father Shannon Coyle (Pierre), sister Ayla Coyle (Pierre), maternal grandmother Sharon Zeller (Pierre), paternal grandparents Tom Wishard Sr. (Lantry), Helen Wishard (Pierre), Myrna Fiddler (Pierre), and numerous loved ones such as aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Josh was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Kenneth Zeller and brother Cameron Dean Wishard. Services are beginning at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at Pierre Indian Learning Center’s Old Gym and continuing until Monday’s service11:00 a.m., Monday, June 9, at Pierre Indian Learning Center’s Old Gym

Memorials may be directed to the Josh Wishard Memorial Fund at BankWest.

Ready, Aim, Fire

Ross DuBray/WestRiverEagle

Ross DuBray/WestRiverEagle



Ready, Aim, Fire    Members of the Legion of Veterans Post 308 fire their rifles as they honor the fallen veterans at the Eagle Butte Cemetary on Friday morning. Pictured from left to right: Post 308 Commander Kermit Dupris, Ivan Bruigier, Kenny Curley, and Chaplain Myron Curley.


Tribal Ventures provide grants to two local communities

The Cheyenne River Tribal Ventures’ Community Development Fund awarded matching grants to two reservation organizations to help improve infrastructure for their annual celebrations.

Both the Wakinyan Maza Wokiksuye Memorial and the LaPlant Pow-wow Committee submitted applications for the most recent round of funding in the ‘Seed’ category of the Community Development Fund and both were approved by Tribal Ventures’ Board.

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Two contestants vie for South Dakota Northwest Region title





The Dupree Regional High School Rodeo has two girls competing for the queen crown this weekend who will represent the Northwest Region at the State High School Rodeo.

Kaeli Carmichael is the 14 year old daughter of Bart and Shannon Carmichael of Faith, SD.  Kaeli just completed the 9th grade at Faith High School.  Kaeli competes in pole bending, goat tying and queen contests.  Kaeli is active in 4-H, Sunday School, Youth Group, Cheerleading, Volleyball.  She is Jr. Miss Faith Stock Show, Jr. Miss Perkins County, Jr. Miss Perkins, New Underwood and Meade County Ambassador.

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City holds off on Wastewater Project until Fall

Land exchange and the wastewater project were two main points of discussion at Monday nights regular city council meeting in Dupree.

Larry Reede was present to question the council’s decision not to go ahead with the land exchange for the lot he owns on Main Street with a lot adjacent to the old airport.
“I just wanted the opportunity to speak to the council and see why you rejected the exchange,” said Reede. “Is it personal?”

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