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.

For more of this story, look at our June 5th issue!


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?”

For more of this story look at our June 5th issue!

Track and Field in Hot Springs

Photo Courtesy of Kernit Grimshaw

Photo Courtesy of Kernit Grimshaw


Dillion Jacoby runs in the middle of the pack during the 1600-meter run at the State A Track meet last week in Sioux Falls.


Georgia Berndt

Funeral services for Georgia Berndt, age 76, of Eagle Butte will be at 2 p.m., MT, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the UCC Church in Eagle Butte. Burial will be in the Berndt Family Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Georgia passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the North Platte Care Center in North Platte, N.E.

Georgia Ann Ralston Berndt (Porge) was born north of Eagle Butte to Cliff and Sylvia Hinzman Ralston on July 19, 1937. She attended Eagle Butte Public School until the 9th grade. She married Harry (Reese) Baker when she was 15 and they made a home in Butte Montana.

In March of 1957, they adopted a little girl Julie Laree, a year later Georgia and Julie moved back to Eagle Butte. She married Ernest Ganje. Georgia was a waitress, cook and later went to work for Mary Zacher at the Vanity store. In 1962, she married Duane Smith and together they ran the Ben Franklin Store and the Old Gage Drugstore. In 1980, Georgia married the love of her life Earl (Bud) Berndt, and they lived north of Eagle Butte on Hwy 63. They raised a huge garden, and Georgia started canning, cooking and lots of baking.

Family was very important to Georgia and took care of both her parents until their passing. Porge’s grandchildren were always spoiled and fussed over, and later her great grandchildren. They always knew grandma was a softie.

Georgia is survived by her daughter; Julie (Tim) Patch of North Platte, NE, granddaughter Jamie (Kevin) Warner of North Platte, ND, grandsons; Justin (DaLynn) of Fullerton ND, Travis (kim) of North Platte, ND, one God son John Hunt, seven great grandchildren; Shyanne, Brett, Krystyn, Tayvianna, Colby, Wyatt and Kaitlyn, numerous sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Cliff and Sylvia, husbands; Reese, Ernie and Bud, several brother-in-laws and one sister-in-law.

Primary Election is Tuesday

The South Dakota statewide Primary election is set for next Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Several key seats at the state and national level are up for election this year.

The primary election is held to determine who will advance to the general election in November.

For South Dakota Governor, incumbent Republican Dennis Daugaard is seeking re-election and will be running against Lora Hubbel of Sioux Falls in the Primary.  On the Democratic ticket, Joe Lowe of Rapid City is running against Susan Wismer of Britton, with the winner from each primary squaring off in the November election.

For more of this story, look at our May 29th issue!

Retiring C-EB faculty receive star quilts

Retiring from the CEB High School, Beverly Birkland, Dave Martin and Kathy Weisher.


Judy Rust/West River Eagle

Judy Rust/West River Eagle

Farewell gathering held at Dupree School for staff



At the end of each school, some educators decide to retire and take some time for themselves while others decide to take their education and talents in a new direction and either try new fields or locations.

This year, Dupree School had many staff take those options and the end of the year farewell had a long list of good-byes and ‘see you laters’.

For more look at our May 29th issue!

Youngsters compete at Dewey County 4-H rodeo

The 2014 Dewey County 4-H Rodeo was held on Sunday, May 25th at the Timber Lake Rodeo Arena.  4-H contestants and volunteers converged ready for the first 4-H Rodeo of the season in South Dakota.  The event winners who also qualified for the State 4-H Rodeo Finals are listed below.

All Around Winners in the junior division were Loryn Schoelerman, White Horse for the girls  and for the boys, J. D. Enright, Timber Lake

Jerry Peacock/

Jerry Peacock/

Rhonda Bruguier

Rhonda Bruguier, 43, of Eagle Butte, S.D., entered the Spirit World on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Eagle Butte.

She is survived by her Three sons: Kyle Frazier of Eagle Butte, Roland Miner, III of Pierre, S.D., and Wade Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D. Her mother: Beverly Jewett of White Horse, S.D. Four daughters: Germaine Rose Owings, Miranda Different Horse of Sioux Falls, SD, Bryanna Bruguier of Coleman, S.D. and Shyanne Killsnight of Lame Deer, M.T.. Eight half brothers: Arlen Bruguier of Winona, M.N., Kenneth Bruguier, Merlin Bruguier, Alvin Bruguier, Stanley Morrison and Terrance Circle Bear of Eagle Butte, S.D. Narcisse Bruguier of Dupree, S.D., Richard Bruguier of Pine Ridge, S.D.. Two half sisters: Rhea Bruguier and Ramona Bruguier of Eagle Butte, S.D.. 9 grandchildren.

A visitation was held from 5 – 9 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014, at Rooks and Red Dog Funeral Home in Eagle Butte. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery, On The Tree Road, S.D.


Karen Ducheneaux Walker

Funeral services for Karen Ducheneaux Walker, 70, formerly of Mobridge and Cheyenne River Tribal member, were Saturday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Wakpala Community Center. Burial followed at Ascension Episcopal Cemetery, Blackfoot. Visitation began at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Stout Family Funeral Home in Mobridge, leaving in procession at 5:00 p.m. to the Wakpala Community Center for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Karen entered the spirit world May 19, 2014, in Rosholt, SD.