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Spring play: “Twin Desperados”

This year’s spring play is a western comedy, “Twin Desperados,” and cast and crew have been selected. In the play two masked men, twin brothers who were separated at birth, are trying to find each other. Both brothers are crime fighters and end up in the same town, Armadillo, except one brother is disguised as a bad guy. With mistaken identities, ambushes, love triangles, thugs, and a good old western hanging, the play is sure to be a rootin’-tootin’ good time.
The main male characters in this year’s play are the Masked Avenger, played by senior Jedd Bialas, and the Masked Desperado, played by senior Billy Maxwell. Their sidekicks are Howdy played by freshman Dan Semmler, and Pardner played by sophomore Blake Werning. Miss Rebecca is sophomore Annie Fischer, and Miss Lucy is freshman Nikki Reiff, who are the masked men's love interests. The evil character in the play is the Baroness, played by sophomore Abby Kurtenbach.
Practices are held in the morning before school and after school. Opening night will be March 28 with a second performance on the March 29. The play will also be presented to the elementary as a matinee on the March 28.
Tami Drew is the director. This will be her second play here at PHS; she also directed “Here Comes the Brides” last year. Drew hopes that the play will be an entertaining, funny play that the audience and cast will enjoy. Drew said, “I am really excited about the play because the rehearsals have been going wonderfully, and the students seem to be enjoying their roles.”

CDA discusses upcoming CDA luncheon, brunch
The regular meeting of Court Sacred Heart #280 was held Feb. 6, in the education building of Sacred Heart Church with all officers in attendance.
Chris Newton gave the legisative report. A number of bills that are of concern included a bill with pregnant mothers being able to receive information from the South Dakota Department of Health’s website on health risks and father’s rights. Others bills dealt with the prohibition of capital punishment for juveniles and the removal of the sales tax on food.
Father Bob Krantz told the group that they should be aware that there are families in the Parish who have family members being called into military service. He asked that the court remember them in prayer.
Dues for 2003 will be $15. Regent Joan Weiss said a letter had been sent to the National CDA requesting that they set an example of “simple” living and spending. No response has yet been received.
The themes and categories for this year’s education contest were announced. The themes are “Angels in my Life” and “The Star that Guides my Life.” The kid’s categories are art, essay, poetry and computer art, while the adult categories are art, poetry and computer art.
Weiss reminded the group that there is still money to be spent on the Lifesaver Project from the last two years.Carol Chapman has checked with Our Home, Inc., to see what might be needed. Our Home has indicated that the residents would like to have phone cards. It was agreed to provide cards for them.
The Helping Hand of the month donation will be to the Radio Rosary.
Ani Fabiola, the court’s CFCA child, turned 10 years old on Feb. 26. A t-shirt was sent to celebrate the birthday.
The Catholic Daughter’s St. Patrick’s Day salad luncheon will be Monday, March 17, and the CDA Mother/Daughter Brunch hosted by the KCs will be Sunday, April 13.
It was noted that World Day of Prayer will be Friday, March 7, at Salem Lutheran Church.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 6.

2002-03 Parkston Trojans Wrestlers
Front row-John Wermers, Seth Horstman, Billy Murtha, Andy Sivertsen, Adam Fergen, Ryan Meyer, Mike Long; second row-James Boehmer, Duane Roth, Tyler Nolz, Jedd Bialas, Andrew Kummer, Dustin Bouza, Andy Fergen; third row-Cory Weber, Tyler Zirpel, Jeremy Wermers, Bart Lorenz, Matt Sudbeck, Casey Baumiller, Johnathon Reichert; fourth row-Mallory Muntefering, Justin Wermers, Robbie Berg, Travis Murtha, Cody Horstman, Johnathon Steinbronn, Paul Rockrohr, Ryan Polreis; fifth row-Amanda Gilman, Brady Nolz, Jeff Harris, Riley Reiff, Tyler Welch, Jacob Bialas, Zach Wudel, Caitlyn Bailey.

Trojans win State B Dual Tournament
The Parkston Trojans won the State B Dual Tournament in Aberdeen on Thursday, February 27.
Parkston 48, Garretson 17

103: Jonathan Wermers won by 5-0 decision over Nick Bonte.
112: Brady Nolz won by 7-5 decision over Brad Bruggeman.
119: Bill Murtha lost by 8-0 decision to Dan Bonte.
125: Andy Sivertsen lost by 1-0 decision to Sam Johnson.
130: Adam Fergen won by forfeit.
135: Ryan Meyer won by 12-0 decision over Casey Kringen.
140: Mike Long won by technical fall over Luke Johnson.
145: James Boehmer pinned Charlie Vandersnick.
152: Duane Roth won by 9-2 decision over Jeremy Franken.
160: Jedd Bialaspinned James Dickey.
171: Riley Reiff lost by 12-1 decision to Andrew Sorensen.
189: Casey Baumiller lost by fall to Tyler Sorensen.
215: Dusty Bouza pinned Josh Tomsik.
275: Andrew Fergen pinned Ryan Vandersnick.

Bon Homme 45, Elk Point-Jefferson 27
Webster 42, Stanley County 27
Harding County 41, Redfield 30

Parkston 32, Harding County 28

103: Wermers won by 5-0 decision over Husacker.
112: Nolz lost by 12-10 decision to Butts.
119: Murtha pinned Tel Koen.
125: Sivertsen won by 9-0 decision over Shawn Harris.
130: Fergen won by technical fall over Corey Stevenson.
135: Meyer won by 6-4 decision over Jason Latham.
140: Cody Horstman pinned Latham.
145: Long won by technical fall over Jesse Blankenbacker.
152: Boehmer lost by fall to James Douglas.
160: Roth lost by 12-4 decision to Clanton.
171: Bialas lost by 6-5 decision to Forest Sainsbery.
189: Reiff lost by 10-4 decision to Shanine Odell.
215: Bouza lost by fall to Kelly Padden.
275: Fergen lost by 6-4 decision to Cale Bickerdyke.

Bon Homme 33, Webster 31
Elk Point-Jefferson 64, Stanley County 12
Garretson 48, Redfield 27

Parkston 29, Bon Homme 21

103: Wermers won by 5-2 decision over Logan Tycz.
112: Nolz lost by decision to Brandon Tycz.
119: Murtha won by 5-3 decision over Staz Grandi.
125: Sivertsen lost by 13-0 decision to Shane Sutera.
130: Fergen won by 4-2 decision over Chad Hovorka.
135: Meyer pinned Matt Cuka.
140: Long won by technical fall over Vavruska.
145: Horstman lost by 17-6 decision to Shawn Coleman.
152: Boehmer lost by 7-3 decision to Jesse Branbaugh.
160: Roth won by forfeit.
171: Bialas lost by 8-6 decision to Tyler Campbell.
189: Reiff won by 8-1 decision over Mike Stainbrook.
215: Bouza won by 5-2 decision over Matt Boden.
275: Fergen pinned Ben McCann.

Third place
Harding County 40, Webster 28
Fifth Place
Garretson 42, Elk Point-Jefferson 32
Seventh Place
Stanley County 36, Redfield 24

Immanuel LWML meets Feb. 20
The Immanuel Lutheran Women’s Missionary League held their monthly meeting on Feb. 20.
Gladys Reimnitz held opening devotions from John 14:1-14 and a reading titled “And It Came To Pass.” This phrase is repeated often in the Bible and can help us get through one of “those days” when you thought that things would never get better, said Reimnitz. Someday the Lord will come and take us to a for more wonderful placem but until that day comes, we need to remind ourselves “that those days shall pass: and life will go on until the Lord takes us home, she told the group.
Pastor Tony Steinbronn led the topic “What’s in a name” and “Total Trust” from the quarterly publication. Steinbronn said that God’s name reveals his character-Almight, Everlasting, Peace, Love and Shepherd. In the explanationof the petition, Martin Luther says that God’s name is indeed holy in itself, said Steinbronn.
The group studied the faith and patience of Job.
Reimnitz called the business meeting to order with 13 members present.
Mission Inspiration vice-president Carol Steinbronn spoke about what qualifications are needed to be a missionary overseas, as well as opportunities in the United States.
Thank you cards from those receiving Valentine Day boxes were read.
It was decided to give quilts to the students at Our Home, Inc., the Safe House, and the Orphan Grain Train. Quilting dates are March 3 and 10.
The meeting was adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer, followed by lunch provided by Reimnitz.

Well-traveled student finds way to Pierre

Bobbi Jo Beyer has traveled to India, Washington, D.C., and plans to serve this fall in the Peace Corps, perhaps in Africa.
In the meantime, she served as an intern for the South Dakota Legislature. In this position, she did research and clerical work for about five Democratic Representatives.
A Parkston High School graduate and now a senior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, Bobbi Jo looked at the 40 legislative days in Pierre as just another of life’s experiences and “a way to act on my beliefs.”
She appears to embrace life with her feet solidly on the ground, even while dreaming of her upcoming marriage Aug. 23 to Parkston native Chad Thury. Their parents are Ron and Connie Thury and Janet Beyer-Proehl and Jon Proehl.Bobbi jo
Chad graduated from Mount Marty, Yankton, last May. He is planning to take his M-CATs in April, which will determine his eligibility for medical school entrance. Bobbi Jo recently took her L-SAT, which determines whether she is accepted at law school.
Her major in interdisciplinary sciences at SDSM&T allow her to follow many interests, since it touches on science, math, humanities, astronomy and Shakespeare. “I have lots of different interests, so it actually works out really well,” she said.
The couple's dream of law and medical schools would be three years away, since their service in the Peace Corps would last two years and three months.
Their first destination was to be Russia. However, a week after Chad told the Peace Corps that he wanted to go to Russia, Bobbi Jo said, “the whole Cheznia thing happened and Russia is no longer accepting any more Peace Corps workers.” Just recently, they thought they both had been assigned someplace in the Caribbean, perhaps Hayti, but several days later they were told they had been bumped from that assignment by someone in another district of the United States and would be receiving something else.
Late last week, the couple received their assignment to the sub-Saharan Africa to work on agriculture and forestry assignments. “I’m really glad we finally have Bobbi Jo. “As of now, we will be leaving the end of September.”
It was a trip to India three years ago with a mission group that Bobbi Jo credits with changing her life. Going there as a woman, she said, she “learned so much... women have no rights.” It was over 100 degrees there, yet the women in the group were covered completely, “because we were trying to be culturally sensitive.”
The men in India would “treat us pretty poorly, actually, even though we were Americans.” It opened her eyes to human rights and governmental issues, she said, and “was really my turning point of being involved.”
It was a shock, she said, to see people laying on dirt roads, naked, dying, and to see the brutal effects of hunger and disease. It was something she never got used to seeing.
“I just thanked God for all the blessings we have in America and that I was born here,” said Bobbi Jo. “I had never realized how beautiful the space in South Dakota is--like we have room to walk freely.
“In India, it’s crowded all the time.”
Last summer, she served as an intern for Sen. Tom Daschle, D-SD, in Washington, D.C. It also increased her appreciation for South Dakota. People who would call from South Dakota, she said, would ask, “Is Tom there?” while other people would ask for “the majority leader, Sen. Daschle.”
That job and an active interest in government prompted her to apply for the internship in Pierre. It wasn’t something that was just handed to her, she said, but something she actively pursued. Life has a lot of opportunities, Bobbi Jo said, but “they’re not always going to knock on your door, sometimes you have to go out and find them.”
Of the 22 interns working for the Legislature, she was one of four who worked for the House Democrats. Those interns were from all over South Dakota, as well as several from surrounding states who attend South Dakota schools.
The interns serving the Republican House members, she said, were set up differently, with only the leaders having the use of the interns, but who also served committees.
The differences between the two was interesting to Bobbi Jo, who noted that serving for Democrats she “went from the majority this summer to the minority this winter.”
Even with the wide gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans, she said it was still good to see that both parties had pretty much the same intention for South Dakota people.
Her other job duties as an intern, she said, were working with constituents, answering phones, doing bill abstracts from the commitees, research for the legislators, as well as bringing coffee and rolls, or running errands. Serving the Democrats, Bobbi Jo said, she felt she had “a lot broader base.” She said she has appreciated the research, especially, because “I really like digging into things.” The research behind the bills, she added, “gives you the facts to look at to make your decision.”
Bobbi Jo said she appreciated the opportunity to work with the Legislature, to see the inner workings of how legislation is created. It has been interesting to see that women are treated equally during the process, but it also raises the question of why there are not more women in the Legislature.
Bobbi Jo and Chad are literally facing the problem that results in South Dakota losing its young people to other states. She will be graduating this spring from four years of college and faced with finding a job, or going on to law school. But it is the job that most concerns her, even if the search comes after law school.
“You can pour money into education... but are we creating the jobs?” Bobbi Jo asked. “I’ve never really held a job before and now I’m educated and looking for one--and what is there?
“It’s not a comforting situation to be in.”
Working at the Legislature, Bobbi Jo said, put her among positive people.
“You really meet a lot of people here who just encourage you to go after your goals, go after your dreams and you build that network of people who say ‘you can do it’ and they give you that encouragement.
“That’s a great thing to take away from anything.”

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