Ashton, SD


Michael “Mike” Arthur Sale, 83, of Ashton

ASHTON — Michael “Mike” Arthur Sale, 83, of Ashton, passed away June 23, 2022, at the Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with family present Monday at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. His funeral service will be 1 p.m....
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Redfield Blood Drive Brings in 71 Volunteers

REDFIELD, S.D. – The Redfield community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on May 23 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church which helped collect a total of 65 units of blood products for patients in need. A total of 71 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 57 individuals were...
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Larry Meier, 70, of Cresbard

CRESBARD — Larry Meier, 70, of Cresbard, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Faulkton Area Medical Center. A visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Luce Funeral Home in Faulkton. This is a time for friends and family to gather together and reminisce about Larry.

Agtegra Technical Rescue Team completes training on Redfield grain elevator

Agtegra Technical Rescue Team completes training on Redfield grain elevator. On Wednesday, May 25th, members of Agtegra’s Technical Rescue Team (TRT) completed a rescue training/ practice atop the grain elevator in Redfield. According to TRT trainer who has been on the team for 12 years, Cody Bonn, Agtegra employs approximately 30 high angle technical rescuers. They train a minimum of once a quarter at all of their locations.


The year was 1943 and the United States was in the middle of World War II. A call went out to men across the nation asking for volunteers for a “very dangerous and hazardous mission”. They were told nothing else - not where they were going or what their mission would be. They were only told that it was “top secret” and to expect 90% casualties. Three thousand men answered this call. They became known as the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) and were later nicknamed “Merrill’s Marauders” after their commander Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill. Of the 3000 men that volunteered, only about 200 members of the original Marauders were left standing after the final battle. One of those members was former Redfield resident Doyt Willis. Doyt is the father of current Redfield resident Dave Willis. Doyt passed away in 1986 and at that time his family had no idea that he had been part of this unit, as Willis never talked about his war experience. It wasn’t until 2002, when Dave’s mother passed, that they found Doyt’s discharge summary from the service and started piecing together the puzzle. “My wife, Diane, really got the ball rolling and started researching everything,” said Willis. “She had the help of the internet, Dave Durfee of the local Veterans Service office and Robert Passanisi the historian of the Merrill’s Marauders organization. She was even able to get all my dad’s medals reissued.”

Four years later...

Above, Jörg Richter with seven year old Emma Cozad in Arnold, Nebraska. Emma has Lymphatic Malformation, one of the rare diseases that Richter is biking across the country to raise awareness for. The focus of Jorg’s cross-country bike ride is to bring awareness to the Care-for-Rare Foundation, an organization for children with rare diseases. Richter, a retired firefighter, stayed at the Redfield fire house on Saturday, May 28th. Four years ago, he made the same coast- to coast trip and stopped in Redfield on his journey (above).

Marilyn Kay Neeman

Kevin Moore will officiate. below Marilyn’s obituary. Home. (www.hykefuneralhome. Valley Cleaners in Huron. for children and animals. her two sons, Ryan (Susan)

Harlan “Keith” Hardie

Harlan “Keith” Hardie, 87, of Redfield, SD, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with family present, on Sunday, June 12, at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. His funeral service...

Mildred Ratigan

Mildred Ratigan, 92, of Redfield, SD, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. The Funeral Service was held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Redfield, with Pastor Ron Parker officiating. The burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Elnora Burdick, 98, of Redfield

REDFIELD — Elnora Burdick, 98, of Redfield, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the Eastern Star Nursing Home in Redfield. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with family present, on Sunday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Redfield. A...

Local 102 year-old WWII veteran travels to Washington, D.C. on Midwest Honor Flight

John Solheim, 102 year old WWII veteran and long time resident of Redfield, took the trip of a lifetime on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. Solheim was chosen to go on a prestigious Midwest Honor Flight paid for by the Sioux City Musketeers hockey league. The trip, which was the ninth honor flight that has taken place in the midwest, took him to Washington, D.C., the Arlington National Cemetery, to various memorials, and down memory lane. Solheim traveled with his friend and honor flight guardian, Dave Willis.

Harlan “Keith” Hardie, 87, of Redfield

REDFIELD — Harlan “Keith” Hardie, 87, of Redfield, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with family present Sunday at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. His funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday...

Third annual Train Day to be this weekend in Redfield

Join us at our third annual Train Day in Redfield June 11. The event takes place at the CNW Historical RR Depot from 10 am-4 pm. Kids can pick up free engineer hats and bags at the registration desk. The Dakota Southeastern Division, DSED, will have an N-scale 18’X12’ L-shaped...

Redfield 4th quarter 2021-2022 honor roll

REDFIELD — Students named to the Redfield School fourth quarter honor roll include:. • Seniors: Camden Osborn and Cameron Schmidt. • Juniors: Zachary Akin, Elizabeth Evans, Gracie Fast, Mitchell Mack, Rose Menard, Charley Nuhsbaumer, Camryn Rohlfs, Mallory Smith, Trae Turck and Marie Weller. • Sophomores: Elden Blume, Grady Fey,...

Learning the fundamentals

The Smith Skills Basketball camp, which included participants from toddlers and pre-school (shown above) all the way through grades 3-6, was held last week in Hitchcock. The Hitchcock-Tulare girls’ basketball team assisted with each camp. A Smith Skills Basketball Camp, which is open to grades K-12, is slated to be held July 26 in Wessington. For more information contact Kristi Smith at 605-350-2295 or Wayne Smith at 605-321-0914.