May 2020

On Wednesday, May 20, Q107 Radio announced its list of winners for their Third Annual Elite Eight Academics of the Year. The list included eight boys and eight girls. Two of the girls earning the recognition were Mariah Jost of Woonsocket and Katie Schmit from Sanborn Central. 

The other girls chosen for this year’s award were Mara Anderson – Freeman, Grace Konechne – White Lake, Ava Reiner – Parkston, Amy Uher – Mitchell, Abigail Vanden Berge – Platte-Geddes and Lindsey Weeldreyer – Bridgewater-Emery.

The eight boys chosen were Tryg Aanenson – Freeman, Benjamin Connor – Howard, Caden Fischer – Menno, Brady Hawkins – Ethan, Trey Ortman – Canistota, Derek Pravecek – Scotland, Paul Winker – Howard and Landon Wolter – Wessington Springs.

Harley Gale Jamison, 72, of Volga, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. 

A graveside celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Arlington City Cemetery in Arlington.  Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Harley was born April 23, 1948, in Mitchell to Harland and Sylva (Pence) Jamison of Letcher. Harley attended his 12 years of school at Letcher Public School. He participated in many activities including sports, music, and theatre. He was active in his church and community. After graduating from high school, Harley headed off to South Dakota State University in Brookings, but he dropped out of college and enlisted in the Army in 1969. On his 28th day in Vietnam, Harley was injured when several soldiers jumped out of a helicopter and one stepped on a mine. Harley was hit with shrapnel on the left side of his face and body and was left with partial hearing loss. After some time in an Army hospital, he was dismissed but elected to stay overseas versus coming home on furlough. Harley was honorably discharged in October. He returned to SDSU to continue his education.

After finishing college, Harley became the manager of Jamison’s Clothing in Arlington. After closing the clothing store, Harley became a rural mail carrier, first in Arlington and then in Estelline.

Harley and Sharon Rowbotham Josephsen married in June of 1986. After their retirements, both Harley and Sharon went to real estate school and became realtors.

Harley is survived by his wife, Sharon, and her children, Shawna Heck of Mitchell and Eric Josephson of Sioux Falls; three step-grandchildren; a sister, Gretchen Strombeck (Perry) of Rapid City; several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families; and three sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harland and Sylva Jamison; three brothers, Maurice, Bob, and Bill Jamison; and a niece, Sandy (Jamison) Lewis.

Verda Rhoads


Verda Rhoads, 99, of Huron, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Avantara-Huron.

A private family prayer and interment at Bonney Cemetery will be scheduled at a later date.

Verda Fern Dubro was born June 26, 1920, to August J. and Nettie M. (Lorenz) Dubro on their farm in the Esmond area. She was raised and educated in the Esmond area and graduated from Carthage High School. Verda obtained her teaching certificate at Wessington Springs Junior College. She also attended and graduated from Chicago Evangelical Institute. She returned to South Dakota and taught in rural schools throughout Beadle, Kingsbury, and Sanborn Counties until her marriage.

Verda married Vincent Rhoads Nov. 3, 1956, and they farmed together for 30 years, successfully building and growing Rhoads Dairy for 21 years. They adopted and raised two children, Karel and Verletta Rae, and were active in many church and school activities as a family.

Verda is survived by her husband of 63 years, Vincent; daughter, Verletta Rae (Dr. Ed Montoya);  one grandson; two great-granddaughters; sister-in-law, Kathy Dubro; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Verda was preceded in death by her parents; son, Karel; two infant daughters and two infant sons; sisters, Viola (Rev. Ozro) Traub, Nina (Glen) Crandall and Myrtle Dubro (A.A.) Anderson; brother, Calvin Dubro; parents-in-law, Ralph M. and Pearl S. Rhoads; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ralph A. (LouNelle) Rhoads, Francis (Violet) Rhoads and Vernon (Rhoda) Rhoads.

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