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Class of '65 Website!

September 06, 2015

Did you take photos of the Riggs High Class of ’65

 Reunion?  Note: Photos have been posted!

Check under the Photos Link!


If you have photos or videos to share, please send them to me, probably on CD would be best if there are many.  If you can't make a CD, just send them as email attachments, maybe 10 at a time.  Email me at the address below for a mailing address, Thanks. /LCK  Email: Webmaster with questions or Photos!

August 15, 2015

       A  Reminder

 Riggs High Class of ’65 Reunion – September 4-6, 2015 – Pierre SD 

Thank you to all who have sent in their RSVPs. 

 Here’s a recap of the reunion information.  Please read the details and RSVP for the events as shown below. 

 You do not need to send in money before the reunion.  Where there is a charge, we will collect it at the event.   Please have the correct change. 

Appetizers at the Social at the Hitching Horse Inn on Friday evening, Sep 4th, 4:30:  If you wish to have appetizers, you must RSVP by August 15th.  Cost is $8.25 per person.   Pay at the event.   If you don’t want appetizers, no need to RSVP, just show up!  There will be a pay-as-you-go bar.

 Golfing at Hillsview Golf Club, on Saturday, Sep 5th, 9 a.m.  Pay at the golf course.  Please RSVP by August 15th

 Boat Ride on the Capital City Queen on Saturday, Sep 5th, 2 p.m.   Cost is $12.00 per person.  Pay at the event.  Please RSVP by August 15th.   We’re nearing the maximum limit, so let us hear from you soon if you want to go on the boat ride (first-come, first served).   

 Party at the American Legion, on Saturday, Sep 5th, 7:00 p.m.    No charge.   Coffee and ice tea will be served.  There will be a pay-as-you-go bar.

 Ron Walpole and Monte Michaelson will welcome the class and give a tribute to our class Veterans and deceased classmates at 8 p.m.   If you would like to say a few words to the class or tell us some of your school memories, they will share the microphone with you.   The Startells will play at approximately 9:30 p.m.

 Sunday Brunch at the Hitching Horse Inn, on Sep 6th, 10 a.m.  Cost is $15.00 per person.  Pay at the event.  You must RSVP by August 15th.

 Tour of Dakota Spirits Distillery, on Sunday, Sep 6th, 2 p.m.   Cost is $2.00 per person.  Pay at the event.   Please RSVP by August 15.

 The RSVP form is below. 

 Either mail the RSVP form to:   Riggs Class of 65, P.O. Box 106, Custer SD 57730.  Or, email your RSVP information to:  riggsclassof65@gmail.com.  Please include the number of people in your party.  Event addresses were included in the original reunion flyer.

 If you have questions, please email (riggsclassof65@gmail.com) or call 605-673-5975.


50th Class Reunion



Please mail or email the following information:

 I and (#)______other/s plan to attend the 50th Class Reunion and will participate in the following events. (You don’t need to participate in all activities if you would rather not.)  Please do not send cash or checks.

            (#s)   _____   Social at the Hitching Horse Inn          

  (#s)   _____   Golf Outing at Hills View Golf Course                  

  (#s)   _____   River Boat Ride at the Oahe Marina             

  (#s)   _____   Party at the American Legion              

  (#s)   _____   Brunch at the Hitching Horse Inn

            (#s)   _____   Distillery Tour at Dakota Spirits

 Postal Address:   Riggs High Class of 1965

                               P.O. Box 106

                               Custer SD 57730

Email Address:  riggsclassof65@gmail.com

 Name of Attendees: ______________________________________________

Contact Information:   _________________________________


February 21, 2015


 Please join the fun!!  Our 50th class reunion is planned for Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2015 in Pierre South Dakota.   Let’s celebrate and have a good time!

 Current Planned Events:

                Friday, Sep 4th         Social at the Hitching Horse Inn, 4:30 p.m.
                                               Appetizers and cash bar

               Saturday, Sep 5th    Golf Outing at the Hillsview Golf Course, 9:00 a.m.

               Saturday, Sep 5th    River Outing on the Capital City Queen, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
                                             Meet at the Oahe Marina, Ft. Pierre

               Saturday, Sep 5th    Party at the American Legion Club, 7:00 p.m.
                                             Startells will entertain at 9:30 p.m.

              Sunday, Sep 6th        Brunch – Hitching Horse Inn, 10:00 a.m.

               Sunday, Sep 6th           Tour of Dakota Spirits Distillery, 2:00 pm.

Costs:   Costs are to be paid at each event, cash only.   Please do not send in cash or checks.

               Appetizers at the Social           $8.25 per person

               Golf Outing                                 Pay standard fee at Hills View Golf Course

               River Boat Ride                          $12.00 per person (capacity 34; first 34 people
                                                                who sign up)

               Party at the Am.  Legion             No Cost except for drinks

                Brunch                                        $15.00 per person

                Distillery Tour                            $2.00 per person (if we have 24 people)

Appetizers at the Social and Sunday Brunch are cash-only.  We (classmates) will be collecting payment at the door.  Please have the correct change.  Join us at the Social even if you decide not to have appetizers.  A cash bar will be available at the Social.  Event addresses are listed below.

Please RSVP by August 15, 2015, if you plan to attend.

Let us know what other activities would be of interest to you such as a tour of the Oahe Dam or the State Capitol Building as a group; recreational activities (tennis, pickle ball), etc.  

We don’t have current addresses for everyone, so please help spread the word to your classmate friends. 

Contact us at riggsclassof65@gmail.com if you have questions or just to say hello.  We’d love to have some feedback!   You can also comment on our web site and facebook page.  

Committee:    Ron Walpole, Gerry Boocock, Nancy Carothers, Cheryl Renville, Dave Lindekugel, Diane Larson, Gary Bren, Gaylord Sonnenschein, Larry Kleinschmidt,  Cathleen Pendowski.

Bob, Bob, and Ron (and Dana too) will be at the 50th class reunion!  We hope you plan to join them in Pierre over Labor Day weekend.  This is a photo of the Senior Kiwanians of 1965.  Bob Moore, Bob Brown, and Ron Walpole, not pictured are Dana Erikson and Jack Robinson

Hitching Horse Inn
635 North Euclid Avenue
Pierre, SD
605-280-4093, after 5:30 p.m. 605-494-0550
 Hillsview Golf Course
4201 E. Highway 34
Pierre SD - 605-773-6191
Oahe Marina
20422 Marina Loop
Ft Pierre SD (Take Highway 1806 north from
Ft Pierre – Oahe Downstream Recreation Area)
American Legion Post 8
520 S. Pierre Street
Pierre SD

Dakota Spirits Distillery
3601 Airport Road
Pierre SD


Class Website:  www.riggshighclassof65.com
Facebook Page:  T.F. Riggs High Class of 65
Class Email: 

 For lodging information, contact Pierre Chamber of Commerce at 605-224-7361
or 800-792-2034     

Chamber lodging website:  www.pierre.org/visit-lodging.htm

Please RSVP by August 15, 2015, if you plan to attend.

October 20, 2014

Startells to Entertain
Riggs High Class of 1965 50th Reunion Labor Day Weekend 2015

We have great news! The Startells have reunited. The band has very generously agreed to entertain us with the classics we loved all those 50 years ago.

The fantabulous Startells will appear at our 50th Class Reunion on September 5th.  Members of the band will include Lyle Stuart, Randy LeBeau, Richard Sayner, Gary Darland, Barry LeBeau, Comet Haroldson, and Gordie Zens.  We’ll see you there!

Photo circa 1964-1965.  Pictured above:  (l-r) Richard Sayner (Class of 1964), Lyle Stuart, and Randy LeBeau.

Join us at the American Legion party room for a Saturday evening of conversation, reminiscence, and some Rock'n'Roll.

We are adding more events for the weekend and will send you the info as soon as plans are firm. Please let us know if there is something in particular you wish to do. Also, please help us spread the word – let your classmate pals know. Contact us at riggsclassof65@gmail.com .

Sept. 20, 2014

T.F. Riggs High Class of 1965 Golden Anniversary

Mark your calendars for a reunion gathering on September 5th 2015 in Pierre. It will be a casual event at the American Legion Party Room from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Please bring a simple snack to share and enjoy the evening, no admission charge. You may order beverages from the Legion, pay-as-you go.

The reunion is on Labor Day weekend. If you would like to plan other activities during the weekend, please feel free to do so. We will add it to the agenda.

We have planned a Friday night mixer at the Hitching Horse Inn, and a ride on the river boat Capital City Queen!

We’ve added a golf outing to our class reunion festivities.  It will be held on Sept 5, 2015, at the Hillsview Golf Course in Pierre.   Please let Gerry and Gaylord know if you want to participate by sending an email to:   riggsclassof65@gmail.com .    We’ll add your name to the list and send out details as we get closer to the date.   See you on the links!

Check our Hotel List or you may contact the Pierre Chamber for lodging information: http://www.pierre.org/visit-lodging.htm

Feel free to post your comments here on the website. Your classmates will enjoy hearing from you. Also, you can check us out on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/129194887131534/  , when you get there please join the group!

Please help us spread the word! Many of the postal and email addresses we have are outdated. Please ask those you are in contact with to send us their current address so we can update the list: riggssclassof65@gmail.com Thank you!

Current reunion committee members: Ron Walpole, Gerry Boocock, David Lindekugel, Cheryl Hinsey Renville, Nancy Gilles Carothers, Gaylord Sonnenshein, Diane Davis Larson, Gary Bren and Cathleen Ducey Pendowski. You >may contact us at riggsclassof65@gmail.com.

See you in September 2015!

May 30, 2011

Missouri Flooding

Nat. Guard and crews from all over the state are working around the clock to help people with sandbagging and building levee's etc. to beat the clock for the great flood. Now talk of even 200,000 cfs possible release, but for now only up to 150,000 cfs on June 14. Up to 800 places going to flood and possible ruination with no flood insurance on most, because they were told they weren't in the flood plain.

45th Reunion a Wonderful Success!

We had a nice time at the reunion, even though it was hotter than blazes!  There were classmates attending  whom we hadn’t seen since the 60s!  Several teachers were there as well as parents.  The best part was the visiting and laughing.  Everyone left talking about having a 50th – a good sign!

Check out our reunion photos!

Updates Needed:  Please help us keep in touch by sending in your new address or email address if they have changed!  Our mailing list has aged and needs to be updated.  Please send your new information to the email address shown above.  Thank you!

Here's some great SD music to help you get ready,  compliments of Christine Albert and Chris Gage (Riggs Class of '72).  We hope you'll come home next summer.

August 25, 2009

Fort Bennett to Fort Pierre Casey Tibbs Memorial Trail Ride

Check it out on the Current News Page!

The T. F. Riggs High School Class of 1965 40th Reunion was a resounding success!

(Read Monte's Review!)

The mixer on Friday was wild. A couple of teachers showed up! The 60's DJ was excellent and everybody rocked until way past bed time.  Saturday we hung out at the Legion Cabin, by the big tent we had set up. Tom Noble and Paul Mitchell gave motorcycle rides to take people by the house they grew up in--nice touch.

We had a good turnout at the banquet. Saturday evening started with Paul Mitchell presenting a candle light memoriam for the 15 deceased classmates, Paul read a poem written by Larry Kleinschmidt. Jack Kennedy gave a great tribute for our Veterans.

The website received praise all around! We passed the hat and collected about $600 to be used to continue the website into the future.  We even made the front page of The River Life newspaper: "The Class of 65 Comes Home"!

Many thanks goes to the Pierre Planning Committee, the Get Connected Team and others for all the time and effort put into making this reunion such a spectacular event.  Thanks to all who photographed the events!  We have almost 400 photos available here on the website!

Here's a little something for the strays among us!

Link to Class of '65 Website!

Attention classmates, if you would like to link your website to ours please contact the webmaster at the address below!

Help us keep up to date!  If you're a member of the Riggs High Class of '65, please remember to update us with your new email, address or telephone number.  Just email the info to the Webmaster at the address below.  Thank you!

Contact Information

You can get in touch with us at the email address shown below, or leave your comments in our Comments Page or use our Feedback page.

Email Webmaster with questions or comments!
Last modified: 09/10/15