President’s Monthly Messages

President’s Message Spring 2018
President’s Message for Spring 2018 – Annual Meeting Talking Points
April 4, 2018

As we enter spring, let me update you on some of the happenings and continuing issues around our neighborhood and remind you of our Annual Meeting in May.  As per our By-Laws, the 2nd Tuesday of May each year, at 7:00 PM is the date and time for our meeting.  As it was last year, the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center will be the location of our meeting.  The purpose of the meeting is to elect directors, conduct current business, and have a chance to have a general discussion about our community.  Please plan to attend the meeting as we would enjoy your company, thoughts, and direction.

NOTICE REGARDING AMENDMENT OF CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES; Attached please find MARION’S GARDEN HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATIONS, AND IMPROVEMENT GUIDELINES that include refinements regarding boat docks, boat dock covers, and other changes.  These will be taken up, by the Association membership and approval by the Board of Directors at our annual meeting.  Included in this packet is a subtle By-Law change we would like you to notice.  These changes and refinements are intended to define the duties of our Architectural Committee to give homeowners guidance when purchasing and locating a dock in the Canal water that encompasses their property.  We intend the Architectural Committee to give approval of dock placement, type of docks, dock covers, and remind the homeowner of setbacks that are stated in the original Guidelines.   In my opinion there is nothing drastic in these changes but more in keeping with how our community is evolving and what residents are interested in as they desire upgrades to their properties.  Give these documents a look as we are looking to approve them at this meeting.

Association Sponsored Yard Sale:  May 16, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Kim Bowman and Andrea Wilson are co-chairs of this event.

Clean up Day:  Peggy Laurenz is our chairperson again this year and the date is Saturday May 5th.  Peggy and I have toured our neighborhood and have identified sections that could use cleaning (picking up debris that has blown in over the winter), tree branches that need trimming, etc.  Look for a notice in your mailbox for further information.  As of now the time is set for 9:00 AM till Noon.  We will need volunteers, saws, rakes, garbage bags, a flat bed trailer or two, and lots of ambition.  Last year we capped the event with pizza and a few beers at Dudley’s Valley Tap.  It was fun and we made a difference.

Canal Pond Weed Herbicide Application:  This has been a CHALLENGE!  We have a subcommittee of Reg Nelson, Todd Bernhard, Jeff Wilson, and James Walti working on this problem and we are optimistic about our plan this year.  The chemicals we are being urged to use do not need a GF&P permit as it has less restrictions of drinking, swimming, or effects on fish in the waters of our Canal.  Still, they plan on having a GF&P in the loop of our efforts and I assume application to be around May 1st.  Hopefully our efforts will yield positive results.

Fertilizers:  As mentioned in last year’s letter to homeowners, we recommend fertilizer application to your lawns to be containing “no or low phosphorus”.  Please keep this in mind as you purchase your fertilizer for your lawns this spring and summer.

Dog Waste:  Please abide by the rule “treat others the way you would like to be treated”.  Please treat others property the way you would want others to treat your property.  In other words, please clean up after your dog or dogs.  Most of you are great and the complaints I receive are not as numerous as in the past.  Thank you for being respectful.

Off Street Parking:  Covenant 7 in our “Protective and Restrictive Covenants” document indicates there should be no parking on the street (including trucks, trailers, and cars).  This does not refer to guests and temporary visitors.  Please and thank you for keeping your vehicles in your driveways as per the covenants we agreed to when we purchased our properties.

Just a note about how many young families have purchased properties in our community or live in the apartments in Marion’s Garden.  It is very encouraging and as our community “turns over”, more youth are out playing and being kids.  A reminder to SLOW DOWN as we drive through the neighborhood.  Posted speed limit is 25 and it is so easy to exceed it that we sometimes don’t realize how fast we are going.  We have little people around, please keep a look out and keep to a slower speed please.

Thank you for your attention to the above happenings and concerns we need to be reminded about from time to time.   I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting in May.

Mike Weisgram

President’s Message December 2017 / January 2018
November 27, 2017

Hello Neighbors,

As of this writing, we expect to enjoy nearly 70 degree weather today!  Wow, I know I am not popular with some when talking “Global Warming” but this current weather is really enjoyable.  Let’s enjoy it while we can with some brisk walks and bike rides as this is the land of “Infinite Variety”, weather included.

It has been an active year in our development with the dredging effort, multiple spraying applications of the canal weeds, and canal wall fortification around the town house areas.  As you know, it is not a perfect world out there but we try our best to make decisions and execute work towards the common good of keeping Marion’s Garden in good repair and a desirable place to call home.  I don’t think the MGHOA Board of Directors has a formal mission statement but we are very sensitive about maintaining property values to protect the investment we all made and make into our properties.  Thank you for all of you that take pride in your property as it makes a very enjoyable environment for all of us.

The Board is meeting December 12, 2017 for our regular monthly meeting.  I mention it because we will approve our budget for expected income and expenditures for next year.  Jennifer Anderson (Anderson, Nill, and Associates) is our Treasurer and she is very detailed regarding our income / expenses and has proposed a conservative and realistic budget.  I think she is spot on with forecasting these numbers but I welcome any questions or input you might have regarding our management of our dues and business side of MGHOA.  Please call or email me if you want a copy of it.  Also, we will be seeking bids from vendors regarding lawn care of our three parks (Tower, Railway, and Petersen) we share.  We are not dissatisfied with our current supplier but review this service routinely and our Board feels that it is time to do so again.

Regarding the Canal Weed effort (fight) for next year, I want to thank Jeff Wilson for arranging a meeting that several of us attended with SD Game Fish and Parks representatives and their analysis and suggestions they have in our goal of eradicating the weeds for next year.  Not sure eradicating is possible but we appreciated their input and will implement their suggestions for the chemical treatment of this nuisance.  Todd Bernhard, James Walti, Reg Nelson, Jeff Wilson, and myself attended with GF&P’s representatives Mike Greiner and Mike Smith.  We made it apparent to them that we appreciated their input and thanked them very much for the afterhours meeting.  These guys are very nice, intelligent, and professional.

Before I close I want to give a shout out to Butch Davis as I understand a 70th Birthday is approaching.  Please join me in Congratulating Butch!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!
Mike Weisgram

MGHOA President’s Message for September 2017 Written August 29, 2017

Hello Everyone,

As we ease into the fall of the year, I thought I would make note of some past happenings and keep you informed of what the Board of Directors are up to. Also, a busy time in Fort Pierre soon as the Bicentennial Celebration is scheduled for September 14, 15, and 16.

As we all have been experiencing, the high water releases from the Oahe Dam has caused water over our canal walls causing some distress and damage to our wall and landscaping behind it. That and a 2 plus inch rain in a short time make us aware of drainage issues in our development, City, and neighboring City as well. I did pen a concern and question to Senator Mike Rounds who asked the question to a US Corps of Engineers representative at a public hearing last week and it seems to have made somewhat of a difference. There is no easy solution to high electrical demand causing WAPA to run the power house at near full capacity causing these high water releases, however, Senator Mike is vigilant about informing the Corps about the ramifications and pledges to get the Corps, WAPA, and himself in a meeting to revisit water release levels that work for everyone. Let’s hope he is successful. We have a great and influential friend in Senator Mike! If you see him, please thank him for his efforts.

Regarding the Canal, additional canal wall fortification work has been on hold because of the dredging project and then high water releases. We will get that back on front burner now that water releases are somewhat back to normal. The work will be mostly in the Ardlussa Townhouse area as their area seems to be the most concerning with irregular wall “bowing” and failing tie backs. We hope to get that stronger with less likelihood of failure. We get a lot of “bang for our buck” with the new tie back system that Tim Hughes’ Central Caissons, Inc. provides us with. I am confident their efforts will fortify the walls there.

Also, the abundant weeds in the canal waters have been a huge disappointment for us as we have put a lot of money and volunteer help in spraying herbicide to prevent such an issue. We must find a better and more effective product to treat
our waters so this is less of an issue next year. Reg Nelson and Todd Bernhard are exploring and plotting our attack for next year, I trust we can be more successful. A big “thank you” to those volunteers that have collected weeds and got them out of the waters. It is not an easy task. And thank you homeowners that continue to rake the weeds around your property so water recreation can still occur.

Please join me in continuing to remember our longtime friend and association member Helmet Reuer. Helmet and Kay have been great neighbors and friends to so many in our development. No matter what the event we sponsored, they were always there with a smile and wonderful conversation. I will miss his ready smile and steady perspective he had on any issue MGHOA had. God Bless you Helmet, and keep Kay in your prayers as she can use God’s comfort, and ours too.

On a upbeat note, I have been calling a few of our residents about covenant reminders and they have been met with positive and productive conversations. No development is perfect and we have a challenge or two but for the most part, residents don’t want to do anything wrong and just want to experience their home and surroundings with respect and quiet enjoyment. Thank you for being a good resident, neighbor, and friend to Judy and me as we continue to enjoy our Marion’s Garden.


Mike Weisgram

June / July 2017 President’s Message

Hi Everyone, As I contemplate some of the current issues that are present in our community, I am reminded that life is good here in Marion’s Garden and feel very lucky to call our development home. There is always a challenge or two (or three) but in general, we live in a garden spot with good neighbors, good infrastructure, and a bright future of desirability from current and future homeowners.

We hope to be seeing the conclusion of our dredging efforts in less than two weeks. As of this note, our contractor has the entrance left to work on and some individual homeowner inlets that has been requested by them. The contractor has been great to work with and I appreciate their accommodating nature and the level of experience they bring to the job. I would definitely recommend them if I am ever asked for a reference.

Spraying for the several kinds of pond weed in canal has been interesting. It seems the milfoil is really hard to kill as it is very hardy. Remember we apply to SD Game and Fish for the permit to do this and we can only use approved herbicides with dosages that are recommended by the chemical manufacturer. This year we have added a pellet type product as well as the liquid version to our applications to be more thorough as we see weed growth in different parts of the canal. It is worth mentioning that we will spend in the $9000 category for the herbicide products.

As we walk, bike, and drive the neighborhood, it is encouraging to see the time and effort most residents give to their yard and landscaping. Mother Nature is not rewarding us with much rain and so many of the
yards I see in Pierre and Fort Pierre are brown in color and are not as lush and green as most are in our development. My mother always told me not be too prideful but have some pride and respect for the things you do have and take care of. I am appreciative of the pride most of our residents have in their yards and structures here in our development.

As I close, the 4th of July is right around the corner as is Fort Pierre’s Bicentennial Celebration Events. Fireworks, Rodeos, Parades, Concerts, etc. and lots of relatives, friends, and visitors will be around soon. Join me in being cordial and welcoming to these visitors as we share our Central South Dakota hospitality.

Please note that long time Marion’s Garden residents Bob and Elsie Bak are celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary on June 18th. Please congratulate them as you see them around town or the development. Just a reflection, Bob was instrumental in fighting the flood of 2011. His vast experience in heavy construction was invaluable in building the dikes that kept the high waters of 2011 from our homes. His strong, steady, and experienced nature was reassuring to me that the job could be done effectively and in short time we were given. Thanks again Bob.

Okay, that is it! Thanks and hope to see you around our development. Have a fun and safe summer.

Mike Weisgram

Updated April 2017 President’s Message

April 19, 2017

Dear MGHOA Homeowner,

As we enter spring, let me update you on some of the happenings, priorities, and status of current efforts to make Marion’s Garden a desirable neighborhood and good investment for your real estate dollar.

Also, this is a reminder of some of the Covenants that we notice are not being kept by all of us.

Annual Meeting: May 9th at 7:00 PM at Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center

Association Sponsored Yard Sales: May 6th, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Kim Bowman and Andréa Wilson are co-chairs of this event.

Clean Up Day: Peggy Laurenz is our chairperson this year and the date is Saturday April 29th. Conversations between Peggy and myself are ongoing as we are discussing what areas we will focus on this year. As you know, we focus on cleaning up trash in our development (amazing what blows in over the winter) but we will put special emphasis on certain areas that need work also. Review the notice that we delivered to your mailbox for details.

Spring Social: We had our Spring Social on April 2nd (a Sunday evening) at Magpies in downtown Fort Pierre. We had a very nice turnout and event and I enjoyed catching up with many of our neighbors and friends.

Dredging: An experienced Contractor has been selected and details of work have been worked out. The original timeline for the work was April 1st, however, obtaining the permit by the Corps of Engineers took longer than expected but we have attained it. The work will start soon but will extend into more of May than

we wanted. Even though I did not anticipate the length of time that it took to get the needed permits, representatives from the Corps of Engineers, SD DENR, and SD Game, Fish, and Parks has been easy to work with, personable, and respectful. I am excited to get the dredging project underway and am optimistic of positive results.

Pond Weed Herbicide Application: Usually during the May 1st timeline, we will apply a herbicide for pond weed in the Canal. Please look for signs at our entrance to make you aware of this coming application. We suggest a 7 day period of no watering of lawns if you draw water from the canal. Also, refrain for harvesting fish or swimming in this time frame also.

Trash Containers: Covenant 14 in our “Protective and Restrictive Covenants” document make reference to trash containers to be “obscured from view” of streets and other lots. Obviously this is a tough one to live up to but let’s try to store our containers with this in mind. This was brought to my attention by a sincere letter we received by one of our members.

Dog Waste: That same letter, contained a complaint about fellow members not picking up their dog waste and letting their dog(s) soil other properties. Most of our members are respectful but obviously some are not. I notice it in Railway Park where our newly acquired playground equipment is. Having our grandsons over there makes me fully aware of the displeasure of cleaning waste off of their (and mine) shoes. Please remember to respect the properties around you!

Off Street Parking: Covenant 7 in our “Protective and Restrictive Covenants” document indicates there should be no parking on the street (including trucks, trailers, and cars). This does not refer to guests and temporary visitors. I have received several complaints on this issue. Remember, when you purchased your property, you agreed to these Covenants. They are in place to protect your investment and enjoy this waterside development.

Fertilizers: The Board has had much conversation and information from outside sources indicating that the pond weeds in the canal that we are experiencing and fighting with your associations dollars are being enhanced by the “run off” of fertilizers we put on our lawn which then wash into the canal. We are working on finding a fertilizer formula that would not contribute to this condition. No

conclusions on this yet but a fertilizer containing “no or low phosphorus” would not contribute to canal weed enhancement. More on this as we conclude our research on this subject.

Remember to check for regular updates of events, notices, Board minutes, and other Marion’s Garden information that is available to you. Thank you for your attention to the above mentioned items and for doing your part to keep Marion’s Garden a desirable development we enjoy calling home.


Mike Weisgram


April 2017 President’s Message
April 3, 2017

Dear MGHOA Homeowner,

As we enter spring, let me update you on some of the happenings, priorities, and status of current efforts to make Marion’s Garden a desirable neighborhood and good investment for your real estate dollar.

Also, this is a reminder of some of the Covenants that we notice are not being kept by all of us.

Annual Meeting: May 9th at 7:00 PM at Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center

Association Sponsored Yard Sales: April 29th, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Kim Bowman and Andréa Wilson are co-chairs of this event.

Clean Up Day: Peggy Laurenz is our chairperson this year and the date is Saturday April 29th. Conversations between Peggy and myself are ongoing as we are discussing what areas we will focus on this year. As you know, we focus on cleaning up trash in our development (amazing what blows in over the winter) but we will put special emphasis on certain areas that need work also. Review the notice that we delivered to your mailbox for details.

Spring Social: We had our Spring Social on April 2nd (a Sunday evening) at Magpies in downtown Fort Pierre. A had a very nice turnout and event and I enjoyed catching up with many of our neighbors and friends.

Dredging: An experienced Contractor has been selected and details of work have been worked out. The original timeline for the work was April 1st, however, obtaining the permit by the Corps of Engineers has not been as timely as expected. They are doing their due diligence, which means the work could extend

into more of May than we wanted. I did not anticipate the length of time that may be needed to get this permit. The Corps representative has been easy to work with and is a personable and respectful person. I am optimistic of the permit being in our possession so work can get started in the later part of April.

Trash Containers: Covenant 14 in our “Protective and Restrictive Covenants” document make reference to trash containers to be “obscured from view” of streets and other lots. Obviously this is a tough one to live up to but let’s try to store our containers with this in mind. This was brought to my attention by a sincere letter we received by one of our members.

Dog Waste: That same letter, contained a complaint about fellow members not picking up their dog waste and letting their dog(s) soil other properties. Most of our members are respectful but obviously some are not. I notice it in Railway Park where our newly acquired playground equipment is. Having our grandsons over there makes me fully aware of the displeasure of cleaning waste off of their (and mine) shoes. Please remember to respect the properties around you!

Off Street Parking: Covenant 7 in our “Protective and Restrictive Covenants” document indicates there should be no parking on the street (including trucks, trailers, and cars). This does not refer to guests and temporary visitors. I have received several complaints on this issue. Remember, when you purchased your property, you agreed to these Covenants. They are in place to protect your investment and enjoy this waterside development.

Fertilizers: The Board has had much conversation and information from outside sources indicating that the pond weeds in the canal that we are experiencing and fighting with your associations dollars are being enhanced by the “run off” of fertilizers we put on our lawn which then wash into the canal. We are working on finding a fertilizer formula that would not contribute to this condition. No conclusions on this but we should have a suggested fertilizer formula soon.

Thank you for your attention to the above mentioned items and for doing your part to keep Marion’s Garden a desirable development we enjoy calling home.


Mike Weisgram

March 2017 President’s Message
March 1, 2017

Hi Everyone, Please excuse that I have not updated my message since December.  No excusesreally, just being my inefficient self.  Judy and I did some traveling in January but we are back and are eager for spring and the newness and energy of warmerweather.  We look forward to seeing you all out and about enjoying the coming warmer temperatures.

Since we visited last, we sadly have seen the passing of long time MGHOA residents: Dr. Charles Swanson, Gary Chase, and Clint Roberts.  I had the pleasure of knowing all of these men and I enjoyed each of their unique personalities and the spirited conversations we had.  The history and challenges of Marion’s Garden was Dr. Swanson’s favorite topic, Gary Chase was an encouraging friend who always had a great perspective on any challenge we faced, and Clint Roberts was a central South Dakota legend that had great stories and a  wonderful sense of humor.  Whether it was at socials, the annual meeting, or on work projects around the development, my conversations with these leaders were memorable and I and our Association will miss these good men.  Our condolences to their families and many friends.

Well things are happening in your development.  Dredging:  We are finalizing a contract with Dakota Dredge Company to execute the dredge work we detailed for selected areas in the canal.  We expect that work to be starting by the end of March / first of April with work expecting to take at least 4 weeks.  Weeds:  We are experiencing an unusual kind and amount of weed in the canal waters that seems not to be effected by the herbicide that we normally use to treat the nuisance weeds that effect fishing, swimming, boat propellers, jet skis, and other water recreation activities.  We are researching other herbicides that hopefully would be more effective.   Other events that happen in the spring are the Community Wide Yard Sale, Community Clean Up Day, Annual Meeting, and a Social too.  Matt Mitchell is planning some minor maintenance on the swing sets also.  As these events get closer, we will contact you by email or a note left in your mail box detailing more information.  We look forward to seeing you at all or some of these activities.

Call me if you have any questions or comments at 280-0294.  My email is


Mike Weisgram

December 2016 President’s Message

Hello Friends,

As I look out my home office window and see the snow, winter has come and we are in the decorating mode around here. Tree is up and decorated, exterior lights up, shopping and wrapping presents has begun, and our Grand boys are suggesting things they would like to have for Christmas gifts. I have mentioned the naughty and nice thing but that seems to not register much. Should be a fun Holiday season for the Weisgrams.

Regarding you HOA, several things continue to be topics of your Board of Directors. 1). The Dredging bids were received and we will be doing business with Dakota Dredge, Inc. of Canton, SD. We are negotiating some challenges they see in our project and we will work through them so we can get this work done in the spring. 2). We decided not to do the Holiday decorating contest that we have had the last several years. Participation was lessening so we decided to take a break this year and try it again next Christmas. Please chime in if you think of ways we can increase interest in this friendly competition. 3). Our Neighbor to the South, Anderson Contractors Inc., has requested from the City of Fort Pierre to change some zoning that has gotten some questions from some of our residents. In a nutshell, they (Andersons) are requesting a zoning change so they can build a new shop, offices, and cold storage in the Northwest corner of their property. That would give them the option to raze the existing office and shop to make the frontage property saleable. After attending the City’s Planning and Zoning hearing, City Council meetings, and private meetings with the Anderson Contractors owners, I feel that they have a good plan that will yield positive things for Fort Pierre and Marion’s Garden residents. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call me as I have a pretty good grasp of their plans. 4). MGHOA’s Budget for 2017 was adopted last month with dues staying the same and anticipated expenses planned for. Hopefully we will do all we want to do without any surprises.

Hopefully this is good information for you and if it raises any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions, please call me or one of our Board Members.Thank you and Merry Christmas and a great positive 2018.
Mike Weisgram

President’s Message for September / October 2016
September 13, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Fall is in the air today and I am feeling melancholy about our summer being in the rear view mirror. I have always been in the mindset of “looking forward” instead of “lamenting the past”, so I look forward to cooler days and the fun things of fall. Okay, I got that out of my system so………… Happy Fall 2016!

My message today is in regard to the special meeting I have called regarding our efforts to dredge parts of our canal. Hopefully you have received notice (via email or a printed message left in your mail) of a special meeting on Monday, September 26th, 6:30 PM, at McClelland’s Restaurant (Large Dining Room) to discuss the Board’s mindset of the need to dredge parts of our canal. Basically the majority of the Board thinks that the need is there to provide adequate depth of the canal for navigation and water recreation to all of the canal. It is apparent that the shallowness of canal in the west end (by Petersen Park), the Commons Boat Dock area (Marion’s Garden Marina Association), and at the mouth of the inlet (around and under the walking bridge) is causing discomfort and interfering with said navigation and water recreation. We should discuss the reasons why these areas have received a “silting in” of material and it is important to understand it as well as our immediate plan to lessen silt accumulation, especially at the west end. I am sure there will be discussion of “responsibility” for this silt material and who should contribute to its remediation. All good information of which only a meeting of all interested members will bring forward.

However, it is a top concern of the Board to protect property values and we do not want the Garden to be known as worthy of future investments by new homeowners in only selected areas. Proximity and accessibility to the water was probably a enticement to Canal and Non Canal owners alike and we don’t want segments of the canal to be shunned by shallow waters restricting water navigation and recreation.

Our expectations of the project, the cost of it, how we pay for it, the inconveniences it causes, and the questions it spurs are some of the issues that we want everyone to know. Hence the reason for the meeting. If you are unable to attend, let me try to state some facts and to answer some questions in the remaining part of this message. We are being assisted in this venture by one of our MGHOA members, Jerry Cloud. Jerry is a retired engineer familiar with this type of work and is invaluable in writing specifications for pursuing bids for the project. We hope to have at least three interested and bonded companies looking to do this work. The project will need Corp of Engineers permits as well as erosion control measures required by South Dakota DENR. My guess is the cost will be about $90,000 to $110,000. We currently have the lower amount in savings in our dredging and emergency canal wall repair funds. The additional could come out of our canal wall repair / fortifying fund for 2017. We do not expect this project will cause a special assessment or increased yearly MGHOA dues. The project could be a two week thing (not sure about that) causing some noise and obviously no boating or fishing activities would be possible. The docks that are usually floated in front of the affected properties will probably need to be put in parts of the canal that are not being dredged. I don’t see a lot of “mess” to the project but I could be mistaken.

Hopefully I have touched on the items that might be most of concern to you but I would be happy to try to answer any question that you might have. If I don’t know it, I will ask Jerry if he has an insight to the answer. If you can attend the meeting that would be great, if not, call or email me if you wish. My cell number is 280-0294 and my email is:

Thank you,

Mike Weisgram

July 2016 President’s Message

Hello Everyone,

Wow it is July 9th and I am just sitting down to write this month’s greeting and update. Lots of company at our house and busy with 4th of July happenings and traditions but soon normal will be setting in. Actually it will be the “new normal” as my wife Judy retired June 30th! We are looking forward for both of us working on life together rather than spending our lives at work. That statement was in one of the cards that Judy got from a friend wishing her well in her retirement and it stuck with me. Pretty appropriate.

Thank you to Matt Mitchell and his team of volunteers in getting our Park up and running at Railway Park. Living across the street gives me a pretty good perspective on the use of the park and I can tell you that it is busy. There is more work to do there but I think we have a handle on it but if you have suggestions of how to improve it, let me or Matt know.

Issues that are before us are several and worth mentioning are: Discussion about a neighborhood watch group, weeds in the canal, continuing dredging questions and suggestions, and the upcoming Summer Social Event are a few that come to mind. We have our regular business meeting on Tuesday July 12th if you would like to attend or want something brought up for discussion. As always, let me know your thoughts if you have a topic discussed.

Thank you to Marlin Roseland as he is doing a great job with keeping our web site up to date and professional looking. If you want something posted there, please let him know.

Enjoy July and the heat of the Summer, now off to the boat!


President’s Message – June 2016

Hi Everyone,

As I pen this message, I am thankful for this brisk 55 degree sunshine filled morning and the energy it gives me. Okay it is a little windy but we are South Dakotans so we are used to wind. Judy and I are awaiting a call from our daughter Julia as she is due with her second child. She and her husband have one son who is turning two on June 10th so soon they will have even a busier household. We are ready to hit the road as soon as she calls us. Exciting!!!!!

Regarding our Marion’s Garden, the board and I have been working on a few things that I should keep you informed of. Our Board Member, Matt Mitchell, and his playground committee has purchased a set that is slightly used. It is a Rainbow unit that looks to be a great start to our goal of placing playground equipment at Railway Park. Much work needs to be accomplished before placement but I will let Matt give you the details. I will ask Matt to write a review of his actions and plans and get it on this website.

We continue to garner information regarding dredging the most shallow areas of our canal. One message I got from those attending the annual meeting was to focus efforts to reduce the sediment that gets into our canal via the drainage of Marion’s Acres before spending our monies for dredging. This is not a easy accomplishment because of a number of factors. Fort Pierre’s Director of Public Works, Rick Hahn, has been very helpful and has some ideas regarding sediment management. In the meantime, Dakota Dredge Inc. has been in contact with me but as of yet, I have not received a document detailing recommended work and expense. I will stay on it and keep you abreast of the information I am gathering.

Thanks for keeping your property green and tidy, call me if you would like to visit.

Mike Weisgram


President’s Message – May 2016

Hello MGHOA Residents and Property Owners!

Welcome to Spring 2016 and the season that puts a smile on our faces. As I mow our lawn, spray for dandelions, get the docks in and placed, clean the boat, etc., I am energized by the anticipation of early sunrises, warm days, friends and family gatherings, and the pleasantries of living in Central South Dakota with easy river access. I pray for a fun and safe spring and summer for us all.

Just a note to remind you of our Annual Meeting on May 10th to be held at the Sutley Senior Center. The Pot Luck Social begins at 6:00 PM and the meeting starts at 7:00 PM. The Social Committee will provide the Barbeque but please bring a dish to pass. We look forward to seeing you there.

As our Website develops, we intend to have current events from both our Marion’s Garden community and Fort Pierre too. For example, The Chuckwagon Bar and Restaurant has reopened in downtown Fort Pierre with new hours and an expanding menu. I am excited for the owners and eager for their success. Hopefully you agree that this kind of news can be a part of the MG Website. Marlin is planning a “Links” page on our site that let our residents and owners know of that kind of news. Again I thank Marlin for his continuing efforts with our website.

Okay all, smile, have fun, stay safe and don’t forget Mother’s Day on the 8th.

See you soon,

Mike Weisgram

President’s Message – April 2016

Hello Fellow MGHOA Residents!

Welcome to your Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association’s Web Site.  A big Thank You is owed Marlin Roseland for taking the time and talent needed to bring this site up and running.  The Board of Directors’ goal is to have a site easy for you to know about happenings around our neighbor hood as well as having access to Board Meeting and Committee minutes, knowledge of existing Covenants, By-Laws, and Guidelines.  This will be a great forum to make all of us aware of the next social or a posting of a notice of the next time we spray the canal for pond weed.  There will be more uses I am sure and I am excited to see how it develops.

Please be aware of the annual clean up day that occurs in Spring.  Our Clean Up Day Chairman is Ron Schreiner and he has set the date of April 30th (Saturday) at 10:00 AM.  At that time we will pick up debris that has blown in over the winter, cutting dead tree limbs at Railway Park, and do a general tidy up along the bike and walking path that we all use and enjoy.  It is fun and useful time to get together and work towards the betterment of our community.

The Annual Meeting is coming up on May 10th and it will be held at the Senior Center.  We are planning a Pot Luck Social starting at 6:00 PM with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM.  Our Social committee will provide the Barbeque, please bring a dish to pass,  and hopefully you will find the opportunity to come and get reacquainted with your neighbors after the long winter.

As always, Thank You for being Marion’s Garden residents and together we will continue to enjoy our development.  Please let me know if I or your Board of Directors can try to address any concern you have.

See you soon,  mw

Recent Posts

Julia Larson Passes 

Marion’s Garden has lost another long-time resident.  Julia and her husband, Olaf moved into their home on Jamieson Drive in 2006.  Please keep the Olaf and the Larson family in your thoughts and prayer. 

Julia Florence Larson

Julia Florence Larson, age 89, of Pierre, formerly of Ft. Pierre and Vivian, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD. Visitation will be 5-6pm, Sunday, December 9 at the Vivian Lutheran Church with a prayer service 6:00pm. Services will be 2:00pm, Monday, December 10 at the Vivian Lutheran Church with burial at the Vivian Cemetery

Julie “Toots” (Hrabanek) Larson was born on October 27, 1929, in Colome, South Dakota, the 5th of six children born to John and Helen (Benda) Hrabanek. She grew up on the family farm southwest of Colome and attended school in Colome graduating in 1947. Julie attended Southern State Teacher’s College, Springfield, SD the fall of 1947 graduating with a 1 year teacher’s certificate the spring of 1948. She taught in country schools in the Colome/Winner area before taking a position teaching 1st grade at Vivian Public School in 1949. There Julie met the love of her life, Olaf, who farmed and ranched North of Vivian. They were married in Pierre, SD, on June 11, 1950, in a double wedding ceremony with one of Olaf’s sisters, Bob & Gladys Smith. They remained on the farm/ranch until grandson Ryan returned to the family farm/ranch to work with his parents, Tom & Vana, beginning the 4th generation on the Larson homestead. Olaf & Julie purchased a home in Marion’s Garden, Ft. Pierre, and moved there in 2006.

Julie loved to promote her Bohemian heritage by always making kolaches or apples & noodles for family gatherings. She acquired a love of Olaf’s Scandanavian heritage by learning how to make rosettes and lefsa for those same family gatherings. The Christmas season was one of Julie’s favorites. She always looked forward to decorating the family tree each year and placing that special gift under the tree that each of the kids requested. In her later years, Julie loved to cross stitch or craft special tree ornaments for the grandkids and great grandkids. They always looked forward to the birthday card from Grandma & Grandpa Larson because they knew they would have the exact number of $1 bills in the card for the number they turned that year on their birthday. Julie loved to quilt and was able to make a special quilt for all her children and grand children. She was working on completing that task for the great grand children but developed macular degeneration causing her eye sight to fail.

Living in a small community that shared the pastor of the church with two other congregations, Julie had many opportunities to help whenever there was a need at church. She was at various times: the Sunday School Superintendent, a Sunday School teacher, or the confirmation teacher. In addition, she was active in the Ladies Aid at church, holding many offices. Many babies received a baptismal cloth sewn by Julie. She was part of a group of women that lovingly made banners for the church and quilts for members when they were confirmed. Julie loved sharing her talents so much she would often make a quilt or complete a sewing project as a gift and share with an unsuspecting recipient without anyone knowing except her and the receiver of the gift. We will never know how many of these projects she shared.

Julie participated in many community events, including Memorial Day services and July 4th celebrations held in Vivian. While serving on the School Board, Julie encouraged teachers in their classrooms and took time to read to the students to make the educational experience as positive as possible for the teachers and the students. Her love of teaching never stopped even though she never went back into the classroom after that first year at the Vivian Elementary School.

Julie is survived by her husband, Olaf of 68 years. Her five children: Roger (Wanda) of Murdo, SD; Linda (Dennis) Gerard of Kennebec, SD; Tim (Jan) of Pierre, SD; Tom (Vana) of Vivian, SD; and Chris (Lon) Peters of Murdo, SD. 6 grandsons; 5 granddaughters; 12 great grandsons; 9 great granddaughters; sister Mabel and brother Jim; sisters-in-law Alice Rice and Josephine Drew; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters: Lucille & Irene, one brother, Chuck and several brothers-and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to the Vivian Lutheran Church.


2018 Marion’s Garden
Christmas Lighting Contest

Happy Thanksgiving
Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association!!


Kay Reuer Passes

Kay Reuer

( December 06, 1936 – November 04, 2018 )

Please join the Marion’s Garden Board of Directors in  extending its sympathies to the Reuer family and friends and especially to son, Quentin and and his family.  Kay’s passing follows much too closely to the loss of her husband Helmet.

Mildred Kay Reuer was born December 6, 1936 in Chamberlain, SD to Walter and Pearl  (Goetsch) Busack. She grew up in Chamberlain and graduated from Chamberlain High School.

Kay was united in marriage to Helmet Reuer in Chamberlain, SD on June 1, 1957. They lived in Reliance for five years and then moved to a ranch near Ft. Pierre in 1962. Kay worked as a ranch wife and as an accountant for the Federal Bankruptcy Court. She was a devoted parent, and enjoyed cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Kay was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Moose Lodge.

Kay is survived by her son Quentin (Liisa Morrison); one grandchild; brother Rollin Busack; and sister Marlys Busack.

She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Linda, and brother Gary.

A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at the Fort Pierre Moose Lodge from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Supreme Court Justice
Steven L. Zinter has Passed

Justice Steven L. Zinter

Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter has passed away from complications related to surgery.

Please join the Marion’s Garden Board of Directors in  extending its sympathies to Justice Zinter’s family and friends and especially to his wife Sandy and daughters Sarah and Kelly.

“He was a giant in South Dakota’s legal community and judiciary and possessed a positive personality the likes of which I have never seen. We are all better for knowing him.” Chief Justice David Gilbertson.

The Zinter family has resided in Marion’s Garden for several years.

Funeral arrangements are pending


Dennis Sharp Passes

Dennis Sharp – June 16, 1946 – September 29, 2018

Dennis Sharp passed away on September 29, 2018, at Mary House in Pierre.  Dennis and his wife, Karen, moved to Marion’s Garden early in 2018.  Dennis and Karen spent many sunny afternoon’s “supervising” the Coverdale home building project across from the front porch of their Port Charlotte home.  When asked if they were “doing  it right”, there was always a smile and a nod from Dennis.

Please join the Marion’s Garden Homeowners Board of Directors in offering prayers to Karen and the entire Sharp family.

Dennis Sharp Obituary

MGHOA Fall Social
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Dudley’s Valley Tap

The Association will provide Soup w/crackers and buns
Chicken Wild Rice
Knepfla (German Potato Dumpling)

Please bring your favorite meat tray, cheese tray, chips, dip, or dessert…to pass

Adult Beverages, Soda and Water available for purchase


MGHOA Fall Social

Attention All MGHOA Residents
2018 Canal Weed Spraying
May 30, 2018


Please be advised that the Association will be spraying the canals in Marion’s Garden on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, weather permitting.   All residents are advised that the new product that will be used has no post-application restriction to the use of treated water for drinking (assuming that would apply to pets, and not the residents!) or for recreational purposes, such as swimming or fishing.  The only restriction applies to those homeowners drawing water from the canal for garden or lawn irrigation for a period of 5 days following application.  

Additional Information
click here 


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association Annual Meeting 

Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center
Fort Pierre, SD
7:00 PM 

Several Major Events Coming in May 2018

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Marion’s Garden Neighborhood Clean Up Day!


  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Annual MGHOA Community-Wide Yard Sale

                 8:00 AM – 1:00PM



Fort Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson Chosen as a
“2018 Hometown Hero”

Marion’s Garden resident and Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson, has been chosen as a “2018 Hometown Hero” by the Capital Journal staff.  John Clark, publisher of the Capital Journal announced the selection last week.

MGHOA Spring Social
April 29, 2018
Dudley’s (Valley Tap) @ 6pm


Merry Christmas 2017 from Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association

Marty Davis’s
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

2 – Pillsbury Fudge Brownie Mixes
1 – 8 oz pkg Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 – Pkg Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – large or miniature
Chocolate Syrup

  • Combine the Brownie mixes and bake in 10 x 13 pan.  Add add 5-10 minutes baking time when combining the mixes.Topping:
  • Mix 1- 8oz. pkg Crean Cheese -, 1/4 cup Peanut Butter, and 1 cup Brown Sugar.  Spread on the cooled brownies, break up the Reeses’ Peanut Butter cups (use as many as you like!)  and place on the brownies.  Drizzle chocolate syrup on top.

 Ardys Roseland’s
Layered Pumpkin Dessert

1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Butter (softened)
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
1 Cup Powered Sugar
3 Cups Cool Whip (divided)
2 1/2 cups Milk
3 small or 2 large packages Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice


  • Layer 1: Mix flour, butter and 1/2 cup pecans together. Press into 9×13 pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool crust.
  • Layer 2: Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar, add 1 cup Cool Whip then spread over cooled crust.
  • Layer 3: Mix milk, pudding mix, canned pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and 1 cup Cool Whip until smooth. Spread over top of Layer 2.
  • Layer 4: Spread remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle pecans on top.
  • Let chill for 3 hours or until set.

MGHOA Christmas Lighting Contest Winners

In the hubub of the Holidays, your MGHOA Board of Directors conducted a Christmas Lighting Contest and the following homes were selected as outstanding in their class. A huge thank you to Board member Reg and Joann Nelsen for heading up the contest and to Dakota Radio Group on-air personality, Scott Lane and his wife for judging the contest.
Religious Theme – George and Gloria Welk
Clark Griswold Theme – James and Kristin Walti
Any Goes Theme – Darrel and Jean Salonen
Grand Prize – Best in Show – Jeff and Aundrea Wilson
Congratulations to all the winners, and a special thank you to the entire community for joining the Christmas spirit and decorating your homes.
In keeping with MGHOA tradition, the winners were presented with gift certificates from Fort Pierre businesses,
The Silver Spur and Pizza Ranch

Railway Park on a Sunny Fall Afternoon

Railway Park has become a welcome addition to the Marion’s Garden community.  Spearheaded by the Matt Mitchell family, with assistance from a large group of volunteers, the recreation area has evolved into a gathering place for family fun.  Thanks to the group for the great addition to the community.  And thanks to Gray Johnson for submitting the photo.

2017 Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association
Fall/Halloween Social

When:  Sunday, October 29, 2017  ~ 6:00pm
Where:  Dudley’s Valley Tap
What:  Potluck  ~  Association will provide BBQ’s
Please bring a dish to pass  ~ Adult beverages available for purchase

Costumes Optional  ~ Kids are Welcome!

click here for flyer
2017 Fall/Halloween Social


Helmet Reuer 
(May 4, 1929 – August 12, 2017)

Helmet William Reuer was born on May 4, 1929, to Fred and Tillie (Hieb) Reuer at Reliance, South Dakota. He died on August 12, 2017, at 1 am at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls from advanced stage cancer. Visitation will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, August 15 at Isburg Funeral Chapel. Service will be 11:00am, Wednesday, August 16 at First United Methodist Church with burial at Scotty Philip CemeteryHelmet attended rural school north of Reliance and graduated from Reliance High School in 1947. He farmed and ranched with his family until he entered the United States Army in November of 1951 and served until November of 1953. After his discharge from the service Helmet returned to the Reliance area to farm.On June 1 of 1957 he was united in marriage to Kay Busack at Chamberlain, South Dakota. To this union two children were born, a son Quentin Boyd and a daughter Linda Kaye. In 1962 the family moved to Stanley County to a ranch on Bad River. Helmet and Kay lived there for 38 years, and then retired to Fort Pierre in June of 2000.Helmet was a longtime member of the Methodist Church, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, American Legion, and served for 15 years on the Stanley County School Board.His greatest enjoyment was raising quality cattle and spending time with his family.He is survived by his wife Kay, son Quentin (Liisa) of E. Wenatchee, WA, granddaughter Isla Marie of Heber Springs, AZ, sister Dorothy Clark of Rapid City, SD, and brothers Francis of Cheyenne, WY and Clifford of Pierre, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Linda, and brothers Alfred and Harold.Memorials may be directed to the Helmsley Center.

MGHOA Summer Social
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 6:30pm
Railway Park Playground Area

MGHOA will provide the burgers, brats/dogs

Members are asked to bring a dish to pass – Salad, chips, fruits, desserts

Bring your own adult beverages—-We will provide water and lemonade

2017 Summer Social flyer

Marion’s Garden Dredging Completed

June 14, 2017
Dakota Dredge has completed the dredging project as contracted by Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association.  Despite a few unforeseen obstacles, the project was completed in a timely manner and under budget.  It was determined that the dredging of the mouth of the canal could not be fully accomplished and therefore, that area will need to be addressed at at later date.  The area in front of Cannon River town homes did require the use of a long- reach excavator because of the difficulty of maneuvering the dredging equipment in a confined space.

For those members of the Marion’s Garden Marina Association, the dock will be placed on or before Friday, June 16, 2017.

The folks from Dakota Dredge and Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Board of Directors appreciate your patience and cooperation during this project.

Marion’s Garden Dredging

Dredging operations have moved to the Marion’s Garden Marina area this week.  Work crews have completed work on the west end of the main canal. Upon completion of the work in the marina area, they will move to the mouth of the canal, just east of the walk bridge.  Boaters may be diverted for a period of time while the work is being done.  Shallows in the inlet were created when material was not completely removed during the removal of the levee system after the “flood event” of 2011.  Dakota Dredge has encountered a few problems along the way, but they are nearing the end of the project.

The Canal System has been Sprayed
Wednesday, May 10

Please be informed that the Marion’s Garden Canal system has been sprayed for Curly Pondweed and other noxious aquatic weeds.  Do not harvest any fish or water lawns from the Canal system for a period of 7 days. The restriction will be lifted on May 17, 2017.

ALL Marion’s Garden Residents

Please be aware that men and equipment will soon begin dredge work in the Canal system.  There will, most probably, be some congestion and inconvenience to boaters and dock owners during the process.  Please understand the work will be completed as quickly as possible.   In the end, we will all enjoy a more navigable waterway.


MGHOA Annual Meeting
Please make plans to attend the annual meeting of your Marion’s Garden Homeowners Assn, Tuesday, May 9, 2017,  7pm,  at Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, Verendrye Drive, in Fort Pierre.
2017 Annual Meeting Agenda

Canal Dredging Update
April 17, 2017
Word has been received that the Corps of Engineers dredging permit has been approved and that dredging may commence shortly.  Marion’s Garden residents will note the equipment arriving daily for the project.  As stated previously, the work will begin on the western end of the main leg of the canal, directly on front of Petersen Park.  The operation will move to the Marion’s Garden Marina area and finish up on the river side of the walk bridge.  The remnants of the levee placed in that area were not completely removed following the “flood event” of 2011. While it is unclear how long the project may take, the contractor will begin work as soon as possible.

A Few Important Notes and Dates

April 29, 2017 – Marion’s Garden Cleanup Day  – 2017 Marion’s Garden Cleanup Flyer

May 1. 2017 – The Association will spray the Canal for noxious aquatic weeds.  All residents are advised that no fishing or lawn watering (if drawing water from the Canal proper) is advised for (7) days following the application.  Signs will be posted.  The application on May 1 will be weather permitting.

May 6, 2017 – Marion’s Garden Community – wide Yard Sale –2017 Garage Sale

May 9, 2017 – Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Annual Meeting – 7:00pm – Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.


Marion’s Garden Neighborhood Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:00am ~ Noon

Click here
2017 Marion’s Garden Cleanup Flyer

Marion’s Garden Architectural Committee Report
March 28, 2017

Arch CommThe Architectural Committee is a Standing Committee of the Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association.    Appointed by the President, the current five- member Committee does not have terms of appointment.  The Committee meets as needed and is generally responsible to deal with approval of all new construction, exterior remodeling, landscaping, and additions to existing structures to existing structures.  Interior remodeling, such as repainting, floor coverings, cabinets, etc. do not require Committee approval unless moving existing exterior walls are included in the remodeling.

Decisions made by the Architectural Committee are final with the exception that a Committee action may be formally appealed to the full Board and in such a case, the Board’s decision is final.

It is recommended that before a project is started, contacting an Architectural Committee member to clarify the homeowner’s intent is recommended.  The Committee is committed to officially responding to a homeowner as soon as possible.

Current Members include:
David Bonde, Committee Chair, 280-9680
Wayne Carney, 222-8685
Gary Grittner, 223-3255
Mike Durick, 224-4293
Marlin Roseland, Board Representative -222-9437
Members may also contact Association President Mike Weisgram at 280-0294


Marion’s Garden Community Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Community wide yard sale will take place in Marion’s Garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Sales will occur at individual residences within the development.

flyer click here
2017 Garage Sale

“Spring’s a ‘Comin’ Social”

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MGHOA sponsored a ‘Souper” Social on Sunday, April 2, at “Magpies” in  historic downtown Fort Pierre.  Forty six residents of our community enjoyed a time of good food and fellowship…Thanks to Gary Johnson for taking a few photos.

Spring’s a ‘Comin’ Social
Sunday. April 2, 2017

Magpies (Downtown Fort Pierre – Across from the Chuckwagon)
109 Deadwood Ave

MGHOA Board will provide the soup….You bring the fixin’s….Crackers, Salads, Breads, Sliced Meats – for sandwiches, Desserts, etc!!
The Board will provide plates, bowls and silverware.  Lemonade will be provided, and, if so inclined, bring your own adult beverages.

Click below for info
2017 Spring Social

Clint Roberts Passes


Long-time Marion’s Garden resident, Clint Roberts, passed early this morning,  February 13, 2017, at St. Mary’s Avera Hospital, in Pierre.

  Please keep Bev and the Roberts family in your thoughts and prayers.

From the Office of the Governor, Dennis Daugaard

Former Congressman Clint Roberts Passes Away

 PIERRE, S.D. – Clint Roberts, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota, died last night in Pierre. Roberts, 82, represented South Dakota’s second congressional district in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1983.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Congressman Clint Roberts,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Throughout his years in the Legislature, in Congress and in state government, Clint brought good humor and common sense to his work. Clint and his family are good friends, and Linda and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Clint’s family.”

Roberts was born on Jan. 30, 1935, in Lyman County, South Dakota, and spent his life on his family’s ranch. Roberts served in the state Senate from 1973 to 1979. As a state senator, he served as assistant minority leader from 1975 to 1976 and as president pro tempore from 1977 to 1978. After a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in 1978, Roberts served as South Dakota’s secretary of agriculture from 1979 to 1980, during the administration of Gov. William J. Janklow.

In 1980, Roberts was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state’s second congressional district, which included the western portion of the state. He narrowly lost reelection in 1982 after the state lost its second district. Roberts again ran for governor in 1986, finishing a close second to George S. Mickelson, and served in Mickelson’s administration as director of the South Dakota Energy Office.

Roberts’ funeral will be held at 11 a.m. CST on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at the Presho Cementary to be followed with cookies and prayers at the Presho Methodist Church.

Gov. Daugaard requests that all flags in South Dakota fly at half-staff on Friday, Feb. 17, the day of Rep. Roberts’ funeral.


South Dakotans Want Assurances that Flood Control is Number One Priority of Army Corps
March 2, 2017

From the Office of Senator Mike Rounds:

“Yesterday at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to discuss flood control, I had the opportunity to question Army Corps officials about what the agency is doing to address concerns about potential flooding along the Missouri River. With the spring season rapidly approaching, South Dakotans want assurances that flood control is the number one priority of the Army Corps.

During the hearing, I asked Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps, to reiterate that flood control is the number one priority. Lt. Gen. Semonite responded that “life safety without a doubt is number one.”

Click below to watch our full exchange:

Please Take Note


If you have a fire hydrant on your property or nearby-Please consider clearing the snow from the area around the hydrant.
Know the location of all fire hydrants in your neighborhood. Make sure they are shoveled clear after each snowfall. Clear away any snow and ice in the area surrounding these fire hydrants. Clear the snow three feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.

From KCCR Newsfeed:
Corps Keeping An Eye On Upper Basin Snowpack
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
With current snowpack conditions in the Missouri River basin, Corps of Engineers officials predict there will be some river flooding this spring.During the monthly update, Kevin Low (lau), a hydrologist with the Corps office in Omaha says upper basin snow pack varies a bit…Low says with current snowpack conditions, they expect some rivers in the region to go over their banks this spring…Low says there has already been some ice jam flooding along tributaries…The Corps forecast includes above average run off into the basin for February, March and April.

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Meeting
ierre, SD
Thursday, February 9, 2017
5-8:45 p.m
Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center
Galleria B and C
920 W. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Public Meeting scheduled for Pierre, SD, on Feb. 9

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting on the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, Galleria B&C, 920 West Sioux Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501, from 5-8:45 p.m.

Happy New Year!!
from your
Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Board of Directors






Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Board of Directors wishes all of our residents and families
A Very Merry Christmas!

The Association will not be sponsoring a Christmas Lighting/Decorating contest for the 2016 season.
It is the hope of the Association that all will continue the great tradition of decorating and celebrating this joyous season.  Please take the time to tour all of the Fort Pierre/Pierre area this holiday season.


Marion’s Garden has lost another…


January 19, 1943 – December 7, 2016
Celebration of Life Visitation:  5:00pm-7:00pm, Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Moose Lodge in Fort Pierre
Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00am, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pierre
Interment:  Onida Cemetery

Gary Irvin Chase
(January 19, 1943 – December 7, 2016)

Gary Chase, 73, of Ft. Pierre, SD, passed away December 7, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.  A visitation and Life Celebration will be held from 5 to 7pm, Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Moose Lodge in Ft. Pierre.  It was Gary’s wish for this event to be casual and a time for stories, laughter and spirit.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre, SD at 11:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with arrangement under the care of Feigum Funeral Home

Gary Irvin Chase was born January 19th 1943 in Reno, NV to Clarence and Vera (Moulton) Chase. Soon after, the family moved to Onida, SD.  Gary grew up in Onida and graduated from OHS in 1962.  He attended Sioux Falls Barber College and upon graduation returned to Onida to begin his barber career.  In 1964 Gary married the love of his life Gayle Sutton in Clark, SD.  To this union five children were born.  After cutting hair in Onida for one year, they moved to Pierre where Gary continued to barber.  After living in Pierre for two years the young family returned back to Onida when Gary purchased “Gary’s Barber Shop and Package Liquor” where he started his long career as a true entrepreneur.  Gary made many friends and customers as a barber and in 1971 when the opportunity to purchase the Ford dealership in Onida came along Gary jumped at the opportunity.  Even though Gary had no prior car dealer experience his hard work along with a friendly and honest personality carried him to a successful 30 year career in the automobile business which included involvement in several different car dealerships as well as many other business ventures.  Much of Gary’s success was due to never being afraid to take a chance not only on a business opportunity but with people.  Gary was always a people person and no matter where he went or what he was doing, when he met someone they immediately became a friend.  Upon retirement in 2000 from Chase Ford, Gary and Gayle moved to Ft. Pierre SD and built their dream home along the Missouri River.  Unfortunately, they didn’t get to spend many years enjoying their new home together before Gayle passed away from Cancer in 2006.  Gary however, went on to enjoy retirement staying busy and traveling.  Gary was a man of many hobbies, including racing cars, riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting, golfing, playing pickle ball and four wheeling through the Hills. He had many friends and his friends meant the world to him.  Gary will be missed by many!

Gary is survived by his children, Shawn (Karla) Chase of Redfield, SD; Heidi (Todd) Kludt of Jackson, MN; Robyn (Brent) Thorpe of Pierre, SD;and Casey (Andrea) Chase of Spearfish, SD.  Two brothers, Lyle (Wanda) Chase of Sturgis, SD; Lyman (Marsha) Chase of Pierre, SD.  Mother-in-law Arlene Sutton of De Smet, SD; brothers-in-law, Larry (Sandy) Sutton of Brookings, SD and Randy (Cathy) Sutton of De Smet, SD; nine grandchildren, many nieces and nephews as well as friend and companion, Judy Glawe.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gayle Chase; daughter Stephanie Chase; parents Clarence and Vera Chase; sister and brother-in-law Koreen and Adolf Jonas; father-in-law Robert Sutton; niece Stacy Sutton, and special friend Lyla Tordsen-Schuetzle.

A memorial has been established in honor of Gary to be directed to local caring organizations.

Charles “Doc” Swanson has passed
November 30, 2016

Noted physician and one of the founders of Medical Associates, passed away at a care facility in Custer, SD earlier this week.  Doc and his wife, Sandy, were one of the first families to establish residence in Marion’s Garden.

 Dr. Charles Lawlor Swanson, M.D.
(October 28, 1924 – November 30, 2016)

After having lived a long, successful life helping others and saving many lives, Dr. Charles Lawlor Swanson left this life to be with his wife Sandy and all he loved that have gone before him. He passed away at Regional Senior Care in Custer, SD on November 30, 2016, overlooking the beautiful Black Hills that he called a second home. Memorial services will be Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. John’s Catholic Church, Ft. Pierre. A private family burial will be at Scotty Phillips Cemetery.

Charles, “Doc”, was born the second child of Charles Lisle and Loretta (Lawlor) Swanson on October 28, 1924 in Highmore, SD. His early school years were hampered by his extreme nearsightedness, but by fifth grade he received his first pair of glasses and that launched an academic career that carried him from Highmore High School to South Dakota State, The University of South Dakota and Northwestern University Schools of Medicine from which he graduated in 1948. Along the way, he had many experiences in travel to and from Alaska.

Doc did his medical residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL where he met and later married the love of his life, Marion “Sandy” Sandt on June 1, 1948. The couple returned to Pierre in 1950 where Doc partnered with Dr. Michael Morrissey and they eventually established the Medical Associates Clinic Along with Doctors “Curt” Jahraus and “Lindy” Lindbloom. Many years of medical practice followed in the Pierre area as well as farming, ranching and hunting pursuits in the “Pocket” southeast of town. He enjoyed raising registered Hereford cattle using the Hashknife Brand that had been handed down to him from his father Lisle Swanson and his grandfather C.P. Swanson. He once commented to one of his children that he was fortunate to have a loving wife and family. He never desired to be rich and famous, but was never intimidated by anyone. He was for the common man who had to make his living with honest hard work. Doc said his greatest enjoyment was when he really saved a life or helped someone without causing them financial problems. He said he enjoyed providing hunting and jobs for many people even though it cost him and his family dearly over the years.

Doc Swanson was a lifelong member of the American Medical Association and also belonged to the Pierre Elks Club, Masonic Lodge, St. John’s Catholic Church as well as the Lead Country Club; Doc very much enjoyed golf.

Doc finally retired from the practice (although not the hobby) of medicine in 1989 after more than 39 years as a surgeon and family medicine general practitioner in Pierre.

Upon his retirement, he and Sandy built the first house in Marion’s Gardens, Ft. Pierre, SD, where they split their time between their Spearfish Canyon cabin when not wintering in Lake Havasu, AZ. Besides golf, Doc very much enjoyed their many motorhome travels across the country. In 2011, Sandy and Doc moved into Pierre’s Parkwood Manor where Sandy passed away on December 27, 2014, leaving Doc on his own for the first time in over six decades.

Doc is survived by his seven children: Diane (Hugo) Zettler of Tempe, AZ, Greg (Shirley) Swanson, Ft. Pierre, Linda (Duane) Charter and Eric Swanson of Melbourne, FL, Amy Poole of Custer, Mike (Mary) Swanson of Madison, SD, and Kevin (Shauna) Swanson of Pierre. Also surviving are sisters, Merrie (Marshall Sr.) Miller of Pierre and Harriett (Dallas) Streets of Gillette, WY. He is also survived by many grand and great-grandchildren plus numerous nieces, grandnieces, nephews and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Landon Poole; older sister, Maxine (Ernie “Floyd”) Fisher and his loving wife of 66 years, Sandy. Doc, along with Sandy, touched many, many lives over their 66 years in the Pierre-Ft. Pierre area if not medically, then certainly on a personal level.

Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association
Halloween Social
Saturday. October 29, 2016 – 6pm
Dudley’s Valley Tap
The Association will provide BBQ’s/Buns
You provide a Dish to pass
Costumes encouraged – Not required
MGHOA Halloween Social
for more info

Congratulations to the Mitchell Family!


Not everyone has a dinosaur for a lawn ornament…the Mitchell’s have reason to celebrate….Name and details to follow!


Fort Volunteer Dedication

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Fort Volunteer will be dedicated and donated to the City of Fort Pierre on Wednesday, September 6.  There will be an open house from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.  South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has been invited to attend and a short program will begin at 5:30pm.

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Fort Volunteer Dedication

Fort Pierre’s First Little Free Library!!


Announcing the first Little Free Library in Fort Pierre!  It’s right here in your Marion’s Garden Neighborhood, at 115 Caol-illa Court.

  • Take a book
  • Leave a book
  • Children’s books are welcome!!

Brought to you by your neighbors and “librarians”, Gloria Hanson and Cheryl Sorenson

Special MGHOA Meeting
Canal Dredging
Monday, September 26

There will be a special meeting of the MGHOA to visit about the Dredging Contract we are pursuing on Monday September 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM at McClelland’s Restaurant Large Dining Room.

We will be going over what the immediate dredging effort entails and laying out what we are doing and why, inconveniences it will cause, likely cost, prevention of silt accumulation in the future, and answer questions the best we can.

Please attend if you are able.  If you can’t make this meeting and have questions, please forward them to

Mike Weisgram,

MGHOA Summer Social / Open House
July 30, 2016
Larry and Judy Coyle’s Home

109 Jamieson Drive

For Details
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Summer Social ’16

Please Note!!
Canal Spraying – Friday, July 15, 2016

We are planning to treat the Canal system with herbicide again on Friday, July 15.  Weather permitting, the crew will spray the Canal for pondweed.  This is a second application for the 2016 season.  Please be advised that you should not harvest fish or water your lawns from the Canal for a period of 7 days following the application.

Message from Mike Weisgram
Mike’s Message

Marion’s Garden Adds Playground Area


The Playground Committee recently completed the playground area located in what is known as Railway Park, just off Port Charlotte Avenue.  The two-unit Rainbow playset is centrally located for use by all Marion’s Garden children and their guests.  Motorists are urged to be extra observant for children at play in that area.

A special thank you goes out to the Mitchell, Day, Maxwell, and Wilson families for their participation in the playground effort.  A host of volunteers were on hand to complete the project in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

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NASCAR’s Richard Petty signs Reg and JoAnn Nelsen’s Dashboard

Reg Nelsen, Marion’s Garden resident, recently took  his 1972 Petty Blue Roadrunner to Randelman, NC, to meet up with NASCAR legend Richard Petty.  Nelsen was able to spend about 45 minutes with Petty.  They toured the Petty racing compound and “King Richard” signed the dashboard of the Roadrunner.  The car was purchased by Bill Floyd, in 1972, from Holst Motors of Pierre.  Nelsen bought the car from Floyd, and contracted Dale Garber at Dale’s Repair of Pierre for the restoration.

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Now, For Some Really Important Stuff! – May 2016
Nita Hughes served up a pretty great Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Pie at the annual MGHOA Meeting earlier this month.
Nita was gracious enough to share the recipe.


1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 pound fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 unbaked pie shell (9 inches
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
In a large bowl, beat egg. Beat in the sugar, flour and vanilla until well blended. Gently fold in rhubarb and strawberries. Pour into pastry shell. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and oats; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit.Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake for 35 minutes longer or until crust is
golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.

Please be advised: The June Board of Directors Meeting will be called to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.  The meetings normally begin at 6:pm.  The meeting will be held at McClelland’s Restaurant.  We will return to our normal 6:00pm start in July.

Canal Spraying Is Done – Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Please do not draw water or harvest fish from the canal proper until after Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Marion’s Garden Community – Wide Yard Sale – Saturday, May 14, 2016 (8a-1p)
Just in time for Spring Cleaning Fever – If you are interested in hosting a yard sale this might be the time to consider it.  This event will be advertised on behalf of the Marion’s Garden community via: Capital Journal, Reminder and the Community Calendar.  There will be banner signs placed at the highway entrance, Port Charlotte and midway down Skerrols Street to direct folks to both Caol-ila Court and Islay Avenue.

MGHOA Annual Meeting – Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Pot Luck Social  – 6pm – (Social committee will provide the Barbeque, please bring a dish to pass)
Meeting – 7pm
Quentin Sutley Senior Center
21 E Main
Fort Pierre, SD

Canal Spraying –   Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – Weather Permitting
We will be spraying the Canal for Pond Weed on Tuesday, May, 10, 2016.  Please refrain from watering your lawn (if youu draw water from the Canal) for one week. Also, do not harvest fish from the Canal waters for the same amount of time.  Spraying is weather sensitive, so of it is a high wind day, we will postpone until weather conditions improve.

Clean Up Day Rescheduled due to Inclement Weather!!
Clean Up day has been moved to May 7, 2016
Marion’s Garden Clean Up Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 9am
Meet at Railway Park

Special Meeting with Stanley County Director of Equalization, Roger Fuller
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
McClelland’s Restaurant
Fort Pierre, SD
This meeting will be hosted by Vintage Square Estates HOA, Marion’s Garden HOA, Frontier Homeowners, and Dunes Drive Homeowners.  The purpose of this special meeting will be to enable the members to become better informed about the process for property tax assessment and plans for ensuring fair treatment for all property owners in Stanley County.
Also in attendance: Stanley County Commissioners – Craig Heller (Dist1) and Dennis Booth (Dist5)
Please make plans to attend!