Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota on October 24, 1994 · 13
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Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota · 13

Rapid City, South Dakota
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Monday, October 24, 1994
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B 4 V- MONDAY Rapid City Journal October 24, 1994 Civic calendar k Obituaries, B2 Sports, B5-6 Classified, B8-12 raD mm Searches for missing woman turn up nothing By Hugh O'Gara Journal Staff Writer Four months ago today Tina Marie Marcotte climbed into a car outside her work place and vanished. Today, investigators say leads on her whereabouts are dwindling. The Pennington County Sheriffs Department will send Marcotte's dental records to Laramie, Wyo., today to see if they match teeth in the body of a woman found near there last week. Sheriff Don Holloway said he had no information to indicate whether the decomposed body in Wyoming was that of the missing Rapid City woman. Searches have turned up nothing here, and the man they believe could be an important witness is dead by his own hand. But while investigators, friends and relatives believe Marcotte is dead, the case remains open. "I pretty much think she's not alive," said Marcotte's younger sister, Kathy Hartz of Sheridan, Wyo. "But it's always in the back of my head, .'She just took off,' but if she did, she would have contacted somebody by now. "I want to know what happened who did it." So do others. "Basically, we have ran, out every lead we've been given ... no matter how slim that lead was,1 Chief Deputy De Glassgow of the Pennington County Sheriffs Department said. "We're admittedly at a dead end right now," said Capt. Craig Tieszen of the Rapid City Police Department's investigation division. Thirty-year-old Marcotte's boyfriend, Pat Gleason of Rapid City, says he has given up hope she is alive. "She wouldn't leave her kids like this," Gleason said. Gleason's and Marcotte's two children are living with the 35-year-old production worker at his Rapid Valley home, while Marcotte's 12-year-old oldest daughter is staying rith Marcotte's sister in Sheridan. Hartz said the girl was "doing better" since her mother's disappearance early June 24 after leaving work at Black Hills Molding. Recently, tele- V A 1 Tina Marcotte vised reports said hunters might stumble onto more clues to Marcotte's disappearance while in the fields. "Now she's (the daughter) hoping the hunters will go out and find her alive in the woods," Hartz said. Investigators had been focusing on a 29-year-old wood processing plant worker and casual friend of the family Tom Kueter who reportedly had picked up Marcotte outside work after her vehicle had a flat tire. Investigators found the tire had been punctured. A friend of Marcotte's said Tina called her at home and the friend offered to drive to the North Rapid plant and give her a ride home. But as the pair were talking, Marcotte told the woman, "Tom's here ... he can give me a ride home." Marcotte never arrived home. The next day, Kueter accompanied Marcotte's boyfriend, Gleason, to the police department to report Tina missing, sparking the search that continues whenever authorities receive leads. Four days after Marcotte's disappearance, Kueter killed himself at work by lying down in front of a forklift and allowing it to crush his head and chest Kueter's death eliminated an important witness, authorities say. "As near as we know, he was the last person with her," Glassgow said. A Rapid City attorney hired as a spokesman for the Kueter family said at the time of Kueter's death officially ruled a suicide by the coroner that Kueter had "cooperated fully with law enforcement" in Marcotte's disappearance. Kueter showed no signs of suicidal tendencies prior to his death June 28 at Forest Products Distributors Inc. off state Highway 79, and his death has never been satisfactorily explained, attorney Richard Bode said for the Kueter family. Today, authorities say they have tried everything systematically searching 6 square miles near Marcotte's job, conducting aerial searches, investigating reports of suspicious odors and reinterviewing witnesses for clues they may have overlooked initially. They even followed reports from a psychic that Marcotte's body was buried in a pit near Box Elder but found nothing. Marcotte's sister said authorities should have called out the National Guard to search. Investigators said they would like to, but they simply don't know which way to point them or any searchers. The hours Marcotte was missing could have taken her anywhere in a four-state area, they say. "It's always frustrating when you hit a case and follow all the leads available and (now) have nothing to check," Glassgow said. But Marcotte's case remains open. "And it will remain that way forever, if necessary," Tieszen said. Rapid City Board of Education 5:30 pjn. Tuesday in the Council Chambers of the CitySchool Administration Center. Agenda items include. 6 p.m. open forum a time when people can address the board on issues not on the agenda. Report on the Rapid City School District's annual report card, as issued by the state. Review of the 1994-95 school enrollments, as of Sept. 30 the state's official date for school enrollment counts. Approve request for a Chapter 2 block grant Approve curriculum-based measurement grant for the special education program. Second reading of the district's newly revised policies on: educational mission, educational philosophies and achievement standards for students. It takes three readings for policies to go into effect First readings on three policies on drug and alcohol useabuse. Proposed policies are: drug-free work place; drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse prevention; and student chemical use andor abuse Request by' the Rapid City PTA to use office space in the school district masterpiece . to be restored Work on The Prairie is WWW! IX WIS I I IW I IWtlllW Mv Garden' should be! finished by next year BROOKINGS (AP) - Restoration of "The Prairie is My Garden," one of South Dakota's most famous paintings, should be finished sometime next year, museum officials said. ' I , The painting by South Dakota native Harvey Dunn has been shipped totfta Upper Midwest Conservation Association in Minneapolis, where workers will fill cracks and make other repairs. ; Dunn used thick layers of paint, which deteriorated over the years, said Lynda Clark, director of the South Dakota Art Museum at South Dakota State University. The museum has been home to a collection of Dunn's paintings since it opened in 1970. "The Prairie is My Garden" shows a mother and two children collecting flowers and probably is Dunn's best-known work. "I think the subject matter a woman and her children out on the prairie and the color make it special," said Clark. "It's absolutely vibrant." Dunn began work on the 5-foot by 3-foot painting in 1925, completing i in 1951. As it aged, a line at the top became easier to see. "It was even visible in some of the reproductions, said Clark. Dunn donated the painting along with 31 others to SDSU. Other donations have brought the total number of Dunn's works at the museum to 94. For neariy 20 years, the paintings were kept in various buildings cn campus. A lack of climate control in many of the buildings damaged tie paintings, said Clark. Since crews removed the prairie painting, several people have asked to see it said Clark. One of the country's leading illustrators, Dunn spent 33 years with the Saturday Evening Post. He was born in 1884 near Manchester in Kingsbury County and died in 1952. 1,1. ' . F V : (-" f 4 Sv 1 ' a: AP FiU Photo "The Prairie is My Garden" by South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn. This week J i Halloween, Olrtoberfests highlight week's events Halloween dance Halloween celebrations get under way and Qktoberfests continue to highlight this week's events: ; 'Plays off the Page' Black Hills Community Theatre presents "Plays off the Page," staged play readings with discussion, at 7 pm tonight on the third floor of Devereaux Library on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.. The staged play is: "The Cemetery Club" by Ivan MenchelL , ' ' V, . j .V .,"V : " Girls vs. Mothers -& Teachers ; The second annual Girls vs. Mothers & Teachers basketball game at Southwest Middle School will be Thursday. The event is sponsored by the' Southwest Middle School PTA, Three games are scheduled. At 7 p.m. the sixth-graders take on their mothers and teachers. At 7:30 p.m. ifs the seventh-graders vs. their mothers and teachers. The eighth-graders will play the final game at 8 p.m. Admission is $1. , . . Last year, the girls won the ' event. Now the mother! and teachers say they are gearing up to atsbi their claim. . The State Veterans Home Halloween Dance will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the Building 3 Auditorium. Music will be by Old Time Country and Western Dance Band of Keystone. Oktoberfest Games, ethnic foods and dancing are all part of the 14th annual Oktoberfest celebration at Central High School Saturday . The event runs from 5:30 pm. to 8 p.m. In the Central High School Commons. It is hosted by Central's language dubs and the student coundL -" The celebration will include gams booths, folk dancing, a polka band, and ethnic foods. ; Admission is 50 cents. Theater ; , Performance of "You Can't Take It With You." by George S. Kaufman and Mom Hart, will be at 7:30 pin. Friday and Saturday at ' Matthews Opera House in Spear-; fish.-! 4'J:i ,A;t: f , -.; , "S I '"' ' Tkkels are $8 for adults:' 14 forV children 11 and under. Call 642-7973 tor resaryatkms or more in? Gordon Lightfoot smiles to a crowded hall in the ; nusnpiore riaza vivic senior ms&ier ounuay . night between numbers. Lightfoot concert an early morning rain By Ben Eicher Journal Reviewer Few musical artists achieve living legend status while consistently transcending faddish trendinesS or flippantly reinventing their style by throwing off one performance genre for another. Folk-pop singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who is nothing less than a musical institution in his native Canada (he's virtually mat nation's songwriter laureate), has justifiably earned such a claim. And he's accomplished it through sheer talent pJ endearing abilities which I I were much in evidence throughout his engagingly enjoyable 29-song performance Sunday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. s Lightfoot and his four-piece backing band easily glided through the singer's mixed bag of old, well-known hits to newer songs culled from his most recent album, "Waiting For You," the 19th of his long and distinguished career. . ';,V The concert was divided evenly between an opening 50-minute first set of 14 songs, followed by an equally long second half of another two dozen tunes after an intermission. Lightfoot also performed one encore. The first set concentrated more on older hits, each of which was well received by the , attentive and appreciative audience. Although the sound mix was a tad too -quiet (at least for those in the balcony), Lightfoot singles such as "Carefree Highway," "Love Go Round," and his only No. 1 hit, "Sundown," bUthety enveloped the crowd into a united melodic sway. Lesser known recent songs like "Restless Feeling," "Wild Strawberries" and "Waiting For You" featured textbook Lightfoot lilting melody, deft acoustic finger chording and keenly perceptive lyrical imagery. Perhaps best liked of the newer tunes was the delightful "HI Prove My Love to You." Lightfoot emerged to fame out of the early to mid-60's folk music boom. But Lightfoot was no lightweight, limp-wristed folk wimp. Like the great true folk legends (such as Bob Dylan or Woody Guthrie), Lightfoof s folk craft was not so much an adopted performance style as it was an inherent embodiment of a real artistic genre. Lightfoof s pallet of themes does not begin and end with love found or lost (although he's done those well too), but communicate culture, or generally unheralded aspects of daily life, as well as occasional odes to natural landmarks. No better example of this is Lightfoof s best song, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," the final, selection of his first set Not only is the song musically hypnotic and emotionally powerful, but it educates while it moves you. Written only one scant year after the tragic shipwreck occurred on Lake Erie, Ughtfoofs haunting melody and , detailed lyrics render it truly timeless. The second half of the show was more ' laid back and concentrated less on hits, . although the great "If You Could Read My ' Mind" and "Early Morning Rain," which . ; was a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary, as well ; as the terrific "Spanish Moss" struck . ; familiar chords. A standing ovation greeted lightfoot both before and after his only encore, the toe-targ"01drJarttecords." . .. -- .. 43

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