Celebrating a milestone; Laura Schmidt turns 100 years old

Laura Schmidt celebrates a milestone this week as she turns 100 years old.

Her daughters, Cinda (Dean) Rippentrop of Lennox and Carolyn (Doug) Hofer of Pierre, are hosting an open house to celebrate the occasion on Sat., Dec. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lennox Senior Center.

Many in the area might remember Laura from her years in education.

Laura spent 45 years of her life as a teacher, both in country schools and in the Worthing Elementary in the Lennox School District, retiring in 1988, and later continuing to substitute teach.

Laura was awarded the Teacher of the Year award by the Lennox School District during the 1986/87 school year. And in 1988 Governor George S. Mickleson proclaimed May 1, 1988 as “Laura Schmidt Day” for her contributions to education in South Dakota.