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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

[SD] Ex-chief Huber pleads not-guilty. Community focuses on Pam's kids.

A benefit auction for the children of Pam Huber
will be held January 13, 2008 at the Hyde County Memorial Auditorium. A soup/sandwich lunch will held from 11 to 1 O'clock. The benefit auction will begin at 1:30. Anyone who would like to contribute to the auction or to the benefit fund for the Huber children may contact maryluze@venturecomm.net.

Huber Pleads Not Guilty
Former Highmore and Miller police chief Ken Huber plead not guilty Monday.

By Stacy Steinhagen
Nov. 26
Huber faces murder and manslaughter charges in the death of his wife Pamela Huber. An arrest warrant says Huber shot his wife in the forehead with a pistol in their home on October 28th. She died five days later. Now the residents of Highmore are taking it upon themselves to make sure the family Pamela left behind is taken care of. Pamela Huber took over as Highmore's finance officer in 1984 after her father, who had held the position, died. Community members say she will remain a part of the fabric of Highmore for a long time. Highmore Mayor Vikki Day says, "Oh, my goodness, we all bought shirts from her, sweatshirts, aprons." Day proudly showed off Pam's handiwork from her embroidery business. Day says Pam was involved in many activities including Girl Scouts, Ducks Unlimited, and Junior Shooters, and Pam would have still penciled in planning a benefit like the one the town's planning for her children. "She'd be the first one. She always was," Day says. In the weeks since her death, Ken Huber has appeared in court twice. Now he's proclaimed his innocence beyond his statements made public in court documents calling the shooting an accident... The grand jury's indictment lists the 13 people who testified before them, including the Hubers' daughters and Jennifer Lowrie, Hyde County State's Attorney, who admitted in court papers having an affair with Ken Huber and arriving first on the scene the night of the shooting. What the witnesses said, however, is sealed for now. Huber's trial starts March 31st. Until then the community has an important date of their own on the calendar: January 13th, a benefit auction for Pamela's children. Day says, "I think that's the reason the community is doing so well. They're focusing on helping Pamela's children and moving on"...

Highmore man pleads not guilty to murder
By Chet Brokaw
November 26, 2007
...Huber is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. At an earlier hearing, Anderson refused to reduce the bond after saying Huber was a risk to flee because both charges carry a sentence of up to life in prison. In a separate civil proceeding, members of Pamela Huber's family got a protection order preventing Huber from having any contact with his two daughters, but that protection order was set to expire, Mayer said. To replace it, Judge Anderson prohibited Huber from having any contact with his daughters unless it is approved by his defense lawyer, the lawyer representing Pamela Huber's family and mental health counselors working with the two girls, Mayer said. The attorney general's office is handling the prosecution because Hyde County State's Attorney Jennifer Lowrie has a conflict of interest. An affidavit filed by a law officer said Lowrie acknowledged she had been having an affair with Huber. When Huber was arrested, a state investigator's affidavit said it was almost impossible the gun fired accidentally because the Glock handgun had three safeties, Huber had received extensive training in gun safety, and he was a firearms instructor and hunting safety instructor. The investigator also said if Ken and Pamela Huber had divorced, he stood to lose much property in a divorce settlement and might have been required to pay child support.


  1. Thursday, November 01, 2007
    [SD] Chief's wife Pam Huber shot in head - No arrest yet

    Saturday, November 03, 2007
    [SD] Chief's wife Pam Huber has died, he's free - Fund for their kids

    Wednesday, November 07, 2007
    [SD] Huber Affidavit for Probable Cause for 1st Degree Murder

    Thursday, November 08, 2007
    Pam Huber of Highmore South Dakota

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    [SD] Ex-chief Huber pleads not-guilty. Community focuses on Pam's kids.

  2. Ken Huber's murder trial moved from May to September 8th, 2008

  3. Pam Huber 1961-2007
    The Miller Press

    Pam Huber, 46, of Highmore, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls.

    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m, Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore, with David Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Highmore Cemetery, directed by Luze Funeral Home of Highmore. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the church, followed by a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and P.E.O. service.

    Pamela June was born April 15, 1961 at the Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller to Donald and Irene (Stoley) Mason. She attended school in Highmore, graduating from Highmore High School in 1979. She worked briefly for Bill Paynter at the Hyde County Extension Office. She was employed by the City of Highmore as the Finance Officer since 1984. She also had an embroidery business called Stitchin' Time. She married Kenneth Huber in Highmore on August 27, 1993.

    She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, where she helped with Vacation Bible School and the Sunday School Christmas Program. Her children's activities were her activities, whether it was baseball, softball, swimming, Girl Scouts or Junior Shooters. She was an active member of P.E.O., Highmore's 125th celebration committee, Hyde County Ducks Unlimited, Capitol Ladies Ducks Unlimited, Highmore Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary and Highmore's Swimming Pool Committee. She assisted Women's Civic League with Snow Queen decorations, often making the initial drawing of how the stage would be decorated, and she assisted the Highmore High School Alumni Association with the all-school reunions. She was always available to assist with any local fundraising projects. She was a lifelong resident of Highmore, a loving and caring parent and friend and so very proud to be a grandmother.

    Her memory will be cherished by her children... her grandchildren... and many nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Irene Mason.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 398, Pierre, South Dakota 57501 or any local Domestic Violence Center

    Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net.


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    PAM WON!!!

    Where-izzit Contest
    Editor's Notebook
    South Dakota Magazine | Filed by Bernie Hunhoff at 11:14 am
    October 3, 2007

    Be the first to guess the name of the public building where this pretty pumpkin display has been erected and we'll happily award you an autographed copy of our popular hard-cover 300-plus page book, "South Dakota Photographed."

    We'll offer a few hints later if we don't have a winner. As always, we will frown on any form of cheating or bribing our staff, etc. etc.


    1. It’s obviously in pumpkin country, which means East River I figure soI’m guessing the Watertown City Hall or courthouse?

    Comment by Charlie — October 3, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    2. Hyde County Courthouse in Highmore, South Dakota!

    Comment by Pam Huber — October 3, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    3. That was short and sweet. Pam is the winner. Congratulations.

    The pumpkin/gourd/squash display in the county rotunda is a fundraiser for Steps of Life, a local group that provides financial support for cancer patients in Hyde County. The sheriff and county assessor grow the pumpkins and donate them. Everything is for sale. All the courthouse staff help with the project. You’re welcome to stop and enjoy the display and take home a few pumpkins or gourds.

    The Hyde County courthouse is quite a friendly community. The staff also arranges a Christmas tree display during the holidays.

    It’s a beautiful courthouse, built in 1911 after the other burned. The commissioners just spend $70,000 on tuck pointing and exterior work. It has a stained glass dome, great woodwork and one of the coolest old courtrooms you’ll see anywhere … very original. Fortunately, most people never see the courtroom because there isn’t much crime in Hyde County.

    The ten commandments are posted by St. Mary’s Church down the street from the courthouse, and that seems to be working; not many of the instructions are disobeyed.

    We’ll have a lengthy piece on Highmore and Hyde County in our Jan/Feb issue.

    Comment by Bernie Hunhoff — October 3, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    4. Dang, Pam beat me.

    The church seems like the proper place to post the Ten Commandments. Did you notice the beatitudes on the back side of the Commandments monument? Those are also some words to live by.

    Comment by Nicholas Nemec — October 3, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    5. Alright, what’s the deal with fat chance doug popping up when the curser hits a certain spot on the picture?

    Comment by NH — October 3, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    6. When I first saw this picture, I wondered if it was the Hyde County Courthouse. I haven’t been in it in more than 30 years.
    I wonder how closely the courthouse resembles other courthouses in South Dakota?

    I grew up in Highmore, Hyde County. When I was a younger kid, the Hyde County Library was housed in the courthouse. I was a regular there. At some point in time the library moved to a building downtown.

    Thanks for the memories (good ones)!

    Comment by Rita Sporrer — October 6, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    7. Just wanted to tell you that we donated that Ten Commandment monument to St. Marys Catholic Church and that it is a part of Project Moses. If you have not heard of Project Moses you can find out about it. at www.projectmoses.com Project Moses is a nonprofit educational organization committed to re-establish respect for the Ten Commandments. Doris and Merv Mewes

    Comment by Doris Mewes — October 7, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    8. I am basically in favor of 9 of the 10 commandments, but I can’t recall exactly which one I don’t fully support … was it 5 or 6 or 7, of the middle ones. Overall they are a good thing.

    Comment by Charlie — October 8, 2007 @ 12:25 pm



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