Between the Lines

Between the Lines By David Lias So, you think nothing interesting ever happens in South Dakota. Read on:


* The recipe for St. Onge steak tips, a delicacy originally served at the now-closed Rancher Bar in St. Onge, is the object of a lawsuit.

John Heck, of Spearfish, and his Prime Time Sports Grill Inc. have sued employees Todd and Peggy Fierro over the recipe. Heck claims Todd Fierro, an employee, stole the secret recipe that Heck had acquired from Marcille Butts.

The lawsuit said the recipe also is known as Rancher steak tips and marinated steak tips.

Among other remedies, the suit asks a judge to stop the Fierros from disclosing the recipe. Heck also asked for unspecified damages.

Todd Fierro was hired as manager at the Prime Time Sports Grill in Belle Fourche. During its first year of operation, according to the lawsuit, Heck personally prepared the recipe for the steak tips, "which Todd Fierro and other employees of Prime Time Sports Grill Inc. then used in the preparation and service of steak tips."

Heck said he then decided to tell the secret recipe to Fierro, who had 25 percent interest in the company.

Then, the lawsuit states, Peggy Fierro began operating a cafe at the St. Onge Livestock Co. sales barn. In August, the St. Onge Livestock Cafe added a menu item called Rancher steak tips, "which steak tips are made the same as or significantly similar to that of plaintiff's, utilizing the recipe of plaintiff," according to the lawsuit.

The suit calls the recipe a trade secret that "is not generally known to the general public and is not readily ascertainable by proper means."


* A Pierre man accused of riding his horse while he was intoxicated must stand trial on a charge of drunken driving, Magistrate Scott Myren ruled recently after a hearing.

Paul "Flip" Wilson, was arrested July 31 while riding his horse in a ditch along a highway that leads out of Pierre.

It was the second time he had been arrested this summer on suspicion of riding a horse while intoxicated. He is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 24 on the first charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rayne Adamson, a Pierre police officer, testified Tuesday that he stopped Wilson July 31 to warn him to be more careful while riding at night.

The officer said Adamson's eyes appeared to be red and he smelled of alcohol. He said he arrested Wilson after the man failed sobriety tests.

Wilson's attorney, Lelia Hood, has said a law defining a horse as a vehicle is vague and might be thrown out if tested in an appeal to the Supreme Court.

At Tuesday's hearing, Hood asked Adamson: "You're aware a horse has its own brain inside its body and moves around on its own, right?"

Adamson also acknowledged that a person does not need a driver's license to ride a horse. He said Wilson had a horse-racing identification card when he was arrested.

The officer said Wilson was in control of a horse while the rider was intoxicated. He said Wilson could stop the horse, slow it down or speed it up.

Prosecutors have said a horse is a vehicle and it is illegal under state law to ride a horse while intoxicated.


* More than six years after a young Lake Andes couple reportedly walked away from a car accident and their bodies reappeared three months later, the bizarre case has officially been closed.

Arnold Archambeau, 20, and Ruby Ann Bruguier, 19, disappeared Dec. 12, 1992, after Archambeau's car swerved and overturned into a ditch just east of Lake Andes.

Another passenger in the car, Tracy Dion, said the last time she saw Archambeau and Bruguier, they were walking away from the scene with no visible signs of major injury.

Searches turned up nothing. Then on March 10, 1993 � three months later � Bruguier's body turned up about 75 feet from where the car rolled. It was floating in about four feet of water.

Still, no Archambeau.

The next day, officials found Bruguier's body 15 to 20 feet from where they found Bruguier the day before.

Autopsy results indicated Archambeau and Bruguier died of exposure, and most likely did not die where their bodies were found, but were moved there.

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