By Dan Bechtold, Editor
Shelby Scott of Winner is one of the newest member of the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council. Scott, the daughter of Mike and Kathy Scott, will be an 8th grader at Winner Middle School this year.
Scott recently returned from Centennial, Wyo., where she attended her first summer meeting.
The Winner Middle School students was referred for membership on the council by the Rosebud chapter of Pheasants Forever. After this referral was accepted, Scott had to write an essay and was interviewed by Pheasants Forever youth staff and members of the council. In the interview, Scott was asked a lot of leadership questions and what qualities would she bring to the council. Scott says a leader is a person who has integrity, a person who can stand up for what they believe in.
A week after the interview, Scott received a phone call from the president Allison Fenske of Huron. She asked Scott if she was still interested in being on the council. When Scott said “yes” Fenske told Scott congratulations that she had been appointed to the council.
Scott is now one of 20 young people from around the country on this national board. They are the spokespersons for their age group on hunting, and conservation issues and advise Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever on youth programs.
Petersek Places in National Junior High Rodeo
Linkyn Petersek of Colome competed in the 2016 national junior high finals rodeo in Lebanon, Tenn.
He placed 11th in the first go in breakaway roping. He roped his calf in a time of 2.91. There were roughly 150 breakaway ropers from all over the United States competing for the national title.
Petersek and his ribbon roping partner Ramee Jo Hanson of Burke placed 32nd in the average at the national junior high finals rodeo. They had runs of 14 and 15 seconds to put them in the average.
Wedding Bells On The Homestead
by Ruth Hellmann Hamilton
A set of one-hundred-year-old sleigh bells will play a role in the upcoming wedding celebration of Lorrin Anderson and Nathan Naasz at the Hellmann Homestead in August. When these bells jingle joyfully at this wedding, memories of Lorrin’s great-grandparents, Walter and Ethel Hellmann, and the role these bells played in their love story will be tenderly remembered.
My father, Walter Hellmann, homesteaded in Tripp County in 1909. By 1914, the Tripp County homestead area was mostly populated with men, but, with new families moving in on relinquishments, there were now many more women and children in the area. Education for the children now became a pressing need. My mother, eighteen year old Laura Ethel King, had just finished her “normal school” certification in Nebraska and came to Tripp County, an eager young teacher. The standard practice of the early 1900s was for new teachers to board with a family in the community. Ethel boarded with the Storms Family and was invited to meet the neighbors at a barn dance.
How could she not notice the two handsome young men providing the music? Walter and his homestead neighbor, Bill Emme, had discovered a mutual love for music. Walter had taken violin lessons in Chicago at Lane Technical Boys School and Bill played the accordion. Musicians were in high demand for the barn dances. The music didn’t have to be perfect but did have to have a strong, steady beat. They practiced together, honing their favorites, Turkey In The Straw and Sailor’s Jig.
Dad told me many times how he bore down on the violin strings with his bow when he saw the lovely, new teacher watching him play. Suddenly, someone asked her to dance and she disappeared from his sight. He told me that he decided, at that very moment, to purchase the handsome new buggy with the padded black leather seats that he had his eye on. Over the next couple of weeks he sold a number of steers, enough to purchase the buggy hoping to capture Ethel’s attention. He also splurged for sleigh bells to go on the harnesses to provide a musical accompaniment to the romantic buggy rides he was planning. Now he was prepared to go courting! My mother admired the bells and enjoyed their cheery sound. They were jingling along when Walter asked that very important question and Ethel said, “Yes!” They were married by a justice of the peace in Winner, South Dakota, in May of 1916.
Those sleigh bells that played a part in my parents’ courtship continued to be used until the leather strap weathered and broke. Dad hung a shortened length of the original bells on their brittle leather in the barn. They were there for a long as I can remember. Occasionally, as we passed them, he would give them a shake and remind me that these were the bells he strapped to the harnesses when he drove those eight miles to court my mother. Years later, when my children and I were on our regular summer visit to the ranch, I asked Dad if I could have those romantic, but rusty old bells. I took them to Tucson, Arizona, my home for fifty-five years, and hung them in the garage. Occasionally, I would give them a gentle shake and remind one of my four children about their history.
Retiring to Florida, I asked my daughter, Lynnelle Anderson, to return those one hundred-year-old nostalgic “jingles” to the ranch where they belonged. My daughter and her husband, Joe Anderson, chose to leave management jobs in Tucson twenty years ago to live and work on our beloved Hellmann’s Quiet Creek Ranch, carrying on the legacy. Now the bells are back on the homestead to celebrate another new beginning. As I envision that worn old strap and those melodious bells, I pray that family descendants in years to come will seek them out and shake them at future weddings to elicit that unmistakable jingle in loving memory of those two Tripp County pioneers, Walter and Ethel Hellmann.
Police Department Plans Open House
The Winner Police Department will be hosting an open house on Aug. 2 in conjunction with National Night Out. The open house will be from 5-7 p.m. There will be giveaways and information about the jail and dispatch. Juice and cookies will be served.
National Night Out is an annual nationwide event designed to strengthen relationships in neighborhoods, raise crime prevention awareness and continue relationships with police, firemen. Nationwide, the event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.
The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch and other anti crime efforts.
Marathon, Half Marathon Set for July 30
By Dan Bechtold, Editor
The Winner Future Farmers of America will be hosting a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K run on July 30. All proceeds from these races will go to the Bob Connot family.
The check in time for the marathon will be at 6:30 a.m. at the barn across from Frontier Motors. The marathon will start at 6:45 a.m. The check-in for the half marathon, 10K and 5K will be at 7 a.m. also at the barn.
The original idea for this race grew out of a discussion held in DeJong’s agronomy class this spring at Winner High School. “We were talking about different aspects of ag production and how we have to constantly challenge ourselves. This kind of evolved into conversation what are we doing to challenge ourselves personally,” he said.
DeJong noted the students wanted to start training for a half marathon. One of the students suggested Winner host its own marathon.
“Run for a Reason” is the theme of this race and DeJong hopes that people come out and have an enjoyable run.