By Dan Bechtold, Editor
For 27 years Bob Fanning has been helping farmer, ranchers and 4-H youth with his work in the extension service.
Fanning, who is the plant pathology field specialist with the SDSU regional extension center in Winner, will be retiring.
A retirement open house will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at the regional extension office in Winner.
Fanning will start a new career in March as a sales agronomist for Country Pride Coop.
Two Spirit GemTeams Place at National
The Spirit Gems X-Cite brought home the third place award from the American Heartland national championships Feb. 13-15 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The Spirit Gems Sapphire placed fifth in its division.
The national championship featured 154 teams and 3,500 participants.
There were 15 girls on the X-Cite team ages 10-16 and they competed in the senior division. The X-Cite coaches are Kallie Odenbach along with advisors Lori Weiland and Melanie Bachmann.
There were 14 girls on the Sapphire team ages 7-11. The coaches for Sapphire are Amy Kartak, Kirdy Jorgensen and Hannah Peterson along with advisors Weiland and Bachmann.
Both teams competed on Saturday and then again on Sunday.
The X-Cite team was tied for second place after the first day.
Grandparent Essay Winners Named
Three winners in the grandparent essay contest were honored by the Winner Area Retired Teachers Association on Feb. 18.
First place went to Maya Vandenbark, daughter of Matthew and Kate Vandenbark. She wrote about her grandparent David Harris. Vandenbark’s essay was entered in the state contest.
Second place went to Katie Welker, daughter of DeWayne and Laura Welker. Welker’s essay was on her grandmother Beverly Welker.
Third place went to Caden Munroe, son of Ric and Lisa Munroe. He wrote about his grandmother, Carol Munroe.
Vandenbark, Welker and Munroe all attend Colome School.
Honorable mention went to Kasie Leighton, Colome School and Trinity Vrbka, Winner School.