By Dan Bechtold, Editor
Kirk Bainter is Winner’s only three time state wrestling champion.
For his efforts on the mat, Bainter will be inducted in the Winner School Hall of Fame on Jan. 24. The ceremony will take place at the Winner Invitational wrestling tournament prior to the start of the championship matches.
Bainter continues to make Winner his home and won the state title in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He graduated from Winner High School in 1982 and is the son of Max and Jodee Bainter of Winner. In 1982 at the state wrestling tournament he was named Class A outstanding wrestler.
His high school wrestling record is 103-24-1.
Raven Angus Named “Ranch Family of the Year”
When the Petersek family says locally owned and family operated, they mean it. Raven Angus was founded in 1955 by Ray and Betty Petersek. The early years of Raven Angus were very different from the current operation.
Ray and Betty started Raven Angus south of St. Charles with 10 registered Angus cows they purchased from Robert Lynch and sons of Maloy, Iowa. From those 10 cows the herd has grown to over 500 registered mother cows.
Top Chamber Award goes to Derald Bachmann
Derald Bachmann received the achievement award at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards night on Thursday.
Bachmann is a lifelong resident of Winner and is an active member of the community.
In October of 1996 he started Derald Bachmann Construction. Then in April 2003 he expanded the business to Bachmann Construction and Redi-Mix after purchasing the Mathis Concrete plant.
Prior to starting his own business, in early part of 1980 he moved to Gillette, Wyo., and worked in the oil field. In 1982, he came back to Winner and worked for his father.
In 1995, Bachmann and his wife, moved to Sioux Falls as he took a job with Sioux Sports rigging boats. Bachmann was getting calls from people asking him to come back to Winner to do construction work.
Once again he made the move to his hometown and started Bachmann Construction.