Winner High School Track Team Begins Season

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Winner High School track team will return athletes who have state experience.

The season is already underway as the first meet of the season was the Bill Pistulka Invitational which was held Friday in Winner.

Head coach of the track teams this year is Larry Aaker who is taking over from his brother, Dan Aaker, who served as head track coach for five years.

Larry Aaker says the team has some lofty goals. Some of the goals are to be the Big Dakota and region champions plus place in the top four at the state meet.

This year the state track meet will be in the Black Hills with the first day for Class A teams in Spearfish and then all classes competing in Rapid City at the South Dakota School of Mines field on the second day.

There are 17 girls out for track. The returning letterwinners are: Chloe Bartels, Sydney Fritz,  Calah Covey, Hayley Halverson, Deloris Herman, Kylie Horstman, Kyran Meek, Casey Norrid, Alexis Richey, Samantha Schuyler, Sydney Schuyler, Rachel Sherman and Skyler VanDenHul.

The Lady Warriors have a lot of girls throwing the shot put and discus. Herman competed at state last year in the weights.

Girls who will be throwers will be: Bailey Baker, Covey, Brindi Felix, Herman, Meek, Casey Norrid, Lauren Norrd.

Sprinters will be Kelsey Bertram, Covey, Sydney Fritz, Horstman, Meek, Sherman and VanDenHul.

Leading the distance runners will be Chloe Bartels, Hayley Halverson, Alexis Richey. Senior Sydney Schuyler will be in the mix as a middle distance runner and will be running some sprints.

There are not a lot of  numbers in the girls field events. VanDenHul will be a hurdler in addition to competing in the triple jump.

Aaker sees the medley relay as being the strongest for the girls. He says the girls should be competitive in relays.

The girls have had the advance of a full week of practice over the boys. With Winner boys playing in the State A basketball tournament, they did not report for track practice until March 24.

There are solid numbers on the boys side with 30 athletes out for track.

A lot of experience will return when the boys step on the track.

The returning lettermen for the boys are: Windsor Barry, Trevor Bertram, Nick Blare, Kayleb Brozik, Chet Bryan, Drew DeMers, Luke Engel, Wyatt Ewing Nathan Galbraith, Tyrel Haley, Brendan Harter, Nick Hossle, Kelly Kidwiler, John Kludt, Cameron Kuil, Isaac Naasz, Sam Naasz, Trevor Sachtjen, Jayden Schroeder, Coleton Schuyler, Ryan Sherman and Jace Voegeli.

Like the girls, the Warriors have a lot of athletes throwing the shot put and discus. The squad is led by Harter who qualified for the state meet a year ago.

Competing in shot and discus this year are: Harter, Blare, Bryan, Ewing, Kidwiler, Kludt, Levi McClanahan, Sachtjen, Alex Schaeffer, Schroeder, Sherman and Voegeli.

In the field events, long jumpers will be Hossle, Barry, DeMers, Riley Calhoon and Cameron Kuil.

Barry, Isaac Naasz  and DeMers will be in the triple jump.

Brozik will high jump.

Leaders in the hurdles will be Tyrel Haley and Sam Naasz. Aaker says Haley will concentrate on the 300 hurdles.

The field of sprinters is strong with Galbraith returning following his 7th place finish in the 400 at state a year ago.

Other sprinters will be Barry, Calhoon, DeMers, Haley, Hossle, Kuil, Mike Massa, McClanahan, Sam  and Isaac Naasz, Schroeder, Mason Schuyler and Ian Tunnissen.

The distance runners will be led by senior Coleton Schuyler. Other  mid to long distance runners will be Bertram, Brozik, Izak Moleterno and Engel.

With the good crew of sprinters and distance runner the Warriors will be able to have a great pool to choose from for relays. Last year at state, the medley took fourth place. This relay is fortunate to have three of the four runners returning. Back on this relay are Sam Naasz, Nate Galbraith and Schuyler.

Aaker says the medley looks to be the strongest relay but all the others will also be competitive.

“One of our goals is to get all of our relays qualified for state,” said Aaker.

Assistant coaches are Glenn Carlson, Jaime Keiser, Lindsey Foster and Brett Gardner.

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Colome Track Team Ready for Season

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The Colome High School track team is looking forward to the start of the season.

The team opened Friday at the Bill Pistulka track meet in Winner.

Charles Hosford is the new track coach at Colome.

There are 14 athletes on the team including five boys.

Members of the boys team are: Reed Harter, Andrew Laprath, Cody Heath, Cole McCarty and Chase Hrabanek. Returning letterwinners for the Cowboys are Harter, Heath, McCarty and Hrabanek.

Girls competing for the Cowgirls are: Taylor Hrabanek, Mariah Kinzer, Lauren Week, Colby Taggart, Morgan Hofeldt, Callie Heath, foreign exchange student Anna Ferre, Maggie McCarty, Emily Duley and Jaclyn Laprath who will split her time between the varsity and the Colome junior high team. Laprath is an 8th grader.

The returning letterwinners are: Hrabanek, Kinzer, Week, Laprath, Taggart, Hofeldt and Health.

Coach Hosford said the major loss from the Colome team is Terrance Kinzer who graduated and is now attending school at Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa.

Hosford noted Harter will run the 100 and 200 with Heath and Laprath will be competing in the 800 and mile. Hrabanek will run anywhere from a 200 to a 400.

Cole McCarty will do sprints and long jump.

Heath will be the team’s shot put and discus thrower plus will run relays and the open 800.

In field events, Laprath will triple jump.

On the girls side, Taggart and Hrabanek will throw the shot put and discus. Ferre will long jump and run the 100. Other long jumpers will be Heath, Hrabanek and Maggie McCarty.

Hosford said the team’s 4×800  relay team that ran at state is returning. The runners on this relay are Laprath, Heath, Week and Hofeldt.

Individually, Laprath ran in the open two mile at state last year in Sioux Falls.

Hosford said the team has been working hard in practice. He noted Colome is in one of the tougher regions with the state with Platte and Corisca.

Mende Supik is the assistant varsity coach.

Cheyenne Heath is the junior high track coach.

Golfers Open April 2

Winner High School girls golf team will open the season at the Stanley County Invitational on April 2.

There are 12 girls out for golf this season.

The returning letterwinners are Elizabeth Jankauskas, Samantha Marts and Ronae Klein.

This year girls golf is a coop with Colome Consolidate School District. The two golfers from Colome are Colby Taggart and Cheyenne Dougherty.

Other girls on the golf team are Dari Nelson, Haley McKenzie, Sydnie Peters, Macie Ferwerda, Addy Root, Kiersten Durrin and Kara Ewing.

Gone from last year’s team are state placer Kennede Mathis and Natalie Gronlund.

Coach Randy Kludt says the girls have been practicing for a week.

Baseball Team Opens Season Thursday

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The Winner/Colome club baseball team will open the season at home on April 2 when they host Parkston. The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game at Leahy Bowl.

Returning letterwinners are Reed Harter, Holden Thieman, Drew DeMers, Kelly O’Bryan, Ty Bolton, Riley Calhoon and Levi McClanahan. Others on the team are Brandon Bicek, Colby Curtis, Luke Engel, Ryan Sherman, Nick Lantz, Tanner Moeller, Dalton Baker, Carter Brickman, Jamin Dougherty, Jeremiah Yeaman, Philip Jorgensen, Joren Bruun, Loren Moeller, Gage Watson, Jacob Beckers, Kameron Meiners, Oscar Pravecek, Ryder Mortenson, Fred Whiting, Nathan Monk, Pete Hughes, Hanna Rowe and Colton Schroeder.

The team is coaches by Drew Weber and Jon Hanson who are both in their second year of coaching club ball.

Weber says the team will be young with a core group of older ball players, 5 to 6 sophomores, a good group of freshmen and lots of 7th and 8th graders.

The team has been practicing for two weeks. Weber says the team is working on a lot of fundamentals.

The Royals will have plenty of pitchers. “Reed is returning as one of our best pitchers,” said Weber. DeMers, who threw a no hitter in the regional a year ago, injured his arm. The coach added Thieman, O’Bryan, Calhoon, Bolton, McClanahan, Brickman, Engel and Lantz may all see action on the mound.

“We are fortunate to have a lot of kids who can pitch and this will allow us to not have to over use one pitcher’s arm,” said the coach.

Harter returns as one of the leading hitters in the state.  “We will have to use our speed and quickness at the plate. We need to be able to put the ball in play,” said Weber.

He says  defense will also be good for the Royals.

The coach says the kids are enthusiastic to play. “We will be competitive and our goal is to make it to the state tournament,” said Weber.

The opener Thursday against Parkston is a non conference game. Weber says Parkston is one of the top five teams in the state. Parkston joined the Winner/Colome schedule after Chamberlain dropped out.

The first girl on the team is Hanna Rowe who is an 8th grader. Weber says she is eager to learn.

Verdean Lee Bell, 78

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Verdean Lee Bell, age 78, of Winner, passed away on Tuesday, March 24,  at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility. Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Monday, March 30, at the Winner Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Memorials can be directed to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which is located at 505 Lincoln St., Winner, SD 57580.

Lee Verdeen Bell was born April 23, 1936, the third daughter to Lee and Lena Klein of Fairfax, SD.

She married her beloved husband, Eddie Lee Bell in December of 1953. To their union they had five children: Daughter Deb and her son Kris Robinson of Winner; Son Kim Bell of Piedmont, SD; Daughter Cindy (Jerry) Haskell of Alliance, NE and their children Chad (Angell), Charlie (Mandy) and Marly and Ira, Luke (Erica) and Carter, Henry, Makenna, and Cooper, Tye (Carrie) and Taylor; Daughter Amy (Bill) Reiser of Wagner, SD and their children Sadie (Ryan) Holzbauer and Kyler, Tiah, Kaden, Alexis, and Zane, Corey and Brayden, Cole and Jase, and Bryce; Randy (DeEtte) of Dixon, SD and their children Preston and Payton, Nick, Brandon (Sadie) Briggs and Brinkley. She is survived by two sisters Delilah Goeden of Wayne, NE and Marlene Burger of Boulder, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Lena Klein and her husband Eddie.

She was a faithful member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mom was an avid sports fan and followed the Chicago Bears. She was a baseball fan and an avid fisherwoman. She especially enjoyed following all of the grandchildren sporting events.

Love lives forever and memories of your loved ones shine through the sorrow.

Kathryn Rutherford, 83

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Kathryn Ann Lynass Rutherford was born on August 20, 1931 in Winner, SD to William and Geneva (Flickinger) Lynass. Kathy attended St. Mary’s Catholic grade school, graduating from Winner High School in 1950. She went on to attend Iowa State University where she received a degree as a dietitian. Kathy did her internship at Boston Massachusetts Hospital and later worked in New Orleans. She then returned to Winner and married the love of her life MJ (Pee Wee) Rutherford on July 18, 1960. Although they were not blessed with children, she and Pee Wee cherished and loved helping raise 15 nieces and nephews along with many other “special” children.

Kathy and Pee Wee owned and operated Rutherford Drug for many years. During that time, Kathy worked as a dietitian at the Winner Baptist Hospital. They later moved to their home in Mystic, SD, where she worked at the Rapid City Regional Hospital until her retirement in 2000. She was very active in ESA and the National Dietitian’s Association where she held many state and national offices. She loved camping, spending time in the Black Hills, playing bridge with her many friends, Mah-Jongg, and in her retirement having coffee with the girls. Do to the time she spent in Boston, she became an avid Red Sox fan. Most of all, Kathy loved spending time with her nieces, nephews, and all the great nieces and nephews. It was a special treat for her when her family gathered for pheasant hunting.

Gilbert Heth, 64

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Gilbert Heth, age 64, of Winner, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the Winner-Ideal Community Hall in Winner. Burial  followed at the Winner Cemetery.

Gilbert Allen Heth, 64, was born in Wagner, on  October 23, 1950, to Mildred Zephier and Basil Heth Sr.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Heth of 35 blessed years. Gilbert’s good nature, sense of humor, contagious laughter, and unforgettable smile will be missed by all those who knew him. He made an impression on all who crossed his path. His grandchildren and children meant the world to him. He never failed to put a smile on someone’s face.

Kay Karl, 76



Kay Joyce (Snider) Karl was born on November  8, 1938 to Kenneth and Josephine (Jamison) Snider on a homestead south of Paxton, SD. Kay graduated from Gregory High School in 1957.

On June 1, 1957 Kay was united in marriage to Elmer Karl in Gregory. To this union three children were born—Michael, Cindi, and Sandi. Kay was a lifelong partner in Karl’s TV and Appliance with her husband Elmer for the next 57 years.

Kay’s greatest joy was family—three children, five grandchildren, two loved as grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends were the light of her life.

Kay and Elmer enjoyed traveling to so many amazing places around the world. She enjoyed reading, playing cards,  all things musical and theater, New Orleans jazz, champagne, (and we have to mention shopping—gifts for friends and family!), her beloved birthday group, and “red hat” friends.

Kay passed away unexpectedly on March 23, 2015.

USDA Finalizes Procedures for Sorghum Referendum

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.

The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order.

USDA will conduct the referendum beginning on March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, at county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for producers and the Agricultural Marketing Service office for importers. Ballots may be obtained in person, by mail or facsimile at county FSA offices, or via the Internet.

Any eligible person engaged in the production or importation of sorghum from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2014, is eligible to participate. Individuals are required to provide documentation such as a sales receipt or remittance form that shows they engaged in the production or importation of sorghum.

The Sorghum Checkoff Program, and its 13-member board, is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. The Sorghum Checkoff is intended to be a national, coordinated, self-help marketing program designed to strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for sorghum, and develop new markets and uses for sorghum.

The final procedures were published in the Nov. 18, 2010, Federal Register. The notice announcing the dates of the referendum were published in the Feb. 19, 2015, Federal Register.

For more information, contact Craig Shackelford, Marketing Specialist, Research and Promotion Division, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA, 22 Jamesport Lane, White, GA 30184; Telephone: (470) 315-4246; Procedures and additional information about the referendum can be found at: