Senate Fails to Override Pipeline Bill Veto

The U.S. senate last Wednesday failed to override President Barak Obama’s veto on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.

Lawmakers in the Senate voted 62-37 failing to get the 66 votes needed to override the veto.

If constructed, the pipeline would go through western South Dakota and through a portion of Tripp County.

Members of the South Dakota delegation in Washington said they remain optimistic the project can ultimately proceed.

“We are going to continue to push it,” said Sen. John Thune.

“I can’t predict at this point what it might be. All I know is we’re going to be looking for opportunities to push this issue forward and put it in front of the president.”

Rep. Kristi Noem said she is confident Keystone would come before Congrss again this year.

Sen. Mike Rounds said some lawmakers have talked about adding Keystone to long term transportation funding bill because it would garner bipartisan support.

Bling Fling Set for March 7



The third annual Spirit Gems Bling Fling will be held Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. in the Winner Armory. The doors will open at 9 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend and watch individuals showcase their dance, tumbling, stunting and cheer skills.

Spirit Gems is a group of local kids ranging in age from 3 to 18.

There will be vendors, concessions and fun booths.

In addition to the Winner areas, there will be competitors from Miller, Pierre, Ainsworth, Neb., Colome, Platte, Gregory and other area towns.

All five Spirit Gems groups will be performing which includes about 100 girls.

There will be 10 vendors at the show. One of the booths will feature the Spirit Store from the Lincoln, Neb., area. The store features cheer bows and other accessories.

The concession stand will feature caramel apples and cotton candy along with other  food items.

There will also be a silent auction. Persons who would like to donate items to the silent auction can contact Jessica Beehler, Katie Craven or Sara Swedlund.

Vendors who would like to have a booth can contact Amy Kartak.

The Bling Fling will feature a special performance by the Spirit Coals.

Kirdy Jorgensen will be the cheer announcer for the Bling Fling.

There will be prizes awarded at the end of the show.


Horstman Honored at SDSU

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South Dakota State University men’s basketball team honored its seniors Zach Horstman of Winner and Cody Larson of Sioux Falls on Feb. 21.

The Jacks defeated Oral Roberts and the game marked Horstman’s final home game.

“You look at Zach’s  four years and I don’t think there’s been a more successful guy in the Division I era in terms of wins,” said coach Scott Nagy.

The coach said both Horstman and Larson are great students. “They’ll be great leaders in their community and I’m proud that I had a chance to have them in my life,” said Nagy.

Two Wrestlers Place at State

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Winner Area wrestling team placed two wrestlers, both seniors, at the state tournament this weekend in Rapid City.

Tyrel Haley placed 7th with an 11-9 victory over Luke Bietz of  Parkston.

Jimmy Sharkey took 8th place as he lost to John Hoiten of McCook Central/Montrose.

“It was great to see the two seniors work their way into placing at the state tournament,” said coach Matt Chambers.

“Tyrel and Jimmy are both three time state qualifiers. Kayleb Brozik, Ty Bolton and Cameron Biggins wrestled well and will take this experience and improve for next year,” said Chambers.

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Winner Advances to Region Championship

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The Winner High School girls basketball team punched its ticket to the region championship with a 66-42 victory over Chamberlain Thursday in Winner.

Winner will play Cheyenne Eagle Butte on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Ft. Pierre.

In the semifinal game in Winner, Kelsey Bertram led the scoring with 28 points. Bailey Volmer added 15 points.

“The girls did a good job of battling all game long,” said coach Larry Aaker. “We have to give a lot of credit to Chamberlain as they came ready to play,” said the coach.

“They defended us really well in the first half and shot the ball well. We were able to use the momentum from Volmer’s half court shot right before the half to take control of the game in the second half.”


Warriors Claim Big Dakota Conference Title

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Winner High School boys basketball team closed out the regular season with an 83-56 victory over Crow Creek on Feb. 23.

The Warriors ended the regular season with a 19-1 record. The only loss was to Mt. Vernon/Plankinton.

“We are proud of our student athletes as they went on the road and finished the regular season on a high note,” said coach Brett Gardner.

With the victory, the Warriors were able to capture the Big Dakota Conference championship outright. This is only the fourth time in school history of winning the conference outright. The other years were in 1986, 2002 and 2012.

Cowboys End Regular Season with Victory

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Colome boys basketball team ended the season on a high note as they defeated Tripp-Delmont/Armour 66-43 on Feb. 26. This was the final regular season game before the start of district tournament competition.

Tripp-Delmont/Armour led 22-19 at the end of the first quarter but a strong second quarter for the Cowboys held their opponents to five points.

Holden Thieman scored 17 points, Reed Harter, 13 and Jackson Kinzer, 9.

“A win is always a good way to finish the regular season but I think we know that we will need to shoot the ball better if we want to have success in the postseason,” said coach Drew Weber.

Cowgirls Fall in District Tournament

Colome girls basketball team was defeated by Gregory Monday, Feb. 23, in the first round of the District 12B tournament in Colome.

Gregory defeated Colome 52-37.

Leading scorers for Colome were Taylor Hrabanek with 11 and Mariah Kinzer with 10.

Kinzer pulled down 11 rebounds and Hrabanek had 10.

Lauren Week had 4 assists.

Colome made 11 of 63 field goals.

The loss ended the season for Colome.

Docken, Bice help Vikings

Jayd Docken and Sean Bice, both of Winner, are playing vital roles in the success of Augustana  College wrestling this season.

In the  final dual of the season, Augustana hosted St. Cloud State on Saturday, Feb. 20. Docken won a 5-2 decision over V. J. Giulio.

Docken, a senior wrestling at 197 pounds, is 22-3 this year and leads the Vikings in winning percentage.

“Jayd has only lost to one D-II kid and he always wins,” said coach Jason Reitmeier. “Now he is really starting to score some points and open up offensively.”

Ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the NSIC, Docken has lost two of his matches to Division I opponents.

In order to keep winning, Reitmeier says Docken just needs to keep attacking.

“He needs to just let the offense flow,” Reitmeier said. “If he keeps his attack hand free, he can beat a lot of people.”

Bice, a true freshman, is wrestling at 157 pounds and is 7-10 this year for the Vikings.

“Sean is wrestling up a weight but he is always competitive,” Reitmeier said. “He’s

got a lot of offense and we are really excited with where he will be in a couple of years.”

Reitmeier said Bice suffered a setback with mono this year which didn’t allow him to get as many matches in.

Clara Musilek, 94



Clara Musilek, 94, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner.

Funeral services were  held on Saturday, Feb. 28,  at 2  p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner.  Burial followed in the Colome City Cemetery.

Clara Musilek was born October 10, 1920 at the farm south of Colome, SD to Frank and Josephine (Scheinest) Bicek. She was the fifth child of a family of six.

Clara attended grade school at highland school south of Colome and High School at Dallas, SD.

Clara worked at various farm jobs after high school and worked at The Phillip Hotel for 25 years. She was a very special sister who helped raised her sister Rose’s family.

In 1964 she married Jim Musilek and they made their home south of Colome on a farm until 1977. They moved to Winner, SD and she worked at the Winner Regional Hospital for twelve years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Winner. Clara loved being a home-maker. She loved attending to her flowers and garden, dancing, and traveling.