Colome Team Places 5th

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Colome boys and girls track teams both placed fifth at the Kimball/White Lake Invitational on April 23.

Jackson Kinzer won the triple jump in 37-0.

Other results of the Colome boys team include:

Triple jump—Andrew Laprath, 5th, 34-2.

100—Cole McCarty, 5th, :11.88; Chase Hrabanek, 6th, :11.89

200—Hrabanek, 4th, :24.53; Reed Harter, 5th, :24.76

300 hurdles—Andrew Laprath, 4th, :52.58

1600—Cody Heath, 6th, 5:32.40

Long jump—Cole McCarty, 2nd, 18-4.5

Discus—Cody Heath, 4th, 96-5

4×100 relay—2nd, :48.09, Chase Hrabanek, Cole McCarty, Jackson Kinzer and Reed Harter

Medley relay—3rd, 3:58, Reed Harter, Cole McCarty, Chase Hrabanek and Jackson Kinzer

On the girls side, Jaclyn Laprath won the mile run in 5:57.88.

Other results of the Colome girls include:

300 hurdles—Morgan Hofeldt, 3rd, 1:00.28

800—Taylor Hrabanek, 2nd, 2:53.85; Lauren Week, 6th, 3:10.41

3200—Laprath, 2nd, 13:22.31

Long jump—Hrabanek, 3rd, 14-1.50

Triple jump—Week, 4th, 29 ½

4×200 relay—6th, 2:10.85, Lauren Week, Morgan Hofeldt, Mariah Kinzer, Taylor Hrabanek

4×800 relay—4th, 11:30.72, Morgan Hofeldt, Lauren Week, Jaclyn Laprath and Taylor Hrabanek

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Academic Awards Presented to WHS Teams

Winner is one of several schools that have received academic team achievement awards for the 2014-2015 winter season.

All varsity fine arts groups and athletic teams that achieve a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive the South Dakota High School Activities Association academic achievement team award.

Winner High School teams that won the award are: girls basketball cheerleaders, boys basketball cheerleaders, boys basketball team, wrestling team, girls basketball team and one act play.

Initiated during the 1996-97 school year, the academic team achievement award program is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts teams for their academic excellence.

Duane Dale Blare, 79

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Duane Dale Blare, 79, was taken by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, April 19, 2015.  He was born to Dale and Josephine Blare on October 22, 1935 in the farm house near Hamill.  He has lived pretty much his whole life on the homestead farm out by Hamill.  He graduated from Winner High School and played sports, pranks and the yoyo.  There he met Ruth Colleen Minchow at the Young Peoples’ Meetings whom he then married on October 3, 1954.

He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and they joined the Orthodox Presbyterian Church where he served his Lord in whatever way possible.  Raising four children on the farm, he really enjoyed farming, raising cattle, observing how his family grew in the Lord.  Most everyone would agree that he had a happy and caring manner towards anyone he would meet.  Whether a good handshake, a big smile or most of the time a big hug, you knew he cared and wanted to help.  He hardly ever pushed himself on people but had a way of drawing you in to him.

Lorene Wolf, 87

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Lorene Anna Wolf was born April 22, 1927 at Woonsocket, SD to Mathew and Lena (Hein) Wolf.

She moved to the Winner area at an early age and in 1945 she moved to the Redfield State Hospital and School. She remained there for the next 30 years.

In 1975 she moved back to Winner when the South Central Adjustment Training Center was opened. Later, she moved to the Winner Long Term Care Facility.

While living at the Adjustment Training Center, she enjoyed her work and new found independence. Lorene was presented the first Bill Sacker award. It was given to an individual with mental retardation who left an institution and became an integrated member of society. It was said in the very beginning she was determined to make it on her own. It was her dream and her goal and she never lost sight of it. Lorene won eleven Special Olympic medals and was a member of the Greater Tripp ARC, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the Winner Lioness Club.

Veteran Receives Past-Due Medal

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By Hot Springs Star staff  

HOT SPRINGS – At the command, “Sergeant Jerke, Front and Center!” Army Korean War veteran Clarence Jerke, formerly of Winner,  jumped to his feet and walked to the front of the auditorium during the Resident’s Council meeting at the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.  Unbeknownst to Jerke, he was about to receive a long-overdue medal for his service.

As State Home Director of Operations Randy Meyers read from a letter signed by Kim Dae-jung, the President of the Republic of Korea and dated June 25, 2000, State Home Superintendent Brad Richardson pinned the Korean Service Medal to Jerke’s shirt front.

The Korean Service Medal was awarded by the Republic of Korea in 2000, 50 years after the start of the conflict, as a way to thank the American Servicemen and women for their efforts in safeguarding the country.

Athlete Safety Becomes Priority at Activities Association

By Dana Hess for S.D. Newspaper Association

PIERRE, S.D. – Policies dealing with student-athlete safety will be studied during the next year for possible implementation, the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors was told by staff April 21.

The study will be led by SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director John Krogstrand who attended a meeting about athlete safety.

“I came back scared,” Krogstrand said of the meeting the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National American Society for Sports Management that dealt with high school athletic injuries.

Key areas covered at the meeting included emergency action plans, sudden cardiac arrest, contact and concussions and heat exposure.

“These are real things that happen,” Krogstrand said of the incidence of heart attacks in young athletes.

He said many schools have automated external defibrillators but the speakers at the meeting pointed out that the machines may not be charged or properly maintained.

Krogstrand said he learned that heat exposure isn’t necessarily just an occurrence in Southern states.

“It can take place anytime, anywhere,” Krogstrand said.

The states that had rules in place to guard against these injuries had one grim similarity.

“It seemed like every state, before they’d address these issues, kids would die,” Krogstrand said.

During the next year, SDHSAA staff and sports medicine experts will work on policy recommendations to bring to the board.

“We really need to do a better job of this within the next 12 months,” Krogstrand said.

Farming In Right of Way Is Not Allowed

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it is against the law to plant crops within the right of way of a public road and it also can be a safety hazard for motorists.

According to director of operations Greg Fuller,  the purpose of the highway right of way is to create an obstruction free area for the safety of the traveling public. Farmers who unlawfully plant crops in the right of way can create a visual obstruction and possibly limit sight distances for motorists, especially near intersections.

Tall crops also can cover important signage and create cover for deer and other wildlife. That gives motorists less of a chance to see wildlife in time to avoid a serious accident. Highway right of way also is used by utility companies to install gas lines, power lines, telephone lines and fiber optic cable. Plowing and tilling can damage these lines and create a potentially dangerous situation for farmers, utility workers and area residents. It also can cause possible service interruptions.

Along with safety concerns, farming activity in the right of way can create erosion and landscape changes that can affect proper drainage, clog culverts and jeopardize the stability of the shoulders and the roadbed itself. Right of way widths can vary depending on location. Landowners should verify where the right of way line is prior to farming. If there are any questions on where the right of way line is, they should contact their local region or area DOT office.

Contact information can be found on the SDDOT website: HYPERLINK “”

USDA Rural Development Invests $463.8 Million in South Dakota’s Economy in Fiscal Year 2014

USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones announced  that $463.8 million was invested in rural South Dakota communities from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.  As outlined in HYPERLINK “”South Dakota’s 2014 Progress Report, the program funds assist housing, business and community development, water and waste water, energy, distance learning and telemedicine, electric companies and telecommunications. Water and waste water funds are limited to communities of less than 10,000 population. Community facility funding is available to towns of 20,000 population or less. Businesses and industries in communities with up to 50,000 residents can obtain funding through the business programs.

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to assist rural communities with their infrastructure needs and support efforts to improve the quality of life for rural residents living in South Dakota’s rural communities,” said Jones.  “We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of rural residents in Fiscal Year 2015.”

Rural Development’s investment include $7 million in South Dakota rural businesses, supporting 37 projects; $196.8 million in loans and grants to build, repair, rehabilitate, and purchase homes – the agency obligated 71 direct loans and 1,465 guaranteed loans; $6.9 million in community facilities loans and grants – the 26 projects included funding for schools, fire and safety equipment to benefit 6,378 rural South Dakota residents; and $238 million through 32 infrastructure projects to provide reliable and clean drinking water, waste treatment systems, electric power, and telecommunications services in about 40 rural communities in South Dakota.

For example the Deuel Area Development, Inc. (DADI) received a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), now known as HYPERLINK “”Rural Business Development Grants,  and leveraged it with other funding to provide technical assistance to small businesses in eastern South Dakota; the Mni Waste’ Water Company will soon have a new water treatment plant connected to an abundant water supply – the Missouri River – thanks to USDA Rural Development HYPERLINK “

Pravecek Honored with ESA Award

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Tim Pravecek’s volunteerism and accomplishments have earned him the ESA distinguished service award.

The honor was presented at ESA’s award ceremony April 16.

Pravecek graduated from Winner High School in 1979 and then attended the University of South Dakota.

Currently, he works in parts/sales at Grossenburg Implement.

Pravecek is an asset to his job and the community.