Colome Boys Win Medley Relay

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The Colome boys track team won the medley relay at last Tuesday’s Gregory Invitational.

The team crossed the finish line in 4:05.8. Runners were Chase Hrabanek, Cole McCarty, Jackson Kinzer and Reed Harter.

As a team, the Colome boys placed 9th.

Other Cowboy results include:

400 relay—3rd, :48.2, Chase Hrabanek, Cole McCarty, Jackson Kinzer and Reed Harter

Triple jump—Kinzer, 3rd, 36-11.5

The Colome girls track team took seventh place.

Results include:

200—Callie Heath, 4th, :28.9

400—Heath, 2nd, 1:04.4

3200 run—Jaclyn Laprath, 4th, 13:35.3

100 hurdles—Emmalie Duley, 6th, :21.4

300 hurdles—Morgan Hofeldt, 2nd, :55.7

4×400 relay—6th, 4:59.7, Lauren Week, Mariah Kinzer, Jaclyn Laprath and Taylor Hrabanek

4×800 relay—4th, 11:41.2, Lauren Week, Jaclyn Laprath, Taylor Hrabanek and Callie Heath

Long jump—Callie Heath, 5th, 14-2.5; Taylor Hrabanek, 6th ,  14-0

Triple jump—Week, 4th, 28-5.5

Shot put—Colby Taggart, 5th, 32-3

The next meet for Colome will be held at the SCC meet in Platte on April 7.

Bertram Named to All-State Team

kelsey bertram todd co gameKelsey Bertram of Winner  has been named to the first team of the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association Class A all-state team.

The 5-9 Bertram had one of the best seasons in Winner girls basketball history. She broke school records for points in a game (46), points in a season (521), 3 pointers in a season (58). She also holds records for free throw percentage in a season (83.3), career (77.8) and steals in a season with 118.

Bertram scored over 1,000 points in her career at Winner High School.

“Kelsey led us in every statistical category this year,” Winner head coach Larry Aaker said. “Kelsey has tremendous desire to be the best, she plays extremely hard and she also strives to make her teammates better. She’s a special player that I was fortunate to coach the past four years,” said Aaker.

Royals Pick Up Opening Season Victory

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Winner/Colome club baseball team opened the season Thursday night with a 7-4 victory over Parkston.

It was a cool night for baseball but a large crowd was on hand for the opening game of the season.

The Royals scored three runs in the second inning after Parkston opened with two runs.

Holden Thieman was the winning pitcher and Reed Harter got the save.

“This was a great win to start the season,” said coach Drew Weber. “Parkston is one of the best teams in the state and we are an awfully young team starting seven underclassmen.”

Viola M. Eldridge, 78

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Viola Margene Eldridge was born July 9, 1936 at Winner,  to Henry and Dorothy (Schmidt) Holthus.  She was raised in Hamill where she attended grade school and then attended high school in Winner.  On November 18, 1954, Viola was united in marriage to Byron Dale Eldridge at the Lutheran Parsonage in Winner. They made their home on Bull Creek on Byron’s folks yard for a year before moving to a farm northeast of Hamill where they remained for the next 35 years.  In 1990, they moved to Colome and then in December of 2007 moved to Chamberlain to be near family and for health reasons.

Viola was a mother and farm wife first and foremost but would also work as a substitute post master in Hamill and Colome.  At times, she worked at the Colome Cafe’.  Viola was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church serving in the Ladies Aide and as a Sunday School Teacher.  She was a member of the Hamill Horseman’s Club and was a faithful blood donor becoming a member of the “Gallon Club” and was very close to reaching the “Two Gallon Club”.  Viola was a dutiful letter writer and loved to read.

Viola passed away on April 2, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain at the age of 78 years.

Steven M. Stenwall, 50

Steven M. Stenwall (50) of Millington, Tn. died unexpectedly at his home , March 18th. 2015.

Steve was born March 2nd. 1965 , the son of the late David E. Stenwall and Judy (Elliott) Stenwall , formerly of the Winner, South Dakota , South Sioux City and Ponca, Nebraska  areas. Steve served as a Navy Corpsman attached to Fleet Marine  Forces in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He was an EMT first responder  and emergency room tech at the Millington ,Tn. Naval Hospital  and a certified National EMT responder,  and a Physician  Substitute.     The full military Service for Steve was held March 24th. 2015  at the VFW in Millington, Tn. directed by the United  States Navy Chaplin  and  Honor Guards from the Unites States  Marine Corp and United States Navy.   The eulogy was given by Steve’s best  friend, of thirty years, Navy Chief , Rick West .    Steve is survived by his mother, Judy Stenwall ( husband Harold Garfinkel )  David E. Stenwall II ( Marsha ) all of Custer, South Dakota , two sisters, Dyonnie Minier and Shauna Stenwall both of Yakima , Washington. Steve is preceded in death by his father, David E. Stenwall, Sr. , his grandparents , Lee and Elsie Stenwall of Allen, Ne. and Bob and Marian Elliott of Ponca, Ne.  Steve was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Memphis, Tn., a life member of VFW Post 7175 in Millington,Tn. a member of the NRA , a volunteer with the Wounded Warrior Project  .  Steve was a decorated war veteran who served his county with honor and distinction  .   Memorials may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project in his name.

Howard Sherwood, 93

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Howard Louis Sherwood, age 93, of White River, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, March 30, 2015.  Howard was born on January 20, 1922 to John and Nellie Sherwood on their homestead northeast of Wood, where the family of two girls and five boys grew up.  Howard took to the family business of ranching, and he dedicated his life to becoming a successful rancher.

Howard met the love of his life, Opal Jean (McIver) Sherwood, at a café in White River where she and her twin sister, Ora, worked as waitresses.  He married Opal on April 3, 1951.  Through good and bad times, they raised eight children:  Les, Dave, Lila, Donna, Teresa, Terry, Julie, and Troy.

Howard was dedicated to his wife, his children, and his ranch. His many grandchildren and great grandchildren played a special part in his life.  He worked day in and day out, almost never leaving the ranch for more than a day.  When it came to providing for his family or the maintenance of the ranch, no job was beyond Howard.  His passion was his registered roan quarter horses.  He was an experienced ranch hand, farmer, and mechanic.  He was also a Cody Township Board Member for 31 years.  For many years he worked as a lineman for the Wood Telephone Company.  In his younger days, he enjoyed calling square dances.  Howard’s favorite time of year was branding time.  He was even recognized in the Tri-State Livestock Magazine for celebrating his 50 + years of calf roping.

Henry E. Polzer, 92

Henry E. Polzer, 92, of West Point, died Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the West Point Living Center.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am on Monday, April 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Frank Lordemann as celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery immediately following the funeral.  Visitation will be from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Sunday with Wake Service with Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30pm at Stokely Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Henry Edward Polzer was born on March 23, 1923 to Henry and Rosa (Wrasse) Polzer in Pender.  Henry grew up on a farm near Pender and attended country school.  On February 8, 1947, he married Jeanette Hugo at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point.  The couple lived in several different communities before settling down in Hyde County, SD where they owned and operated a ranch.  During their time in South Dakota, the couple moved to Winner where Henry worked at the coop.  After working in Winner, the couple returned to the ranch before retiring to West Point in 2002.

Henry was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed walking his dog, Spot, and working in the yard.

Harvey Glover, 90

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Jonathan Harvey Glover was born February 7, 1925 in Greenfield Township, Brown County, South Dakota to Roy S and Sena Glover, the sixth in a family of eight children. A sister, Grace Caroline, died at birth.

Harvey grew up on the family farm attending his first eight years of school at a country school 2 ½ miles away. He later attended  three years of high school (one year being spent in Frederick his junior year as he wanted to play football) graduating from Hecla in 1943.

Harvey had a life-long love of farming. At the age of 10 he started working in the fields. At the age of 13 he was part of a threshing crew that hauled bundles using six teams of horses. Shortly after graduating from high school, Harvey worked for a neighbor all day in the fields and milking 8 to 10 cows by hand at night for $80.00 a month.

In the fall of 1943 Harvey joined the Navy and started basic training in Farragut, Idaho. Within a month, he became ill with rheumatic fever and was flown to a naval hospital in Corona, Ca where he spent six months recuperating. Harvey was then re-assigned to active duty as Master of Arms, but requested that he have sea duty. His  assignments at sea were trigger man, yeoman, and the relay man at General Quarters. When the war ended, Harvey stayed in the Navy so that he could through the Panama Canal on the ship.

After the Navy, Harvey attended Brookings College, graduating in three years with a masters in ag economics and animal husbandry. On October 24, 1947 Harvey married Lois Alley of Orient and to this union seven children were born.  After college, Harvey worked in the Ag Economics Dept. as an Extension Livestock marketing specialist, then a GI instructor at Brookings High school. Harvey then moved to Orient to work on his father-in-law’s farm, fulfilling his lifelong love of farming. He quit farming when he became ill with sleeping sickness. At the request of a good friend from the Extension service, he came to Burke, SD to take a job as a County Agent in 1955. He had no intention of staying, but liked the area so much he ended up staying 60 years. In 1960 Harvey began work at Burke State Bank as their ag loan officer, where he also was a realtor and prepared income tax. In 1968 Harvey changed his career yet another time and  began working for IDS as a financial representative and continued preparing income tax, selling real estate, and farming on the side.

In 1978, Harvey met Gigi White and to this union four children were born.

Harvey’s years at Burke were filled with public service. He was appointed to the Gregory County Board of Education where he served for a few years. Harvey was also appointed to the West River Conservancy Board and the State Board of Water and Natural Resources. He also served on the board of Community Memorial Hospital for over thirty years, many of those years as the chairman.

In 1992, Harvey again suffered illness, having a stroke. He spent over three months in the hospital and had to learn to walk again. His love of people and life and his love for his family motivated him to get better. Harvey didn’t stop working. He still clerked auction sales, sold real estate, and was a  financial consultant. In the summers he mowed the apartment house, rental house and his own lawn – it was the next best thing to farming. Many times he expressed how much he enjoyed a trip to California in 2002 that his daughter Stephanie planned. He often spoke about the Honor Flight he took in April 2009. Harvey was a tremendous help to his wife Gigi, helping her in whatever capacity that he could, but especially in being a loyal, loving husband.

Lynnie L. DeMers, 60

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Lynnie Lou Cousins, daughter of Oran and Betty (Graesser) Cousins was born November 1, 1954 at Winner, SD. She attended school at Winner, later moving to Colorado Springs to live with her brother for a short time.

She married Fred DeMers and they made their home in McCook, Nebraska where she worked as a waitress in a cafe. After her husband died, she then lived with her sister, Pam in Norfold, NE for a short time. In 2002, Lynnie moved to Aberdeen to be near her sister, Marsha. She began working at Wal-Mart as a cashier, a position she held until her death.

Lynnie really appreciated and enjoyed her Wal-Mart family.

Preparing For A Dry Year

A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It’s only April and it’s already looking like it will be a dry year. Right now, 99 percent of the state’s ground is abnormally dry. About 13 percent is experiencing moderate drought. The drought area includes northeastern South Dakota and another portion in Meade and Pennington counties, leaving 132,149 South Dakotans who live in an area affected by drought.

Because it’s so dry, we’re at an elevated risk for fires. The fire danger is currently “very high” for the Black Hills and “extreme” in counties surrounding the Black Hills. Grassland areas throughout the state are under a “red flag warning” from the National Weather Service.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division helps with response to wildfires on forested, state and private lands. Just in the last few days, the Division has reported fires near Fort Pierre, at Custer State Park, in the Palmer Gulch area and in Harding County.

The Sheep Draw Fire in Harding County is the worst we’ve experienced so far this year. With wind gusts up to 70 mph, the fire grew to 6,430 acres in one day. In response, I ordered two National Guard helicopters to assist those on the ground in putting out the fire. As I write this, the size of the Sheep Draw Fire is now estimated at almost 14,000 acres, but thanks to local firefighters, the state Division of Wildland Fire and others who are helping, the fire is 85 percent contained.

This could be just the beginning of a difficult fire season. I know some fires are inevitable – we can’t prevent lightning strikes or control how much moisture we receive – but there are still ways we can prevent fires.

We need to respect county burn bans when they’re in place. Where fires are permitted, never leave a fire unattended, completely extinguish fires before leaving the area and remind others to be cautious. Also, be mindful when operating equipment in dry areas.