Local Youth Leaders Attend National Leadership Conference

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More than 7,700 members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, July 5-9 for the 2015 National FCCLA Leadership Conference. Abi Leyden and Shannon Duffy, juniors at Winner High School, attended along with their adviser, Kris Brockhoft for inspiration, training, and opportunities to make a difference.

Teeners Win Double Header over Mission

teener brickman pitching val gameWinner Teener baseball team defeated Mission in both games of double header Thursday at Leahy Bowl.

In the first game, Winner won 19-9.  Nick Lantz was the winning pitcher.  In the nightcap, Winner won 8-5. Cale Meiners was the winning pitcher.

Last Wednesday, July 15 in Rapid City, Winner Teeners were defeated 8-3. Carter Brickman was the losing pitcher.

On July 20, Colome defeated Winner in two games. In the first game, Winner lost 9-7. Jordan Turgeon was the losing pitcher.  In the second game, Winner lost 7-3. Ty Bolton was the losing pitcher.

The Winner varsity Teeners start region play on July 29 in Wagner. Winner will play Lead-Deadwood in the first game. The tournament continues Thursday and Friday.

City Golf Championship

men city golf wnnersLynn DeMers won the championship of the Winner women’s city tournament on Sunday. She shot an 88.  Second place in the championship flight was Kari DeMers, 89.

The Winner men’s city golf tournament was held at the same time. Jordan Kimmel won the championship flight. He was followed by Ryan Radant, 2nd; Chris Burns, 3rd and Mike Barfuss, 4th.

Amateurs Defeat Corsica

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Winner/Colome amateur baseball team defeated Corsica/Stickney 7-2 in the district tournament Friday in Platte.  J. J. Farner was the winning pitcher.  Derek Graesser had 3 hits with a home run.

On Sunday, Alexandria defeated Winner/Colome 10-1.  Drew Weber was the losing pitcher.

The Pheasants will play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and will play the winners of the Parkston Mudcats and the Parkston Bullheads.

Joey Vavra, 87

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Joey attended rural schools close to the Colome family farm until his parents moved to Winner.  He graduated from Winner High School and went to Mitchell Business School in Mitchell, SD where he received a degree in business.  Joey went to work at the Winner Cold Storage and a Winner Gas Station where he worked in the office.
Joey joined the United States Army and was stationed at various bases around the country during the Korean War Conflict and was honorably discharged in February 1953.  He worked in the mail department which led to a job for the US Post Office in Winner where he worked for 35 years.  Joey first worked as a mail carrier and later as a clerk.  He was well-liked by his patrons and co-workers.

Joey was an active and lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and the Elks Club.  For many years Joey marched in the Labor Day Parade.  He also served as Commander of the American Legion and was Grand Marshal for the Labor Day Parade.  Joey was care taker for his father for many years until his father passed away.

Joey liked to read and was a stamp and coin collector.  He was an avid sports fan, he also enjoyed car races and listening to the local school ball games on his radio.  Joey enjoyed traveling when he was younger, a highlight for him was to see a Vikings game in Minneapolis. Joey occupied his free time with his dog Snoopy, his vegetable and flower garden, his farm, farm animals, listening to Bohemian music, and spending time with his family and friends.  Joey was a kind, giving, and warm-hearted man.  He always had a warm smile and hello for everyone that made them feel special and wonderful.

Joanne Zeigler, 87

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Joanne was born on December 6th, 1927 in Redfield, SD. She was the daughter of Mary (Becht) and Truman Rutherford. She graduated high school in Winner, SD in 1945.

Joanne (Grami) Zeigler was a beloved wife, dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, as well as a dear friend to many. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, playing mah jongg, and camping.

Raymalee Fladebo, 103

fladabo obitRaymalee Fladebo, 103, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, July 21, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner.  Funeral service were held on Saturday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Raymalee Grace Adams was born Aug. 5, 1911 to Clarence and Annie Belle Adams in the homestead shack built by her father located 4 miles SW of Keya Paha, SD. After suffering 18 U.S. Presidents and numerous Wars, Raymalee was preceded in death by her husband George; brother Charles Adams; sisters Edith McElhaney, Stella Cramer, Mildred Jenson and Frances Adams; one son Darrell Fladebo; and one sister-in-law Frances Adams.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Winner Area

Chip and SealPIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the central area of the state beginning Wednesday, July 29, 2015, weather permitting.
The contractor plans to chip seal the following routes in the following order with fog sealing closely following.
1.      Highway 63 – 28 miles, from the Highway 18/63 junction north to the Highway 44/63 junction, (includes BIA Route/Norris Road).
2.      Highway 44 – 14 miles, from the Highway 83/44 junction to Wood.
3.      Highway 248 – 19 miles, located between Murdo and the Highway 83/248 junction (Vivian).
4.      Highway 49 – 12 miles, from Hamill to the Highway 47/49 junction.
5.      Highway 47 – 16 miles, from two miles south of Iona to the Highway 47/49 junction.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane and guided through the work zone with the use of flaggers and a pilot car.  Delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected while traveling through the work areas during daytime hours.
Loose gravel and fresh oil will be present for a period of 36 to 72 hours after each day’s chip seal application. It is recommended that traffic reduce speed to 40 mph or use an alternate route during this time.
Hills Materials from Rapid City is the contractor on this $1.8 million contract. The overall completion date for the project is Sept. 26, 2015.
For more information, contact Doug Sherman or Brad Norrid at 605-842-0810.
Road construction information is available at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511.

Speed Limit Changes During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally


Due to the expected increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, speed limits will be reduced on the following highways effective Friday, July 24, 2015.

•Interstate 90 speed limit will be reduced from 75 mph to 65 mph from west of the Deadwood Avenue Exit 55 in Rapid City to east of the Lazelle Street Exit 30 in Sturgis.
•Highway 34 speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph from Blanche Street in Sturgis to 3.8 miles east of Sturgis.
•Highway 79 speed limit will be reduced from 65 mph to 45 mph from the junction of Highway 34 to 1.5 miles north.

The reduced speed limits will be in effect through at least Aug. 10, some may remain in effect until Aug. 15 depending on traffic volumes.

“Reducing the speed limit in these areas is intended to keep motorists safe, reduce rear-end collisions and keep traffic moving in and around Sturgis, says Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist. “Patience will be key for everyone to enjoy their time at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511

Rounds Launches New Official Website

Mike_RoundsU.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced the launch of his new, permanent website, www.rounds.senate.gov.

“My new website is user-friendly and easy to navigate, making it convenient for South Dakotans to contact me with their issues,” said Rounds. “Visitors to my website can send me their thoughts and concerns, receive help with a federal agency, learn how I’ve voted on legislation and much more.”

Rounds website was designed to better serve South Dakotans by giving them easier access to services and resources provided by his office. Suggestions on website improvements are welcome and can be submitted at www.rounds.senate.gov/contact/email-mike.