Hilger’s Gulch Getting A New Look

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is embarking on an initiative to bring back the native landscape of South Dakota to Hilger’s Gulch and save taxpayer money.
“This is a planned transformation and it’s going to save us time and money,” Gov. Daugaard said. “On average the state has spent around $36,000 annually for irrigation and $23,000 annually for mowing, fertilizing and weed treatment. In dry years, the water bills have approached $50,000. We’re taking this project on as an effort to be better stewards of that money.”

Cole, Orel Named Ambulance Directors

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Two EMT’s have been named the new directors of the Tripp County ambulance service at a special meeting of the Tripp County Commissioners on Monday afternoon.

Kathy Cole and Sis Orel will be the co-directors and also the welfare directors for the county. They will replace Bev Vaughn who resigned at the July 14 meeting. Vaughn, who has served as ambulance director for 4.5 years, will leave office on July 31.
The vote to approve the new directors was 3-2. Voting for approval were commissioners Dan Forgey, Curt Littau and Eric Connot. Voting no were commissioners Chip Schroeder and Mark Winter.

Cole, who is certified in advanced life support, will be paid $42,000 a year and Orel, who is certified in basic life support, will be paid $39,000 a year.

Tripp County Disaster Mitigation Plan Update

The Tripp County Disaster Mitigation Planning Team has just completed updating the County’s disaster mitigation plan. The plan includes a profile and risk assessment of the various natural hazards that affect the county, such as blizzards, tornadoes, flooding, and droughts, and presents a disaster mitigation strategy that may lessen the impacts of the hazards.

The plan is available for public review at the Tripp County Emergency Management Office, and on the Planning & Development District III website (http://www.districtiii.org/. Comments and suggestions regarding the plan can be sent to the Tripp County Emergency Management Office at “jburdette@trippcounty.us” or by calling (605) 842-3600. Comments also can be sent to John Clem at “John.Clem@districtiii.org” or by calling (800) 952-3562. It is expected that the plan will be submitted to the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management approximately one month from now.

Divine Concrete Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Divine Concrete celebrated its 40th Anniversary on Saturday, July 11. An open house was held from 1-5 p.m. at their plant in Bonesteel. Many guests stopped by to share in the celebration, enjoy refreshments, win door prizes and see a live demonstration of batching redi mix concrete and the pouring of precast feed bunks.

John and Kathy Divine founded the company in 1975. What started out in a small trailer has now grown into a multi-division company with three locations. The business runs a concrete construction crew, precast division, as well as continuing to provide the area with quality redi mix concrete out of their Bonesteel, Colome, and Spencer, NE plants.

In 2009, Divine Concrete became a second generation family business when Andy Divine returned to Bonesteel to purchase the company after years of working as an aviation mechanic and salesman. Since his return, John and Kathy have retired and their daughter, Sara (Divine) Nolan, recently joined the team as well.

Divine Concrete, Inc. and the Divine family appreciate everyone who came to celebrate this accomplishment with them and sent flowers and cards. They also appreciate the communities of Bonesteel, Colome, Spencer, and surrounding areas for their support throughout the last four decades.

Not ‘Easy’ When It’s a Cushman

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By Dan Merritt, Advocate Reporter

Say the word “cush” and the “soft” or “easy” comes to mind, as in “that person has a cush job.” But “cushman” changes the idea to the opposite.

Cushman company of Lincoln, Neb. built “trucksters” — a “golf cart” type of vehicle (only larger and wider) with many uses, including industrial plants and the military.

They’re darn near indestructible, according to Rich Papousek of Colome, who originally hails from Gregory.  Made of iron and steel with cast iron and then aluminum motors, “they were built too good,” Papousek said.  He called them “rock solid” vehicles. “The engines were made to run forever.  You couldn’t wear them out.”

He has two Cushmans — with open driver/passenger areas — and is looking to get three more, with cabs.

Legion Falls in Championship Game

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Winner/Colome Legion baseball team won its first game in the region tournament in Rapid City on July 15. The Royals defeated Martin 15-0.

In the second game on Thursday, Winner/Colome defeated Spearfish 5-4 in 13 innings.

On Friday, Winner/Colome had to play Spearfish again in back to back games. Spearfish won both games and advances to the state Legion tournament in Salem.

In Friday’s first game, Spearfish won 8-6.  In the final game, Spearfish won 16-8.

“We made a heck of a run at making the state tournament. We were able to secure a spot in the championship with a crazy, fun win Thursday against Spearfish but came up a little short in the two championship games on Friday,” said coach Drew Weber.
“Spearfish is really a good team with players that had just a little more experience than we had and it showed up in the deciding game on Friday.  I could not be more proud of the way we played and this is a valuable learning experience for us, considering we only loose two players next year.  It will be very difficult to replace Landon Engel and Brandon Bicek as they have been two of our most consistent and steady players the last couple of years,” said Weber.

The coach says Winner/Colome feels like they are one of the top teams in the state and proved that with our showing during the region. “We were one or two plays away from making the state tournament and I expect us to come back next year and make those plays,” said Weber.

Winner/Colome finished the season with a 17-9 record.

Volleyball Team Wins Camp Title

Winner High School varsity volleyball team won the championship at an Augustana Camp July 15-16 in Sioux Falls.

Winner defeated Sioux Valley in the championship match.

Sydney Fritz of Winner was named the MVP for the tournament. Alexis Richey won the hustler award.

There were 21 Winner junior varsity and varsity volleyball players who attended the camp. The matches were played in the Elman Center.