Ladies Only Shoot Set for July 18

Lady ShootThe second annual Ladies Only Shoot will be held July 18 at the Rosebud Arrow, Rod and Gun Club in Winner.

The event is sponsored by Pheasants Forever. Mike Scott, president of the local chapter, said they had good feedback from the ladies event last year and wanted to offer another one.

Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The session is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be four sessions and the ladies will be rotated through all the classes. The sessions will include: shot gun where they will shoot traps, . 22 pistols, archery and guns 101 which will be a lecture class which will cover the basics of guns.

Legion Defeats Ainsworth

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Winner/Colome Legion baseball team defeated Ainsworth, Neb., 8-4 on July 7.

On July 8, the local Legion baseball team defeated Rapid City Shooters in a double header at Leahy Bowl.
Winner/Colome won the first game 9-6. The Royals exploded with 8 runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead.

In the second game, Trevor Sachtjen pitched all seven innings giving up 5 runs, 8 hits, 5 walks for the victory.

Winner/Colome Legion baseball team was defeated by Pierre 21-7 Sunday in Pierre.

The Winner/Colome team’s record is 15-8.

Teeners Nipped in Championship

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Winner Teeners were nipped 11-10 by Rapid City Post 320 in the championship game of the Deadwood tournament Sunday.
Winner was leading 9-4 but Rapid City scored seven runs in the fifth inning.

The Winner Teeners played two games on Saturday in the tournament. In the first game, Winner defeated Buffalo 32-0 in three innings.

In the second game on Saturday, Winner defeated Gillette, Wyo., 9-3.

Junior Teeners Nipped by Onida

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The Winner Junior Teeners lost a close game 4-3 to Onida.

Coach Jon Hanson said Kameron Meiners pitched well but could not get the timely hit at the end of the game.
Nolan Sachtjen had a single that scored two runs and Phillip Jorgensen reached base safely three times.

On July 3, Winner traveled to Gregory and played them for the third time this season and Winner came away with the victory.
“Nolan pitched a gem of a game by only allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 batters in 5 innings of work,” said the coach.
The bats came alive as Winner exploded for eight hits that plated 9 runs. Leading the way on offense was Jorgensen and Sachtjen with 2 hits each and Oscar Pravecek and Sachtjen had 2 RBIs each.

Winner was defeated 5-4 in extra innings at Platte on July 6. Gage Watson and Fred Whiting shared duties on the mound and Coach Hanson said they pitched well.

Sachtjen had a double and single and scored two runs to lead the Winner offense.

Amateur Team Downs Parkston

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The Winner/Colome amateur baseball team played two games on Sunday.

In the first game, the Pheasants defeated the Parkston Bullheads 5-0. Austin Calhoon was the winning pitcher.
Derek Graesser had 3 hits with 2 runs and Dillon Lambly had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

On Sunday, Winner/Colome was defeated by Corsica 6-0.
Graesser was the losing pitcher. Graesser gave up 4 hits on 11 strikeouts.
Graesser and J. J. Farner were both 2-4 with Farner having two doubles.

On Friday, Winner/Colome defeated Platte 10-8. Drew Weber was the winning pitcher with Tarrel Bauld getting the save.
Lambly had 3 hits. Graesser had a two run home run in the 9th inning and had 2 hits for the game. Turner Serr had 3 hits.

In the final game of the regular season, the Pheasants will play Platte

The district tournament starts July 23 in Platte and runs through July 31. All district games will be played in Platte.

Purple First in 12U Tournament

Winner Purple took first place in the 12U Rosebud Softball League held on July 6 and 8th in Valentine, NE. The team had a perfect 13-0 season and swept the tournament undefeated. Riley McClanahan had a 3 run in the park home run in the final game. Emmy Kaiser had a stand-up double in her last at bat. Bella Swedlund also had a 3 run in the park home run.

Phyllis Brei, 80

Phyllis Brei, 80, of Kearney, died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Mt. Carmel Keens Memorial Home in Kearney.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winner, S.D.  Interment will follow at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mission, S.D. Visitation will be held 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.  Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Chapel of the Pines in Valentine is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Irene Christiansen Brei was born on February 24th, 1935 at the General Hospital in Winner, SD to John and Gladys Christiansen, nee Vandeventer.  She attended adult instruction classes and was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Mission, SD on January 9, 1954.  Phyllis was a faithful member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod throughout her adult life, she was a member at Zion in Mission, SD, Trinity in Winner, SD and Good Shepherd in Kearney, NE.   She was active in various organizations through the church and helped out with many projects over the years.

Phyllis lived on the family farm in southeastern Todd County, SD, near the community of Keya Paha, Nebraska; she attended country school through eighth grade and attended high school in Mission, SD at Todd County High School, living on the campus during the school year.  Phyllis graduated from Todd County High School in 1953 and was active with alumni association keeping records and addresses of alumni until her declining health impacted this work in 2007.  Phyllis enjoyed staying in touch with the alumni of TCHS as she worked diligently to find information on former alums who the committee had lost contact with.   The Todd County High School reunions were a very important to Phyllis, she very much enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with old friends from around the immediate area as well as from across the country.

Phyllis worked for the Missouri Valley Insurance Company in Burke, SD following graduation, until her marriage to Reuben Brei on June 12th, 1954.  To this union two children were born, a son Philip and a daughter, Cheryl.

Phyllis worked for the South Dakota Department of Social Services from July 1st. 1954 until April 1st, 1958, when she became a stay at home mom.  Phyllis rejoined the work force in 1966 involved in the Title Five program, at the end of this program she was able to re-join the Department of Social Services, retiring after 34 years of service in January 1997.  The star quilt that Phyllis received upon her retirement was an item that she was very proud of and grateful for.

Phyllis and her mother were avid seamstresses, making many of her children’s clothes, Phyllis was always working on crafts or projects, usually making gifts for the special people in her life, friends or family.

Phyllis’ main passion was crocheting, she crocheted everything from potholders and baby blankets to full sized afghans.  She was always looking for a way to add a crocheted border to a blanket or add a personalized touch to something she wanted to give to someone.  She enjoyed making and sharing her beautiful handiwork with friends and relatives for all types of occasions.

Phyllis is survived by her husband Reuben, her son Philip, daughter-in-law, Lois of Kearney, NE, two grandsons, Kevin of Charles City, IA and Matthew of Kearney, NE. Nieces, JoAnn Holmes, Laura Emde and Doris Abraham and their families, Nephews, Jerald Brei and Harold Brei and their families, as well as numerous cousins throughout Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan and Oregon.

State Treasurer Returns $15.7 Million in Unclaimed Property

Pierre, SD – State Treasurer Rich Sattgast returned nearly $16 million in unclaimed funds this fiscal year. That figure is up $5.6 million from 2014 when the state returned $10.1 million in unclaimed property.

Unclaimed property refers to accounts in financial institutions, businesses and government agencies that have had no activity for three years or longer. The State of South Dakota acts as the custodian of lost property until it can be returned to the rightful owners.

“This last year we received over 4,000 claims from South Dakotans,” said State Treasure Rich Sattgast. “That’s money getting into the hands of our citizens which ultimately makes its way into our economy and that’s good for our state.”

Unclaimed Property is currently holding $69.1 million in unclaimed funds, but that amount is ever changing.

“Abandoned and forgotten property is turned over to the state throughout the year, so it’s important to check the unclaimed property database regularly,” Sattgast said. “Our office participates in numerous events across the state. Come visit us at one of the many fairs we’re attending this summer and we’ll help you check for unclaimed property in your name as well as assist you in filling out a claim form.”

To check for unclaimed property, visit or call the unclaimed property hotline at 1-866-357-2547 to talk to an Unclaimed Property representative.

S.D. Road Adventures

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We have a feature story in our current South Dakota Magazine (July/August) on traveling Old Highway 16. At first I wanted to title it “Hwy 16: The Perfect S.D. Road Trip” but my fellow editors talked me out of that. It sounds like the perfect road trip to me, but probably isn’t for those who don’t want to go off-roading for a few miles here or there. Our photographer nearly collided with a longhorn cow in Haakon County.

Luckily, we have several other summer travel recommendations for those who like their roads more civilized. Here are some basic recommendations for road-tripping 16, and a few other highlights from our summer travel issue.

Highway 16 covers a 400-mile stretch between our east and west borders, connecting Sioux Falls with Rapid City and several smaller communities along the way. It was part of a 1,600-mile passage between Detroit and Yellowstone National Park that was linked nearly a century ago. A group formed in 1919 to promote the journey in South Dakota, which intersected at times with Highways 14 and 20.