Adults Need Vaccines Too

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PIERRE, S.D. – Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines too – the South Dakota Department of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. “There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children,” said Barbara Philips, nurse educator for the Department of Health immunization program. “The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”

Vaccination Provides A Healthy Start For Children

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Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old, says a state health official.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout life  – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the South Dakota Department of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Governor Signs Proclamation Supporting SD Guard, Reserve Employers

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard demonstrated his support of employers who employ National Guard and Reserve members by signing a proclamation announcing Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week in South Dakota Aug. 16-22. The proclamation coincides with President Barack Obama’s national proclamation announcing ESGR Week.

The proclamation recognizes employers who provide critical support to members of the National Guard and Reserve; allowing citizen warriors to serve whenever the nation calls, often foregoing financial gain and making sacrifices in the process.

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that works to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.

On the Campus

Area students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of South Dakota.
The students include: Josey Blare, Carter; Logan Welker, Hamill; Ashley Curtis, Clay Hoffman, Jacob Naasz, Michelle Novak, Raysha Gardner, Shawntessa Lester, Tracy Routh, all of Winner.

Pahlke graduates from UNL.

Rachel Pahlke of Winner graduated this summer from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The commencement was held Aug. 15.
She earned a bachelor of science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

The 2015-2016 Winner Hall of Fame selection committee will be meeting the first week of September. If anyone would like to nominate an individual for the committee to consider, please pick up a form at the Winner School administration office at 431 E. 7th St or go the Winner School District website for information. Once a candidate is nominated he or she will stay on file for consideration each year by the selection committee. A current list of nominations can be found on the school district website.

The committee will be selecting 4-6 new inductees into the hall of fame this year.

Alice Ann Blomstrom, 83

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Alice was born January 2, 1933, to William Peitz and Elizabeth (Bruce) Peitz. She was raised with two sisters and four brothers on a farm outside Colome South Dakota.

She entertained her twelve young ones with vivid stories of her youth, the basic amenities of those times, dust storms, cold winters, watching the land come to life in spring, helping her Mom prepare meals for thrashers that assisted in the harvest and experiences in the one room school house she attended from kindergarten to sixth grade.

Her love for music began at a young age listening to The Grand Ole Opry, on Saturday nights. When the radio batteries were weak, determined to hear her favorite performers. she would put her ear to the speaker, to enjoy songs by Ernest Tubb and other popular country singers of that era.

Upon graduation from Colome High School in 1950, Alice moved to the big town of Winner. She worked as a waitress at West Side cafe where she met “Big Marv the handsome Swede”. After a brief courtship the two eloped on April 22,1952 and following the birth of their 2nd child their marriage was blessed in the Catholic Church. Alice contacted polio at that time, which doctors said would immobilize her arms and upper body. She regained the strength in her arms by hanging clothes and lovingly caring for her family.

Marvin operated heavy equipment though out the state of South Dakota, which kept him away for weeks at a time, leaving Alice to care for her growing family. In 1968 the family was blessed with the eleventh sibling. Shelly was blind at birth and required many operations during her young years. Alice, determined to provide a main stream learning educational environment, relocated the family to Minnesota in 1972. The twelfth child Annie was also born that year.

In the course of her life, her children completed their education, with Shelly graduating from Rockhust University in Kansas City, marriages that blessed her and Marv with 31 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, and two daughters and two sons that served their country in the military.

In 1989 Alice and Marv returned to their beloved state of South Dakota. She had worked at the University in Minnesota from 1976 until the move to Sioux Falls, and then resumed working until 2007 at Sioux Falls College (USF).

They belonged to the St. Joseph Parish, her dedication to the Catholic Church and the celebration of her God were apparent in her daily life. Every Saturday for many years both participated in the 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration.

Alice was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party, and over time had converted Marv.

In celebrating her life, she will be remembered for the love of her family, love of little babies, singing to her children, making and mending her children’s clothes, discussing current events, cooking and baking bread, working the “Jumble” puzzle in morning newspapers, and expressing herself through dance. As her children grew she could spend time helping Marv building and repairing houses.

Betty Ann Ellis, 85

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Betty Ann was born in Lyman County on the way to the hospital as a triplet with Billie Mae and Bernard on January 31, 1930 to C. Edward and Naomi (Anderson) Schooler.  The trio was born as the middle children of a family of 15.  In 1934, the family moved from the family homestead south of Reliance to a farm south of Oacoma less than half a mile from White River.  Betty attended the Walker Country School through the eighth grade.  During the summers she worked in the two acres of gardens with her family.  She helped take care of her younger siblings and would help care for neighbors families.

Betty was united in marriage to Wayne Ellis on September 9, 1950 at Pierre, and to that union seven children were born: Danny, Dickey, Darrell, Nancy, Cindy, Annette, and Scott.  After their marriage, they lived near the river at Iona until 1952 when they moved to Hamill and began raising their family.  In 1969, they moved to Chamberlain where they continued to raise their children and later enjoy their grandchildren.

Betty worked as a cook at the Hamill School, and a waitress at the Rainbow Cafe and the Truck Arena.  She also worked as a cashier at Joe’s Super Value and most recently at Alco.  She was a Tupperware consultant for many years.

She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, and sewing.  She sewed and mended many items for people over the years.

Local Ambassador Wins State Title

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Shelby Riggs, the Tripp County 4-H rodeo ambassador, was crowned the state 4-H Rodeo ambassador, Sunday in Ft. Pierre.
The 17-year-old is a senior at Mitchell High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Becky Riggs.

The state ambassador has participated in 4-H rodeo for three years and her events include barrel racing, poles and the ambassador contest.  After high school she plans to pursue a degree in agriculture.  This year, Riggs will be traveling around the state representing 4-H rodeo.