Donna Kubik to Receive Dakota pride Award

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South Dakota Farmers Union celebrates 100 years of service to South Dakota’s rural communities and farm and ranch families during Farmers Union Day held Sept. 5 during the 2015 South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

“The State Fair is South Dakota’s agricultural showcase. It’s the place where the families, businesses and organizations who make up our state’s number one industry gather to celebrate the best of the best. Farmers Union is proud to be a premiere sponsor of this event,” said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union.

Famers Union will recognize six individuals for their selfless contributions to their rural communities with the Rural Dakota Pride Award. The 2015 Rural Dakota Pride Honorees include: Bob Glanzer, Huron; Steve & Carol Smith, Groton; Donna Kubik, Hamill; Ken Lindblad, Huron; and Lyndee Fogelman, Piedmont.

As an organization which supports South Dakota farmers and ranchers, Farmers Union understands the integral connection between those who work in South Dakota’s number one industry and their rural communities.

“One cannot survive without the other,” says Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director of S.D. Farmers Union. “Without thriving communities, it’s difficult to encourage young people to return to their family’s farm or ranch. Rural communities are key to the future of South Dakota’s agriculture industry, which is why we like to recognize those individuals who help them thrive.”

The organization will also announce the 25 South Dakota students who received $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary education as part of the Farmers Union Foundation and Farmers Union Insurance Agency 2015 Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship program. Dusti Littau, a graduate of Winner High School, is one of the scholarship winners.

Changes Coming to Powerball Game


Better overall odds, increased prize amounts and a chance for players to multiply most winnings by up to 10 times during certain jackpot runs are among changes to the Powerball lotto game approved today by the Legislative Rules Review Committee.

The South Dakota Lottery Commission unanimously approved the rules on July 30, 2015. With today’s action, the game changes will take effect beginning Oct. 4, 2015.

Under the new rules, the overall odds of winning a prize will go from 1:31.8 to 1:24.9 while the odds of winning the jackpot increase from 1:175 million to 1:292 million. The game’s $10,000 third prize is being boosted to $50,000 and the Power Play option will be expanded to multiply most prizes (except the jackpot and the Match 5 prize) by up to 10 times whenever Powerball’s annuitized jackpot is at $150 million or less. The starting jackpot will remain at $40 million.

Four Injured in Rollover

A Nebraska woman and three boys were injured following a rollover in Tripp County Friday afternoon.  The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on Highway 183, 5 miles north of Witten.

Amber Baker, 37, Kearney, Neb., was driving a GMC Envoy north when she attempted to pass a horse trailer. While attempting to pass, she saw two southbound motorcycles coming and swerved back into the northbound lane and lost control. The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled.

Baker and three juveniles were treated for minor injuries. All four were wearing seat belts.

Local Teacher Completes National Food Safety and Nutrition Training



Kristie Storms, a teacher at Monterey High School in Lubbock, TX, was one of 34 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA. The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer.
Storms is the daughter of Dean and Nancy Storms of Millboro.

Kristie Storms also received a $30,000 fellowship from the Helen Jones Foundation Inc. to Texas Tech in order to pursue her doctorate degree.

Beverley Jean (Mason) Sinclair, 77

Beverley Jean (Mason) Sinclair was born August 6, 1937 in Winner, SD, the daughter of Earl and Libby (Kotrba) Mason. She grew up in Winner, attending Winner schools and graduating from Winner High School in 1956.

During her school years Bev was involved in many activities including band, cheerleading, homecoming princess, school plays, and gymnastics. After graduation Bev attended the University of South Dakota for a semester before transferring to Nettleton Business College and completing a secretarial degree.

Returning to Winner she was employed by Ranchers National Bank (now First Fidelity) in Winner for a few years.
In 1963 she and Douglas Sinclair were married in Winner and a daughter Tera was born in 1965. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Dodge City, KS, and son Troy was born in 1967.

The family then moved to Huron, SD and son Trent was born there in 1971. Bev returned to Winner in 1978 and worked as the secretary for the Tripp County States Attorney. She later worked at Pamida until her retirement.

Bev was always happy to be a part of the Winner community. She made friends easily, enjoyed local conversations, loved to play cards and have coffee with friends, and watch her grandchildren and great nieces and nephew grow. She was a devoted mother. She was a past member of the ESA and Jobs Daughters.

Bev’s health began to decline several years ago and she became a resident of Elder Inn. Recently severe health problems developed requiring surgery in Sioux Falls from which she was unable to recover. Bev passed away peacefully on Sunday evening August 2, 2015 at the age of 77 years.

Dorothy (Dot) Jeanne (Shea) Kulbel, 90

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Dorothy was born October 28, 1924, to Daniel and Henrietta (McCoy) Shea at the Shea homestead south of Colome, the youngest of eight children.  She attended country grade school and graduated from Colome High School in 1943.  There she met her husband Kenneth Charles Kulbel.  They were married March 10, 1945 . To this union 5 children were born. They just celebrated their 70th Anniversary this past March.

Kenneth and Dorothy started their married life in Dallas, then moved to the Kulbel homestead place near Hamill.   They were engaged in farming and ranching for over 30 years, after retiring to Winner, they moved to Keystone, for almost 30 years before moving back to Winner.

Dorothy was a caretaker, always taking care of her husband and family.  She was a devoted member of the Catholic faith, whether she was in Colome, Hamill, Keystone, or Winner.  She loved her 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many others whose lives she’s touched.

Throughout her life Dorothy enjoyed playing cards with friends.  She was very talented in her knitting and crocheting, sharing much of her fancy work with family and friends.  If you stopped by their house she always had homemade cookies.  From the ZCBJ Hall to the Senior Center, Dorothy and Ken loved to dance to their favorite band, the Easy Sounds (Tom and Diane).