Winner School Board Member Elected to State Association Board



Winner School Board Member Steve Kubik was elected to his second term on the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Board of Directors.

Kubik was elected to represent the Association’s Central Region member districts in the 700-1,399 enrollment category. His four-year term begins this month as the ASBSD Board of Directors meet for their August meeting prior to the ASBSD-SASD Convention in Sioux Falls.

Kubik was previously elected to the Board of Directors in January, 2010.

Mission Defeats Teeners in Regional

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Winner Teeners baseball team were defeated by Mission 11-7 in the regional tournament Thursday in Wagner.  Riley Calhoon was the losing pitcher.

Earlier on Thursday, Winner defeated Wagner 12-11.  Luke Engel was the winning pitcher.

The Teeners opened region play on July 29. Winner defeated Lead-Deadwood 9-6.  Ty Bolton was the winning pitcher.  In the second game last Wednesday, Mission defeated Winner 18-3. Carter Brickman was the losing pitcher.

Walt Graesser, 90

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Walter Edward Graesser was born on January 5, 1925 at the Gregory Hospital to Thomas D. & Neta (Stoltenberg) Graesser and died July 27, 2015 at Rosebud Country Care Center. He was the third of 4 children. Walt’s family lived in Carlock township until they moved to Valley township when he was four where he continued to live and raise his family until his retirement.

In 1943 he graduated from Gregory High School, after which he worked on the farm with his dad, taking over when his parents retired.  Walt married Arlene (Lebert) on May 27, 1950 at the Paxton Methodist Church and to this union Rod, Steve, Kevin and Karen were born.

Walt’s passion was attending the sporting events of his children and grandchildren and there was little that caused him to miss, even if it involved milking the dairy cows at 4 in the afternoon.  He loved working with horses and reminiscing about his special ones. One particular memory was during the winter of ’52 when roads were blocked with snow. Rod was a baby and became quite ill, requiring medication. The mailman was able to bring it as far as Carlock which was 10 miles away, so Walt rode his horse Rocket to get the medicine.  Another special memory was when he found his team of horses, Nip and Tuck. They, along with Dick and Jean Steffen hitched them to a covered wagon for the SD centennial and participated in the wagon train from Winner to Bonesteel.  Walt loved baseball. He played for Colome and had the opportunity to coach Rod, Steve and Kevin for several years. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball and talking Twins baseball, especially with grandson Carter.

His children have many memories of visiting neighbors which always involved a game of cards around the kitchen table. He continued to enjoy playing pitch with their many friends into his later years.

Ramona High Rock, 79

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Ramona was born on May 18, 1936, to Edward and Lenora Ringing Shield in Rosebud, South Dakota.  Ramona was raised in Bad Nation, SD and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic Boarding School in Springfield, South Dakota in May 1955.

Ramona married Martin Sidney High Rock on October 5, 1956.  From this union five children were born.  Bonnie Black Feather of Winner, SD; Ronald High Rock Sr. of Aberdeen, SD; Shirley Groskruetz of Minneapolis, MN; Brenda High Rock of Winner, SD and Lonnie High Rock of Rapid City, SD.  Ramona has 22 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Ramona worked as a CNA at the Winner Regional Hospital in Winner, SD, a training officer at the Winner School District, as a coordinator with Family Planning, but her favorite job was being an excellent caring and loving mother and wife.  She was proud to say she was a homemaker because she was so good at it.

Keith Burkinshaw, 87

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Victor Keith “Chipper” Burkinshaw was born on March 10, 1928 at the family ranch NW of Wood SD, to Vernon Victor and Clemintine Burkinshaw. He graduated from Wood High School. He was drafted during the Korean War into the Armed Services and did basic training at Camp Roberts, CA. On the completion of his duties he was honorably discharged and came home to take over the ranch as his father was failing with cancer. He then met and married Eunice Gilliland on November 26, 1955. They were married for 43 years before Eunice’s early passing. They were blessed with 3 children, Roger, Debbie and Cindy. After leaving the family farm and moving to Winner, he worked for Brown Oil Company for many years. He later moved to manage a motel and lastly he owned and operated a Credit Bureau.

Keith was a faithful, loving, honest and hard-working husband, father and grandfather. He also encouraged his family to never lose their faith in God. Keith sang at numerous funerals, weddings, church and other events along with his beloved wife, as she sang and played the piano, accordion and organ. He was a (witty) man who loved his family and was passionate about his faith. He set examples for his family members and also for living a Godly life. One of his greatest hobbies was gardening and yard work, spending time with Eunice, his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was an active and dedicated member of the Wood American Legion for over 50 years and a member of The First Reformed Church in Mitchell. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Avera Brady for their efforts, care and dedication.

BHSU Alum Establishes Scholarship in Memory of Teammate

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More than 40 years after they ran track for Black Hills State University, Barry Grossenburg of Winner still keeps a photo of his teammate Roy Borreson in his office.  Grossenburg established the Roy Borreson Memorial Scholarship recently in honor of Roy, a Yankton native, who lived courageously with Huntington’s disease before passing away in 2008 at the age of 55.

South Dakota’s First Poet Laureate Captured Life in the American West

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Badger Clark turned four years of cowboy life into a career as one of America’s most successful cowboy poets.
Charles Badger Clark Jr., was born Jan, 1, 1883, in Albia, Iowa. His father, a minister, moved the family to the Plankinton area three months later. The family later lived in Mitchell, Huron and Deadwood. Clark attended Dakota Wesleyan University for one year and then lived in Cuba for two years before returning to the Black Hills to work for the Lead Daily Call. When he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, he followed a doctor’s advice to move to a dry climate. He went to Arizona, where he tended a small herd of cattle at a ranch near Tombstone.