First Baptist celebrates new church

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

First Baptist Church of Winner celebrated the opening of its new church on Sept. 20.  The new church was built on South County Road and will provide more room for the congregation.

Several former pastors spoke at the celebration. Duane Boise, who now has a manufacturing plant in Tea, was the pastor from 1976 to 1977.  Serving the church from 1977 to 1988 was Rev. Al Cole who now lives in Lexington, Neb.  Pastor Dennis Webber was the pastor of the church from 1999 to 2005. “It is a privilege to be here and see what God has done,” he said.  With the use of Skype, Howard Berglund, who served as the first pastor of First Baptist Church was able to visit with persons in Winner. Now in his 90’s, Berglund lives in Colorado with his wife Edythe.

Brooke Swier Schloss Appointed to South Dakota Bar Association’s Family Law Committee

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Brooke Swier Schloss of Swier Law Firm was recently appointed to serve on the South Dakota Bar Association’s 2015-2016 Family Law Committee.

The State Bar Association’s Family Law Committee maintains and improves the practice of family law through effective interaction with the courts and by informing lawyers and the public of current legislation and regulations. The Family Law Committee focuses on all matters relating to marriage, dissolution, custody and support, and adoptions.
Brooke was recently named by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as a “Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40” and is the author of the books The South Dakota Child Custody and Divorce Handbook and 15 Tips for Choosing a South Dakota Divorce Lawyer.

Warriors Roll to Victory in Battle of Unbeaten

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It was a battle of two undefeated teams and Winner came out on top in a big way.  The No. 1 rated Winner Warriors cruised past the No. 5 rated Chamberlain Cubs 52-6 Friday night in Chamberlain.
“We dominated the line of scrimmage and our guys made plays offensively,” said coach Dan Aaker. “We really steamrolled in the first quarter,” added the coach.
The Warriors, who are 5-0 for the season, were up 44-0 after the first quarter.

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Volleyball Team placed 4th in Tournament

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Winner High School volleyball team placed fourth in a tournament in Elk Point on Saturday.

In the first round, Winner defeated Tea in 3 games. Tea took the first one 25-22 and then Winner won the next two 25-17, 25-18.

Winner was defeated by Dakota Valley in two games, 25-22 and 25-13.

In the third and fourth place match, Winner was defeated by Milbank in three. Winner took the first game 25-20 and then Winner lost the next two 23-25, 13-25.

Cowgirls 4th in Tournament

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Colome volleyball team was defeated by Jones County in the third place match of the Kimball tournament on Saturday. The scores were 23-25, 15-25.

In the first round, Colome defeated Sunshine Bible Academy 21-25, 25-17, 25-16.

In the semifinals, Burke/South Central defeated Colome 19-25, 23-25.

On Sept. 22, Avon defeated Colome 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 17-25 and 12-15.

Colome will host Winner on Oct. 1.

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Tommie Joe Fox, 82

Tommie Joe Fox was born on January 11, 1933 in Winner, South Dakota to Thomas Fox and Kate (Scott) Fox. Tommie attended school in the Mission area until he dropped out in the 9th grade to help with the family ranches due to his father’s poor health.

Tommie married Dorothy Lee Dvorak on November 7, 1952. They lived and ranched on the ranch where he grew up north of Mission, South Dakota for many years. This ranch has been in the Fox family for almost 100 years. Tommie and Dorothy raised four children on the ranch and always seemed to have lots of family and friends visiting. Everyone gathered there as it was referred to as the “Home Place”.

Tommie loved the land, cattle and horses. He was a true cowboy in every sense of the word. He enjoyed ranch life and visiting with friends, neighbors, and family. He was witty and loved to talk, tell stories, and make people laugh. He also enjoyed attending rodeos and horse sales. In fact, in his younger years, Tommie Joe was quite the bronc rider and very proud of winning First Place among 40 contestants at a rodeo in the area. He cherished the belt buckle he won that day.

In the 1990’s his wife Dorothy’s declining health made it necessary to move to Winner to be close to doctors. Tommie did not like town life and traveled to the ranch almost daily. Eventually Dorothy was moved to the Winner Nursing Home and Tommie to the Elder Inn Assisted Living. Tommie was a faithful husband and visited Dorothy in the nursing home every morning and evening as long as he was able to do so.

In 2011 Tommie and Dorothy entered a nursing home in Lakewood, Colorado to be close to their daughter, Cindy, and her family. When Dorothy passed away in 2012 Tommie moved to a small Assisted Living facility with a home like environment where he resided until he passed away peacefully on September 24th after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease.

Leuella M. Lee, 87

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Leuella was born December 4, 1927 in Bryant, South Dakota to Louis and Mabel Gilbertson. Leuella graduated from Hayti High School. She was united in marriage to Curtis Lee on September 7, 1947. The couple made their home near Lake Norden. While raising a family, Leuella attended SDSU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in January of 1969. During the summer of 1969 she accepted the position as Extension Agent for Tripp County and they moved to Winner.

As the Extension Agent she taught many classes of beginning sewing and bread baking. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching and assisting 4-H members and their 4-H clubs over the years. Leuella retired after 20 years of service.

After retirement Leuella enjoyed spending time on the farm with Curtis. She raised very large gardens and enjoyed giving away her harvest to friends and family. Another passion that she mastered was quilting. Leuella made beautiful quilts for family and friends. She was a charter member of the South Canyon Lutheran Church Piecemakers in Rapid City. Leuella is quoted as saying, “nothing gets in my way to keep me from being there on Thursday mornings.”

Leuella will always be remembered for her love of family and friends. She was well known for the beautiful flowers she grew, her peach pies and homemade buns. Faith was always an integral part of her life. Leuella attend Circle and Prayer Breakfast as a member of South Canyon Lutheran Church. Her values of kindness, respect of others, hard work, and strong faith were passed onto her children and grandchildren.

Students Selected for All-State Chorus

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Eight Winner High School students have been selected for all-state chorus.  The students chosen are: Hayley Halverson, Dacey Kocer, Molly Connot, Calah Covey, Duncan English, Grant Winter, Nick Blare and John Kludt.   Chosen as alternate are: Mary Calhoon, Ronae Klein, Izak Moleterno and Elijah Blare.

Duncan English and Molly Connot will be honored as four year members of all-state chorus.

The concert will be held Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at the civic center in Rapid City. The concert will be televised live on SDPB-TV.

Youth Preserves Veterans Stories

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Carter Davis of Plankinton found Labor Day a perfect time to visit with veterans in Winner.   The 10 year old had a table set up in the former Depot at the Tripp County Historical Society museum as he took pictures with the veterans and asked them questions about their service.  He then posts the pictures and stories on Facebook.  Carter’s Thank Your Veterans Project is a way to thank these individuals for serving their country.

Davis is the son of Cordell and Melissa Davis of Plankinton and the grandson of Winner residents Steve and Joan Davis. Carter’s maternal grand parents are John and Sherry Staller of Plankinton.

So far, Carter’s Thank Our Veterans Project has photo after photo of him and the veterans he has met. Carter says he has interviewed over 60 veterans and planned to talk to at least five in Winner. It is a project this young school student started a year ago.  Shane Gardner, Sioux Falls, formerly of Winner, told Carter of the time he spent in the Army.  Carter says some of the stories are funny, some of them have a lot of interest. “They’re just all kids of cool stuff,” he said. “When veterans start talking they have a story to tell,” said Carter. Carter says it does not take long to introduce himself to veterans. This 10-year-old boy is making new friends and keeping the memories of veterans alive.