Reuben H. Brei, 92


Reuben Henry Brei was born on April 24, 1923 at the family home near Mission, SD in Todd County to Henry and Anna Brei, nee Kasat. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mission, SD. He was a faithful member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod his entire life, having served for many years on various boards and committees. Reuben was a member of Zion in Mission, SD, Trinity in Winner, SD and Good Shepherd in Kearney, NE.

Reuben graduated from Todd County High School in 1942 and worked for Wierr Construction Co., Orville Barry and L.E. Jones prior to beginning his career with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, where he worked for 36 years, retiring in June of 1986 as a certified heavy equipment operator.

Reuben married Phyllis Christiansen on June 12, 1954. To this union two children were born, Philip Reuben and Cheryl Irene Brei-Phillips.

Reuben retained his family’s farming roots as was evidenced for many years by the large garden and fruit trees at their home in Mission, SD. Caring for the lawn and the trees around the home was a passion of Reuben’s, the time and care spent on their home was very apparent. Reuben enjoyed hunting and fishing around the Mission, White River area. He was an avid fisherman for much of his life and loved to spend time with family and friends at a lake or perhaps even better telling and re-telling stories of past adventures. He also enjoyed attending Todd County High School reunions, he looked forward to them with great anticipation and loved to visit with old friends from the area and from across the country.

Reuben and Phyllis moved from Mission, SD to Winner, SD in November 2001, after living at their home in Mission for 45 years. They enjoyed their retirement years in Winner, especially the opportunity to meet old friends at coffee and the friendship that they made with their neighbors in Winner. They lived in Winner until February of 2012 when they moved to Cherry Hills in Valentine, NE. Reuben and Phyllis moved to Kearney, NE in March of 2013 due to Phyllis’s declining health.

Champion Named in Dakota Cup Auctioneer Contest at Huron Continental Marketing

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The First Annual Dakota Cup Auctioneer contest was held Sept 8 at Huron Continental Marketing in Huron, South Dakota.

The Grand Champion was Dan Clark of Winner, South Dakota and the Reserve Champion was Bill Jensen of Langford, South Dakota. The first time auction contest had four prequalified auctioneers: Brett Heath of Colome and Curt Littau of Carter, along with Clark and Jensen.

The event was held on the First Anniversary of Huron Continental Marketing. Kim and Jackie Ulmer, Eric and Tara Ulmer, Scheifelbein Angus and Mark and Kathy Preston, owners of Huron Continental Marketing, held their first anniversary sale where 2,978 cattle were sold to 45 registered buyers and the auction chores were divided equally between the 4 auctioneers.

Jim Anderson, Alan Bales, and Kent Bales are the weekly auctioneers and managers at Huron Continental Marketing and were master of ceremonies and judges along with 14 other livestock related judges.

Huron Continental Marketing plans to host the Dakota Cup every year on the first Tuesday after Labor Day. The contests were scored similar to the World Livestock Auction contest and scored on a scale of 1 to 10 based on Voice quality and clarity, bid catching ability, conduction of the sale and would you hire this auctioneer.

Huron Continental is located in Huron, S.D., that was formerly Bales Continental Commission. Huron Continental Marketing is now broadcasting live on Cattle USA and has sales every Tuesday and special female sales as advertised.

Gov. Daugaard Supports National Employ Older Workers Week

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued a proclamation to celebrate National Employ Older Workers Week from Sept. 21-25. This week is designed to support workers past the traditional retirement age who have remained in the workforce or re-entered it.

“Employers should consider older workers when filling job openings,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Hiring people from this target group will grow the labor force to help meet South Dakota’s workforce needs.”

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, brings employment and training opportunities to older Americans across the nation.

The program currently serves about 100,000 seniors each year nationally. It has helped millions of Americans find jobs in community service and the private sector.

“The Department of Labor and Regulation helps older workers with their training and employment needs,” said state Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Older workers have the characteristics employers are looking for and need, such as good judgment, punctuality and commitment to quality.”

The state Department of Labor and Regulation receives and administers the SCSEP grant. Participants are offered training opportunities in various fields while they prepare to transition into full- or part-time employment in the public and private sectors.

Buddy Poppy Drive

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The Winner VFW #4674 & Auxiliary conducted their Buddy Poppy individual campaign drive on Labor Day prior to the parade in Winner.
The Buddy Poppy story is well known to most Americans, however, many do not know that the poppies used in South Dakota are made by the veterans at the Ft. Meade VA Hospital in Sturgis.  South Dakota is one of the few states that the veterans still make their own poppies.  In most states the poppies are assembled by machine.
The workers also handed out a blue tear drop sticker to remind individuals that September is Suicide awareness month.  The veteran population has a high suicide rate and making the public aware of the unique stresses that face the veteran is part of VFW and Auxiliary goals.
Along with the above mentioned items, a card was given out to provide information regarding the Veterans Crisis Line.  The public is encouraged to call the crisis line number at 1-800-273-8255 if they know of someone who appears to be in crisis or they themselves feel they need to get help.  All calls are kept confidential and you may save a life by being alert and making that phone call.

Haley Leads MYF for 28 years

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For 28 years Tracie Haley has served as the youth director for the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF).  She has retired from her position and was recently honored by the Winner Methodist Church.

Under Haley’s guidance, with the help of her husband, Jim, she has taught young people to learn to care for each other, the people of their church and those in the community. She has organized with skill and success many mission trips in the United States and outside of the country.

Prior to being the MYF youth director, Haley led the senior high Sunday School class at the Methodist Church.  It was in 1987 that she took over the MYF program when Ed Coates was the pastor of the Winner Church.

Pink Posse Event Set for Sept. 26

LeAnn Thieman

LeAnn Thieman will be the speaker at the 2015 Pink Flamingo Ladies Night Out on Sept. 26 at St. Mary’s Hall. The doors will open at 6 p.m. The topic of Thieman’s talk will be “Balancing Life in Your War Zone.”

The Winner Area Breast Cancer and Support group (Pink Posse) encourages all women to come and join in an evening of friends, fellowship, fun and food. The group will celebrate and support those who have fought their battle with breast cancer.

Road Race Winners

Road Race2015 medal winners

Kade Watson and Sydney Schuyler were the overall 5K winners in the Winner Regional Healthcare Center road race.
The overall one mile winners were Pierce Nelson and Cici Watson.
Race results include:
Mens 5K
0-18—1. Kade Watson, 2. Brendan Collins, 3. Izak Moleterno
19-49—1. Todd Crooks, 2. Delbert Black Bear, 3. Jon Hanson
Women 5K
0-18—1. Sydney Schuyler, 2. Sarah Keefe
19-49—1. Calley Schuyler, 2. Leslie Bowar, 3. Amy McCullough
50 Plus—1. Kay Ducheneaux-Studeman
Mens 1 mile
0-18—1. Pierce Nelson 2. Carter Craven 3. Roper Moore
19-49—1. Aric Craven
50 +–1. Dr. Tony Berg
Women’s one mile
0-18—1. Cici Watson, 2. Ava Craven, 3. Torre Buus
19-49—1. Ashley Robbins
There were several walkers who took part in the race.
Road race partners include: Lil’ Feller, Pink Posse, Winner Area Chamber of Commerce, Winner Physical Therapy and Winner Regional Clinic.

road race plaque winners

Winner Football Team Improves to 3-0

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The opening kickoff set the tone for the game as the Winner Warriors defeated Wagner 56-6 Friday night. The No. 2 rated Warriors improved their record to 3-0.
The game ended with 2:44 left to play in the fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.
Lattrell Terkildsen took the opening kickoff and ran 90 yards for the touchdown to open the game. This was the first of 28 points that Winner scored in the first quarter.
“That opening kickoff was a great start to the game,” said coach Dan Aaker. “We played a well rounded game with a special teams touchdown, a defensive TD and a defensive interception by Windsor Barry for a TD. It is not very often that you see all three areas be able to score a touchdown,” said the coach.

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Lady Warriors defeat Bennett County

Winner High School volleyball team defeated Bennett County in three games on Sept. 8.
Winner won 25-13, 25-18, 25-20.

“We came out slow and had no intensity,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We gave Bennett County too many unearned points and didn’t play up to our potential. We struggled passing in serve receive which kept us out of system,” said the coach.  “It was a win but we needed to get more consistent to playing to our level and not to our opponents level,” she said.

The next action for Winner will be at the Big Dakota Conference meet in Ft. Pierre on Sept. 19.