Lady Warriors Place 2nd

Winner Area cross country girls took second place at the Scotland Invitational on Sept. 8. The Winner area boys took fourth place.
Leading the Lady Warriors was Chloe Bartels who placed third followed by Sam Schuyler, 6th; Aryn Meiners, 14th and Hayley Halverson, 27th.
In the girls JV race, Megan Blare placed 2nd and Katherine Jankauskas was 7th.

The Winner area varsity boys were led by Colby Curtis, 6th; Grant Winter, 21st; Dawson Phillips, 26th and Wyatt Turnquist, 32nd.
In the junior varsity boys race, Cohl Turnquist placed 25th.

Golfers Place 3rd at Big Dakota

Winner High School boys golf team placed third at the Big Dakota Conference golf tournament in Pierre on Thursday.  Chamberlain won the team title.

Sam Hossle led the Warriors as he took fifth place. Hossle shot an 83.  Also golfing for Winner were Luke Engel, 94; Duncan English, 108 and Matt Hartley, 112.

The Winner golfers will compete in the pre-regional Sept. 21 in Pierre.

Winner High School boys golf team took fourth place at the Chamberlain Invitational. Chamberlain won the team title.

Sam Hossle was the top golfer for Winner as he took 11th place with a 90.   Also golfing for Winner were Luke Engel, 100;  Duncan English, 120 and Matt Hartley, 130.


Cheer, Dance Place at Invitational

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Winner High School competitive dance team took third place and the cheer team took fifth place at the Winner competitive cheer and dance invitational on Sept. 12.
Winner hosted several schools for invitational.

The Winner High School cheer team competed in Pierre on Saturday at the Pierre Invitational. “We competed against 8 double AA schools and 3 A schools. This is probably the hardest competition that we go to all year. Most of these programs have girls that are dedicated to just one sport at a time. Winner on the other hand shares girls between cheer, dance, volleyball and cross country,” said coach Val Ewing.

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Daniel Musilek, 51

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Daniel Philip Musilek was born on January 3, 1964. He was the youngest of 3 children born to William and Cecilia (Rohde) Musilek. Daniel spent most of his life on the family farm south of Colome. Daniel worked off the farm also as a care giver at Silver Threads, Rose Manor and the Elder Inn. Daniel cared for his parents and brother on the farm until their deaths.

Daniel sold the farm and bought a house in Winner, in January of 2013. He was very proud of his home in Winner. Daniel went to work at Holiday Inn Express as a maintenance foreman shortly after moving to Winner.

When he retired from the Holiday Inn he made a trip to Armour weekly to have the local paper printed. Daniel loved cars and tractors. He always had his vehicles clean and waxed. If they had dust on them they got washed. We would joke with him that he cleaned them so much that the wax wouldn’t stay on. He would just laugh and say “yes, they are clean”. He detailed cars for people in his garage. His favorite car was a corvette. He liked to restore cars and tractors and was very good at it.

Terry Luse, 64

Terry Earl Luse was born July 28, 1951 to Earl and Lucile (Johnson) Luse. He was the third of four children. Terry attended grade school all eight years at the little school house right at the top of the hill being taught by his sister Kaye, and Rod Billings and Glenn Linse, who later became his cousins-in-law. He went to Keya Paha County High School and graduated in 1969. Terry then attended a semester of diesel mechanics school in Springfield, SD.
Terry married his high school sweetheart, Karla Nilson on April 4, 1970. Other then 2 years spent living east of Burton, NE, they lived all of their married life on the home place just north of Wewela.
Terry was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on December 13, 1970. They were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Burton, NE for over 40 years and later transferred to the Zion Lutheran Church of Colome, SD.
He was a member of the Burton Bombers men’s softball team and also coached baseball in Wewela and Clearfield. Many fond memories and friendships were made during these times. Terry was also active on the Wewela Community Hall Board, the Keya Paha township board, Grace Lutheran Church, and Zion Lutheran Church and belonged to trap clubs in Springview and Winner.
Terry instilled his love of shooting and hunting in his son and grandkids. Many hours were spent out on the deck shooting prairie dogs or waiting in a deer blind and walking the draws looking for “the big one” during deer season. His other love was farming and watching his crops grow. This started at a very early age, as he remembered and talked fondly about using an 8N Ford and 2 row equipment with his Grandpa Johnson and dad.
Terry was a people person, he never met a stranger and greatly enjoyed visiting with anyone he encountered. He was a prankster with a contagious attitude and laugh, who loved his family and friends very deeply, especially is grandkids and lived by the motto “the best things in life are not things.” Terry will be greatly missed.

Randy Dean Nespor, 56

Randy Dean Nespor, 56, was born April 6, 1959 to Leonard and Bev (Smith) Nespor at Winner, SD. He attended school in Hamill and Winner. He worked as a heavy equipment operator on road construction and also as a gunsmith at A & A Ingraving. Most recently, he worked at Al’s Oasis in Oacoma.
Randy enjoyed fishing, hunting, Chevys, guns, beer, and being with his friends. He also like watching westerns and animated movies. He was always willing to help anyone in need.
Randy passed away on September 7, 2015 at Oacoma, SD at the age of 56 years. Family services will be held at a later date.

Russell Ray Bertram Indicted by Gregory County Grand Jury

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Sept. 9 that Russell Ray Bertram, 63, Sioux Falls, was indicted yesterday by a Gregory County Grand Jury. Bertram was indicted on one count of first degree murder. The penalty for first degree murder is either death or a mandatory life sentence. Bertram formerly worked as a police officer in Colome and Parker and as Chief of Police in Harrisburg.
The indictment charges that on or about October 24, 2009, Bertram murdered his fiancé, Leonila Stickney, then age 26.
Bertram is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.
The case is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Gov. Daugaard Challenges Board To Raise Habitat Conservation Funds; Pledges To Match Fundraising Goal

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a challenge recently to the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Board to raise $1 million more in private money for habitat conservation. The Governor pledged to match the donations for the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Fund with $1 million in state funds, if the group can meet the goal.
“Habitat conservation is important in South Dakota. Through these efforts, we conserve our land, enhance our wildlife population and preserve our outdoor traditions,” Gov. Daugaard said. “With privately raised funds, the $1 million dollar challenge grant and the funding provided by the Legislature last legislative session, we can begin a new legacy of habitat conservation in South Dakota.”
The South Dakota Habitat Conservation Fund was established in November 2014 as a result of the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group. The Fund provides a permanent funding source for wildlife habitat work in South Dakota. Private donors have contributed a total of $425,000 to the Fund in the last year and state government has dedicated $350,000. The Board would need to raise an additional $1 million in private donations to meet the Governor’s challenge.
“We are grateful for Gov. Daugaard’s offer to match donations to the habitat conservation fund,” stated Jeff Scherschligt, board president. “We intend to do all we can to rise to this challenge and secure $1 million in private donations to meet the goal.”
The Governor made the announcement at the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Board’s first meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Gov. Daugaard recently established the Board to raise money for habitat conservation and administer habitat conservation programs. The 15 board members met in Pierre to approve bylaws, elect officers, assign term limits and discuss communications, financial reporting and the facilitation of two grant programs.
Barry Grossenburg of Winner is a member of the new South Dakota Habitat and Conservation Board.
The Board will use Fund dollars to award grants to eligible non-profit organizations that improve or create wildlife habitat in South Dakota. The Board has established two grant categories: small grants from $5,000 and $40,000 and large grants from $40,000 to $100,000.
Requests for project proposals will be announced at the end of September and applications will be accepted for consideration from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2015.
The Board will hold its next meeting in late October to discuss communications and fundraising strategies. An additional meeting will be held in December to vote on project proposals for funding. Grant awards will be announced by Dec. 31, 2015.