WHS to host district FCCLA meeting

Winner High School FCCLA members will host the 2015 District VI FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) meeting on Dec. 2 at the WHS Armory and high school campus.

Five area schools will attend to compete in STAR events, attend workshops, complete service projects and selected the 2016-2017 District VI FCCLA officers.

Winner Middle school and high school students will have a noon dismissal on Dec. 2.

Play Opens on Dec. 4

The Winner Community Playhouse will present the comedy “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12. The play will start at 8 p.m. each evening.
For reservations, persons can call the playhouse at 842-1958.
The play is directed by Michele Hagenlock with Dan Patmore as the technical director.  The cast includes: Molly Connot, Kara Connot, Sam Patmore, Kallie Foudray and Emily Moser.

The play is funny when the ladies meet to organize a relief effort for homeless in Guatemala. They are greeted with a small mountain of community donations—but one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure and that pile of stuff in this little church basement is hiding a thing or two.

Decorating for Christmas in Courthouse starts on Nov. 30

Organizations can start putting up Christmas trees on Nov. 30 in the Tripp County Courthouse in Winner for the annual Christmas in the Courthouse.
Trees can be put up through Dec. 6 and persons need to contact the 4-H office at 842-2585 to sign up.
The Christmas in the Courthouse open house will be held Dec. 11 starting around 5:30 p.m. There will be entertainment and refreshments.
It is a chance for people to look at the beautiful decorated trees that will fill two floors of the courthouse.
There will also be an essay contest for Tripp County 4th graders. The winner will win a bike provided by Bikes for Kids.
Tripp County Commissioners sponsor Christmas in the Courthouse.

Mark Storms, 92

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Mark Raymond Storms (Hoppy) was born July 6, 1923 on the family homestead, south of Keyapaha in the Beaver Creek Township to Joseph and Crescencia (Willems) Storms. Mark was the 2nd youngest child of nine. One younger brother Jim and three older brothers John, Eugene and Warner. Four older sisters Marie, Helen, Bernice and Laurene.

The family attended mass at a country church called St. Anne’s located 2 miles north of the homestead and St. Bonifice located 15 miles north of Clearfield, SD. The Priest would alternate Sunday’s. There were too many family members to fit in the old model T at one time, the family had to take turns going to mass.

Mark grew up on the family farm and attended Beaver Creek School. Mark and his dad were struck by lightning while milking cows in the barn. Mark’s dad was killed, Mark was knocked unconscious and three cows were also killed. Mark was 15 at the time. He dropped out of school and helped his brothers take over for their father. He later returned to school and graduated from Winner High School.

Mark joined the US Navy in 1943 and served in the Philippines during WWII until 1946. When Mark returned home from the service he went to a dance at the Cosmo Club in Valentine, NE where he met the love of his life, Dolores Simons. They were married September 23, 1948. They were married 3 months short of 60 years.

They lived on the Leo Rock ranch where they ranched for 4 years before moving to the Olaf Tuntland ranch east of Keyapaha in 1952. While living there two children were born. Andy, Ruth, Mark and Dolores raised cattle, chickens and had a huge garden with lots of canning done. They lived here for 18 years before moving to Winner in 1970. They all left their hearts on the ranch and tried to become accustomed to a new life style.

Mark went to work as a carpenter for Bill Koos and helped build their new home in Winner that they moved into in 1970. Mark worked for Bill until 1979 and then went to work for Highway Lumber building homes, until he retired.

Marked loved to hunt, fish and taught his kids and grandkids the love of the sport. He was a baseball coach for Clearfield Midgets. He loved to watch the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, as well as the Denver Broncos. He loved to read books as a past time.

After retirement Mark and Dolores enjoyed spending time together with their kids and grandchildren. When Dolores passed away in June 2007, Mark decided to move to Rapid City three and half years later. The yard and garden got to be more work instead of enjoyment. So he moved into an independent living retirement community (Primrose) in March 2011 at the age of 87. In August of 2015, Mark moved to Fountain Springs Health Care Center where he resided until his passing on November 6, at the age of 92.

Harold Smith, 89

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Harold Smith was born on March 15, 1926 to Orville and Sarah (Fetzer) Smith on the family farm north of Gregory, SD. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory.

Harold attended rural school north of Dallas through the fourth grade. He then attended school in Gregory and graduated from high school in 1943. Harold joined the United States Army in 1944 and served at Fort Lawton, WA, where he joined the personnel group on the base. Among the many details of his job were the preparing of discharge papers for returning servicemen and ordering the many supplies needed on the base. Harold was honorably discharged in 1946.

Harold made the decision that he wanted to become a teacher. He enrolled at the University of South Dakota-Springfield through the G.I. Bill and completed the requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree in English education in 1949 graduating summa cum laude. He had reached the first part of his goal. He later earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Wyoming in 1954.

Harold began teaching in Colome and Winner as a high school teacher. In addition to his English classes he directed speech activities including declam and plays. Harold began teaching at USD/Springfield during the fall of 1956. Harold married Dolores Klima on June 4, 1966 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Harold continued teaching at USD/S until the life of the institution ended in 1984 due to legislative actions. After the closure, Harold joined the faculty at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD.

The final step in his teaching journey was in River Forest, IL where he taught at Concordia University. The experience of living in the Chicago area proved to be an exciting and rewarding way to end his career. Thus, the final goal was completed.

Harold enjoyed gardening and raising beautiful flowers. He shared tomatoes and other vegetables from his garden with friends and family.

Harold passed away November 19, 2015 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory at the age of 89 years.

Galbraith Named Player of the Week


The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has selected Dakota State’s (S.D.) Sharee Galbraith of Winner as its first edition of Women’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week.

Galbraith, 6-foot-1 center, posted a pair of double-doubles as the Lady T’s went 1-1 record for the week. She tallied 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds with four blocked shots after falling short to long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 65-60 on Nov. 10

Galbraith followed up with 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 79-61 road victory at Mount Marty (S.D.) on Nov. 14, ending DSU’s 14-game losing streak in the series meeting with the Lancers.

For the week, Galbraith averaged 15.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game for Dakota State. She was 14-of-26 shooting from the field (53.8 percent and converted 3-of-4 free-throws. She also had five blocked shots for the week.

According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Nov. 16, Galbraith leads the nation in total blocks with 23. She is second in the nation in blocks per game with an average of 3.3 blocks. She averages 8.9 defensive rebounds per game, which is ninth-best in the nation. She is 13th in total rebounds per game (11.4) and 34th in total scoring (86).

Sharee is the daughter of Todd and Carol Galbraith of Winner. She is a senior Elementary Education/Special Education major at Dakota State University.
Dakota State currently holds an overall record of 5-2, their best start since 2007-08 season when the Lady T’s started their first seven games with a 5-2 record.