A Warm 2015-16 Winter Weather Forecast

Based on the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center’s outlook released this week, a strong El Niño continues to affect the U.S. as warmer than average temperatures are forecast for South Dakota and the northern states this coming winter season (December 2015 through February 2016).

“The current observations in the Pacific Ocean rank the current El Niño as the second or third strongest since 1950, and this is projected to have impacts on our wintertime climate in the U.S.  El Niño is expected to reach its peak intensity in the next two to three months,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.

Across northeastern South Dakota in December, Edwards said there is a 50 percent likelihood of above average temperatures, with 33 percent chance of near average and 17 percent chance of below average temperatures. “The rest of the state is favored to have warmer than average temperatures, with slightly less likelihood in the month ahead,” she said.

The precipitation forecast for December is leaning towards drier than average for the northern tier counties. The remainder of the state has equal chances of above, below or near average precipitation for the month.

Looking further ahead – through February – there continues to be an increased chance of warmer than average temperatures across all of the northern states, from coast to coast. “This is consistent with a strong El Niño climate pattern that we have seen in the past, and many of the long-range computer climate models are forecasting that the same will hold true in winter of 2015-16,” said Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist.

The precipitation forecast for the three months ahead sets South Dakota in between an area that is favored to be drier to our north and west, and wetter to our south in Nebraska. “The last two winters with similar El Niño conditions were in 1982-83 and 1997-98.  In both of those years, South Dakota wintertime precipitation was near to slightly below average,” he said.

Todey added that it is possible that South Dakota could experience storm events which bring rain or snow to our state this winter. “Particularly if we get a surge of moisture from the south or southwest,” he said. “But it is also possible that many areas could have an open winter, with little to no snowcover for much of the season.”

The implications of an open winter are both good and bad, Edwards explained. “Less snow cover could make winter wheat more susceptible to frost and freeze damage,” she said. “The same situation could be positive for cattle and livestock operations who prefer drier conditions.”

What Freedom Means to Me

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By Kenndal Turnquist

Have you ever though about the meaning of freedom? Freedom is a beautiful word. Freedom means many things to many different people, but to me it means the power or right to speak or act or think as one wants.

Freedom doesn’t come without a high price. It comes with many responsibilities. Our freedom was definitely hard to accomplish. Freedom comes with all the blood, sweat, and tears of all our fellow Americans. Americans have fought in many wars for the freedom that we have. “Responsibility is the price of freedom,” by Elbert Hubbard.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag,” that is something that I say everyday proudly. When I say the Pledge of Allegiance I think of all the things that people have done so we can say it freely. Every time you lay down your head at night, you should think about how an American died for you. “Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life,” by Bob Marley.

What are some of our freedoms? Freedom of speech is the right to say or express anything you want. Freedom of education is getting to teach whatever you want. Freedom of religion is guaranteed in the 1st amendment. Freedom of religion is the right to practice his or her religion, or no religion at all. Freedom of assembly is the right to hold public meetings and form associations without inference from the government. The freedom we have today also reminds me of the places where freedoms don’t exist yet. “Freedom is never given; it is won,” by A Phillip Randolph.

Freedom is one of the most important words in my life. It is one of the biggest blessings in life and should not be taken for granted. Overall, freedom has made a huge impact on my life.

Voice of Democracy

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My View of America
By Molly Connot

“America is another name for opportunity” (Emerson, 1841)-Ralph Waldo Emerson…When I think of America, I think of an incredible nation that was formed from nothing and turned into something amazing. We are more diverse than any other country, because our foundation was made on so many different people. We have courage and know what bravery truly is. Americans are full of patriotism every day. My views are touched with absolute love and appreciation of this incredible country.

America was literally built form the ground up. One of our greatest advantages is our diversity. We don not all fit into one specific group. We are given choices on everything. In school, we are given options with our classes. In our government, we have choices from what political party we side with or what and who we will be voting for. No one in America can say that we do not have options because they are given every year on the first Tuesday following a Monday of November. We also has much variety of people in our country. We have different religions, different cultures, and of course, different people. Variety is what makes America great and keeps us thriving. The opportunities we have in America are endless and our diversities makes them even better.

Americans have bravery and courage and it is present always. Since our country’s beginning, we have had the courage to fight for what we believe in. In today’s society, we still have that same courage. We do not fight just wars, though, we fight for rights and freedoms. Women and minorities have fought for the right to be treated the same as a white male, and keep fighting today. In the war aspect of things, our soldiers fight for our freedoms and other countries also. Our soldiers help keep the peace in other countries and keep us safe from them also. Our courage and bravery make the United States of America a different place from any other.
If you ask someone from another country to identify an American, they always say that Americans have very strong patriotism. Americans are never ashamed to say that WE ARE AMERICANS AND PROUD! The people know and love our country for all that it stands for. We are able to say we have democracy that we know works because we continuously working at it. Our democracy gives the people power and still keeps us from having crazy chaos. Americans have the ability to find compromise in everything and anything. This also gives Americans the ability to voice our opinions loud and proud. We gives us differences from the other countries, but the best types of differences.

Living in America is unlike any other place. America was built on diversity and differences that we still have today. We have incredible patriotism that makes the American people separate from any other. America’s bravery and courage makes this place an incredibly safe and amazing place to grow up in. I am proud to say that America is where I am from and that will never change.

Warriors Cruise to Class 11B title

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When people ask who is the No. 1 team in Class 11B team in the state, there is only one answer: The talented Winner Warriors.

The Warriors proved they were the top Class 11B team in the state when they defeated Tri Valley 45-6 Friday afternoon in the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
With the victory, the Warriors capped a perfect 12-0 season and in those 12 games they recorded 8 shutouts and had a running clock in every game.

“This was another stellar performance by our guys,” said coach Dan Aaker. “This was a crazy year where we dominated football games.”

Two players on the Winner team received special honors at the game. Windsor Barry was named the Joe Robbie most valuable player and also the outstanding running back. Jordan Turgeon was name the outstanding lineman.

The Warriors set three state Class 11B records in the game. The WHS team had the most first downs with 22, total yards of offense with 510 and most points in a game with 45.

This was the sixth state championship for the Warriors and their 13th appearance in the Dome playing for state title.

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Lady Warriors Fall in Region Championship

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Winner High School volleyball team played with heart in the Region 7A championship match Nov. 10 in Martin.
The Lady Warriors lost in five sets as they took on Red Cloud for the right to advance to the state tournament in Sioux Falls.
Red Cloud took the first two sets with Winner taking the next two to tie it up. Red Cloud won the final game. The scores were 24-16, 25-17 Red Cloud, Winner 25-23 and 25-10 and Red Cloud 15-11.

Anna Stoeser, 60

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Anna Marie Stoeser age 60 passed away peacefully from this life in the afternoon of November 12, 2015 in her home south of Winner, South Dakota. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family in the last days of her life.

Anna was born January 23, 1955 in Pierre, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Art and Grace Weber. She graduated high school from Draper, South Dakota. She married the love of her life Bert Stoeser on October 8, 1976 in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.

Anna enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, crocheting and loved raising sheep. Most importantly loved spoiling her grandchildren. Anna will always be remembered for her hard work on the farm, big garden, beautiful flowerbeds, love for antiques and her famous pumpkin pies.

William Knodell, 96

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William Knodell, age 96, of Winner, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility in Winner. Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

William Knodell was born at home in Winner, SD on October 9, 1919, the son of Roscoe and Clara Knodell. He graduated from Winner High School in 1939. He went into the Army on July 16, 1941. He completed his basic training at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and was stationed there when World War II broke out.

He was captured in Africa and taken prisoner of war in February 1943. He remained a POW in Germany for 27 months. He was liberated in May 1945.

He married Patricia Collins on September 29, 1945. They moved to a ranch 15 miles Northwest of Mission, SD. They moved to Winner in 1955 and raised a family of 4 daughters and 4 sons.

Ruby M. Jansen, 81

Ruby M. Jansen, age 81 of Mission, SD, passed away November 4, 2015 in Sioux Falls after her battle with leukemia. Ruby was married to John (Jack) L. Jansen Feb 14, 1952. Before retiring in 1995 she had been employed as a meat cutter and a baker and worked for 20 years at Assman Implement as a bookkeeper.
Ruby enjoyed quilting, sewing, traveling, baking and family and friends.

Gerald Drey, 89

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Gerald Dean Drey was born June 9, 1926 at Gregory, South Dakota to Albert and Edna (Jones) Drey and he died November 11, 2015 at the Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory, South Dakota at the age of 89 years.

A memorial service was held Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke with Father Godfrey Muwanga officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Graceland Cemetery of Burke.

Gerald attended the Rhodes School and the Catholic School in Gregory. He grew up on a farm east of Gregory. He later moved to a farm south of Burke, where he farmed with his dad and his brother.

In 1954 he was united in marriage to Edith Rang and to this union three children were born: Bruce, Jackie and Rodney. Together they lived and worked on a farm eleven miles south of Burke, where they also helped his father-in-law with farming. In 1964 they purchased a home in Burke and move into town. Gerald held many jobs throughout his life.

Due to health reasons, Gerald entered the TLC Assisted Living in Burke before moving to the Rosebud Country Care Center Nursing Home in Gregory. He had spent the last seven years in the nursing home.