Jack Docken Sr., 89

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Jack Docken Sr., age 89, of Winner, passed away Dec. 14, 2015 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Clearfield Baseball field through First Fidelity Bank.

Jack Leslie Docken, Sr. son of Clara (Davids) and Ralph A. Docken, was born on September 15, 1926, on the family farm in Dog Ear Township. Jack was raised on the family farm and attended the Lakeview School through the 8th grade. At a young age Jack began to work to help take care of his mother after she became disabled.

In May of 1946, Jack enlisted in the US Army. He served in the 11th Airborne Division, 188th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was honorably discharged from the US Army on October 9, 1947, and returned to the farm.
On September 29, 1951, Jack was married to Jean Ellen Sharkey at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Clearfield, South Dakota. They lived and raised 5 children on the family farm by Clearfield.

Jack was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Clearfield Baseball Youth Center. He also enjoyed watching
TV, reading, playing cards, dancing and listening to music. He was also active in helping establishing the Clearfield Ball Diamond.

Nancy J. Meister, 67

Meister was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Winner to Lawrence and Sedonia (Stritecky) Wagner. After graduating from high school, Meister went on to graduate from beauty school in Sioux Falls. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point, the altar society, women’s auxiliary—VFW and was very involved in Boy Scouts. When her sons were younger she enjoyed taking them to various sporting evens and Boy Scouts. She also enjoyed gardening, painting and cooking.

Christmas Comes Early at the Pump for U.S. Drivers – Gas Hits $1.99

AAA reports the average U.S. gas price dropped below $2 per gallon this morning for the first time since March 25, 2009. Today’s national average price is $1.998 per gallon. AAA estimates that cheaper gas prices have saved Americans more than $115 billion on gasoline so far this year, which works out to more than $550 per licensed driver.

More than 91 million Americans plan to take advantage of cheaper gas prices to drive 50 miles or more during the upcoming holiday period. Travel by all modes of transportation should be a record, topping 100 million.

“It’s all pretty simple,” said Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota. “Gas prices have dropped because there is more than enough oil and gasoline supplies around the world to meet current demand. In addition, gas prices generally fall through early winter because people drive and use less fuel this time of year.”

Gas prices already are much cheaper than $2 per gallon in most parts of the country. The lowest one percent of U.S. stations is selling gas for an average of $1.59 per gallon, and more than 13,000 stations are selling gas for less than $1.75 per gallon. The states with the cheapest averages today include: Missouri ($1.77), Oklahoma ($1.78), South Carolina ($1.78), Tennessee ($1.79) and Kansas ($1.79). Average state and metro prices can be found on AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report website, updated daily: FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com.

AAA predicts gas prices likely will remain low through January, and could drop even further if the cost of crude oil remains weak. By late winter, gas prices may rise 50 cents per gallon or more as refineries conduct maintenance in advance of the busy summer driving season.

Americans are on track this year to drive a record number of miles, largely due to lower gas prices and a stronger economy, based on early estimates by the Federal Highway Administration. Through October, which is the most recent data available, Americans have driven more than 2.63 trillion miles for the year, which is a 3.4 percent increase over the same period in 2014.


Snowmobile trails in South Dakota are now open.

“The Black Hills has seen minimal snowfall so far this season,” said Black Hills Trails district supervisor, Shannon Percy. “Grooming operations will be limited until we see additional accumulation.”
Percy would like to remind riders that some obstacles exist throughout the 350-mile Black Hills Trails system due to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic.
“Snowmobilers should be aware that trees, broken tree tops and dangling branches can fall at any time while riding on and off-trail,” said Percy. “Please be aware of your surroundings as trees and debris may cause obstructions.”
Eastern South Dakota saw significant accumulations in November, but most of that snow has since melted. Current projections have snow accumulations adding up in some parts of central and eastern South Dakota.


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted a proposal at their December meeting that would provide a terminally ill South Dakota resident the opportunity to hunt big game.

The Secretary may authorize a resident who has been diagnosed by a licensed doctor of medicine to have a terminal illness which is medically expected to significantly shorten their life expectency to hunt deer, antelope and turkey. The proposed rule would also authorize the Secretary to provide allowances for persons 25 and under who are fighting cancer, other terminal illnesses or a disease which will significantly reduce their life expectancy. The proposed rule would allow hunting only during established hunting seasons, and would allow the hunter to take no more than one deer, antelope and turkey.

The proposal also allows that certain restrictions may be waived or additional terms or conditions may be imposed necessary to facilitate participation for the person receiving authorization.

El Nino Drives Warmer Temperatures Through Spring 2016

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A near-record strong El Nino has brought warmer than average temperatures to South Dakota throughout December. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dec. 17, 2015 Climate Outlook, the trend is forecast to continue until spring 2016, said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.

“Several records have already been tied or broken this month, with high minimum temperatures across the region,” Edwards said.

Statewide approximately 59 new daily records were set between December 9 and 13, 2015. “On December 10 alone, 35 new records were set for high minimum temperatures all across the state, from Pactola Dam to Sisseton,” Edwards said.

She added that three stations tied their all-time minimum temperature for all Decembers on record: Vermilion with 49 degrees on Dec. 8; Roscoe with 35 on Dec. 9; and Selby with 36 on Dec. 9.

“The outlook for January and the next three months shows a continued trend of warmer than average temperatures across the northern states,” said Dennis Todey, South Dakota State Climatologist & SDSU Extension Climate Specialist. “Despite a cool-down over the next couple of days in South Dakota, the region is forecast to warm up again by the end of the month. Even these cooler days are just a little below average.”

For precipitation, there are some increased chances of moisture to pass through our area in the next couple of weeks. “Most of the lower 48 states are favored to be slightly wetter than average, with the eastern states in the Ohio River and Tennessee Valley areas with the highest likelihood of wetter conditions,” Todey said.

Looking further ahead, the climate outlook shows drier conditions favored over the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes. “South Dakota again straddles a region to the north that is forecast to be drier than average, and a region to the south that is favored to be wetter than average in Nebraska and across the southern Plains,” Todey said.

Edwards added that the main agricultural impacts the team is watching currently include winter wheat condition and the muddy conditions for feedlot cattle. “With continued warm temperatures and wetter soils, there are muddy conditions causing some feedlot difficulties. Winter wheat is being monitored because inconsistent snow cover could expose this year’s crop to frost damage if snow is not present,” Edwards said.

Coach Looks Back on “Fun Season” for the Warriors

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Winner High School football team set several records during its undefeated season.

“We thought we would be competitive but I did not image the year we had. I would have never guessed we would be that dominate,” said the coach.
It started in the opening game of the season when the Warriors scored on the first play and went on to shutout Mobridge/Pollock 50-0. This was the first of eight shutouts that Winner would record this year.  “Playing up to our abilities was impressive week after week,” said Aaker.  “We just played at the level we expected every time. We never took a step backwards. We got better and more confident as we went along.”

“That hunger got more and more as the year went on,” said Aaker. “You know kids hear things and they hear people talk that their schedule was not too tough. I think that added to their determination,” noted the coach.  Aaker explained the team’s core group played tremendous. “It was a very talented group and I was glad to see that our underclassmen got a lot of playing time. That will only help add depth next season.”

“One thing I like about this team was that they helped their teammates out and made the younger players better.”

It was a year that went by quickly for the coach but what a fun ride it has been.

Fritz Considered for “Volleyball Player of the Year”

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Sydney Fritz of Winner was one of the state’s volleyball players considered for the Mitchell Daily Republic’s “Volleyball Player of the Year”.

Fritz was the key to Winner’s attack throughout the season and was selected as a first team all-state player.  She had 545 kills or about six per set and added 320 digs, 39 blocks and 46 aces.

Fritz is a senior at Winner High School.

FFA Students Place In Career Development Events

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On Dec. 6-7, Winner High School FFA members attended the state FFA Leadership Career and Development Events (CDEs).

FFA members from across the state were recognized in 11 leadership areas.  Winner placed third in Junior conduct of meetings event. This is designed for high school freshmen to present a mock FFA meeting. Members of the third place team are Shea Connot, Katy Lantz, Luke Hennebold, Casey Stickland, Logan Tunnissen, Brandon Volmer and Elijah Blare.

The ag sales team of Payton Eagle, Lucas Jedlicki, Sam Hossle and Justus Gregg placed fifth.

Sydnie Peters took seventh and Trace Larson was 11th in job interview.

Katy Lantz was 13th in creed speaking.

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