Taste of Winner Date Changed

The date for the Taste of Winner has been changed to March 31 at the Winner Bowling Center.

The original date was March 17 but he Winner High School boys basketball team has qualified for the state Class A tournament which starts on March 17 in Rapid City.

The Taste of Winner is sponsored by the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pheasants Forever Dinner Set


Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 99 landowner appreciation/habitat dinner will be held on March 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Winner American Legion.

Dinner and door prizes will be provided.

Speakers will be Nolan Benzing, Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist in Winner; Matt Morlock, Pheasants Forever South Dakota state coordinator and Wyatt DeJong, Winner High School Future Farmers of America advisor.

To RSVP or if there are questions, call Nolan at 641-751-7439 or Mike at 840-9992.

Persons are to RSVP by March 18.

Parent Teacher Conferences Set for March 22 and March 24

The Winner School District would like to invite all parents/guardians of Winner students to attend parent/teacher conferences on March 22 from 4-6:30 p.m. and March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m.

All conferences will be held in classroom settings. Persons unable to make it at the times set aside, contact the school and they will set up times so parents can meet with the teachers.

The school would like to encourage all parents/guardians to take advantage of this time set aside to meet with their child’s teachers.

Blood Drive Planned

The Winner High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive March 23 and 24 in the Winner Armory.

The blood drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on March 23 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 24.

To make an appointment persons can call Kelly Assman at 842-8125.

Lady Warriors Come Home State Runner-up


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Winner High School girls basketball team was defeated by St. Thomas More 49-32 in the championship game of the state Class A tournament Saturday in Watertown.

The Lady Warriors defeated West Central in the first game on Thursday and then Friday night avenged an earlier loss to Webster. With the two victories the Lady Warriors punched their ticket to the state championship.

The Lady Warriors were able to keep pace with the Cavaliers for much of the first quarter but turnovers were costly for Winner.

Cox had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Warriors. Madyson Frazier added 6 points.

Winner had three players make the all-tournament team—Allison Cox, Sydney Fritz and Bailey Volmer.

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Winner Warriors Head to State

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In another thriller, the Winner High School boys basketball team punched their ticket to a return trip to the State A tournament with a 51-49 victory over Little Wound in the Region 7A championship. The game was last Tuesday in the ice arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Winner will make a back to back appearance at the state tournament which starts Thursday in Rapid City. The Warriors took third at state a year ago.

Devon Leiferman led the scoring for Winner with 18 points followed by Drew DeMers, 13; Krockett Krolikowski and Trevor Bertram, 6 each; Cameron Kuil, 5 and Lattrel Terkildsen with 2.

Leiferman pulled down 12 rebounds with Krokikowski, 9 and Kuil, 8.

Terkildsen had 3 assists.

DeMers had one man maker and Krolikowski had 2.

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26 Wrestlers Qualify for State

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Twenty-six local youths qualified for the state youth wrestling tournament in Aberdeen on April 2-3.  The regional was held Saturday in Mitchell.

Results include:

6 and under—Gus Tobin, Appolo Willuweit, Remmingyton Robbins, all 1st; Rouyken Robbins, 2nd; Teegan Shelbourn, 4th and Cooper Craven, 6th

7-8—Coy Shelbourn, 1st; Rylan Robbins, Brody Calhoon, both 2nd; Carter Craven, 5th; Hudson Peters, 6th and Peydin Peterson, 6th

9-10—Ryken Orel, Kylah Biggins, Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Landon Calhoon, all 1st; Kellen Brozik, 3rd; Kash Peterson, 4th and Payton Fisher, 5th

11-12—Maxton Brozik and Riley Shippy, both 1st; Riley Orel, 2nd and Kiersten Fryer, 2nd

13-14—Kaden Keiser, Kaleb Osborn, Aaron Gilchrist, all 1st; Adam Cole, 2nd; Achilles Willuweit, 3rd; Joey Cole and Owen Duffy, both 4th

15-16—Riggin Shippy, 1st; Trevor Peters, Cailob Week and Landon Debus, all 2nd

June Moeller, 83

June Moeller

June Arlene Moeller was born on September 8, 1933 at Mitchell, SD. June
married Weldon “Ray” Moeller, and they later divorced. She married Lee
Mowry on December 22, 1984.

June enjoyed many things such as an occasional trip to a casino,
cooking, and dancing. She took a trip of a lifetime when she traveled
to Europe touring many cities in the early 1980’s. She was also known for
having somewhat of a lead foot in which she received her share of
speeding tickets. Brenda said “June inherited that from her
One of her pastimes was sitting outside of Lil’ Feller and other
businesses watching people from her car.
Everyone has their own memories of June, but I am sure that we all
share one same memory of June; she was a very private person.

LaVern Nespor, 81

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LaVern Nespor, age 81, of Winner, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Sanford USD Medical center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral Service were held at 10:30 AM Thursday, March 10 at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Vern was born on December 17, 1934 on the family farm near Hamill, SD to Joe and Agnes (Klima) Nespor. He was the youngest of 11 children.

In April 1957 Vern enlisted in the United States Army serving during peace time and then was honorably discharged in April 1959.

Vern married the love of his life, Beverly (Bev) Long on August 9, 1959 and to this union two children were born, Vicki Jean and Scott Alan.

Vern worked in the family hardware store and also as a farmer. He then worked for Carlson Construction as a mechanic, working on trucks and heavy equipment. He also worked for Bachmann Construction and finished up his working career helping his son Scott with carpentry work.

Vern loved hunting, fishing, and working in his garden and yard.

Robert (Bob) Cecil Johnson, 84

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Robert (Bob) Cecil Johnson was born on a farm southeast of Lucas, SD, on December 31, 1931, and passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the age of 84. Bob had been hospitalized in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Gregory since July 17, 2015, with serious health issues and underwent many surgeries prior to his death at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

He was the youngest of nine children born to Charles and Olive (Fish) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm and attended schools in the Lucas area. On November 13, 1952, at the age of 20, he enlisted in the Army at Ft. Campbell, KY. During the next two years, Bob was stationed at several military bases. Pvt. Johnson completed an Airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia. The course was designed to train personnel from all arms and branches of the service as qualified chutists. Bob was also stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia where he took further training in Airborne tactics. Bob received several medals and badges during this time. He was honorably discharged on November 12, 1954.

After returning from the service, he returned home to work with his father and mother, and when his father passed away on February 11, 1966, he took over the family farm. Bob never married but put his heart into the farm. Bob traveled to many states visiting his extended family. He once took a fishing trip to the Florida Everglades with a childhood friend and travelled to Tennessee many times to visit his brother, Almon. His biggest passion was his Hereford cattle and horses. He enjoyed attending many cattle sales, bull sales and rodeos all around the region.

For many years each fall, Bob hosted cowboys from Minnesota making life-long friends. He loved horses. After retiring from the farm and moving to a home near Gregory, SD with his horses, he started building horse-drawn wagons –a hobby that he enjoyed greatly. He loved entering them in local parades and giving rides. Bob was always willing to help anyone, and was a great neighbor to many. He enjoyed many friends and family over the years and especially enjoyed their visits in the hospital during his last few months.