Harter Signs with USF

Colome’s Reed Harter has signed with the University of Sioux Falls baseball team, one of 11 to sign in the school’s 2016 recruiting class.

Harter is a standout for Winner/Colome Royals baseball team for whom he hit .533 with 14 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 14 games. As a pitcher, he also had a 3-2 record with a 2.86 ERA and 43 strikeouts on a team that finished 12-2 and advanced to the regional tournament. A nominee for the S.D. Class B Legion player of the year, he has been named all-state twice and all-conference three straight years.

Harter was also an Argus Leader Elite 45 selection and an all-state defensive back in football where he was named team MVP.

He also made first team all state in basketball, earning team MVP three times.

Lois Sachtjen, 89

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Lois was born August 31, 1926 in Winner, SD to Percy and Mabel (Walton) Bromwich. She was the eldest of 8 children.

She attended grade school near Wewella, SD. She graduated from high school in Winner, SD. She received her teaching certificate from Springfield, SD. She taught at country grade school for two years.

She married Ralph Sachtjen on March 3, 1945 in Winner, SD. From this union 4 children were born: Velma Jane, Gail, Cecil, and Donna. After they were married the lived on a farm SW of Winner until February 1951. They then moved to the farm where they lived for 63 years.
After Ralph returned from the service, Lois devoted her life to her husband, children, and the farm. She enjoyed taking care of her chickens, cows, pigs, and the garden. She enjoyed fishing, Hunting, and camping.

She was an active member of the Winner VFW.

In later years she took up quilting, embroidering, and crocheting. She made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She made numerous doilies to give away to family and friends.

Louis Papousek, 91

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Louis Francis Papousek was born October 28, 1924 near Gregory, South Dakota to Joseph B. and Frances (Musilek) Papousek and went to his eternal home on April 11, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Margo Dunn, in Malibu, California. Many people knew him as Louie or Lou. Louis grew up on the family farm near Gregory with his parents and siblings: Agnes, Joe (Joseph C), Bob (Robert), and Donna. Louis lived a full and diverse life filled with adventure and many rewarding experiences. He attended a one-room county schoolhouse which was later moved to Gregory and is now known as the Gregory Historical Schoolhouse. He was a smart student so was able to skip a grade. He left school during the 9th grade, but never stopped learning and trying new things. His parents eventually sold the farm and moved to Burke and opened up a café. His father passed away in 1948 and his mother passed away in 1965, both in Burke.

Louis was a mechanic extraordinaire and could fix anything! He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII from March 1944 – May 1946 in the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class. A highlight in Louis’s life was traveling to Washington, D.C. on the Honor Flight in September, 2010 to view the WWII Memorial. Over the years, Louis was a member of the American Legion and Elks Club. Louis and Vera Luree Willuweit started dating after meeting at a dance. In 1948, they made their first trip to California along with his mother, Frances Papousek and future step-father Anton Nikodym. Louis was baptized and confirmed on February 21, 1949 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Burke. He was united in marriage to Vera at the same church on April 17, 1949. To this union, one daughter, Margo, was born one year later. The family continued to embrace the Lutheran faith throughout their years together.

In the early years of their marriage, Louis had numerous jobs including working in the oil fields of Wyoming, as a carpenter, delivering Storz beer in Burke, and working in auto shops in Martin and Winner. In 1959 Louis and Vera sold their house in Winner and followed his brother Bob to Tucson, Arizona. The next summer, Louis took a job at the San Manuel, Arizona copper smelter. In 1962 the family moved to California where Louis became an owner/operator of a Caterpillar tractor, often working for Gary Inglett and with many former South Dakotans. Vera served as his office manager and bookkeeper. Later he invested in a dendrite rock business with Bob Stober. Louis fondly remembered the time that he spent up in the mountains in Beaver, Utah living the life of a “mountain man”, drinking the spring water, breathing in the fresh air, and growing a beard. He enjoyed creating belt buckles, clocks, and other art pieces with the picturesque dendrite rock giving them to family and friends as presents.

In 1990 Louis and Vera retired to Wall, SD. In addition to spending the winter months with their daughter and her family in Malibu, they took many exciting vacation trips ranging from the Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, Canada to the Redwood Forest of California to Cape Canaveral and the Epcot Center in Florida. Vera suffered strokes in 1996 and 2000, so they moved to Silver Threads in Gregory in 2001. Four years later Vera entered the Avera Rosebud Country Care Center. Until Vera’s passing in 2010, Louis was a faithful and loving spouse visiting and feeding Vera almost every day when he was in Gregory. He made sure that there was always cake and ice cream served at the nursing home for her birthday and their anniversary.

Louis continued to spend part of the year with Margo. March, 2011, while in Malibu, Louis suffered a heart attack, but he was determined to recover so that he could attend the 4th of July wedding of his only grandchild, Sean Dunn, to Megan Myer in Dayton, Oregon. One week after returning to Malibu in October, Louis suffered the first of a series of major strokes that required him to receive 24/7 care at Margo’s home until his passing. Visits by family members were the highlight of his final years – especially visits by his remaining sibling, Donna Fode, in person, or via Skype. Niece Patti (Papousek) Ciasca worked as a partner with Margo to care for “Uncle Louie” during his final years. Louis enjoyed fresh and salt water fishing, scuba diving, hunting, being outdoors, and eating. He believed in the value of hard work, perseverance, and commitment to his immediate and extended family. Louis’s smile, generosity, unconditional love and support will be missed by all those who knew him.

Nolan Tucker, 76

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Nolan Lee Tucker was born in Murdo, South Dakota to Lonnie and Edna (Stevens) Tucker on January 9, 1940. Nolan grew up and went to school in White River, South Dakota. Nolan did a lot of things in his lifetime, throughout several states. He spent a lot of time in Alaska working on pipelines, carpentry work, and also a lot of painting. Nolan spent the last sixteen years around White River and Wood. “No matter what you do, always do it with Pride,” was a favorite quote of Nolan’s which is evident in the work that he did. Nolan was the ‘Jack of All Trades.’ He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time in business. Nolan was quite particular and was not satisfied until his projects looked mighty good. Up until the last year when his health began to fail him, he would take on anything. One of his last jobs was painting the old White River High School. We do not know how he did it, but he got it done. And as always, it looked good!
Nolan will always be remembered by those who knew him as a tough, stubborn guy who had a heart of gold. He was always looking out for the “other” guy and would give you the shirt off his back — if that’s what it took. He was generous with his heart and time. He enjoyed volunteering and sharing his talents with local organizations and Mellette County Museum. Nolan loved his sports, especially football and basketball and continued to follow the teams from White River. Every spring, he looked forward to making the trek to Aberdeen to cheer on the Tigers. Nolan also enjoyed spending time at family events, playing cards, pitching horse shoes, interacting with children and animals. Family gatherings always made Nolan smile and especially when he heard, “I wuv you Uncle Nolan!,” from younger family members.
Everyone who remembers him, is asked to celebrate Nolan’s life in their own way. Enjoying a cup of coffee and a bag of popcorn with the Dollar Daze crew, in his memory would be quite appropriate! And, whoever you meet make sure you say, “Good Morning”- anytime of the day!

John Loren Hofeldt, 76

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John Loren “Sawdust” Hofeldt, age 76, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at his home in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Loren was born on June 7, 1939, in Winner, South Dakota, to Leonard and Freda (Schmidt) Hofeldt. He was the youngest of 3 children raised on the family farm. Loren served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959. He was married to Helen Carter on October 28, 1959, and to this union three daughters were born, Yvon, Joan and Ruth.

Loren had a great love of the outdoors and many interests. He was an auto mechanic and racecar driver. He served his community as a police officer, an ambulance driver and a SWAT team member. For many years he ran his own business as an arborist. He enjoyed all hunting activities and was especially proud of his 6 X 6 bull elk he bagged while archery hunting in Colorado. He spent many hours calling, chasing and hunting coyotes. Fishing was his passion and his blue bass boat was his pride and joy. He was a proud charter member of the Borderline Bassmasters and a member of the B.A.S.S. Federation.

Theresa Broski, 61

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Theresa was born September 20, 1954 to Virginia (Dahl) Due and Duane Due in Bottineau, ND. She grew up in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Theresa had three brothers: Wayne, Kenny and Kelly and three sisters: Mary, Cyndi and LuAnn.

Theresa worked at various restaurants as a waitress and or a cook along with being a bartender at the Elks Lodge in Mitchell, SD and the Chateau and Moose Lodge in Ft. Pierre. She also owned the Cove Café in Gregory with her husband Dwayne Briggs in the early 1980’s. They had two children, Jon and Harry “Happy” Briggs.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Pierre, Ft. Pierre Moose Lodge, life member of the DAV Auxiliary, Pierre, American Legion Auxiliary, Dallas and the VFW Auxiliary, Pierre.

On November 14, 1986 Theresa married the love of her life, Glenn Broski. Theresa enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to take the granddaughters shopping, out to eat (there wasn’t a restaurant in town they didn’t go) and to get their nails done.

Frances “Babe” Ryno, 77

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Babe was born near Wood, SD on August 22, 1938 to Blanche (Musilek) Belak and Frank Belak. Babe attended school in Wood and after high school graduation joined the Air Force. She was stationed for three years in Michigan.
On June 25, 1960, she was united in marriage to Bob Ryno. From this union was born a daughter, Karla (Charlie Shedeed) and a son, Marty (Martie Lovejoy).
Throughout her life, Babe was a housewife, mother and bookkeeper for Ryno Oil. The loves of her life were her two granddaughters, Robin and Teneil.
Babe enjoyed tending her plants and manicuring her lawn. Her yard work was never complete without being trimmed. She was even known to take scissors to the grass to edge it. Babe took pride in and was meticulous in everything she did. Bob never left the house with a wrinkle in his clothing—any of his clothing; she even ironed her sheets and dish towels. She made fantastic pies, cinnamon rolls and angel food cakes, and she was renowned for her card playing (but she hated being paid in wrinkled currency).
Babe was curious about the world and people. She enjoyed traveling—trying to take a different route wherever they went. Most of all she loved people—engaging them in conversation everywhere she found herself. One of her favorite things was Tuesday night darts. Every Wednesday morning when discussing the evening’s festivities with her daughter, Karla, she always said, “It was such a great night. I just love each and every one of them! I don’t know where you would find a better group of people.”
She will be remembered by so many for the hugs, smiles and laughter she so freely gave to anyone who would hold still for it.

Shot Clock on its Way to Class B Basketball

Following the footsteps of Class AA and Class A, Class B boys and girls basketball will implement a 35 second shot clock for all games starting in the 2017-18 season.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of control passed the motion at its meeting April 19 in Pierre.

The proposal passed the basketball advisory committee with a 7-0 vote and was approved by the Class B athletic directors with a 41-28 vote.

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds McCahren Convictions

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced April 21 that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder and aggravated assault convictions of Braiden McCahren. A Tripp County jury convicted McCahren of second-degree murder for the shooting death of Dalton Williams, as well as aggravated assault committed against Tyus Youngberg. McCahren was sentenced to 25 years in the state penitentiary, with 15 years suspended, for the murder conviction. He received a 15- year penitentiary sentence for the aggravated assault conviction, which is being served at the same time as the sentence for murder.

The trial was moved to Winner following a change of venue.