12U Team Wins First Place

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The Winner 12U team won first place in the silver division of the Oahe Power Surge fastpitch softball tournament in Pierre June 25-26.

Winner beat Pierre Bombers 21-10 on Saturday. Alex Bohnet earned the player of the game award. Winner than played Rapid City Wicked and Winner lost 11-7. Aleya Miller was chosen as player of the game.

The final game on Saturday Winner played Burke and lost 15-14. Kelbi Meiners was chosen as the player of the game.

There were 12 teams in the 12U division and so Sunday teams were split into gold and silver divisions based on pool play Saturday.

Winner’s first game on Sunday was against Pierre Bombers and Winner won 11-3 which placed them in the championship game.

In the championship, Winner faced the Pierre Fireballs and earned first place in the silver division with a score of 13-5.

Vernon Earl Thomas Jr., 75


Vernon Earl Thomas Jr., 75 of Greeley, CO went to be with his Lord and
Savior on June 20, 2016. He passed away due to complications of a
massive stroke.

He was born on October 22, 1940 in Valentine, NE to Vernon Earl and Ida
Louise (Mizner) Thomas. He was the youngest of 5 children.

Vern married Erma Allshouse on June 7, 1959 in Valentine, NE. In 1969
they moved to Pierre, SD where Vern managed the Credit Bureau, sold real
estate and ran the Terrace Motel. In 1982 they moved to Eaton, CO where
Vern sold cars at Garnsey & Wheeler for 20 years before retiring in
2002. Soon after, he had the pleasure of driving part-time for Tanco
Engineering, it was his dream retirement job. Vern traveled all over the
US enjoying all the folks he met along the way.

He was a member of the Fellowship Church in Greeley, CO and belonged to
various clubs and organizations, of which CBMC was instrumental in
strengthening his faith in Jesus.

Joshua M. “Josh” Hedlund, 18

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Hastings resident, Joshua M. “Josh” Hedlund, 18, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 in Hastings, Nebraska, as the result of an automobile accident.

Josh was born February 28, 1998 in Hastings, Nebraska to Don Hedlund & Susan (Brophy) Steinkruger. He was homeschooled from 8th grade through the 12th grade and graduated May 15, 2016. Josh planned to attend Central Community College for welding.

Josh worked at Rival’s in the kitchen and was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and working at Rival’s. Josh was a very caring person with a huge heart and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Charles Douglas “Doug” Allison, 67

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Charles Douglas “Doug” Allison 67 of Indianapolis, IN., died June 24, 2016. Doug was born on April 9, 1949 in Winner, South Dakota to Charles Al and Leota V. (Ticknor) Allison. Doug was a General Manager for General Hotels Corporation for 23 years and he was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

Doug was preceded in death by his beautiful wife Kathryn Kay (Crosswhite) Allison and his father Charles Al Allison.

Calling is scheduled for Thursday June 30, 2016 at Flanner and Buchanan-Speedway: 2950 North High School Road Speedway, IN 46224 from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral Services will be on Friday July 1, 2016 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at 3pm, proceeded by a short visitation beginning at 2pm. Chapel Hill United Methodist Church is located at 963 North Girl School Road Indianapolis, IN 46214.

Open House Set for Leahy Bowl Grandstand

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The public will have a chance to see the new seating at Leahy Bowl of Winner when an open house is held on Monday, June 27.  The Winner Junior Teeners and Teeners will host the Colome Junior Teeners and Teeners that night starting at 6 p.m.  There will be free admission that night.  In addition, there will be a Little League recognition.

The new grandstand replaces the old wooden bleachers which served Leahy Bowl well for many years. However, there was rot found on some of the support columns. As a safety issue, the decision was made to tear down the wooden bleachers.

Divine Concrete of Bonesteel was the contractor on the grandstand project.

The new grandstand is made out of concrete and will allow seating for decades as people come to Leahy Bowl to watch their favorite teams in action. The summer is busy at Leahy Bowl with Junior Teener, Teener, Legion and amateur baseball games. Winner also hosts post season games.  Prior to the start of the summer season, Leahy Bowl is the home of the Winner/Colome club baseball team. This year the Royals won the state championship in Sioux Falls.

The new grandstand will have two rows of open concrete space for people to bring their lawn chairs and set and enjoy the game. There will be a couple of rows of aluminum seats which will have backs and there are two rows of stadium seats which were formerly used at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md.

The seats were purchased from Archer Seating in New Jersey. This firm sells surplus stadium seats from stadiums that have been renovated or demolished.  A baseball fan saw the seats for sale from Archer Seating. He told the city of the opportunity to get the seats.  The city purchased about 80 stadium seats.

Winner has a historic connection to the Orioles due to Jim Palmer who played 19 years with the Orioles. Palmer played in the Basin League in Winner. The Basin League was home to future professional players and amateurs. Winner was one of the teams in the Basin League and saw several players who went on to the majors get their start right here at Leahy Bowl.

So it is neat that seats from Camden Yards will have a permanent home in Winner.

This is a connection to the Baltimore Orioles that will last forever and Winner is fortunate to have a part of this history in its new grandstand.  The iconic Leahy Bowl was the home of some great Basin League players who went on to play in the majors.

So as you sit in these stadium seat, close your eyes and just image Jim Palmer, Jim Lonborg who played for the Boston Red Sox and Merv Rettenmund who played with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and the California Angels in their college hay day playing on Leahy Bowl.

Van Kekerix Named President of the Year

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Sandra Van Kekerix, president of the Winner VFW Auxiliary 4674, was named president of the year at the VFW Auxiliary state convention held recently in Deadwood.
The auxiliary annually names a team of the top four presidents, one from each membership group based on membership. Van Kekerix serves as president of the Winner Auxiliary with a membership of 350, one of the largest in the state.
Van Kekerix has served 10 years as president and this is the first time she has received this honor. She received a cash award for her dedication and hard work this past year.
The auxiliary goal this past year was to serve the veteran and their families.

Poppy Displays Won First Place

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Two Buddy Poppy displays were entered into competition at the state convention by the Winner VFW Post 4674 and auxiliary.
Both displays won first place.
The small display was entered into category 2 and the wreath was entered in category 3. Both will be sent to the national convention to be entered into competition.
Both displays were created by Charlotte Deaver, auxiliary member.

Nelson Elected as SDFDA Vice President

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Justin Nelson, of Mason Funeral Home in Winner, was elected as vice president of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association (SDFDA) at their annual state convention held on May 11-13 at the Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. This year’s convention marked the association’s 117th anniversary.

Nelson, a funeral director for 6 years will serve on the Executive Board of the SDFDA as vice president for the 2016-2017 association year.

Justin Nelson was born and raised in Burke. Justin graduated from Burke High School in 2003 and graduated with his mortuary science degree in 2009. After graduation he joined Mason Funeral Home where he is a licensed funeral director.

Justin’s family includes his wife Katlyn and two son: Pierce and Porter.

Justin is a member of the United Methodist Church in Winner. He is a member of the Winner Rotary Club, serves on the Winner Regional Foundation Board, a Junior Achievement Volunteer and a little league baseball coach.
The South Dakota Funeral Directors Association is a professional association that represents the funeral service professional and the funeral home establishments in the state. The association provides education, legislative representation and public relations statewide.