Cross Country Runners Win First Place

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Winner Area boys and girls cross country team won first place at the Winner Invitational on Friday.
The boys scored 13 points for first place with Lyman second and White River, 3rd.

In the girls division, the Lady Warriors were followed by St. Francis for second and Lyman, third.

The Winner Lady Warriors swept the top four places. First place went to Sidda Schuyler with a 21:37.51. She was followed by Sam Schuyler, 2nd, 22:23.35; Chloe Bartels, 3rd, 22.32.59 and Jaclyn Laprath, 4th, 22:45.46.
Aryn Meiners took 6th in 23:56.37 and Megan Blare was 10th in 25:35.08.
The girls team had a perfect score in this meet.

The boys varsity race was won by Aaron Voigt of Gregory in 18:00.05.

Winner was led by Kade Watson who took second in 19:33.90.

Also placing for Winner were Izak Moleterno, 4th, 20:03.97; Andrew Laprath, 7th, 21:15.85; Dawson Phillips, 11th, 21:50.43; Wyatt Turnquist, 14th, 22:35.33.

The next meet for the Winner area team will be Sept. 6 at Scotland.

WHS Golfers Open Season

Matt Hartley of the Winner High School boys golf team competed in the Mobridge-Pollock Invite on July 23.  Hartley was the only varsity golfer for Winner. He shot a 53, 57—110.

This was the first meet of the season for the Winner team.

Chamberlain was first with a 314 and Mobridge-Pollock was second with a 356.

Richard Medicine Eagle Sr., 87

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Richard Duane Medicine Eagle Sr. was born in Mosher, SD on June 15, 1929 to William and Ida (Kills Two) Medicine Eagle.

Richard married Geraldine Andrews and made their home in Mosher where for most of his life he worked on the George Schilling farm. He enjoyed playing baseball and was on the 1948 Mosher team that went to the State Tournament in Watertown.

Richard had six children: Eleanor, Shirley, Richard Jr., Doyle, Timothy and Carol.

Richard also had eight siblings all of whom are deceased. George Sr., William, Martin, Eugene, Bernard, Pauline, Matilda and Lucinda.

Ivan Vosika, 82

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Ivan Frank Vosika was born on February 20, 1934 to Stanley and Ona (Stasney) Vosika. Ivan was raised on the farm near Gregory and lived there all his life. As a young boy, Ivan was stricken with rheumatic fever making school difficult. With the help of his mother reading to him by lamp light, Ivan finished the eighth grade and then later obtained his GED.

Ivan volunteered for military service in February 1954 and was honorably discharged from the Army in February 1956.

Ivan married Shirley (Boes) in September 1962 in Gregory, SD along-side her sister Nola Jean in a double ring ceremony. Together they raised three children, David, Lori, and Dan. Ivan and Shirley enjoyed 54 years together, all on the family farm.

Through long hours and hard work, Ivan and Shirley developed and expanded their farm to include a large dairy and livestock operation. Ivan was an industrious and creative mechanic who had the unique ability to fabricate things on the fly to keep his operation running smoothly. Had health not interfered in his later years, Ivan would still be doing what he enjoyed most, windrowing and baling the hay fields.

In addition to farming, Ivan had many interests. He wasn’t afraid to create and live a dream and be involved. He obtained his pilot license at a young age and purchased his first plane in 1951. For over five decades, Ivan was active with other pilots in Gregory, forming a flying club and giving rides to area children at the numerous hanger parties. He spent countless hours scouting local shelterbelts and abandoned farms by air, searching for old tractors around South Dakota and Nebraska. Many times he would land on a country gravel road, taxi up to the target and inquire about the availability of it. He also flew to many air shows and enjoyed with Shirley many flights to area towns with other flying couples, simply to have breakfast.

During this time, Ivan also became a serious collector of antique John Deere tractors. He took great pleasure in sharing the love of restoration with friends who would spend many hours with him in the tractor shop. He won many awards with his tractors and enjoyed showing them during parades. He attended many tractor flea markets and pulls. He also enjoyed his collection of “retired” family automobiles. Most dear to his heart was his beloved 1960 Chevrolet Impala which he purchased new. It became not only he and Shirley’s courting vessel, but later the family car; and then finally a source of pride and a connection to his earlier years gone by.

Ivan was also active in the community by serving on the Rhoades Township board, the ASC board and was on the Gregory Farmer’s Elevator board of directors for many years. He was a long time member of the American Legion.

Ivan was known to lend a helping hand to his neighbors, friends and family, made many friends in his life adventures and thoroughly enjoyed round table discussions at Mr. G’s in his retired years. And, rarely a Sunday would pass where he didn’t pay a visit to someone known to him who was hospitalized or in assisted living. He was ready with a smile, enjoyed sharing a laugh and was quick witted when least expected.

Ivan enjoyed seeing his four grandkids. They will miss his physical presence but are gifted with knowing grandpa’s influence is ever present about the farm.

Ivan is now in a place of peace playing pitch, drinking coffee and surrounded by his favorite farm dogs. He is reunited with all those who made his life so special, while those left behind treasure the life of Ivan well lived.

Fred Woods, 91


Fred was born on September 23, 1924 to Otho and Mabel (Robertson) Woods on the family farm 11 miles south of Colome. He was the youngest of 8 brothers and 3 surviving sisters. He graduated from Mrs. Irma Painter’s 8th grade class on May 17, 1940 and completed his last year of school as a sophomore in 1941-42. He registered for Selective Service annually from 1942-1950 as required and was classified “Frozen Farm Laborer” and not deployed. He rode the military cattle cars from Colome to Ft. Snelling, MN in May of 1945 and was found “physically fit, acceptable for general military service” but the war effort was winding down by that time and he was not deployed.

He took great pride in his athletic achievements which included Golden Glove Boxing, sprinting in track, and scoring the only touchdown his sophomore year to lead Colome to a 6-0 victory over Winner! He grew up during the 30’s and hunted arrow heads in bowling sand for spending. He also grew up farming with horses before tractors became in Tripp County. He was accomplished cow & horseman. He often commented that “If you take care of the cows, they’ll take care of you”. Fred was one of the first men with registered Angus in Tripp County. Fred had a few odd jobs before settling down with his lovely bride in 1949 which included scooping wheat by hand for his brother Dick in Garden City, KS, where he also moonlighted as a chauffeur driver on evenings and weekends. He also worked for a short time at the Fremont Foundry as a welder in Fremont, NE.

Nominations Sought for South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award

The South Dakota Retailers Association invites customers, vendors and civic organizations to nominate their favorite retail store, grocery store or restaurant for the South Dakota Retailer of the Year Award.

Each year, the Association presents the award to a business owner or manager who is committed to running an excellent business and who plays a positive role in their community.

“Every community has those business people who stand out because they go the extra mile in taking care of their customers, they are supportive of their employees, and they give back to their community in meaningful ways,” says Shawn Lyons, Executive Director of the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA). “Those are the people who help to make a city or town a better place to live, and we want to hear about them.”

Individual business owners and managers are eligible for the award, as are partners and families who run a business as a team.

Previous recipients of the Retailer of the Year Award include hardware stores, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, flower shops, appliance stores, gift shops, pharmacies, implement dealers, book stores, and other businesses that play a vital role in the daily life of communities across the state.

Nominations may be mailed, emailed or faxed by Nov. 1, 2016. Nomination forms and instructions are available online at Nominations may also be submitted by letter to SDRA at PO Box 638, Pierre, SD 57501, by fax at 605.224.2059 or by email at

A committee of retailers will select the recipient, who will be honored at the SDRA Awards Banquet in Pierre in January. The event is attended by legislators and state officials, as well as by business people from across the state.

Nominees who are finalists for the award will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service by mail.

For more information, contact the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre at 800-658-5545, visit the association’s website at or email

State ACT Scores Remain Steady, Above National Average

South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains steady and above the national average, according to data released. The statewide composite score for the graduating class of 2016 – which includes scores for English, math, reading and science – was 21.9, versus the national average of 20.8.

About 76 percent of 2016 South Dakota graduates took the ACT, and the number of students in all minority groups who took the test stayed the same or increased from last year. This increase is encouraging, since South Dakota students are not required to take the ACT.

“By taking the ACT, students take a step in planning their future,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. “After graduation, students may go on to a technical institute, university or directly into the workforce. Success in today’s world demands that whatever their path, students must be ready. The best way for them to prepare is by continuing to challenge themselves academically all the way through high school.”

The data shows that students who take rigorous courses, like trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics and four years of English in high school are more likely to meet ACT’s benchmark scores. A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course.

ACT has long been an important indicator when considering students’ readiness to take college-level courses. South Dakota’s public universities now also look at performance on the state assessment at grade 11 as another indicator of a student’s readiness.

For more information, visit ACT’s website at


At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, the South Dakota State Fair will host a “Salute to Veterans” program. The program will be held on the Northwest Energy Freedom Stage (Recreation Avenue). Brad Richardson, superintendent of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, will be one of the speakers and will share the story of the construction of our new State Veterans Home.

“Whether in peace or at war, the important role of our veterans cannot be denied. They are men and women from all walks of life that have one thing in common — a love for this great country,” said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “No matter where or when veterans have served, they’ve always served with distinction and their service to this country is a bridge that was built on courage, dedication and patriotism.”

Representatives from the Veterans Service Organizations, the Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home, as well as county veterans service officers will have an informational booth in the Veterans Building on Flag Avenue. Veterans are encouraged to stop by the booth and learn more about benefits and programs available to them as well.

To show appreciation for their service, the Fair will give all veterans and active military personnel free gate admission on Sept. 1.

South Dakota’s Fallen Heroes Banner exhibit will be displayed in the Midway Corners throughout the duration of the Fair.

Good Participation in Outdoor Youth Day

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Over 100 youths took part in the Outdoor Youth Day Saturday at the Rosebud Arrow, Rod and Gun Club.

The event was sponsored by Pheasants Forever, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Rosebud Arrow, Rod and Gun Club and National Wild Turkey Federation.

The cool Saturday morning did not dampen the spirit of the youths attending. Helping these youths were over 50 volunteers.

Several stations were set up where youths could learn about archery, take part in a mock pheasant hunt, feel what it was like to be in goose blind and what to do to call in the geese. There were several shooting stations, lessons on castings and turkey and goose calling and sling shot.

The Winner High School chapter of Future Farmers of America helped and provided a bean bag game.  A lunch was served at noon and prizes were handed out including a drawing for several guns.  The afternoon show was put on by Patrick Flanigan, an Xtreme sport shooter. Flanigan holds nine shooting records. In addition to shooting clay pigeons, he shot everything from eggs to golf balls.

The day before coming to Winner, Flanigan had a show in Minnesota.