Crow Eagle, Sazue Win Member Guest Golf Meet

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Rich Crow Eagle and Eric Sazue were the overall winners at the 22nd annual Ron Waller Memorial member guest golf tournament this weekend at Winner Country Club.

The derby winners were Justin Zeigler and Todd Zeigler. Runner-ups were Chuck Keiser and David Keiser.
Saturday flight winners were:
Flight A
Rich Crow Eagle and Eric Sazue, 68; 2. Larry Aaker and Brad Haynes, 71; 3. John Halverson and Kansas Bob, 73; 4. Eric Pollard and Dan Diez, 74.
Flight B
Jeff Schramm and Mike Schramm, 80; 2. Darrel Kaiser and Cory Andel, 81; 3. Casey Berndt, Steve Johnson, 81 and 4. Jack Haley and David Van Metre, 81

Large Numbers Boost Cross Country Program

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Winner Area cross country team has 19 runners out this season. The team has grown over the years and this year’s numbers reflect that growth.

There are 13 girls on the team and 7 boys.

The returning letterwinners for the girls are Chloe Bartels, Sam Schuyler, Jaclyn Laprath, Megan Blare, Katherine Jankauskas and Aryn Meiners.

Lettermen for the boys are Izak Moleterno, Wyatt Turnquist and Dawson Phillips.

Others on the girls team are: Kyran Meek, Hanna LaCompte, Saige Schuyler, Charlotte Shopene, Sidda Schuyler and two sixth graders Joselin Kludt and Melanie Brozik.

Non lettermen on the boys team are Atlas Willuweit, Andrew Laprath, Kade Watson and Kylar Meek.

The team will open the season with the Winner Invitational which is Friday, Aug. 26 at Winner Country Club. The meet starts at 10 a.m. This is a small meet with five to six schools.

Expectations are High for Winner Football Team

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Expectations are high for this year’s Winner High School football team.

It you are a numbers person the Warriors put up some amazing stats last year.  Here are some figures: 12-0 season, Class 11B champs, average 50 points a game and 37 returning lettermen.

Last year the Warriors were crowned the Class 11B champions with a 45-6 victory over Tri Valley.

The Warriors open the season on the road when they travel to Mobridge Aug. 26.

The returning lettermen are: Jordan Turgeon, Matt Smither, Isaac Naasz, Krockett Krolikowski, Wyatt Ewing, Ty Bolton, Chase Kingsbury, Jayden Schroeder, Zach Lapsley, Taylor Watzel, Logan Tunnissen, Casey Stickland, Trey Welch, Nolan Sachtjen, Carter Brickman, Levi McClanahan, Riley Calhoon, Nate Smither, Avery Gilchrist, Shea Connot, Cameron Kuil, Brandon Volmer, Tristan Watzel, Colton Schroeder, Chet Bryan, A. J. Rouibideaux, Payton Antoine, Dalton Baker, Nick Lantz, Justus Gregg, Ryan Sherman, John Kludt, Kayleb Brozik, Tyson Westendorf, Drew DeMers, Elijah Blare and Rhys Middlesworth.

This year there are 18 seniors on the team, 11 juniors, 11 sophomores and 11 freshmen.

Cowboys Look for Good Season

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Colome High School football team is looking for a good season with majority of the team returning.

The Cowboys open on the road Aug. 26 when they travel to Corsica/Stickney.

The team only lost two seniors from graduation, Reed Harter and Allan Varilek.

Dale Krumpus is the new head coach for the Cowboys. The past two seasons Krumpus has been an assistant coach.
Assistant coaches are Glen Peters, Dave Campbell and Charles Hosford.

Returning lettermen are Isaac Kortan, Wiley Heath, Jackson Kinzer, Dawson Varilek, Will Cahoy, Zane Rohde, Jordan Shippy, Nathan Krumpus, Kelly O’Bryan, Noah Hermsen, Beau Bertram, Holden Thieman, Nash Atteberry, Matt Campbell and Kolten Salonen.  Campbell and Salonen played football for Gregory last year.

Other members of the Colome team are Wyatt Cahoy, Cody Assman, Riggin Shippy, Jamin Dougherty, Even Cole, Kaylub Hansen, Jaikob Week, Cailob Week, Jacob Beckers, Calvin Ringing Shield, Adam Cole, Chase Dufek, and Layton Thieman, Michael Supik, Luke Bolton, Nathaniel Hansen, Casey Assman, Allan McKenzie and Rhet Bertram.

Cowgirls Return Four Letterwinners

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The Colome volleyball team opens the season Aug. 27 when they travel to Burke to take on Burke/South Central.

The four letterwinners on the team are Kaydee Heath, Callie Heath, Rayne Hermsen and Alexa McKenzie.

Also on the team are Lynn Baker, Kaylee Bolton, Cheyenne Dougherty, Jordan Seegers, Abby Pechtoa, Maggie McCarty, Grace Campbell, Jaclyn Laprath, Haley Krumpus, Sara O’Bryan, Michaela Shippy, Lanee Bolton, Carleen Burger, Abby Kortan and Clarissa Ringing Shield.

Ruby Mae Shippy, 93

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Ruby Mae Mudgett was born to LeRoy and Clara Mudgett on January 6, 1923 in Fargo, N. Dakota. She joined her brother Harvey (18 months older), and 22 months later, sister Bernice came. Her father struggled to find work, but made harnesses for a while. When Ruby was four, sadly he left the family, and she never saw him again. Her single mother returned to Colome. She made ends meet doing household work and selling her oatmeal cookies. The children had to live at times with Aunt Margaret Funk, and took turns riding the train to Dunsmuir, California to live with Aunt Sue Funk Evans, where they attended school. The family of five lived a few years with grandparents Fred and Alcinda Funk in a one-bedroom house southwest of Winner. Ruby did not complain of hardship, but accepted life and said she remembered an orange in her school lunch every day. She determined not to complain, choosing to focus on the positive.

She enjoyed school, graduating from Colome High School. She kept in touch with good friends. Many recall that one day Ruby and Thelma Atteberry went to the cellar after school, and ate a whole jar of canned peaches, which “was against the rules.” She loved fun school songs from The Golden Songbook, and sang them recently at age 93, enjoying them again.

At fifteen, she began to date Orris Shippy. She hunted with him and was amazed when she shot her first rabbit, so she always said, “Maybe he just fell down from fright.” She helped extract honey even though she was stung five times the first day before figuring out where to lay her hand. His Aunt Margaret Shippy was married to her Uncle Lee Funk, so they knew each other from family gatherings, and spent lots of fun times at their house playing dominoes and eating popcorn.

They married two years later on June 17, 1940 and celebrated their seventieth anniversary in 2010. They loved farming south of Colome. She deeply loved him and their six children, eighteen grandchildren, and thirty-five great grandchildren. Babies and little children were her lifelong love. They still delighted her even as recently as two weeks ago. Spending twenty winters in Arizona gave them a special time with family there. She loved selflessly, and grandchildren brought her special joy, because she had more time to enjoy each one, and that love went both ways.

She cooked the hard way, making all the family’s bread, butter, cottage cheese, and the weekly summer gallon of ice cream, and so much more. The family loved it, thinking she did too, but learned later it was not her first love; she just did her work, with a smile and laughter. So we thought, it was as much fun for her as it was for us. She gardened, sewed, and worked hard. Her hobby was faithfully writing many postcards and letters to her family and numerous friends.

Facing anxiety her whole life, Ruby kept busy to cope and did not let it interfere with her love of people. One particular fear was horses, because of a photo of a horse rearing up near a girl. But in recent years she enjoyed watching westerns, especially the beauty of horses as they ran. She knew she wasn’t perfect, but trusted God and His good news of Jesus coming to be like us, die in our place, and rescue us from independence from Him. Living her faith quietly, she accepted people and life, and was known for her heart of compassion, and was also a champion listener.

She loved people not things, and brought joy to many with her warm smile and love of laughter. Her sister said, “Ruby laughed until she was beside herself, until you just couldn’t understand it.” She laughed with her entire being. One time she laughed so hard that she fell off her chair, and that was as an adult.

She managed diabetes, survived several TIA’s (first in July 2010), a broken hip May 2013 (as she gathered dandelions at age ninety-one). She worked hard to walk again and get back to her home in the Elder Inn, where she had lived with Orris for five years and then four more by herself. Then Feb 2015, colon cancer came knocking. She recovered as best she could from surgery, but soon moved to Winner Regional Long Term Care June 2015. She fell two months later, breaking the other hip, and spent her last year in a wheelchair. 2016 brought more decline with strokes, a heart attack, and some dementia. Through it all, by God’s mercy, she found strength and ways to recover, remember and connect with people, sing on the phone, keep her mind as clear as she could, smile and laugh frequently.

South Dakota Reports First Zika Virus Infection


South Dakota has its first Zika virus infection, a woman who traveled to a country where Zika virus is currently transmitted and later developed symptoms, the Department of Health said today. The infection was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This is a good reminder for anyone who travels to Zika-affected areas that it’s important to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the department.

Zika is a tropical mosquito-borne infection. The virus is not known to be carried by the mosquitoes found in South Dakota.

For most healthy adults the infection is mild and only one in five people who are infected will become ill. Symptoms typically occur two to seven days after a bite and include fever, muscle or eye pain and a rash. However, pregnant women who are infected run the risk of delivering babies born with the birth defect microcephaly. Babies with the defect have heads smaller than expected and often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.

Pregnant women should avoid traveling to countries with active transmission of Zika, including Miami-Dade County in Florida. Men who live in or have visited Zika transmission areas should abstain from unprotected sex. Individuals who do travel to a Zika-affected area and become ill within two weeks should see their doctor. Pregnant women who travel to Zika transmission areas should be tested two to 12 weeks after their return, whether they are sick or not.

There are no vaccines or treatment for the virus. To avoid infection travelers to Zika-affected areas, particularly pregnant women, should follow strict mosquito control precautions – wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, use an EPA-registered insect repellent and ensure that windows and doors have intact screens.

I’ll Never Stop Fighting for Ellsworth


It was in late August 11 years ago that I stood beside then-Gov. Mike Rounds at a podium and announced that the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission had removed Ellsworth Air Force Base from the Department of Defense’s closure list. I fought hard to save Ellsworth. It was one of my first major victories after having joined the Senate, and I still consider it a top accomplishment for the state of South Dakota, especially for West River.

It was clear then – and even clearer today – that closing Ellsworth would have been a bad choice, not only for the Rapid City area, which would have suffered a significant economic setback, but also for the Air Force and the Department of Defense, which would have lost a strategic installation. It would have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in new military construction and environmental clean-up, and it would have created a sizeable risk to our national defense strategy as a result of consolidating the entire B-1B bomber fleet into a single base. Eleven years later, it’s evident that the BRAC Commission made the right decision, and the results speak for themselves.

Ellsworth has a $260 million impact on the state’s economy, and it’s the second largest employer in South Dakota. It’s home to the 28th Bomb Wing’s two B-1B Lancer combat squadrons and the MQ-9 Reaper 89th Attack Squadron‎, and the base now has access to training airspace that spans nearly 35,000 square miles. The expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) was a complicated project nearly a decade in the making, but was a project worth the fight. And above all else, the men and women based at Ellsworth are still providing world-class service to their community and the United States, and they are maintaining the legacy of the Doolittle Raiders.

One of the tenants of our national security strategy is to ensure vital military assets are strategically placed throughout the country, and Western South Dakota is the perfect location. Now that Ellsworth is hosting large force exercises in the largest training airspace over the continental United States, the base has a significant importance for crews throughout the Air Force and the Air National Guard. Airmen from around the country are able to train for more realistic scenarios by simulating combat conditions that will help them remain the best-trained fighters in the world. The PRTC also saves Ellsworth and the Air Force millions of dollars annually on fuel and maintenance costs.‎

The Obama administration hinted earlier this year that it might consider pursuing another round of BRAC closures throughout the country. Despite it being extremely difficult for such a proposal to get through Congress, Ellsworth’s larger role in our national security and the investments that have been made over the last 10 years put it in a particularly strong position today and in the many years to come.

Fairbanks Wins Purple At State Horse Show


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Bailey Fairbanks of Winner competed at the state 4-H horse show in Huron.

She earned purple ribbons in both beginner western horse showmanship and beginner stock seat equitation.
She competed as an individual in the horse judging contest and the hippology contest.

The Tripp County horse quiz bowl team made it to the fourth round which is the highest a Tripp County team has accomplished at the state 4-H horse show quiz bowl. The team members are Ellenor Harris, Zoe Harris, Selah Harris and Bailey Fairbanks.