Meth Changes Everything Campaign Kicks Off

The state of South Dakota is kicking off a campaign to remind South Dakotans that “Meth Changes Everything.” The campaign, led by the Department of Social Services (DSS), is geared at educating high school students and communities across the state on the dangers of meth use.

“Meth has been affecting our state for decades, but is on the rise in some communities in South Dakota,” said Gov. Daugaard. “This campaign is a vital step forward in fighting the ongoing battle against meth use in South Dakota.” (Audio Clip)

Meth use has caused a negative impact on families and communities in South Dakota. In addition to the problems and effects meth addiction has on individuals, it can cause an increase in criminal activities and community costs related to arrest and incarceration.

“ It’s important to help South Dakotans understand the devastating consequences of meth use,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We need to get tough on meth use and strengthen prevention efforts, because meth ruins lives, devastates families, and leads to other crimes and harmful behaviors.”

South Dakotans are encouraged to take the pledge to stand against meth use by visiting the website The website provides information about meth use, resources for individuals seeking help and candid stories from recovering meth addicts.

This fall, prevention providers will be visiting schools and communities across the state to provide education and information to students. For more information, see the campaign’s Facebook page at or call the DSS Prevention Program at 605-773-3123 or toll-free at 1-855-878-6057.

DSS funds substance abuse and suicide prevention providers/coalitions in South Dakota. Prevention providers conduct evidence-based programming in schools across the state and increases awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.

Winner School Orientation


The Winner Middle/High School will be having orientation and computer check out meetings prior to school as in past years.

The high school orientation and computer checkout for students entering grades 9-12 will be held at the armory at 6 p.m. pm on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Each student must have a parent accompany them to complete the required paperwork. Following this meeting students will turn in the required paperwork and be allowed to pick up their computer to take home. Each student will need verify insurance coverage or purchase the school insurance coverage for $50 prior to taking their computer home. Students who are unable to attend the orientation may pick up their computers on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The middle school orientation for students entering grades 6-8 will be held at the armory at 6 pm on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Students will receive their schedules and other information during these orientation meetings. After the orientation meeting in the armory students and parents will be able to visit their classrooms and check out their lockers.

Questions may be directed to the Middle/High School Office at 842-8125.

Summer Reading Awards Aug. 11


The 2016 summer reading program at the Tripp County Library ended Aug. 1.

The children’s accomplishments will be celebrated at a program on Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at the library.

Each child will receive their certificate and a surprise. Randy Donovan will provide the musical entertainment.
Children in the summer reading program are invited to attend this special program.

Petersek Named All-Around

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Linkyn Petersek was the junior boys all around cowboy at the Blunt 4-H rodeo on July 23-24.

He was second in breakaway roping and Garrett Phillips was 6th.  Petersek was 2nd in goat tying.  On Sunday, Petersek was second in breakaway roping and second in goat tying.

In senior girls, Saige Schuyler was 2nd in pole bending, Payton Eagle, 7th in breakaway roping, 7th in goat tying and 6th in team roping.

New Press Box Overlooks Football Field

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Now when Winner Warriors Live does a live broadcast of Winner High School football games they will have a nice 12×24 insulated structure to work in.

The new press box is located on the hill above the football field. The construction of the building was done by the members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol under the site supervision of trooper Dave Campbell of Gregory.
Trooper Dave Baker of Winner says one of the missions of the highway patrol is to be involved in community projects.

With the death of Bob Connot, who was the voice of the Winner High School football team, Jody Brozik of Winner Warriors Live had an idea to build a new press box.

“This happened at the right time when the highway patrol was available for community projects. I mentioned to Jody that myself and squad mates would help with this project,” said Baker.

Sealey Wins Home Town Hero Award

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Colome Fire Chief Glenn Sealey was honored with the Modern Woodmen of America Home Town Hero award.

Sealey is an EMT, former Colome city councilmember, fire chief, and is very active in his community.

Vicki Condon, financial representative, presented the award to Sealey.

Modern Woodmen is one of the country’s largest fraternal financial services organization.

“At Modern Woodmen we bring people together through fraternalism, supporting families and strengthening communities,” said Condon.

Elks Rodeo Results

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There were 345 contestants from seven states competing for over $33,000 in prize money at the 37th annual Winner Elks Benefit rodeo for LifeScape children’s services.

Rodeo results include:
Bareback—Garrett Shadbolt, 82; Ty Kenner, 76; Mike Fred, 69 and Corey Evans, 68
Saddle bronc—Derek Kenner, 73; Miles Kreeger, 71; Taylen Nelson, 71; Jordan Hunt, 66 and Kolton Soloman, 65
Bull riding—Casey Reder, 79; Dustin Thompson, 74; Dillon Micheel, 73
Tie down roping—Brock Belkham, 9.4; Matt Elliott, 9.4; Justin Schofield, 9.6; Riley Wakefield, 9.7; Nolan Richie, 10.1 and Troy Wilcox, 10.1
Steer wrestling—Mike Stephan, 4.1; Jason Hapney, 4.7; Brett Wilcox, 4.8; Gabe Taylor, 5; Casey Heninger, 5; Josh Hammer, 5.2, J. J. Hunt, 5.2
Senior mens breakaway—Scott Lammers, 3.9; Rocky Knippling, 3.9; John Dean, 4; Mike Nelson, 4.1; Glen Hostuter, 4.1 and Mark Schumacher, 4.5
Ladies breakaway—Amber Coleman, 2.5; Ceri McCaffery, 2.6; Sydney Dexter, 2.7; Haley Brown, 2.9; Annie Fulton, 2.9, Sadie Stec, 3; Rylee Rich, 3.1; Cedar Jandreau, 3.1
Barrel racing—Rachel Dahl, 16.26; Chancy Scheer, 16.29; Haley Huls,16.41; Annie Fulton, 16.45; Sydney Maher, 16.49; Rose Ann Ewan, 16.53; Dori Hollenbeck, 16.57; Kaylee Gallino, 16.69 and Bailey Witt, 16.69
Goat tying—Tawny Barry, 6.6; Amy Tierney, 8.5; Lacey Tech, 9; Shanie Johnston, 9.4; Cedar Jandreau, 9.5
Mixed team roping—Ashley Price-Cody Trainer. 7.3; Hanna Brown-Rory Brown, 7.6; Amy Tierney-Daine McNenny, 7.6; Haley Brown-Peter Haukaas, 7.7; Amber Coleman-Dustin Chohon, 8.2; Trey Schomp-Justin Schofield, 9.3
Team roping—Wroper Kosel-Jeremy Ferguson, 5.8; Tucker McDaniel-Jeff Nelson, 6.4; Tyler Brockman-Todd Hollenbeck, 6.8; Bart Ness-Trey Young, 7.7; Thomas Dolittle-Matthew Jones, 7.9 and Tyrell Moody-Rory Brown, 7.9
Team penning—Travis Olson, Randall Olson, James Kuiper, 49.3; Paula Guinn, Doni Zeller, Bud Brozik, 50.7; Bogie Webb, Rachel Dahl, J. J. Hunt, 50.9; David Horn, Lisa Horn and Kerry Horn, 61.6

Colome Woman to Get New Sentence

A Colome woman will receive a new sentence after the state’s high court decided the state breached a plea agreement.

Lisa Slotsky, 38, was sentenced to five years in prison, one suspended, with credit for five days served, on Sept. 15 by Judge Kathleen Trandahl for ingestion of methamphetamine stemming from a March 26, 2015, traffic arrest.
The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled the state failed to abide by the terms of the plea agreement in which the state was supposed to recommend a light sentence, including participating in Hope Court with no jail time.

“At sentencing, instead of recommending Hope Court and no jail time, the state highlighted and detailed Slotsky’s criminal history and suggested that Slotsky would be unable to maintain sobriety or obey the laws and not cause harm in the community,” said the supreme court in its decision. “By impliedly arguing for a harsher sentence, the state in effect asked the circuit court to disregard the state’s recommendation under the plea agreement.”

The state contended it fulfilled the bargain by not objecting to a Hope Court sentence. The action was a “transparent effort to influence the severity of the defendant’s sentence” without fulfilling its end of the bargain,” the court said.

“The state’s failure to recommend Hope Court and no jail time is a material and substantial breach of the plea agreement,” the decision said.

Pheasants Nipped in Championship Game

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Winner/Colome amateur baseball team finished second in the Sunshine League as they were nipped 10-9 by undefeated Alexandria Friday in Parkston.

After the Pheasants tied the game in the ninth inning, Alexandria hit a solo home run for the win.

Winner/Colome will play in the state tournament which starts Friday in Mitchell. The Pheasants will play Northville at 11 a.m. on Friday.