Cheer Team Wins First in Faulkton


The Winner High School competitive cheer team traveled to Faulkton on Oct. 10 and came home with first place.

“This is usually a great competition for us and it gives us a chance to go up against some of the best teams in the state, most importantly Sioux Valley, who have been the state champion in Class A since competitive cheer became a sport in South Dakota,” said coach Val Ewing.

Winner won the Faulkton meet with a score of 146. Faulkton was second with a 136.5 and Sioux Valley was third, 134.5.  Ewing said when Faulkton was announced as second place the Winner girls went wild.

“They have worked so hard all year and it was nice to see them come out on top,” said Ewing.

Winner Shuts Out Redfield


The No. 1 rated Winner football team had another solid performance Friday night.

The Warriors shut out Redfield/Doland 54-0. The game ended at the half due to the mercy rule.

The Warriors scored 38 points in the first quarter on their way to the victory. This was Winner’s fifth shut out of the season.

It was senior night and the 18 seniors and parents were honored.

With a victory on Thursday, Winner will have the No. 1 seed and will assure home field advantage for all three playoff games.

The first round of the playoffs will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 and the game will be in Winner. The opponent is not yet known.

“We have to take care of business this week to get ready for the playoffs,” said Aaker.

Cowboys Shut Out TDA


Colome football team shut out Tripp-Delmont/Armour 52-0 on Friday in Colome.  Chase Dufek ran for 170 yards on five carries to lead the No. 5 rated Class 9B Cowboys.

Colome, 6-1, will host Scotland on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The playoffs start on Oct. 25 and Colome will have a home game but the opponent is not yet known.

Volleyball Team Downs Chamberlain


Winner High School volleyball team defeated Chamberlain in four sets.

The scores were 25-21, 25-12, 21-25, 25-19.

“We came out ready to play and did a great job of attacking the ball and moving the ball to different hitters in game 1 and 2,” said coach Jaime Keiser.
“Chamberlain didn’t know who we were setting and had a hard time stopping us. We lost focus in game 3. We had a hard time getting anything going and gave Chamberlain too many unearned points. I was glad to see us battle back after losing the third game,” said the coach.

Colome Picks Up Win Over Gregory, White River


Colome volleyball team picked up wins over Gregory and White River.

On Oct. 11, the Cowgirls defeated Gregory 25-18, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-22.

On Oct, 13, Colome defeated White River 25-12, 25-20, 25-15.

The Cowgirls competed in the Thunder Nation volleyball tournament at Dakota Christian on Oct. 15.

In the first round, Colome lost to ACDC 14-25, 31-29, 9-25.  The Colome team won over Gayville-Volin 25-22, 15-25, 25-23.  Colome lost to Tripp-Delmont/Armour 25-17, 17-25, 22-25.  Colome won over Marty 25-13, 25-22.

Colome’s record is 10-13.

They will host Crow Creek on Oct. 21.

Dawn Michelle Knoepfle, 45


Dawn died Oct. 9, 2016 surrounded by her family at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, MN.

Dawn Michelle Connot Knoepfle was born September 21, 1971 in Winner to Melvin and Rosemary (Shoemaker) Connot. Dawn grew up on the family farm in Tripp County. She attended Sully School, and later Winner Public Schools, graduating in 1989. Following some college, she joined the work force.

On October 17, 1997, she married Marlo Knoepfle, and welcomed his daughters, Victoria and Andrea into her heart. Dawn was compassionate about all animals, especially her beloved cats. She enjoyed camping trips, and later motorcycle rides with Marlo. The Aberdeen Relay for Life was her special project for several years.

Ida Karlin, 101


Ida Karlin joined Jesus on Monday October 10, 2016. She was born on June 27, 1915 at home in rural Tripp County South Dakota to Wilhelm and Wilhelmina Banek.

Ida Karlin joined Jesus on Monday October 10, 2016. She was born on June 27, 1915 at home in rural Tripp County, South Dakota to Wilhelm and Wilhelmina Banek.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church. She attended country schools through 8th grade. In 1928 her family moved to Mellette County for a better opportunity. She attended 9th grade in Norris, South Dakota. She finished her high school education in Winner, South Dakota graduating in 1933. She next attended Springfield Normal School later becoming South Dakota State Teachers College where she received a one year Teaching Certificate allowing her to teach in rural schools. She taught a number of rural schools until she married her childhood sweetheart John Karlin in 1939.

They had 2 daughters and a son. She was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was a Sunday School teacher and was loved by her students. She was also a member of the Lady’s Aid Society and LWML.

Ida returned to teaching in 1956 at the Surprise Valley School in Mellette County. She continued teaching in the Todd County School System and worked toward her degree in Education at Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, South Dakota, where she obtained her Bachelor Degree in 1971. Ida retired in 1976 and returned to the farm.

John and Ida retired to Winner, South Dakota in 1978 and began their new life. They both became active in the Senior Center making new friends. Ida served as Committee Chairman that established Golden Age Meals at the Center.

In 1979 Ida obtained her EMT Certification, was a member of Tripp County Genealogical Society, was a member of Kitchen band at the SR. Center, assisted with the Library Book Cart at the then Baptist Hospital and Christ Lutheran Church.

During retirement they traveled extensively. After John’s death Ida spent time with Agnes Marie in Willits, California and winters in Pensacola, Florida with Eunice. She became part of Grace Lutheran in Pensacola participating in OWLS (Older Wiser Lutherans) and Craft Club.

Ida loved attending the coronation at Winner Homecoming and participating in the roll call portion.

She rode in the Homecoming parade in 2015 at 100 years of age.

She loved gardening, her flowers and grew violets. The fruits of her labor whether vegetables, fruit, or flowers gave her great joy. This love was installed in her Children.

Frank Swartz, 69


Franklin Paul Swartz was born on November 18, 1946 to Jerome and Virginia (Pitchford) Swartz. He grew up and lived his whole life on the family farm.

Frank attended rural schools for 8 years and graduated from Winner High School with the class of 1965. A farm accident when he was 11 years old didn’t stop him from doing anything he wanted to do.

On May 28, 1966 he married his high school sweetheart Judy Kaiser. To this union 1 son Jeffery was born.

Frank was very active in the Hamill Community serving 25 years on the Hamill Hall Board and coaching Country Conference Basketball. He served as a conference chairman for the Tripp County ASC. Frank was very active in the Rosebud Arrow, Rod and Gun Club where he helped to teach kids to shoot trap. His love of trap shooting was passed down to his grandsons who were his pride and joy. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping with his family.

Mellete County Jailer Sentenced on Accessory to a Felony Charge


Attorney General Marty Jackley and Mellette County States Attorney Zach Pahlke announce that Kimberly K. Dewes, 47, White River, was sentenced to 12 months, with 6 months suspended, in the Winner Jail on one count of accessory to a felony.

Dewes, who was employed as a jailer at the Mellette County jail, allowed a 24/7 Sobriety Program participant to submit a “clean” urine sample instead of urinating into a specimen container provided by the jail. Dewes was terminated from her position as jailer. “The entire concept of the 24/7 Sobriety Program relies on the integrity of the participants and the testing facilities and Dewes, with her actions, directly violated the public’s trust in the program,” said Jackley.

This case was investigated by the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Mellette County States Attorney and the Attorney General’s Office.

Log Home Located in Heart of Pheasant Country


By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Nestled in the corner of a dam at Curtis Landscaping and Design is a piece of heaven and Winner’s newest hunting lodge.

A two store log building is the home of Canada Goose Lodge. The 2500 square foot structure is located in the heart of pheasant hunting country.  There will be a grand opening at the lodge at 1257 Country Club Road on Oct. 14, the day before the pheasant season opener.