Nielsen Receives Award

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Angela (Fraser) Nielsen, Brookings, formerly of Winner, received the Fishback honors college excellence in professional preparation award.

Nielsen, daughter of Mike and Leslie Fraser of Winner, is in the honors college at SDSU where she is majoring in nursing. She will graduate in May.

Nielsen is working at the hospital in Brookings.

While in Winner, Fraser worked for a time at the Winner Advocate.

Speaker Inspires FFA students

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

FFA teaches you the right way to live Dr. Rick Rigsby told Future Farmers of America students from across the state.

Winner hosted a CDE school Monday to kick off FFA week and Rigsby was the featured speaker. He is the CEO of Rick Rigsby Communication. A former television sports reporter and college professor presented a dynamic speech Monday afternoon. His talk had a serious message plus was mixed with humor.

Rigsby was one of the speakers at this past year’s national FFA convention.

He said FFA prepares persons for about every aspect of life. “You get a chance to stand in front of people and learn how to talk, learn how to communicate and learn how to connect,” he said.

Climate Outlook Predicts Wetter Than Average Spring

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Wetter than average conditions are expected across South Dakota through the spring, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Outlook released Feb. 16, 2017.

“Beginning in March, the outlook shows an increased probability of wetter than average conditions, especially in western and central South Dakota,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist.

New Record Temperatures



Winner set a new record temperature on Feb. 16 when the high reached 73 degrees.   The old record on this date was 65 set in 1981.

Winner had another record setting day as far as temperature goes.  The high on Sunday, Feb. 19 was 72 degrees. This old record for this date was 70 degrees set in 1965.

Novotny Named Region 3B “Coach of the Year”

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Spencer Novotny, coach of the Winner Area wrestling team, was named the Region 3B coach of the year.

The Warriors won the 3B championship Saturday in Wagner with 138 points.

This is Novotny’s first year as coach of the Winner area wrestling team. Prior to moving back to his hometown, he was the wrestling coach in Mobridge.

Novotny is a graduate of Winner High School where he was a member of the wrestling team.

Students Donate to Children’s Miracle Network

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Winner High School Student Council will donate over $500 to the Children’s Miracle Network this spring as part of its Valentine’s Day Sweet Success promotion.

For one dollar, students and staff could send a Hersey bar to another student with a message or be left anonymous. Five hundred and nine Hershey bars were sold in one week.

Of special note, WHS faculty member Kathy Hagan presented the Student Council with a $100 check to purchase a bar for each of her study hall students on Valentine’s Day.

“Our council would like to thank business sponsors Winner Food Center and Winner Super Foods for donating five dozen Hershey bars and extend our appreciation to DB’s Bait and Tackle, Ampride, First Fidelity Bank, Wild West Gas, Lil Feller and Shopko for donating the rest,” said Chloe Bartels, Student Council President. “This entire school year, we’ve had all kinds of monetary and in-kind support from businesses and they’ve helped to make the year really fun for our entire high school and middle school.”

Winner High School Student Council also held a Sadie Hawkins Day dance and held a raffle for a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day. The flower bouquets were donated by Crazy Daisy Floral and Accent Florals.

The Children’s Miracle Network of Sioux Falls is a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s hospital and medical research in South Dakota. The student council will present the donation at the State Student Council Convention in Rapid City this spring.

Entrepreneur Shows Success in Small Towns


By Dan Bechtold, Editor

One town. Two stoplights. Unlimited possibilities.

Brent Comstock of rural Auburn, Neb., has proven that a young innovator can have a successful business even in a small rural town.

Fourteen sites across South Dakota were linked to the DDN network to hear the talk by Comstock on Friday afternoon.

Winner Regional Extension Center was one of the sites in South Dakota persons could go to hear the talk.

After a series of business ventures, he established a creative media and technology company, BCom Solutions in his hometown.

Wrestlers Region Champs

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Winner Area wrestling team won the 3B wrestling title Saturday in Wagner. The Warriors will send eight wrestlers to the state tournament which starts Friday in Sioux Falls at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The Warriors advancing to the state tournament are: Kaden Keiser, Wyatt Ewing, Atlas Willuweit, Trevor Peters, Avery Gilchrist, Kayleb Brozik, Jayden Schroeder and Tre Doren.

Wrestling at the state tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Friday.

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