Warriors Victorious in Extra Period

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In an overtime victory, the Winner Warriors defeated Platte-Geddes 68-66 on Feb. 14 in Winner.

The regulation game ended in a 59-59 tie. A free throw by Drew DeMers with 4 seconds left tied the game.

DeMers scored 28 points followed by Trevor Bertram with 15 points, Naasz and Wyatt Ewing, 9 each.

Naasz pulled down 7 rebounds, Ewing, 6; Cameron Kuil and DeMers, 5 each.

DeMers had 7 assists.

Lady Warriors Defeat Mobridge

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Winner Lady Warriors basketball team defeated Mobridge-Pollock 50-38 in the final game of the regular season Friday in Winner.

Rachel Sherman led the team in scoring with 17 points and Bella Swedlund added 11.

Sherman grabbed 10 rebounds with Chloe Bartels having 5.

The Lady Warriors hosted Red Cloud on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the first round of regional play.

Martha Kinsley, 98

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Martha Lucille (Koskan) Kinsley was born September 2, 1918 on a homestead near Naville, SD, to Jerry and Daisy (Slechta) Koskan. At the age of one, she moved with her family to a farm near Wood, SD. She graduated from Springview Country School in 1931, and Wood High School in 1935. She received a teaching certificate from Southern State College and began teaching at the age of 17 in several surrounding schools.

In 1944, she married Sgt. Kenneth Kinsley, making their home on a farm north of Murdo for 45 years. In 1985, she completed her long time goal, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern State University. She moved into an apartment in Murdo in 1996, and on to Pierre Maryhouse in 2015.

Martha was involved with youth during her teaching years as well as her years with 4-H, church school and library. She was a participant and supporter of various community organizations and was especially involved in serving with the United Methodist Women. She and Ken received a soil conservation award for planting and caring for one of the first tree shelter belts in the area. They were also humbled to be recognized as a Methodist Family of the Year with their young family.
Martha enjoyed all aspects of farming, sewing, gardening, cooking for family and friends, carrying on the tradition that anyone was welcome at the table.
Memorials may be directed to Jones County Ambulance or the Murdo United Methodist Women.

Lou Haley, 88

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Lou Ann was born on Nov. 25, 1928, in Bonita Springs, South Dakota, the daughter of Roger and Ruth Olmsted.

In 1947, Lou Ann married her first husband, and to this union three daughters were born. In 1963, Lou Ann married Buddy Haley, and they had two sons. After a short time living on a farm in Millboro, SD, they moved to Winner, SD where they owned and operated two motels for around 20 years. In 2005, Lou Ann and Buddy moved to Hopkins, Minn., to be near family.

Lou Ann had a happy, loving spirit, and always had a smile even when faced with health issues. Her strong faith and love of family and friends were evident in her actions and words. In addition to working and raising five children, Lou Ann was active in church and youth activities. During her life in Hopkins, she enjoyed watching her grandchildren in their many activities and spending time with special friends in the Rosewood West Coffee Group.

Memorial Service was held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins, Minn.

Annual Criminal Justice Reform Report Released

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The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. The Governor announced the release of the report at his legislative press conference Feb. 16 and noted the passage of Senate Bill 117 by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“This report demonstrates the successes we are seeing from the 2013 criminal justice reforms,” Gov. Daugaard said. “We have shifted the focus on offenders who pose a threat to the public and we are allowing nonviolent offenders to receive treatment and remain in their communities where they can work to support themselves and their families.”

According to the report, South Dakota is saving money thanks to the reforms. The report indicates there are 278 fewer inmates within the state prison system today than there would have been without the Public Safety Improvement Act. The average cost for incarceration is almost $60 a day and $22,000 per year. Additionally, without the law, state officials say a new women’s prison would have been needed last year at the cost of $36 million.

The state’s investment in programs to help offenders who have drug and alcohol problems is also noted in the report. The number of individuals served by Drug or DUI Court has nearly tripled since the passage of the reforms. So far, 88 percent of those who have completed substance abuse treatment have not recidivated within a year of their release.

The bill passed by Senate Judiciary on Feb. 16 makes adjustments to the Public Safety Improvement Act to address the uptick in meth-related arrests. SB 117 incentivizes the successful completion of treatment, increases training for prosecutors and focuses supervision resources on high risk offenders.

“We knew it was likely that we would need to make some adjustments to the comprehensive reforms passed in 2013,” Gov. Daugaard said. “At the time, we did not foresee the increase in meth trafficking. The proposals I brought forward this year will ameliorate the problem by stopping meth from coming into our state, helping those who are addicted, and convincing citizens to stay away from meth.”