Little Wound Defeats Winner

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Little Wound defeated the Winner girls basketball team 62-49 Saturday in Kyle.

Bella Swedlund led the scoring for Winner with 19 points including five 3 pointers.  Morgan Hammerbeck added 7 points.

The Lady Warriors shot 26 percent from the field. At the free throw line they shot 23 percent.

Chloe Bartels and Hammerbeck both pulled down 6 rebounds.

Winner ended the season with a record of 15-7.

Colome Falls to Gregory

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Gregory defeated Colome girls 46-32 in the first round of the District 12B basketball tournament last Monday in Colome.

Abby Korton and Saydee Heath each had 6 points for the Cowgirls. Callie Heath had 7 rebounds.

Colome was 7 of 56 from the field and at the free throw line made 17 of 31 shots.

Colome ended its season with a 4-17 record.

Dolores H. Ryan, 90

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Vigil prayers will be on Wednesday, March 1, at 3:30 pm with visitation following from 4-8 at Mahn Family Funeral Home – Larson Chapel in Zumbrota. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 2 at 10:30 am at St. Columbkill Catholic Church in Belle Creek with Father Randal Kasel officiating. Visitation will also be one hour before Mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Dolores Helen Franklin was born on March 23, 1926 in Red Wing to James and Mary Louise (O’Neill) Franklin. She attended Welch country school and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1944. After high school, Dolores worked in St. Cloud as a “Rosie Riveter”. She attended teachers training and taught in a one-room school house in rural Goodhue. On December 29, 1948 she married Gerald “Shug” Ryan at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Wing. Dolores and Shug raised twelve children on the family farm in Belle Creek Township, rural Goodhue.

Dolores was an active life-long member of St. Columbkill Catholic Church and Catholic Council of Women, Goodhue County Historical Society, Goodhue Area Historical Society, Goodhue Lioness Club, Goodhue County Retired Teachers Association, Goodhue County Extension Homemakers Project Group and other social groups.
Dolores enjoyed traveling, genealogy, bowling league with her close friends, Short, Jeanette, and Gerry, gardening, and was also a fan of all MN sports teams, she loved watching her children and grandchildren in all their activities, and spending time with family and friends.

Christopher Russell

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Chris was born in Duncan, Okla.,, to parents Beverly and Ken Russell. He later moved to Salina, Kan. where he spent his adventurous childhood playing with his older brother, John, climbing trees and riding go-karts. He spent his later school years in Colorado and spent many summers at Dog Ear Lake fishing and enjoying nature with his father. He later moved to the Winner, Witten area working in the agricultural field with his brother, John. There he made many friends and loved to spend time with them and his family.

He continued to spend time at his beloved lake where he took up gardening and cooking. Later he participated with his father in Winner’s First Annual BBQ Cook-off that crowned them champions. He returned to Brighton Colo., for a few short years when failing health prompted him to go home to the place he loved most, Dog Ear Lake. Chris was a tenderhearted, but adventurous man that touched many lives. He will be forever loved and missed.

Laura Edwards Named SDSU Extension State Climatologist


A tornado which nearly hit her family’s Twin Cities home, left its mark on nine-year-old Laura Edwards and fueled an interest in weather and climate which has not subsided.

Since 2011, Edwards has served South Dakotans as the SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist. She was recently named the new SDSU Extension State Climatologist, a position previously held by Dennis Todey.

“Laura is well equipped for this new role,” said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor. “The weather impacts so many aspects of our lives. For several years now, South Dakotans have come to rely on Laura’s climate insights and interpretation to better understand how current climate trends and predictions may impact their crops, livestock and other aspects of their lives.”

In addition to evaluating climate and providing information on its impact on South Dakotans lives and livelihoods, as the SDSU Extension State Climatologist, Edwards will also interface with federal, state, and tribal agencies to develop strategies to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate extremes and disasters.

“With agriculture as our state’s number one industry, climate definitely has an impact on our economy,” Edwards said. “I hope the information I provide helps producers and communities to be better prepared and gives them time to consider climate in developing plans for managing their farms and ranches.”

In her new role, Edwards plans to develop more user-friendly tools crop and livestock producers can use when making management decisions based on weather and climate.
Following the tornado which hit Edwards’ community, a meteorologist visited her fourth-grade classroom. “I was hooked and became a climate nerd after that,” she says of the infatuation with the weather which led her to write the American Meteorological Society asking them what she needed to do to become a meteorologist. “Science impacts everyone – we just need to make that connection with citizens and youth. The impact this classroom visit had on me and my future career is one of many reasons why I am a firm believer in outreach and the mission of SDSU Extension.”

They replied to Edwards with a letter that included a list of colleges which offered Meteorology degrees.

Edwards received degrees in Physics and French from the University of Minnesota, and in 2003 she received a master’s in Meteorology from the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining the SDSU Extension team in 2011, Edwards worked as an Assistant Research Climatologist for the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada; served as an Instructor at the University of Nevada and worked as the Assistant State Climatologist in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Permit Gains Federal Approval for Firearms Purchases

Gold Card photo by Argus Leader

Gold Card photo by Argus Leader

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association confirm the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined that South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol qualify as alternatives to the background check requirement for firearm purchases. Only those Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permits and Enhanced Permits to Carry a Concealed Pistol issued on or after January 1, 2017, qualify as alternatives to the background check. “I want to applaud our Sheriffs, Secretary of State Krebs, and our federal partners for their efforts in implementing this important opportunity for gun owners in South Dakota,” said Jackley.

Legislation was passed in 2016 creating a Gold Card concealed pistol permit. The legislation allowed for those carrying a gold card to buy a gun, without going through the federal National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS). This legislation went into effect on January 1, 2017, but was delayed until qualifications were met by the ATF. The preprinted fingerprint cards provided by the FBI are anticipated to be distributed to the Sheriff’s Offices by next week. The preprinted cards will allow for a quick and easy processing of the Gold Cards. The Attorney General’s Office will issue a notice to the media once the preprinted fingerprint cards are available.