Richard “Dick” Lyons, 92

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Richard (Dick) L Lyons was born Sept. 24, 1924 to Dennis and Beatrice Lyons on the homestead near Keyapaha, S. D. He was one of seven children, three brothers and three sisters. He grew up on the family homestead and attended Beaver Creek School. When he entered high school he stayed with his Uncle Bob and Aunt Marian in Wagner, S. D. Upon graduation he returned home to help his father on the ranch.

On October 29, 1951 he married Bernice Wade. They remained on the ranch where they raised five children. Dick was an avid horseman and taught all his children to ride by the age of six. In the summer evenings, after a long days work, he would help his children train their horses or play baseball with them.

The ranch was a busy place with all the relatives that came to visit. Dick taught his nieces and nephews to ride a horse. They also got their first driving lessons behind the wheel of the pickup driving through the pasture. Later it was the grandkids that came to enjoy the ranch and get their horseback riding and driving lessons from Grandpa. Along with the lessons they were entertained by his sense of humor and Irish wit.

After retirement Dick and Bernice spent the winter months traveling to visit their children. In 2013 they moved to Golden Prairie Manor in Winner S. D. and resided there until his death.

Paul ‘Bud” Johnson, Jr., 89

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Bud, son of Paul and Irene Johnson, was born on June 7, 1927 in his Grandma McEachrans’s house south of Hamill.

He graduated from Winner High School in 1944. He joined the Hamill Lutheran Church as a young man.
In the 1950’s, he joined the South Dakota National Guard and served in Alaska as a cook. After the Guards, Bud joined his father on the farm/ranch south of Hamill, where he lived until moving to the Elder Inn in 2015 due to lung cancer.

Bud was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hamill, SD.

Bud was a faithful son, brother, and the adored uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Playing Ball in South Dakota

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Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote,” In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” He might well have added thoughts of baseball, too.

The 2017 Major League Baseball season begins April 2.

South Dakotans have not been shut out of making it to the big leagues. At least 43 players born in South Dakota or associated with the state have played in the major leagues, according to the online sources Baseball Almanac and Wikipedia. Here is a look at some of them:

Charles “Deacon” Phillippe was renowned for his control of the ball. On Oct. 1, 1903, he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first ever World Series game. The Pirates defeated Boston 7-3, with Cy Young being the losing pitcher. Phillippe was born in Virginia in 1872, but his family moved to Dakota Territory near Redfield when he was young. He first appeared in pro baseball in 1899 and played for the Pirates in all but his debut year. Phillippe never had a losing season in his 13 years in the major leagues.

“Who is the only player to ever pinch-hit for Ted Williams?” – Carroll Hardy, who was born in Sturgis in 1933. He started his career as a professional athlete by playing football for the San Francisco 49ers. After one NFL season, he concentrated on baseball. He made his major league debut in 1958 for the Cleveland Indians. In 1960, Williams fouled a pitch off his foot and could not finish his at-bat. Hardy stepped in and lined into a double play. Hardy also pinch-hit for Carl Yastrzemski and Roger Maris.

Dick Green was a second baseman for the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1974, almost all of them as a starter. He was a key member of the Oakland dynasty that won World Series titles in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Green was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1941, but moved to Yankton as a youngster and graduated from high school in Mitchell. He lived in Rapid City during and after his big-league career.

Dave Collins, Mark Ellis and Kelvin Torve were all players born in Rapid City who played for the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball program and made it to the major leagues. Collins made his major league debut for the California Angels in 1975. In 1977, he was the first batter for the Seattle Mariners in their first game and scored the franchise’s first run two days later. Known as one of the fastest men in baseball, Collins racked up 395 stolen bases during his 16-year career in the major leagues.

Ellis made his Major League debut in 2002 for the Oakland Athletics. When he retired in 2015, he finished with a .991 fielding percentage. He committed just 60 errors in 1,364 games at second base.

Torve was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1988 with the Minnesota Twins. His last major league baseball appearance was in 1991.

Terry Francona, who was born in Aberdeen, has twice been named American League Manager of the Year. Under Francona’s management, the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians snapped significant championship droughts. His 2004 Red Sox team won Boston’s first World Series in 86 years. The Red Sox won the World Series again in 2007. Francona was hired as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 2012. The Indians turned around losing seasons and in 2016, the Indians won their first American League pennant since 1997. They lost the World Series to the Chicago Cubs.

George “Sparky” Anderson was one of baseball’s most successful and colorful managers. He achieved the highest mark of achievement in the game when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 2000. Born in Bridgewater in 1934, he made his managerial debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1970. The Reds made it to the World Series that year, losing to the Baltimore Orioles. He was the crank that turned the Big Red Machine, as the Reds dominated the National League in the 1970s under his guidance. The team won four pennants that decade and World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. Anderson managed the Reds until 1979, when he joined the Detroit Tigers. He led the Tigers to a World Series title in 1984. In 26 seasons, Anderson compiled a record of 2,194-1,834. He retired in 1995 and died in 2010.

This moment in South Dakota history is provided by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Find us on the web at Contact us at to submit a story idea.



South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.

The doors open at 8 a.m. A gun auction will take place from 9-11 a.m. CDT with the antler auction to follow.
Antlers make up the bulk of auction items, with hundreds of deer antlers offered to bidders. Other items to be auctioned off include mountain lion and bobcat pelts, mountain lion skulls, elk antlers, bighorn sheep racks, tree stands and more.

“We have a variety of items for auction that should be attractive to taxidermists, hunters, outdoor craft people and outdoor enthusiasts in general,” said GFP conservation officer Jeremy Roe.

We are NOT the enemy

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~ First Amendment to the United States Constitution ~
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I’ve spent my entire career in the newspaper business. I have found it to be very rewarding to work in a profession that provides such a critical service to our citizens and democracy as a whole.

It would be a very dangerous path for us to take as a country to start shutting out members of the media simply because we don’t like something they have said or because they were critical of a government official. Our professional reporters (and reporters at over 100 newspapers around the state of South Dakota) cover the Legislature in Pierre, county commissions, city councils, school boards and other government funded entities along with countless other subjects that impact our neighbors. We are there to not only report to taxpayers how their money is being spent, but to act as a watchdog for improprieties and to ensure that proper procedure is followed. If you only want cold, hard facts you could just read transcripts. But would you take the time to do that?

I think we can all agree that we appreciate the value of an informed reporter who can break down a complex, extensive subject into a digestible amount of information ensuring that the reader gets the critical points and that the facts are grounded in truth. Our job is to report factually, accurately and in a fair and unbiased manner in order for the readers to form their own thoughts and opinions.

The media is not above criticism or reproach. Some use unnamed sources too liberally – something that should be used only in rare instances. Some allow their personal sense of justice to creep into their reporting. Some sensationalize and distort. Some make flat-out mistakes.

As hard as we try and as close as we scrutinize our work, we have made errors in the past and will make them in the future. We have always encouraged our readers to let us know if they ever find an inaccuracy in our news stories: We would want to know about it immediately. As soon as we become aware of it we acknowledge it and print a clarification, correction or retraction. If you have ever found anything in our stories to be fiction, we would want to know about it immediately. It should also be noted that the very page on which you are reading this editorial is the Opinion page of the newspaper. These pages are set aside for letters to the editor to allow our readers to express their opinions, for editorial cartoons and opinion columnists – local, state and national – to share their views on subjects we feel are impactful.

We take our role of offering a variety of opinions on topics very seriously. We believe it is an important function of the newspaper and a free press to publish differing views and encourage civil discourse along with critical thinking.

That cannot be achieved if we only present one side of a subject, politics in particular. It’s a rare opinion column with which I have ever fully agreed.

But then I like to have my opinions challenged so that I can grow and evolve and have a chance to increase and sharpen my own point of reference on subjects.

I can only hope that our overwhelming volume of professional work at the Pioneer speaks to our factual credibility and unbiased reporting and that we can continue to earn the trust of our community. Over more than 140 years we have been providing a permanent written record of the Black Hills. We are proud to be one of many fiercely dedicated guardians of the cornerstone of democracy.

You may not always like what we report, but the media is most assuredly NOT the enemy of the American people.

by Letti Lister, Spearfish Black Hills Pioneer

MSgt John A. Spear Retires


MSgt John A. Spear retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for 21 years. He served tours in England, Japan, and Korea and was deployed on 4 separate occasions to the Middle East. John, his wife Lyn and stepdaughter Nicole will relocate to the Phoenix, AZ area. John is the son/step son to Roger and Diane Studt.

“Agent of the Year” for Modern Woodmen of America

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Lisa (Pistulka) Minardi, Fair Oaks, Calif., formerly of Winner, has been named agent of the year for Modern Woodmen of America. She was announced the agent of the year for the Mina Mostoufi region of northern California.

Minardi is the daughter of Betty Sattler and the late Bill Pistulka.

Minardi is ranked as a top tier advisor with MWA finishing as the number 10 producer in the United States for 2016.

She has obtained presidents cabinet which is the highest tier in MWA. She has established herself as an ethical and educated advisor. Not only has seen been successful as a representative within ModernWoodmen, but in the industry at large. She has earned membership status with million dollar round table placing her among the top producers. The advisor earning million dollar round table joins advisors from around the world.

Her past achievements reveal an earning of the MWA national conference 14 consecutive years. She has placed number one not only in career schools I and II but ranked as the number one producer in the financial advisors forum as well.

She focuses on estate planning during the accumulation and distribution phase of retirement. She protects and advises in the specific areas of IRA, 401ks and non qualified accounts in addition to asset protection with life insurance.

Commissioners Partner with Chamber on Customer Service Training

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Karla Brozik, executive director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce, asked the Tripp County Commissioners last Tuesday if they would partner with the Chamber to provide hospitality/customer service training.

The commissioners voted to partner with the Chamber and agreed to provide $500.

Brozik said a speaker has been chosen but the exact date of the customer service training has not been set.

Brozik invited the commissioners to the annual meeting of the South Central Development Corporation which was held on March 20 at the Legion.

4 AAU Wrestlers Place

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Four Winner kids wrestled at Black Hills Nationals on March 17 in Spearfish.

Maxton Brozik won first place in novice at 70 pounds, Kaden Keiser won first place in school boy at 100 pounds, Owen Duffy won third place in schoolboy at 150 pounds and Kaleb Osborn won 4th place in schoolboy at 80 pounds.