Doren Signs at Kearney

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Tre Doren, a senior at Winner High School, has signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Doren was a state heavyweight champion this year for the Warriors. His record this year was 34-3.
“It is exciting to see a kid you have coached go to college,” said WHS wrestling coach Spencer Novotny.

“Tre is a good kid. If he is going to do this he is going to put all his effort into it. It will be fun to follow him,” said Novotny.

Doren said he went for a campus visit and it is a beautiful campus. “I love the coaches and I love the atmosphere there. I thought it was the college for me.”

The Winner wrestler said the staff welcomed him even though he had not yet committed to the school. “They made me feel at home.”

Doren is looking forward to getting his education where he plans to major in physical therapy.
“My next goal is to become a national champion,” he said.

Science Fair Awards

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Several students received medals for projects they entered in the Winner Science Fair held on April 6.

In 9th grade biology, Jacob Clay and Landon Debus won a gold medal for their project, “Which of these liquids sustain plant life.”

Also receiving a gold medal were Jack Ducheneaux and Trey Bingen with their project on “What is the speed of different weights of bullets.”

Sophia Lewis won a gold medal for her project on “How do chemical pollutants affect plant growth.”

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Winner Incumbents Pick Up Victory


The incumbents were the victors in the Winner city and school board elections held on April 11.

In the Winner city election in the Third Ward, John Meyer was re-elected to the council as he received 67 votes to 29 votes for Orville Lund.  Meyer will start his new term at the first meeting in May.

In the Winner School Board election, Rusty Blare and Bill Mann were re-elected to office. Blare received 179 votes, Mann received 177 votes and Wayne S. Meyer received 87 votes.  The voter turnout in the school board election was 7.64 percent.   The new term of the school board starts in the first meeting in July.

Colome School Board election

Brett Galbraith defeated incumbent Shannon Kortan in the Colome Consolidated School Board election.

Galbraith received 87 votes and Kortan, 45 votes.

There was a 15 percent voter turnout in the Colome election.

Avera@Home’s Help Brings Peace of Mind for Entire Family

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Doris Miner needed a little assistance. Doris, and her husband, Kenny, moved from their ranch in rural Tripp County in part to cut down on driving, and to be closer to services.

“I have driven thousands of miles on gravel roads in all conditions, including in the winter. I do not like it. We couldn’t stay on the farm anymore,” said the 81-year-old. “We have a nice little townhouse we like, but we needed a little help.”

Doris has faced multiple sclerosis for more than 40 years, and her husband has myasthenia gravis. She said bathing can be difficult.

“Bathing can really test our abilities,” she said. “Avera@Home gives the help with bathing and our medications that we need. We have four grown children, and they all live far away, and they know we’re in good hands with this service.”

Avera@Home nurses, nurse aids and other staff offer a wide range of assistance to families like the Miners. For Doris and Kenny, help with bathing and medications – which include prescription pickup and proper sorting and scheduling – allows them to continue a more independent life.
“This service makes sense to us, because we enjoy their visits and appreciate how they help,” said Doris. “It lets us live on our own. We don’t need too much help, but they have other services that someday we might need. It’s good to know that in case we do.”

Jennifer Allmendinger, BSN, RN, is part of the Gregory Avera@Home team, and often works with the Miners. She said for many families, like them, there’s a secure feeling that comes with regular visitors and the services she and her team offer.

“Many people might not know about the range of services we provide or how it all works,” she said. “Avera@Home has returned skilled nursing and therapy services to Gregory, and we now are now able to provide important care that allows patients and families to recover and heal right at home. Our service puts patients at ease knowing they can remain in their homes while receiving needed cares.”

Allmendinger said each family’s situation is different. She said the Avera@Home team is happy to answer questions and line up the appropriate services for anyone across the spectrum of care, from simple cares to more complex skilled nursing services and therapies.

For Doris Miner, the service is, as she said, “a godsend.”

“Hired help is hard to find in rural South Dakota,” she said. “This really works well for us, and I am sure there are others who could use it, too. We’re really thankful for it.”

You can learn more about Avera@Home services like those the Miners receive by calling 605-668-8327, or by visiting

911 Call Center Employees Celebrate Dispatch Week

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Dispatcher week was celebrated April 9-15 at the Winner Police Department.

Full staff is 10 employees and the dispatch center is down one.

Deb Bice is the supervisor with Andrea Ptacek as the assistant supervisor.

The staff includes: A. J. Wiley, Ron High Rock, Clint Sinkular, Cami Woodward, Ashley Moseman, Misha Smythe, Michele Hagenlock and Tasha Welch, part-time.

The center in Winner dispatches for six counties including Tripp, Gregory, Lyman, Haakon, Mellette and Bennett. The population center served by this dispatch center is 23,000.

In 2016, there were 10,458 911 calls and over 57,000 administration calls.

There is always two persons working in the dispatch center 24/7.

Employees go through two weeks of 911 training in Pierre and also do three days of EMD (emergency medical dispatch).

Bice says this is a nice week to honor the dispatchers for all the work they do. Gifts and treats are provided to the workers during this week.

A dispatcher is generally the first point of contact, the true first responder and the unseen hero. A dispatcher’s job is a complicated one. It is exciting, rewarding, fulfilling and becomes a way of life. It is also stressful, exhausting, thankless and forgotten by many.

Students to Attend Academic Luncheon


More than 200 graduating seniors from South Dakota public, private and tribal/Bureau of Indian Education schools will be honored at the 2017 Academic excellence recognition luncheon April 24 in Pierre.

Representing Winner High School will be Chase Kingsbury and representing Colome High School will be Adrianna Larson.

The luncheon is hosted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota in association with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the school administrators of South Dakota and the Department of Education.

The event honors the top one percent of graduating seniors.

Winner Boys Win Medley at Corn Palace Relays

Photo Courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic

Photo Courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic

Winner boys won the elite class medley relay with a time of 3:45.77 at the Corn Palace Relays in Mitchell on Thursday. Runners were Riley Calhoon, Drew DeMers, Cameron Kuil and Kayleb Brozik .

Cameron Kuil won the 100-meter dash.

Results of the Winner girls include:
4×400 elite relay—4th, 4:20.79, Chloe Bartels, Samantha Schuyler, Morgan Hammerbeck and Alexis Richey
1600 sprint medley elite relay—2nd, 4:31.40, Alexis Richey, Morgan Hammerbeck, Chloe Bartels, and Samantha Schuyler
100—Charlotte Shopene, 23rd, :14.57; Madison Thieman, 24th, :14.58
200—Ellie Brozik, 9th, :28.05
400—Saige Schuyler, 12th, 1:09.01
800—Saige Schuyler, 12th, 2:37.57
1600—Sidda Schuyler, 4th, 5:37.91
100 hurdles—Elisabeth Duffy, 17th, :18.42
300 hurdles—Duffy, 23rd :55.14
shot put—Kyran Meek, 17th, 30-05.50; Jaynee Gregg, 29th, 27-04
Discus-Meek, 8th, 95
4×100 relay—3rd, :54.94, Tedra Vrbka, Ellie Brozik, Morgan Hammerbeck and Alexis Richey
4×200—2nd, 1:53.02, Morgan Hammerbeck, Ellie Brozik, Sam Schuyler and Alexis Richey

Results of the Winner boys include:
4×100 elite relay—3rd, :45.08, Riley Calhoon, Isaac Naasz, Drew DeMers, Cameron Kuil
4×200 elite relay—2nd, 1:32.72, Riley Calhoon, Drew DeMers, Kayleb Brozik and Cameron Kuil
Sprint medley elite relay—1st, 3:45.77, Riley Calhoon, Drew DeMers, Cameron Kuil and Kayleb Brozik
100—Kuil, 1st, :11.05
200—Brady Fritz, 10th, :24.12; Isaac Naasz, 18th, :25.30
400—Luke Engel, 5th, :56.08; Atlas Willuweit, 6th, :56.41
800—Izak Moleterno, 9th, 2:09.65; Luke Engel, 13th, 2:16.34
1600—Moleterno, 5th, 4:50.83; Kade Watson, 17th, 5:15.98
Long jump—Brady Fritz, 22nd, 18-5; Joren Bruun, 26th, 17-1
Triple jump—Fritz, 5th, 40-08.5; Bruun, 19th, 36-08
Shot put—Krockett Krolikowski, 3rd, 46-8; Jayden Schroeder, 4th, 45-07; Levi McClanahan, 7th, 43-09.50
Discus—McClanahan, 2nd, 133-06; Schroeder, 6th, 121-02; John Kludt, 9th, 118-09; A. J. Roubideaux, 12th, 113-11

Winner Athletes Compete at Miller


The Winner High School boys and girls track team competed in the Miller Quad track meet on April 11.

Results of the Winner girls include:
200—Alexis Richey, :29.05; Morgan Hammerbeck, 5th, :30.0
400—Chloe Bartels, 2nd, 1:04.7; Saige Schuyler, 3rd, 1:07.6
800—Samantha Schuyler, 1st, 2:28.46
1600—Aryn Meiners, 3rd, 6:32.61
3200—Meiners, 1st, 14:44.96
100 hurdles—Elisabeth Duffy, 2nd, :18.8; Teda Vrbka, 3rd, :19.1
300 hurdles—Morgan Hammerbeck, 2nd, :53; Duffy, 5th, :55.1
4×100 relay—4th, :57.28, Alexis Richey, Madison Thieman, Sam Marts and Charlotte Shopene
4×400 relay—1st, 4:20.91, Saige Schuyler, Chloe Bartels, Alexis Richey and Samantha Schuyler
long jump—Vrbka, 2nd, 14-5; Hammerbeck, 3rd 14-00.75
Shot put—Kyran Meek, 2nd, 30-11
Discus—Meek, 2nd, 95-0; Jaynee Gregg, 5th, 81-07

Results of the Winner boys include:
100—Drew DeMers, 4th, :12.4; Isaac Naasz, 5th, :12.5
200—Drew DeMers, 1st, :24.1; Brady Fritz, 4th, :25.3
400—Cameron Kuil, 1st, :51.2; Atlas Willuweit, 3rd, :55.5
800—Kayleb Brozik, 1st, 2:03.91
1600—Izak Moleterno, 2nd, 4:50.50; Kade Watson, 3rd, 5:19.63
3200—Moleterno, 2nd, 10:33.60; Kade Watson, 4th, 11:44
4×100 relay—3rd,
:46.89, Riley Calhoon, Drew DeMers, Isaac Naasz and Joren Bruun
4×400 relay—1st, 3:34.02, Kayleb Brozik, Luke Engel, Riley Calhoon and Cameron Kuil; 4th, 3:55.46, Brady Fritz, Atlas Willuweit, Joren Bruun and Phillip Jorgensen
Long jump—Riley Calhoon, 3rd, 18-5; Brady Fritz, 6th, 17-11.75
Triple jump—Fritz, 2nd, 38-02; Bruun, 4th, 36-0.5
Shot put—Jayden Schroeder, 1st, 46-5.50; Levi McClanahan, 3rd, 41-11; John Kludt, 4th, 40-05; A. J. Roubideaux, 5th, 39-10
Discus—Jayden Schroeder, 2nd, 129-03; A. J. Roubideaux, 3rd, 127; John Kludt, 4th, 120-03; Levi McClanahan, 5th, 119.

Girls Golf Team Wins First in Mobridge


Ronae Klein was the medalist at the Mobridge golf meet on Thursday. Klein shot an 86.

The Winner Area golf team took first place at its first meet of the season.

Placings of other golfers include: Samantha Marts, 4th, 96; Addy Root, 7th, 99; Cheyenne Dougherty, 9th, 101.

Kiersten Durrin shot a 139.

The next meet for the Winner team will be April 20 at the Big Dakota in Pierre. On April 24, the girls team will travel to Chamberlain.