Volleyball Team Defeats Gregory

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Winner High School volleyball team defeated Gregory in three sets on Oct. 3.  The scores were 25-10, 25-10 and 25-16.

Morgan Hammerbeck and Alexis Richey were 100 percent in serving. Hammerbeck had 6 aces.  Abby Marts had 14 kills and Hammerbeck, 8.  Addy Root had 31 set assists.   Daesha Klein was 83 percent in serve receive and Hammerbeck was 80 percent.
Richey and Hammerbeck each had 11 digs.  Abby Marts had 1 solo block and Sam Marts had 1 solo and 1 block assist.

As a team, Winner was 96 percent in serving with 10 ace serves, 36 kills, 34 assists, 68 percent in serve receive with 56 digs and 3 blocks.

“We came out focused and ready to play,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We did a great job of digging and serving. We were aggressive and did a great job of attacking the ball which kept Gregory on the defensive end,” said the coach.  “We played 3 pretty consistent games. The girls played as a team and were having fun,” said Keiser.

Lady Warriors Defeated in Chester Challenge

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Winner High School volleyball team lost to Elkton/Lake Benton in the Chester Challenge on Saturday. The scores were 17-25, 25-19, 23-19, 13-25.

Addy Root and Morgan Hammerbeck were 100 percent in serving. Alexis Richey had 4 ace serves and Daesha Klein, 2.
Hammerbeck had 21 kills.  Root had 36 set assists.  Richey and Hammerbeck were both 78 percent in serve receive.
Richey had 26 digs and Abby Marts, 18.

As a team, Winner was 95 percent in serving with 9 aces, 43 kills, 64 percent in serve receive and 90 digs.

“Elkton/Lake Benton has a very balanced and athletic team,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “I thought we came out ready to play. We were being aggressive on offense and were attacking the ball which kept Elkton/Lake Benton chasing the ball all over the place. When we attacked the ball, Elkton/Lake Benton couldn’t stop us. Our struggle was serve receive. We couldn’t pass the ball and Addy was running all over the place to chase the ball. We also gave Elkton/Lake Benton to many unearned points on defense,” said Keiser.  The coach added the third game Winner came out and took the lead right away, but just couldn’t finish. “We just need to take care of the little things.”

Winner defeated white River in three sets 25-8, 25-13 and 25-10.

Richey and Klein were 100 percent in serving. Richey had 2 ace serves and Abby Marts and Addy Root had 1 ace serve.
Marts had 17 kills and Hammerbeck, 13.  Root had 34 set assists.  Richey was 81 percent in serve receive and Marts was 80 percent.   Richey had 13 digs. Sam Marts and Root had 1 block assist.

As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 5 ace serves, 41 kills, 37 set assists, 73 percent in serve receive with 65 digs.

“We came out ready to play from the start,” said Keiser. “We did a great job of serving and attacking the ball which kept White River out of system. We did a better job in serve receive which has been a weakness of ours,” said the coach.

Winner will be at Mt. Vernon/Plankinton on Oct. 16 and Wagner on Oct. 17.

Watson Wins Cross Country Meet

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Kade Watson of the Winner Area cross country team won first place at the Ethan/Parkston cross country meet on Oct. 5.
Watson finished in 17:05.

Results of other Winner area varsity boys include: Dawson Phillips, 14th; Wyatt Turnquist, 17th.

The Winner Area girls won first place with Sidda Schuyler winning the meet. Schuyler finished in 19:32. Jaclyn Laprath took fourth in 20:33; Aryn Meiners, 6th, 20:58. Also placing were Saige Schuyler, 11th; Melanie Brozik, 20th.

In the girls junior varsity race, Katherine Jankauskas took 8th; Nanette Eagle Star, 10th and Charlotte Shopene, 12th.

Joseph Laprath won the boys junior varsity race.

The regional cross country meet will be in Chamberlain on Oct. 12.

Lady Warriors Win First in Conference Meet

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The Winner Area girls cross country team won first place at the SESD conference meet Oct. 2 in Gregory. The Winner Area boys took third place.

Sidda Schuyler won the girls varsity race. Also placing for Winner were Jaclyn Laprath, 4th; Aryn Meiners, 9th; Saige Schuyler, 17th; Meagan Blare, 21st; Melanie Brozik, 27th.

In the varsity boys race, Kade Watson took third, Dawson Phillips, 15th; Wyatt Turnquist, 22nd; Atlas Willuweit, 32nd.

Madison Thieman placed 11th in the girls junior varsity race. Charlotte Shopene was 12th; Nanette Eagle Star, 13th; Katherine Jankauskas, 14th; Gabriel Kocer, 15th and Joselin Kludt, 19th.

Kade Watson of the Winner Area cross country team won first place at the Ethan/Parkston cross country meet on Oct. 5.
Watson finished in 17:05.

Results of other Winner area varsity boys include: Dawson Phillips, 14th; Wyatt Turnquist, 17th.

The Winner Area girls won first place with Sidda Schuyler winning the meet. Schuyler finished in 19:32. Jaclyn Laprath took fourth in 20:33; Aryn Meiners, 6th, 20:58. Also placing were Saige Schuyler, 11th; Melanie Brozik, 20th.

In the girls junior varsity race, Katherine Jankauskas took 8th; Nanette Eagle Star, 10th and Charlotte Shopene, 12th.
Joseph Laprath won the boys junior varsity race.

The regional cross country meet will be in Chamberlain on Oct. 12.

Richard Faubion, 63

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Richard Faubion, 63, of Winner, SD passed away at his home on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Rick was born on April 21, 1954 in Ainsworth, NE. Rick attended school in Millboro and then graduated from Springview High School in 1972. From there he attended Springfield Mechanics School. After school he started working at the Winner Ford/Mercury Garage. Rick started his love for truck driving in 1979 with Kaiser trucking and started his long-term career with Grossenburg’s – Rosebud Concrete in April 1991.

On June 12, 1976, he married the love of his life, Diane Berger. Rick and Diane started their family in 1985 and became proud parents to four children; Brady, Chris, Heather, and Lindsay.

Rick was a man of few words but his actions spoke loudly. Family was always first for him. He enjoyed skiing, hunting, gardening, fishing, boating, camping, the sport of car racing, chaperoning for church and boy scout camps and was always taking care of his birds. Anything that required being outdoors was something that he always loved. He most recently enjoyed four-wheeling with friends and family.

Rick was an active member with the church. He enjoyed his Sunday mornings running the AV booth, passing out bulletins, greeting people with a smile, being a part of the praise team and he always looked forward to couple’s club. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball and always looked forward to another season of Minnesota Twins baseball. He wouldn’t miss a Twins game!

Although his life here on earth seemed to short; we know that he now has the best seat with our Lord.

Rick is survived by his wife of 41 years Diane, son Brady (Jena), son Christopher and wife Jordan, Heather Massingale and husband Lane, Lindsay (Anthony), and three loving grandchildren; Avery and Trinity Massingale, and Grayson Faubion (Chris) and his sister, Donna Howland of Winner.

Preceded by his parents Richard and Dorothy, father-in-law Ernest Berger, brother-in-law Dennis Howland.

Ron Merchen, 85

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Ron Merchen, age 85, of Winner, passed away on Sept. 30, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Funeral service were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at the Assembly of God Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.
Arthur Ronald Merchen was born on Aug. 15, 1932 to William Merchen and Josephine (Cummings) Merchen in Witten, South Dakota.

The Merchen family moved to Winner, South Dakota in 1936. Ronnie started school in the first grade in 1938. Ronnie joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1949. Coming home from summer camp, the Korean War was declared and the South Dakota National Guard was activated. Ronnie opted-out of going with the guard unit on duty, so he could finish high school. In 1952, after graduating from high school, he went into the regular Army and went to Fort Benning, Georgia, and volunteered for the Airborne.

Ronnie had a three day pass and went to Lagrange, Georgia to attend church, and there he met his wife to be, Margaret Smith. On Aug. 2, 1953, they were married. To this marriage two sons were born, James Henry Merchen and Earl Frederick Merchen. Ronnie and Margaret lived in Smyrna, Georgia where the boys went to school and were very active in sports, playing basketball, baseball, football, wrestling and soccer. Ronnie and Margaret were very active in their children’s sports. Ronnie officiated football, basketball and umpired baseball at some high schools and small colleges.

When they moved back to Winner in 1974, Ronnie became very involved with basketball and football officiating. After moving back to South Dakota, Ronnie became a truck driver, owning five trucks for a period of time. He traveled all 48 states and Alaska, and all of Canada hauling heavy equipment which he enjoyed very much.

Ronnie and Margaret were members of the Assembly of God Church in Winner. Ronnie is preceded in death by his mother and father; step-father; three sisters Dorothy, Aileen, and Louise; one brother Richard; and oldest son James.

Ron is survived by his son Fritz of Salem, SD; two grandsons Alex of Atlanta, GA, and Kellen of Chicago, Il.; two great-grandsons; one sister Joanne Jerred of Winner; daughter-in-law Dena of Atlanta, GA; and his special friend Joyce Weidner of Winner; and a host of relatives and friends.

Autumn Mysteries


By Katie Hunhoff

South Dakotans are no-nonsense folks, so we always struggle to find supernatural tales for our October issues, but we have heard a few through the years. One of my favorite spooky stories, published in our September/October 2014 issue, is about a mysterious bright, white light in Miner County that appears out of nowhere. Locals call it the spooklight. It can be seen along a particular stretch of dirt road between Carthage and Fedora. The story’s author, Donna Palmlund, talked to family and neighbors to get their spooklight accounts.

Palmlund’s father grew up on a farm west of Spooklight Road. His grandfather would say that sometimes the spooklight was so bright they could sit inside and read by it. After the Hass family moved off the farm, a man named Joe Spader lived there. “After I moved to that farm it wasn’t long before I was aware of this light that was very peculiar,” Spader said. He described the light as looking like a bright spotlight cresting a hill and then going down the hill, but a car would never materialize. Before he heard about the spooklight, he was worried someone was trying to steal something. Another mysterious light has been seen in southeast South Dakota, looking over Nebraska’s Crazy Peak, which rises above the chalkstone bluffs on the Nebraska side of the Missouri. Sometimes the view gives South Dakotans an unexplainable light show. “I’ve seen all sorts of UFOs there in the past,” said Carvel Cooley, a longtime local historian. “It’s just lights. They don’t make any noise and they can stop, start, zap out of sight, disappear and reappear.” Although a lot of locals have seen the lights, most don’t talk about it. Some give credit for the lights to swamp gas. Others bring up the Santee Sioux legends of seeing “little people” in the neighborhood of Crazy Peak.

Another well-known eerie South Dakota spot is Sica Hollow in Roberts County. Reports of strange voices, lights flashing in creek bottoms and bubbling red bogs along the “Trail of Spirits” make Sica Hollow a spooky place to visit any time of year. Its first Indian inhabitants dubbed the forested area “sica,” meaning bad or evil.

We visited with Chris Hull several years ago. Six generations of Hull’s family have lived near Sica Hollow. He has spent countless hours hunting or camping in the forest and has seen the glowing lights. Once he also had a more mysterious experience while camping with friends. They realized they had forgotten supplies, so one friend drove home to get them.

“We were hiking and heard him yell from down in the hollow,” Hull told us. “He must have yelled five or six times. We wondered if his truck had gotten stuck and he had started walking. So we walked for a mile and got down to the bottom, but there was nothing there. We climbed a hill to search for lights and found nothing. Finally we went back to the campsite and he pulled in at the same time. He said he was at home and he had all the sleeping bags and things he’d gone to get. But all five of us heard him yelling that night.”

When the leaves fall and Halloween is close at hand, we all like a good South Dakota ghost story. If you have one to share, email me at editor@southdakotamagazine.com.

Katie Hunhoff is the editor and publisher of South Dakota Magazine, a bi-monthly publication featuring the people and places of our great state. For more information visit www.SouthDakotaMagazine.com.

Retailers Applaud Official Filing of US Supreme Court Appeal on Crucial Tax Issue


Under a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Quill Corp v. North Dakota, out-of-state sellers are not required to collect or remit sales tax on purchases unless they have nexus – a physical presence – in the state the purchase is delivered to or received in. At the time the Quill ruling was issued, it primarily impacted catalog sales, since internet marketing was years away.

In 2016, South Dakota lawmakers passed Senate Bill (SB) 106, requiring out-of-state retailers to collect and remit tax on purchases shipped to customers in the state. The South Dakota Retailers Association was instrumental in the passage of SB 106. With an increasing amount of sales occurring online and going untaxed, the organization says it’s long past time for a change in how the tax is handled.

Following the passage of SB 106, the state filed a lawsuit against several online giants, and the new state law was placed on hold pending the outcome of the case. The lawsuit has been working its way through the system, and oral arguments were held before the South Dakota Supreme Court in August. As the state anticipated and hoped, the state Supreme Court ruled against the state on SB 106, paving the way for the case to potentially be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Our South Dakota retailers aren’t afraid of competition, but we believe it ought to be fair competition,” said South Dakota Retailers Association Board President Gary Cammack of Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center. “We hope the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to hear this case. It’s a vital issue for the businesses up and down the Main Street of every town in our state.”

Cammack explained that the association first went on the record in 1937 saying tax should apply to purchases shipped from out-of-state to customers in South Dakota.

“Eighty years later, we’re getting closer to getting the situation taken care of once and for all,” he said. “We hope the Supreme Court is willing to tackle this important issue.”

SB 106 applies only to businesses whose sales in the state exceed $100,000 annually, or that make 200 or more separate transactions in the state in a year.

“Our State Legislature, the administration, the municipalities and business community have worked hard to streamline our state’s tax system to make it easier for the out-of-state companies to collect and remit tax on purchases,” Cammack noted. “And it is a tax that’s owed, one way or another. If the out-of-state companies don’t charge and remit it, then legally, customers are obligated to pay use tax on the purchase. It’s far less cumbersome to have the sellers charge the tax upfront.”

The state of South Dakota and municipalities lose an estimated $50 million annually in sales tax revenue due to these untaxed sales.



As the leaves are working on changed colors, and harvest is in full swing. The month of October is not only great for beautiful colors, tailgates and trick-or-treating, but it is a great opportunity for South Dakota pig farmers to showcase their AMAZING product during October Pork Month.

A lot of consumers are looking for a healthy protein source that offers lots of flavor and a variety of cooking methods? You’ll find some great options with pork – whether you’re making a family dinner, grilling in the backyard or planning the perfect holiday meal.

Many consumers are in search of knowledge about the different cuts of pork. A few years ago there was a makeover at the meat case with NEW pork cut names. In order to ease confusion over the various names of pork cuts, the National Pork Board and The Beef Checkoff program joined forces to make the meat case more familiar for shoppers. Several pork chop names are now aligned with beef steaks, so consumers can easily identify their favorite cut. Consumers will now find Ribeye Pork Chop bone-in or boneless instead of the Rib Chop, along with the Porterhouse Pork Chop and New York Pork Chop.

Not only are consumers looking for the perfect cut, but have several questions on meat preparation. So often you hear from a consumer that they feel pork is dry and tough, which is a result of being over cooked. But there is good news! You can have a delicious, juicy, great-tasting pork experience if you follow the current FDA guidelines which recommend cooking fresh pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a three minute rest period.

Cooking to medium doneness for chops, tenderloins and roasts means just a blush of pink in the center. Cooking low and slow for ribs, loins and pork shoulder for classic fall-of-the-bone ribs and perfect pulled pork is a must!

Pork is so versatile it works with many flavors! No matter what time of the year it is, it is easy to adapt sauces, rubs and marinades to create a dynamic meal that will turn Blah into Ahh!

Over the last thirty years, pork has become leaner and contains less saturated fat. Cuts of pork that come from the loin such as chops and roasts are the leanest cuts of pork; pork tenderloin, the healthiest cut of pork, ounce for ounce, it is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast. Pork has received the American Heart Association’s Heart Healthy Checkmark, which means it can be marked and promoted as a heart-healthy product.

Pork packs nutrients in every lean serving and is a “excellent” source of protein and a “good” source of thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and niacin, potassium, riboflavin and zinc.