Students Explore Agriculture Topics

Tripp County high school students are taking part in the 4-H Science of Agriculture challenge. This is put on by the SDSU extension to encourage a team of middle/high school youth to explore an agriculture topic that is relevant to their community.

In the spring of 2018, participants will attend a statewide event to present their 4-H science in agriculture projects which will be evaluated and judged.

In Tripp County, cattle and pheasants are two important agriculture industries and so the team is looking at how pasture land can provide pheasant habitat. This project is a cooperation between Tripp County 4-H, Winner FFA and Rosebud chapter of Pheasants Forever. Pheasants Forever member worked with landowners to set up sites for the group to visit on Nov. 17 and the chapter sent a lunch along for the participants.

During the field trip, members observed each pasture and took notes on what food, shelter and water may be available to the birds as they prepare for winter.

Pheasants Forever biologist Jessica Downey and Jimmy Doyle, SDSU extension natural resources field specialist attended to help participants identify characteristics of each site that could help or hurt the pheasants survival through the winter.

In the spring, the group will go to the same sites to evaluate their quality for pheasant nesting habitat.

Sportsmen, Retailers Join Forces to Promote Hunting

By Dan Bechtold

Hunting and shooting remain two of the country’s most popular sports and pastimes. Plenty of hunting stories have been told through the generations and across the country. What hasn’t been widely told is the story of hunting—in particular the impact it has on the economy.

Hunting Works for South Dakota is a new organization that advocates for public policy that supports jobs and economic prosperity.

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the local development corporation recently joined Hunting Works for South Dakota.

FFA Students Place at District Meeting

Madyson Morehart won first place in employability skills at the district Future Farmers of America meeting in Mitchell on Nov. 13.

Also placing were Luke Henenbold, 2nd in ag broadcasting; Matthew Hartley, 2nd in prepared public speaking.
Senior parliamentary procedure won second and this team is made up of Casey Stickland, Matthew Hartley, Katy Lantz, Luke Hennebold, Elijah Blare and Alex Schaeffer.

All of the above students will advance to the state meet in Pierre on Dec. 3-4.

Chapter conduct of meetings won third place and are alternates for state. The members are Teresa Taylor, Meagan Blare, Landon Thieman, Aaron Gilchrist, Chase Boerner, Evan Farner and Tane Pravecek.

Katy Lantz was elected as the 2017-2018 District IV sentinel and Ryder Mortenson was elected as the 2017-2018 District IV student advisor.

Winners Named at Feeder Calf Show

The Tripp County feeder calf show was held Nov. 18 at the Tripp County fairgrounds in Winner.

This show is in its fourth year and was started when the Western Junior Livestock Show in Rapid City was cancelled due to the Atlas blizzard. This show is sanctioned by the South Dakota Junior Point Show Association.

The South Dakota Junior Point Show was organized to recognize youth who participate in showing beef, sheep, swine and goats throughout the state of South Dakota. Exhibitors range in age from 8 to 21 and accumulate points at different sanctioned shows across South Dakota. Year end awards are given out to the top exhibitors during the South Dakota State Fair.

At the 2017 Tripp County show there were just under 100 head of cattle and 56 exhibitors. The exhibitors include 13 from Tripp County area with others from Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. Several exhibitors traveled over 250 miles one way to attend this show.

Jake Scott from Gordon, Neb., was the judge for this year’s show. He works in market and customer relations for Krebs Ranch. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University where he judged livestock and majored in animal science.
The SDJPS mandates that the show must include classes for specific breeds and these include: steer breeds: Angus. Charolais, Chi, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Simmental, shorthorm, shorthorn plus, Limousin, Gelbveih and crossbred.

Heifer breeds: Angus, Charlois, Char composite, Chi, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, MaineTainer, miniature breeds, red Angus, Simmental, foundation Simmental, shorthorn, shorthorn plus and commercial.

Bovine Tuberculosis Confirmed in Cattle Herd

Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Tripp County beef herd.

The infected cow was identified by meat inspection during a routine inspection in October by a Texas slaughterhouse and official records linked the cow to Tripp County herd, according to state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic respiratory disease of cattle and infected animals can transmit the infection to other animals in close proximity.

“We are working closely (United States Department of Agriculture) officials, area veterinarians, neighboring herd owners and wildlife officials to evaluate the extent of he disease,” Oedekoven said.

Officials investigation will look to determine the source of the infection and precautions have been put in place to protect the health of the state’s cattle industry, Oedekoven said.

Schuyler Named “Coach of the Year”

Winner Area cross country coach Jayd Schuyler has been named the Area 3A cross country coach of the year by the South Dakota Cross Country and track and field coaches association. This is the second consecutive year Schuyler has received this award.

Schuyler helped the girls earn a fifth place finish at this year’s State A meet. The girls on that 5th place team were Sidda Schuyler, Jaclyn Laprath, Aryn Meiners, Meagan Blare, Saige Schuyler and Melanie Brozik.

Eighth grader Sidda Schuyler placed fourth in the girls race individually while Kade Watson took 15th in the boys race.

Kenneth Dvorak, 64

Kenneth Dvorak, 64, of Ft. Pierre, passed away as a result of an automobile accident Nov. 6, 2017 in Sioux Falls.

A memorial visitation was held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1st United Methodist Church, Pierre. A private interment followed. Condolences may be made to the family at

Kenneth Ray Dvorak was born Nov. 11, 1952, in Winner, SD, to John and Barbara (Walters) Dvorak. He grew up near Carter and Winner, where he was part of the Boy Scouts, attending and later graduating from Winner High School. Kenneth also attended Watertown Vocational Tech for a year. He lived in the Winner area until 1975 when he moved to Ft. Pierre.

Kenneth worked for a time at the Y.M.C.A., the Ft. Pierre Youth Center and the State Library. He was a member of the N.R.A., and enjoyed reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

Kenneth is survived by his sister, Lois (Myron) Docken, Pierre, and Ed (Pat) Dvorak, West Linn, OR, along with 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.


Joan Mary Ainsworth, 90

Joan Mary Ainsworth of Spearfish, SD, passed away at the age of 90 on Nov. 9, 2017. Joan was born on April 15, 1927 in Lead, SD, to Florence (Kitterman) and Omer Moorhead. Upon graduating from Spearfish High School in 1945, she attended BHSU. She married the man of her dreams, Stan Ainsworth, in 1946. Together they had 7 daughters.

While Stan was teaching in Buffalo, SD, Joan was very active, giving private piano lessons, teaching choral music in the Buffalo School system, and sharing her talent and love of music with the community.

After moving to Winner, SD, in 1954, Jo worked for her uncle, Cliff Doud, at the Modern Cleaners while Stan began his 20 year teaching tenure in the Winner School District. They purchased this business in 1959. Later they became owners of the bowling alley on Main Street. In 1975 they built the new Galaxy Inn and Star Lanes outside of Winner.

In 1979, Joan and Stan moved back to Spearfish where she worked in various positions at the Dorsett Healthcare Facility for 17 years, again entertaining the residents with her musical gift. In 2005 the couple moved to Payson, AZ. After the passing of her husband in 2016, she returned to Spearfish where she resided until her death.

She is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Bob) Dinardi – Payson, AZ; Sandy (John) Wilkinson – Spearfish, SD; Doni O’Malley (Scott Bucher) – Payson, AZ; JoLynn Dougherty – Sioux Falls, SD; Bobbie (John) Voegeli – Winner, SD. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren: Tyler (Kelly) Messick and Tatum; Wade (Julie) Wilkinson, Morgen and Cameron; Heather Wilkinson (Jarrod Walton), Kelsey and Samantha; John O’Malley, Lucas and Jax; Shani O’Malley (Josh Powers), Jaggar, Holly, and Zane; Katie O’Malley ( Tim Zigler), Jessica and Caetlin; Tori Smith (Josh Monahan), Soren, Layne, and Allison; Tami (Casey) Heyer, Belle, Libby, Eryka, and Gracyn; Ryan (Janelle) Routh, Rylynn, Landon, and Peyton; Pam Routh (Justin Lynde), Cole, Jax, Maks, and Kensley; Sam Voegeli; Jace Voegeli; and Daniel Haak (Audrey Larson) and Zoey Dee. She is also survived by her sister, Gloria (Jim) Nelson, sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Moorhead and Garnette Ainsworth as well as several nieces and nephews. Additional survivors include a host of close friends and staff members at Sandstone Manor and the Dorsett Healthcare Facility.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; daughters, Pamela and Kelly; her parents; brothers, Gerald and Don Moorhead; mother-in-law, Rena Shipley; son-in-law, Jim Dougherty; sisters-in-law, IdaMae Moorhead and Lillian Ainsworth; brothers-in-law, Lydston and Lyle Ainsworth; and several nieces and nephews.

Jo will always be remembered for her fabulous cinnamon rolls and baking skills. Her “loving and spoiling ways” will be forever cherished by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joan and Stan will be laid to rest together with a family celebration of life at the Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.

Delbert DuBray, 88

Delbert DuBray, age 88, of Woonsocket, formally of Winner, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017 at the Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at a later date. Wake services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the Middle School Gym in Winner.

Delbert Irving DuBray was born on Feb. 16, 1929 in Tripp County to Lillian Rice and Peter DuBray. He had 8 siblings. He was raised in Tripp County and served his country in the U.S. Army.

He was a strong, loving, in the background king of guy. He never took credit when credit is due. He worked for Nelson Farms for many years. He continued to work for the City of Winner until retirement. He then worked for Green Thumb Project part time. Those who knew Delbert knew what a kind but stern man he was. He was a good listener and gave good advice when asked.

He is survived by his children Debra, John, and Tracey; step-children Cheryl Antoine (Mitchell), Lawrence Antoine (L.J.), and Wally Antoine; grandchildren Moriah, Jessalyn, Tyler, Tyra, Randall Jr., Brandi, and Janessa; great-grandchildren Nevaeh and Rhaena; and siblings Leona, Kenneth, and Violet, and special friend Evangeline Tuton.

He is preceded in death by his parent; sisters Myrtle, Emma, Alvina, Wynonna; brother Harry; and son Jerry.

Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States. It’s a day to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year as well as the harvest. Thanksgiving was traditionally a religious and cultural celebration, but today is celebrated by many people in Canada and the U.S. regardless of their beliefs or culture. In Canada, Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday in October while in the U.S. it is held on the fourth Thursday in November. Similar holidays exist around the world in other countries and cultures, but have different names and are held on different days. The only ones likely to not enjoy a Thanksgiving feast today would be the turkeys. Ceremonies to give thanks are common in almost all religions, especially after harvests.

Interesting Thanksgiving Facts:

The first Canadian Thanksgiving is thought to have occurred in 1578, when an explorer Martin Frobisher held a Thanksgiving celebration for surviving his journey from England.

Some believe that the first Thanksgiving celebrations in Canada can be traced to French settlers. These settlers who came to New France in the 1600s with explorer Samuel de Champlain, celebrated successful harvests with large feasts of thanks. They also shared their food with the native people.

Most of Canada considers Thanksgiving a statutory holiday.

The first Thanksgiving in the United States was held at Plymouth in 1621. This feast was prompted by a good harvest and celebrated by pilgrims and puritans.

It wasn’t until the 1660s that the harvest feast became an annual affair.

Each year the President of the United States pardons a turkey. This lucky turkey is guaranteed to spend the rest of its life living freely and not ending up on a turkey platter.

When the pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, the Wampanoag Indians taught them how to cultivate the land. These Indians were invited to the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was celebrated for three days.

The first Thanksgiving feast was made up of lobster, chestnuts, onions, leeks, dried fruit, cabbage, carrots, chicken, rabbit, honey and maple syrup and other items.

There were no mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, or even corn on the cob at the first Thanksgiving feast.

The writer of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Hale, is thought to be the person who persuaded Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be the national day for Thanksgiving.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in the 1920s and is still held today.

Approximately 280 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving in the United States.

The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday in the United States and is the first official shopping day for Christmas.

Even if turkeys wanted to escape before Thanksgiving they couldn’t fly. Commercially raised turkeys are not able to fly.

Other countries that celebrate Thanksgiving include:

Germany – they celebrate the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival in early October; Grenada – they celebrate Thanksgiving Day on October 25th; Korea – they celebrate Korean Thanksgiving Day in late September or early October; Japan – they celebrate Labor Thanksgiving on November 23rd; Liberia – they celebrate Thanksgiving on the first Thursday of November; and Norfolk Island celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Wednesday of November.