A’Cafellas Concert to Honor Veterans

The A’Cafellas barbershop chorus concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 11.

“A salute to veterans” is this year’s theme.

The performances will be at 3 p.m. at the Dixon Town Hall in Gregory and at 7:30 p.m. at the Winner Community Playhouse.

The special guests at the concert in Gregory will be the Gregory all state chorus quartet. The singers are Johnny Nguyen, Samantha Timanus, Keeley Klein and Evan Juracek.

There will be free admission for veterans and active military personnel.

For reservations in Winner, call 842-1958 and leave a message.

Advance tickets are available and tickets can also be purchased at the door. Children under 18 are free with a parent.

Tickets can be purchased from Kelly Hodge, Don Tuttle, Heidi Olson, Jon Hughes, Caleb Larson, Mark Braun, Jared Opp, Rick Wagner, Keith Olson, and Brad Schramm.

There will be an afterglow following the show. There will be refreshments and more singing.

Colome Falls in Semifinal Game

Colome football team fought hard in the semifinal game of the state football playoffs Friday night. The Cowboys, the defending Class 9B champions, were defeated by Sully Buttes 36-20.

The game was tied 20-20 at halftime.

The Cowboys came out strong in the first quarter as Chase Dufek scored the first touchdown on a 65 yard run. The two point conversion failed and Colome had the lead 6-0.

However, Sully Buttes came right back scored on a 70 yard run by Devan Kleven and were successful in the two point conversion and Sully Buttes had the lead 8-6.

Colome retook the lead on a Dufek 85 yard kickoff return.

As the teams traded touchdowns, Sully Buttes scored again and led 14-12.

A Jackson Kinzer 18 yard run gave the Cowboys the lead 20-14.

Sully Buttes scored to tie the game at the half.

Sully Buttes scored two touchdowns in the second half for the victory.

Dufek had 11 carries for 116 yards. Layton Thieman was 6-12 in passing for 115 yards.  Kolton Salonen had 3 catches for 61 yards.

Colome coach Ben Connot said Sully Buttes made some adjustments in the second half that helped them.

“We were able to control the line of scrimmage for most of the game. We were able to run the ball effectively and it opened up our passing game,” said Connot.

Colome ended its season with a 9-2 record. He said he was proud of the Cowboys season.

“We had some high goals and overall, I’m happy about the season,” he said.

Lady Warriors Advance to Sweet 16

Winner volleyball team advanced to the Sweet 16 as they defeated Little Wound in 3 sets in Pine Ridge on Thursday.
Winner won 25-8, 25-13, 25-12.

Mackenzie Levi and Morgan Hammerbeck were 100 percent in serving.  Alexis Richey and Levi each had 3 ace serves.
Hammerbeck had 13 kills and Abby Marts, 10.  Gracie Littau had 20 set assists and Levi, 12.  Hammerbeck was 75 percent in serve receive and Richey was 66 percent.  Richey had 12 digs and Hammerbeck and Abby Marts, 10 each.  Sam Marts had 2 solo blocks.

As a team, Winner was 95 percent in serving with 9 aces, 37 kills, 52 percent in serve receive and 54 digs.

“We came out focused and determined to win,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We did a great job of serving and kept Little Wound out of system. We also did a great job of attacking the ball which kept Little Wound scrambling. We also did a great job of talking and working together as a team,” said the coach.

In the first round of the regional in Winner, the Winner Lady Warriors defeated St. Francis 25-5, 25-7, 25-9.

Abby Marts and Richey were 100 percent in serving. Richey had 6 ace serves and Daesha Klein, 3.  Hammerbeck had 12 kills and Abby Marts, 8.  Littau had 18 set assists and Levi, 11.  Littau was 100 percent in serve receive and Hammerbeck, 75 percent.  Hammerbeck had 11 digs and Richey and Abby Marts, 8 each.  Sam Marts had 1 solo block.

As a team, Winner was 98 percent in serving with 15 aces, 34 kills, 33 set assists, 65 percent in serve receive and 40 digs.

“I thought we came out focused and ready to play. We did a good job of serving,” said Keiser. “We were aggressive and did a great job of attacking and moving the ball to different hitters which kept St. Francis on the defensive end. We did a great job of working together as a team,” said Keiser.
Winner played Belle Fourche in Wall on Nov. 7 in the Sweet 16 tournament.

ACDC defeats Colome

Andes Central/Dakota Christian defeated Colome in three sets to advance to the Region 6B semifinals. ACDC won 25-4, 25-14 and 25-20.

The volleyball action was held Oct. 31 in Lake Andes.

Kaydee Heath had 4 kills and 4 digs. Rayne Hermsen had 9 digs and Saydee Heath had 2 blocks for Colome.

With the loss the season ended for the Colome girls volleyball team.

Here’s a look at Veterans Day, a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the US armed forces.


Celebrated annually on November 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I.

There are 18.5 million veterans in the United States, according to the most recent statistics available.

There are 1.6 million female veterans.

There are 9.2 million veterans over the age of 65.

November 11, 1918 – The armistice ending World War I begins at 11 am.
1919 – President Woodrow Wilson proclaims November 11 as Armistice Day.
November 11, 1921 – The first Unknown Soldier is reburied at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb has the words inscribed, “Here rests in honored glory An American Soldier Known but to God.”
May 13, 1938 – Armistice Day becomes a federal holiday.
June 1, 1954 – President Dwight Eisenhower signs a bill changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in order to include all US veterans.
May 30, 1958 – Unknown Soldiers from World War II and the Korean War are reburied next to the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
1968 – Congress changes the date of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October in order to give federal employees a three-day weekend. The change begins in 1971.
September 25, 1975 – President Gerald Ford changes the date of Veterans Day back to November 11. The change begins in 1978.
May 28, 1984 – An unknown soldier from the Vietnam War is reburied in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1998, he is identified through DNA tests as Michael Blassie, a 24-year-old pilot shot down in 1972 on the border of Cambodia.

Veterans Day in the United States

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

Veterans Day honors those who served the United States in all wars, especially veterans.


Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.

Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a week day, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, they are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12. State and local governments, schools and non-governmental businesses are not required to close and may decide to remain open or closed. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.

In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.


Sobriety Checkpoints Listed for November

November’s list of sobriety checkpoints have been announced by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Checkpoints are planned for the counties of: Butte, Codington, Davison, Edmunds, Hughes, Jerauld, Jackson, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Stanley, Tripp and Union.

The checkpoints are designed to discourage people from drinking and then driving.

The monthly checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the highway patrol.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Propane Executive Order

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed an executive order on Nov. 6 to allow expedited commercial delivery of propane products to assist regions of the state that are experiencing low inventories and outages.

“Our ag producers need to have access to propane in order to carry on normal operations,” Gov. Daugaard said. “This order gives companies that transport propane some leeway so they can deliver products in a speedier manner.”

The Governor’s order declares a state of emergency and exempts delivery of propane from federal motor carrier regulations on drivers’ hours of service statewide.

Although hours of service have been temporarily suspended for commercial deliveries, companies may not require or allow fatigued drivers to make deliveries, Gov. Daugaard said.

The executive order expires at midnight Nov. 20, 2017.