Burtz to be Inducted into Winner Hall of Fame

Dan Burtz will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame on Dec. 28 during the Snowball Classic. Burtz will be inducted at the halftime of the Winner boys game.

Lt. Col. Burtz is a 1993 graduate of Winner High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree in space operations from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master of engineering in space operation from the University of Colorado and a PhD in astronautical engineering from the Naval Post graduate school.

After receiving his commission, Lt. Col. Burtz held positions in nuclear missle operations, reconnaissance satellite development and command and control of GPS and military communication satellites.

Burtz served as an adjunct facility member for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Maryland university college, commanded a squadron of satellite operation instructors and served as the acting dean of the National Security Space Institute.

He is currently an assistant professor of astronautical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Acadmey.

Burtz has played the tuba in three symphony orchestras including the Colorado Springs Brass which he is the founder.
Burtz is an avid living historian and horseman, reenacting cavalry action from the Mexican War through the Civil War and Indian War.

Together with his wife, Angie, they have two sons: Mason and Baxter.

Burtz is the son of Malon and Alona Burtz of Winner.

Farm Loan Officer Trainees Get Experience in Winner

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Two farm loan officer trainees are working at the Farm Service Agency in Winner.

Working as trainees are Jenna Ripp and Becca Kartak.

Ripp grew up on a dairy farm in Dimock and graduated from Parkston High School in 2012. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 2016 with a degree in ag business and a minor in ag marketing.

Ripp started as a trainee at the FSA office in Chamberlain and was there for a year before moving to Winner. Since the end of November Ripp has worked in the Winner office.

Ripp said the last two years of college she worked for the temporary program tech an FSA office. When she graduated from college here were openings for a loan officer trainee, so she applied for the Chamberlain position.

Ripp has always had in interest in agriculture and being an advocate for agriculture.

As a trainee, she has helped young farmers and helped them get a start and then watch their operation grow.

Kartak has been a trainee in the Winner office since January. She graduated from Colome High School in 2011 and from Eastern Wyoming College in 2015. She has two associate degrees in agribusiness and farm and ranch business management.
In October of 2015, Kartak worked on the county side of the FSA office and then applied for the position as a farm loan officer trainee.

Kartak says she likes working with the producers.

Trainees are required to send so many dockets to the state office for their approval before becoming a full fledged loan officer.
The local supervisor for Ripp and Kartak is Marty Mortenson.

Colome Defeats Freeman/Marion

Colome boys basketball team defeated Freeman/Marion 49-42 on Dec. 22.

Jackson Kinzer scored 18 points and Kolton Salonen, 17.

The Cowboys shot 38 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line.

Both teams pulled down 29 rebounds. Kinzer grabbed 7 rebounds and Salonen and Andrew Laprath had 6 each.

The next action for Colome is Dec. 30 at Wessington Springs.

Lady Warriors Drop Pair

Sully Buttes defeated the Winner girls basketball team 58-45 on Saturday.

Morgan Hammerbeck led the scoring for Winner with 13 points. Gracie Littau added 9 and Gabby Kocer, 8.  The Lady Warriors shot 29 percent from the field and made 6 of 15 free throws for 40 percent.

Hammerbeck pulled down 8 of Winner’s 21 rebounds and had 7 assists.

Parkston nipped Winner 38-37 in girls basketball action on Friday night.

Gabby Kocer led Winner with 19 points and six rebounds. Morgan Hammerbeck added 10 points.

Up next for the Lady Warriors is the Snowball Classic on Dec. 28 in Winner. The Winner girls will play Canton at 5 p.m.

Peggy Sue Schmidt, 59

Peggy Sue Schmidt, age 59 of Yankton passed away unexpectedly at her home Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

Mass of Christian burial was held 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton with Rev. Larry Regynski officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will take place at a later date.

On line condolences may be sent at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.

Peggy was born June 3, 1958 in Colome, SD to Charles and Pauline (Leibel) Elliott. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Isidore in Colome Peggy married Steve Schmidt. She worked at the Human Services Center for about five years.

Peggy is survived by sons, Eric (Brandie) Schmidt of Boise, ID and Jeffrey (Jessica) Schmidt of Gregory, SD; daughter, Stephanie (Jared) Schwans of Yankton, SD; former spouce, Steve Schmidt of Yankton, SD; grandchildren: Evan, Ella and Read and brothers: Charlie Elliott of Bellevue, NE, Ernie Elliott of Inver Grove Heights, MN and Donald Elliott of Keokuk, IA.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pauline and sisters, Carol and Mary Lou.

Magdalene “Megs” Doescher, 87

Magdalene “Megs” Doescher, age 87, of Tea, formally of Winner, passed away on Dec. 19, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday Dec. 28, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will follow at the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Winner with a Prayer Service starting at 7 p.m.

Megs was born in Cumming County Nebraska, on Dec. 23, 1929, to Hank and Hilda Heinecke (Baer). She was the oldest of 6 children: Dave (Jane), Virgil (Barb), Carolyn (Jim), and Shirley, with one surviving brother, Butch (Joyce) of Tracy, CA. Her parents were first born citizens; with their families immigrating from Europe to Illinois just before the turn of the century. Megs attended Wisner, NE public schools.

In 1948, Magdalene married Richard Leroy Doescher. They made their home across north central Nebraska, South Dakota and Northwest Iowa. They retired to Sioux Falls shortly after Richard suffered a debilitating stroke in 1990.

Megs was a proud housewife and mother, held varying positions of church secretary to retail. She was a past active Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Member, and taught Adult Christian learning throughout a substantial span of her life. She volunteered later in life while living in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion and was named Pavilion Volunteer of the Year in 2012 along with holding a RSVP Volunteer for 25 years.

Megs thoroughly loved to sew, crochet and especially quilt. Her passion for crafts is readily apparent in several of her children and grandchildren. Known as the quilt lady, her motto of life was, “when life gives you scraps, make a quilt.” Those are words she lived by her whole life, having grown up in the depression era, there was never anything wasted in the Doescher home.
With Magdalene and Richard’s marriage, they have 4 sons and 4 daughters Rose (Joe, deceased in 2010) Enders Jenison, MI; Rick (Bev) Champaign, Ill; Randy (Linda), formerly from Mitchell, SD; Ronda (Harlan) Hanson, O’Neil, NE; Judy (Jack) Arthur Winner, SD; Cheryl of Sioux Falls, SD; Tom of Des Moines, IA; and Chris (Lisa) of Tea, SD. In addition to Megs and Dick’s children, she was blessed with 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and many friends that Megs so enjoyed her time with having tea parties.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, both parents, and siblings: Dave, Virgil, Carolyn, and Shirley.

Megs learned to enjoy life after Dick’s death with her large trust of friends that spanned her entire life. She passed with a sense of fulfillment in her life, enjoying every minute right up to the last minutes baking and decorating Christmas cookies.

PUC Watching Federal Tax Plan Progress and Effect on Rate Payers

While the nation’s eyes are on federal tax reform, South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission is eyeing the effect the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on consumers of regulated electric and natural gas utilities.

Regulated utilities pass the costs of federal income taxes through to ratepayers. The revised federal tax proposal, which includes changes to corporate income tax, is anticipated to take effect Jan. 1, 2018. PUC Chairperson Kristie Fiegen this week requested the PUC staff begin evaluating how each of the state’s six investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities will reflect those tax changes in the rates paid by utility customers.

“Consumer protection is among the PUC’s top priorities,” Fiegen said. “If companies will experience a reduction in taxes, the expectation is those savings should flow to consumers.”

Fiegen expects that analyzing the effect the tax plan will have on each regulated utility will be a complex and time-consuming process. “Once the details of the tax reform are made clear, the PUC will move with all haste to ensure ratepayers will be paying no more than what they should,” she stated.

Action by the PUC regarding utility rates will be conducted through official, docketed processes. The docket related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be viewed on the PUC’s website at www.puc.sd.gov, Commission Actions, Commission Dockets, Gas & Electric Dockets, 2017 Gas & Electric Dockets, GE17-003 – In the Matter of Staff’s Request to Investigate the Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on South Dakota Utilities.


Stay Safe Over the Holidays

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving month. Remember to use a designated driver to get home safely. If you are under 21 years of age, do not drink alcoholic beverages. Possessing and/or consuming an illegal drug in South Dakota is illegal. If you are legally taking prescription medication, read the safety label. Side effects of prescription medication can often impair an individual. Driving a motor vehicle while impaired is illegal in South Dakota.

Christmas is just around the corner and that means an increase in holiday traffic. It is easy to get distracted thinking about the errands you have to run, which gifts to buy, and holiday travel plans. Your safety is the South Dakota Highway Patrol’s top priority as well as my priority. I ask that you focus on the priorities at hand. If you are driving, then pay attention to the road. Weather changes, reduced daylight hours, snow, freezing rain, blizzards, and animals coming onto the roadway are things to be aware of. Try to refrain from using your cell phone while you are driving. Driving with snow or frost covering your windows is a violation of the law. Take the time to clear all of your vehicle’s windows of the morning frost for optimal visibility.

Take the time to think about and plan for the upcoming holidays. For those of you traveling over the holidays, take a moment to check the weather forecast before departing on a trip. Be prepared for roadside emergencies such as a fully inflated spare tire and tire changing tools, food, water, warm clothes, and a blanket. Remember to bring your cell phone and charger. You do not want to be a stranded motorist without the proper equipment. Use equipment such as seatbelts and child safety seats properly. Ensure you and your family arrives at your destination safely.

I wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. Take the time to enjoy life, family, and friends. Be Smart. Be Safe. Stay Alive.

Trooper Justin Schmiedt
South Dakota Highway Patrol

Gov. Daugaard Approves FirstNet Opt-In For South Dakota

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has given approval for the establishment of a public safety broadband network that will provide South Dakota’s first responders with advanced communication technologies. The new wireless broadband network will be built, operated and maintained by FirstNet using AT&T’s existing infrastructure as a foundation.

“We deal with our fair share of severe weather and natural disasters in South Dakota. Our first responders need to have access to communication technologies that work whenever and wherever needed,” Gov. Daugaard said. “FirstNet will create a single, interoperable system across our state to aid first responders in protecting citizens.”

FirstNet was established by Congress in 2012. The decision on opting in is left to each governor and states participate at no cost.

Local entities will be able to choose whether or not to subscribe to the services. AT&T has yet to announce specific rates for those wanting to participate, but says that they will establish a highly competitive pricing structure for public safety entities.


Fascinating Facts about New Year

1 England didn’t adopt January 1 as New Year’s Day until 1752, more than 150 years after Scotland. Before that the year began on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation.

2 The first French Republic changed its calendar in 1793, fixing New Year at the autumnal equinox. Thirteen years later, Napoleon reinstated the Gregorian calendar now in general use.

3 Over a quarter of the globe’s population celebrate the Chinese or lunar new year. The Year of the Rabbit will begin on February 16. This is a time to repay debts, make sacrifices to gods, and distribute ‘lucky money’.

4 The ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Romans all celebrated New Year on different days. Even within western Christianity, the day has drifted, with Christmas Day, Easter Day and March 1 and 25 all popular. Because the festival was linked to the pagan event of Saturnalia, early Christians called for the New Year to be marked by prayer, fasting and ‘humiliation’.

5 The most emotional New Year’s Eve party is at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where hundreds of thousands toast the reunification of Germany.

6 In Papua New Guinea, villagers mark the New Year by banging drums and burning bamboo sticks.

7 In Islamic countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, partying will be subdued during Ramadan. Israel, meanwhile, observes the western New Year, but there is a Jewish New Year in September.

8 India, which is 82 per cent Hindu, opts for the international New Year on January 1. Tamil, Sikh and Punjabi New Years are independent celebrations on different dates. And Nepal will celebrate between April 17 and 18.

9Thailand will hold unofficial celebrations on January 1. The ‘formal’ celebrations in April feature a national water fight.

10 Ethiopia won’t celebrate New Year until September 11. The country has stuck to the old Julian calendar, which fails to reflect the true length of the year.