Farmers Ride on Rose Parade Float

South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal and former SDFB board member Phil Hamburger of Gettysburg, S.D., joined 98 other farmers to ride on a float in the 100th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 from Pasadena, Calif.

“Salute to Farmers” is the theme of the float sponsored by Ag PhD of Baltic, S.D. The float is one of only 18 commercial floats in the Rose Parade and checks in at 110 feet long, 18 feet wide and 30 feet high. A total of 100 farmers will ride on the float, and that will be the largest number of people on a float in Rose Parade history.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight agriculture in front of a very large audience,” said Scott VanderWal, SDFB president. “It is a special honor that this is the 100th Annual Parade and we have just celebrated 100 years of South Dakota Farm Bureau. Opportunities like this don’t happen every day!”

South Dakota Activates the “Blue Alert” System

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the State of South Dakota has added the Blue Alert system to their statewide notification systems. A Blue Alert is activated when there is a suspect at large who has killed or caused serious injury to a law enforcement officer or if an officer has been abducted or is missing.

“Anyone who seriously harms or kills law enforcement officers in the line of duty poses danger to all”, said Jackley. “The Blue Alert system will allow quick distribution regarding safety information and details about a subject to the citizens in the State.”

The Blue Alert system uses the existing Amber Alert network to broadcast warnings. Partners in this system include the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Central South Dakota Communications and the Division of Criminal Investigation. We would also like to recognize the Rapid City Police Department for their work in advocating the need for this statewide system.

The activation of the Blue Alert comes at the request of a law enforcement agency that is investigating an offense against a law enforcement officer. The following criteria must be met:
1. An individual has threatened a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, has used a deadly weapon against a law enforcement officer, has caused a law enforcement officer to suffer serious bodily injury or death, or the officer has been abducted or is missing while on duty;
2. The individual has fled the scene of the offense and there is sufficient descriptive information of the suspect, including any relevant vehicle and license tag information available for broadcast;
3. The law enforcement agency investigating the offense has determined the individual poses a threat to the public or other law enforcement personnel; and
4. Dissemination of available information to the public may help avert further harm or assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
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The current state notification systems include:

 South Dakota Amber Alert Plan- Statewide notification to South Dakota law enforcement and South Dakota media to disseminate specific details to the public to assist in locating an abducted child.

 Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) – A partnership between law enforcement and local broadcasters who notify the public about missing and endangered persons. It is designed for those instances when a missing person does not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert.

Karley Peters Named “Female Athlete of the Year”

Karley Peters of Parker has been named the Yankton Press and Dakotan female athlete of the year.

Karley has a strong connection to Winner as both of her parents grew up here and her grandparents live here.

Karley is the daughter of Dale and Jacey (Bruun) Peters. Grandparents are Carroll and Janet Bruun and Kevin and Cindy Peters.

As a sophomore, she was a key reserve on Parker girls basketball team that reached the Class B state tournament.

She was the Class B track MVP at the state track meet, where she won four events and guided the Pheasants to a second place finish.

And this fall as a junior she was a key figure on a volleyball team that reached the Class A state tournament and finished eighth.

Colome Downs Wessington Springs

Colome boys basketball team remains undefeated with a 51-29 victory over Wessington Springs on Dec. 30. Overall, the Cowboys are 4-0.

Jackson Kinzer led the scoring with 15 points followed by Layton Thieman, 14 and Kolton Salonen, 10.

Jackson Kinzer had 5 assists and 7 steals.

Thieman pulled down 8 rebounds, Calvin Ringing Shield, Kinzer and Salonen had 6 each.

The next action for Colome is Jan. 5 when they host Lyman.

Lady Warriors Down Canton

Winner girls basketball team defeated Canton 64-33 in the Snowball Classic on Dec. 28 in Winner.

Four players scored in double figures. Gabby Kocer led the Lady Warriors with 17 points followed by Morgan Hammerbeck with 13, Madyson Frazier and Maggie LaCompte with 12 and 11 respectively.

Frazier had six of Winner’s 29 rebounds.


Warriors Drop Another Pair

Winner boys basketball team was nipped by Parkston 57-55 on Dec. 22 in Parkston.

Shea Connot led the scoring for Winner with 18 points followed by Brady Fritz with 17 and Joren Bruun, 7.

The Warriors forced 21 turnovers.

Winner made 18 of 22 free throws.

Winner boys basketball team fell to Canton in the Snowball Classic on Dec. 28 in Winner.

Brady Fritz led the Warriors with 18 points followed by Brandon Volmer with 7, Shea Connot with 5.

Rebounding leaders were Phillip Jorgensen with 9 and Fritz, 5.

Connot had 4 assists.

The next action for Winner will be Jan. 5 at Bennett County and Jan. 6 at Gregory.

On Jan. 9, Winner will host Valentine, Neb., in a boys and girls double header.

Clara Boneshirt, 53

Clara Boneshirt, age 53 of Winner, passed away on Dec. 19, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday Dec. 28, 2017 at the Indian Gospel Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery. Wake Services were held at Dec. 26, and Dec. 27 at the Middle School Gym in Winner.

Clara was born on July 6, 1964 in Winner, SD to Charles and Virginia (Williams) Roubideaux. She was raised in Winner and attended school in Winner, she attended Voc-Rehab School in Yankton. She also attended Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls. She attended Sinte Gleska University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

She enjoyed family gatherings, powwows, cookouts, watching football games, going on rides, and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Clara is survived by her husband; Wilfred Boneshirt, children; Sky, Bria, Twila, Tiera, Pattee, Philomene, Roseanne, Amanda and Stefanie. Grandchildren; Evangyline (Evan) Roubideaux-Yuzicappi, Eli, Carter, Jesse, Anthony, and Xzayvion, along with her sisters; Velma Chasing Hawk, Bonesteel SD, Sandra Medicine Eagle, Mosher SD, Rebecca Sitting Bear, Winner SD, Aunt Judy Roubideaux and many nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and friends.

She will be greatly missed by many.

Proceeding her in death are her parents; Charles & Virginia (Williams) Roubideaux, 3 infant siblings, brothers; Virgil Williams Sr., Timothy Roubideaux, Keith Roubideaux and William “Lester” Roubideaux, her sisters; Wilma “Joyce” Roubideaux, Ardith Long Crow and paternal grandparents; Steven and Carrie (Gunhammer) Roubideaux, maternal grandparents; Lincoln and Frances (Rattling/Ringing Shield) Williams, and numerous aunts, uncles.

Scott Turner, 54

Scott Turner 54, of Spearfish, SD formerly of Winner, SD passed away unexpectedly; at his home after a brief illness on Dec. 19, 2017.

A memorial service was held Thursday 12.28.17 @ 12:00 p.m., at the Parish Hall at All Angels Episcopal Church at 1044 N. 5th St., Spearfish, SD. In lieu of attendance, cards can be sent to the family at 320 W. Rushmore St., Spearfish, SD 57783
Scott was born 7/11/1963 in Denver, CO and met his lifelong companion Tami in Denver July of 1982, and from that moment, in good times & bad in sickness & in health, they stuck through it. In December 1987, the oldest of three children was born, Matteo Turner of Dallas, TX., then in 1989 on what was a shared birthday Jeremy Turner of Spearfish, SD was born; both boys were born in the Palm Springs Hospital, in Palm Springs, Calif. The family moved to Colorado for a short time in 1990, and then relocated to Winner in 1991. It was here that his daughter Jaimie Turner, of Spearfish, SD was born in May of 1993. The family remained in Winner until 2006, when the family relocated once more, enabling Tami to complete her bachelor degree.
It was shortly after their arrival in Spearfish when Scott was diagnosed with kidney failure while working for Ainsworth & Benning, and would subsequently (while on dialysis) enter college; a lifelong dream. He graduated in 2012 and received a bachelor of science in environmental physical science; a grueling course, which included physics and advanced math, including trigonometry & calculus – graduating with cum laude honors, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi; creating overall one of his proudest personal achievements.

Scott loved reading to the kids when they were younger, and every night was story time; with rounds of house hockey, Nintendo’s Mickey Mouse Magical Quest or Starfox. Not gonna lie, he had some demons and baggage that disrupted the family at times, but through it all he loved his children greatly, and there are many happy memories we can all recall.

Scott had been involved in the arts creating sand-castings & paper-castings early in his working career, then moved on to industrial plastic artworks, in California. In South Dakota, he found work as a cabinet maker, pheasant guide, concrete finisher, and in property management maintenance. He worked hard, and applied all his knowledge to any job presented. He was an excellent carpenter, and could fix/repair most anything to look new. He took pride in all his work. Whatever Scott would undertake he gave his all.

Scott will be remembered for his willingness to help others, at the drop of a hat; who loved Christmas & would routinely help put up neighbor’s lights in the spirit of Christmas, or shoveling snow. He also will be remembered for his love of gold mining. A demanding & physically challenging hobby, but he loved the serenity & beauty of the Black Hills.

He is survived by his wife Tami (Hurlbert) Turner, 3 children, Matteo (30)& Kandace Ritter of Dallas, TX, Jeremy Turner (28), Jaimie Turner (24), both of Spearfish, SD, a brother Dean Turner Denver, CO. His presence and energy will be lovingly but, profoundly missed.