WHS Competes at Wagner Relays

Two Winner track athletes qualified for the state meet at the Wagner Relays on April 10.

Brady Fritz qualified in the triple jump and Ellie Brozik qualified in the 100.

The Winner girls team placed fourth and the boys took fifth.

Results of the Winner girls include:

Long jump—Tedra Vrbka, 5th, 15-6

High jump—Kelsey Sachtjen, 4th, 4-8

3200 relay—4th, 10:49.40, Alexis Richey, Meagan Blare, Saige Schuyler and Sidda Schuyler

100 hurdles—Skyler Hansen, 4th, :17.86

100—Ellie Brozik,3rd :12.76

800 relay—4th, 1:54.01, Richey, Sachtjen, Morgan Hammerbeck and Ellie Brozik

1600—Sidda Schuyler, 2nd, 5:45.31

300 hurdles– Hansen, 4th, :52.3; Katherine Jankausask, 4th, :52.92

3200 run—Sidda Schuyler, 1st, 12:22.16

1600 relay—2nd, 4:22.1, Richey, Brozik, Sachtjen and Hammerbeck

Results of the Winner boys include:

Shot put—Levi McClanahan, 4th, 42-9

Triple jump—Fritz, 2nd, 41-1.5; Riley Cahoon, 3rd, 39 -5.25; Joren Bruun, 6th, 37-5.25

Discus—McClanahan, 2nd, 120-10

Long jump—Calhoon, 4th, 19-9; Fritz, 5th, 19-7

800 relay—1st, 1:35.36, Riley Calhoon, Joren Bruun, Nolan Sachtjen and Brady Fritz

3200 run—Kade Watson, 2nd, 11:13.12

1600 run –Watson, 4th, 5:09.37

Baseball Team Defeats Chamberlain


Winner/Colome club baseball team was able to get in a game before the blizzard hit on Friday.

Thursday night, the Royals defeated Chamberlain 7-2 at Leahy Bowl.

Jackson Kinzer started on the mound pitching five innings and giving up one unearned run on one hit, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts.

Riley Calhoon pitched the last two innings giving up one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.

At the plate, Kinzer had a triple, single and 2 RBIs. Carter Brickman had 2 singles and scored 2 runs and Calhoon had a single and scored 2 runs.

It was nice to get out and play again with the way the weather has been,” said coach Drew Weber. “Jackson did a great job of throwing strikes and attacking their hitters early in the count. Our defense had some chances to make some plays in the field and they responded well, which is something I had been concerned about coming in with our limited field time so far this spring.”

The coach added: “We did not crush the ball around the park but we had some timely hits and put the pressure on the other team by putting the ball in play.”

Ruth Marie Kahler, 98

Ruth Marie Kahler, 98, of Colome, South Dakota passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, South Dakota.

Funeral service were held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial was at 1 p.m. at the Winner City Cemetery on Monday April 16.

Ruth Marie Kahler of Colome, South Dakota was born Dec. 26, 1919 daughter of Martin and Johanna (Hansen) Rajewich of Gregory, South Dakota. She attended the Lapour School north of Gregory South Dakota till March of 1929. The Rajewich’s moved from Gregory to northwest of Witten South Dakota. Marie went to South Curlew School and worked for different people. She was united in marriage to Fred Kahler on May 6th 1941. They worked out the first year of their marriage, and then moved south of Winner, South Dakota. They worked for neighbors. They had two children, Verna Marie Mayer and Richard James Kahler.

Marie Kahler liked to crochet, embroidery, and make quilts. She always had a big garden and raised lots of chickens and helped milk cows. She also helped work in the fields. She loved to play cards and other games with her grandchildren and friends.
Marie Kahler was baptized and confirmed at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, south of Colome.

Marie Kahler was preceded in death by her husband Fred Kahler and her son Richard James Kahler, Dell Mayer son in law, and one sister Ruby Miller and brothers Mervin and Clarence, Martin and Walter, Don and Donald Rajewich. She leaves to mourn her daughter Verna Marie Mayer and 3 grandchildren; Valerie Jo Benko, John and children, Luke and Patrick, Vicki and Chad Moser and children, Mark and Michael O’Rear, and Tina Espinoza Miller and John Allan, Austin and Jill Moser, Aspen and Jon, and Layne. Many Great Great Grandchildren and one Grandson Alan Deutsch and Susan and Stephanie Simmons.

Janie Malm

A brave three-year-old girl was surrounded by a herd of half wild horses in the neighbors pasture. Her terrified mother screamed for her father to rescue her. Rafe told Jane not to worry because she would soon run out of carrots. Sure enough the horses ran off. Janie came back crying because they left. Rafe picked her up and promised her he would get her more carrots and her horses would come back.

The Lord gave Janie many carrots of talent to use in her life.

Listening and loving all of us. Singing and inspiring every chance she could. Cooking and welcoming us every day. Celebrating with each birthday and holiday year round. She loved the water, swimming and teaching the kids to swim and to water ski. She love the wilderness, camping, boating fishing and hunting.

She had to slow down the past 15 years, but found the fullness of life enriched with her two granddaughters and her dozen grandsons, more card games, more conversations with her friends and family and performing with Java Jives, her vocal group. She loved being a mom and raising all her daughters and their friends. The multi family trips to games was a treasured time for celebrating community and finding lifetime friendships. She delighted in the snow ski caravan trips and giving out the foolish skiing awards to the kids. Every kid got one, every time.

Janie grew up in the Rouge River Valley between pear orchards and horse pastures near Jacksonville, Oregon. She was a tomboy trying to hang with her older brother Rafe. Her mother Jane taught her to sing, cook, ride horses and to act like a lady. It helps that she developed a world-class soprano voice and spectacular mane of thick long strawberry blonde hair, both good for a lifetime. She took nursing classes at Southern Oregon College and met a tall Nebraska farm boy named John Malm. We fell in love and married in 1970. Laura was born in 1970, Janie found being a mother was her true calling in life. Four years in Portland, Oregon followed for John’s medical school. Jenny was born in 1973. We moved to Sioux Falls in 1975 to train for three years with Dr. Lou Hogrefe in family practice residency. Christi was born in 1976. We moved to Gregory, South Dakota, in 1978 to start doctoring and raising our family.
Janie loved all her friends and the community welcoming her with open arms. Katie was born in 1980. Janie relished singing at church, weddings, and funerals. In 1982 she starred as Calamity Jane, along side Nels Miller as Wild Bill Hickock in the community musical Calamity Jane. She enjoyed every day on stage, practicing, singing and enjoying her friends. She got very sick two weeks later, with kidney failure, progressing to dialysis in 1983. Her brother Rafe donated one of his kidneys to her in 1984, bonding us all into an even tighter family.

The Lord blessed her with the next 34 years of a full and happy life, raising her family in Gregory. She tried to cheer and encourage all of us to enjoy our lives. She wouldn’t let her daily struggles with her kidney disease get her down. God blessed us with her presence until last Thursday… I guess she ran out of carrots.

Governor Daugaard to Receive SDNA Open Government Award

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s commitment to improving government transparency during his two terms in office has earned him recognition as the 2018 recipient of South Dakota Newspaper Association’s “Eagle Award.”

The award is given by the newspaper association to an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to protect and enhance open government and the public’s right to know.

Daugaard has improved public access to various state government functions and entities, including the creation of website for searching meeting agendas, minutes and other documents for state boards and commissions. He initiated the boards and commissions website after he became frustrated when he was unable to readily locate the information online.

The governor along with Attorney General Marty Jackley appointed a task force in 2012 to make legislative recommendations for open government issues. Five of the eight recommendations made by the task force ultimately became law.

After he took office during his first term, the governor made public the names of some of the people who are invited to the annual governor’s pheasant hunt in Pierre and the buffalo roundup at Custer State Park. Public access to those lists had long been a contentious issue in the news media prior to Daugaard becoming governor.

Daugaard also has been a consistent supporter of the publication of government public notices such as school board and city council minutes in local newspapers as an effective means for taxpayers to know what local government is doing.

“As a candidate for governor, Dennis Daugaard said he would pursue increased openness, transparency and accountability in government,” said Tim Waltner, former publisher of the Freeman Courier and chair of the SDNA First Amendment Committee. “When he was elected governor, he kept his word. Throughout his two terms in that office, Gov. Daugaard has consistently been an ally and strong advocate in efforts to strengthen South Dakota’s laws protecting citizens’ access to public records and to public meetings.”

Daugaard will receive the award during SDNA’s annual convention May 4 in Sioux Falls.

Among the past recipients of the SDNA Eagle Award were state Senator Corey Brown (2016), Sioux Falls resident Gordon Heber (2010), Attorney General Larry Long (2004) and the justices of the state Supreme Court in 2002, the first year the award was given.

South Dakota Newspaper Association, based in Brookings, represents the state’s 125 weekly and daily newspapers.

Reminders of Our Outlaw Days


Every region has favorite outlaws and villains but few have the outlaw-rich history of Dakota Territory and South Dakota.

Those who came to Dakota Territory were either bravely adventurous or very desperate. The faint of heart did not leave family, friends and comforts of home for a dangerous and uncertain existence. South Dakota remains the center of the American frontier, and we are surrounded by remnants and reminders of territorial history.

Furthermore, descendants of some of our most colorful characters still live here. Not too long ago, South Dakota Magazine featured an article on outlaws. We wrote about a man who had lured investors to the Hills by switching mineral samples. The suckers realized they had been duped when miners processed 3,000 tons of ore and extracted only $5 in gold. It’s a good story, but one of our readers took offense. “My grandfather was not a crook!” wrote a nice lady from West River. It turns out her ancestor was also a pillar of the Rapid City community.

Other reminders of our outlaw past remain in every corner of the state. In Geddes the cabin of fur trader Cuthbert DuCharme sits in the city park. DuCharme, called “Old Papineau” because of a talent for whiskey-making (Papineau is French for pap water, or whiskey), lived along the banks of the Missouri River. His roadhouse boomed when Fort Randall was established, and wild parties were held every night.

On the other side of the state, a tree used for hanging three accused horse thieves still stands on Skyline Drive. The tree died long ago, but the trunk is now embedded in concrete, a grey reminder of an era when hangings were punishment for a crime that might not merit a prison sentence today.

One of those killed that night was a teenager. His two traveling companions admitted their guilt, but declared to the very end that the boy was innocent. Some Rapid Citians felt there was a curse on their city because of the boy’s hanging.

Yes, our past is hard to escape. A new gravestone now marks the Gregory County burial site of Jack Sully, the famous Robin Hood of the Rosebud country. The shackles worn by Lame Johnny on his last stagecoach ride (vigilantes stopped the coach and hanged him) are now split between the State Historical Society in Pierre and the 1881 Custer Courthouse Museum. Potato Creek Johnny’s 7.75 ounce gold nugget can be seen at the Adams Museum in Deadwood. And you can still sleep at Poker Alice’s house in Sturgis. Reminders of our outlaw history are all around. South Dakota Magazine’s book South Dakota Outlaws and Scofflaws is about the colorful characters who settled Dakota Territory. The book also points readers to historical places that can still be visited today — like Old Paps’ cabin and the hanging tree. For more information visit www.southdakotamagazine.com or call 1(800) 456-5117.

Noem Addresses Seniors at Winner High School

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Rep. Kristi Noem spoke to Winner High School government classes Monday morning as she explained her role as South Dakota’s representative in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Noem also talked about her campaign for governor.

She is in a Republic primary with attorney general Marty Jackley.

Noem has served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress she serves on the ways and means committee. She was one of five representatives from the 435-member House to negotiate the final tax reform deal.

She served six years under the Obama Administration and is now serving under the Trump administration. Now, with a Republican president, Noem says she is at the White House about every week.

In Washington, Noem has a staff of nine and with her offices in South Dakota her staff numbers around 16.

Every weekend she flys back home to South Dakota and attends as many of her children’s school functions as time allows.

Noem and her family operate a ranch in Hamlin County.

Noem says she is running for governor because it was time for her to come home. When first elected in 2010 she said she would not stay in Washington, D.C, for 10 years.

When she is not in Washington, Noem is back in South Dakota campaigning for the primary election on June 5.

As she listens to South Dakotans, Noem hears concerns that there are not enough new opportunities in the state. “Wages are not growing, businesses are not able to expand. They want someone who is going to be aggressive in economic development,” she said.

Noem has a plan to kickstart South Dakota’s economy. She wants to create a foundation upon which businesses can prosper in South Dakota.

South Dakota does a lot of things right but our economy is falling behind,” she said.

The Republican candidate for governor wants to create new opportunities for South Dakotans to prosper.

A lot of the work will be in workforce development. “The biggest challenges businesses have is they cannot get workers,” Noem explained.

When asked, if elected, what kind of governor would she be, Noem said she would be an interactive governor. “I am used to working face to face with people every day and listening to their concerns. I will be a very hands on governor.”

Noem added that her experience in Washington will help her serve South Dakota as governor. She added that she understands how the federal dollars come to South Dakota.


By Sydney Brown

What is the four way test? How can I apply the four way test in my life? How can I use the four way test in my life? If someone is gossiping or spreading rumors that I can use the four way test. There are four questions you need to ask yourself. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is if beneficial for all?

Now let’s get into the problem. Some of my friends are spreading rumors by gossiping and ask me if I want to hear. They are gossiping about the new kid and say that they heard that she got kicked out of her old school for hitting her teacher in the face. Well I don’t know if that is true I need to use the four way test. I asked myself is that true. There was no way to find out but ask, So that’s what I did. The new girl said no that her dad got a job here that’s why they moved. Then I have to ask is fair for all concerned. This once was not either it was not fair that the new girls had to sit alone at lunch every day because of that rumor.

Now we need to think about the other two questions. Will it build good will and better friendships? Well for them spreading those rumors if the new girl were to find out then that would most likely not build better friendships. Is it beneficial for all? No it is not so I should not listen to these rumors before I spread them to. I am glad that I know how to use those four steps or there would have been more people to spread those rumors.

Now that you know how I use the four way test you can to. If I did not know about that test I would have been spreading rumors to. Those four questions can help you in a situation, and they really do help you. It is time for you to use the four way test.

Two Students Receive USD Scholarships

Two Tripp County high school seniors have been awarded Coyote commitment scholarships at the University of South Dakota.

Kaylee Bolton, a senior at Colome, has earned a $6,000 Coyote commitment achievement scholarship and Madyson Morehart, a senior at Winner High School, has earned a $7,000 Coyote commitment distinction scholarship.

These awards are based on strong standardized test scores and cumulative grade point averages.

Sixty-two percent of the new students on the Vermillion campus received awards from the USD Foundation, other USD accounts and from other private sources outside the university.