Colome Board Pleased with Public School Meeting

A lot of public opinion was expressed at a meeting Thursday night to discuss plans for a new middle/school high school in Colome.

The Colome Consolidated School Board held the meeting with about 120 people attending.

In addition to school board members, speaking at the meeting were Jeff Nelson of Falls Architecture Studio, Sioux Falls and Adam Houdeshell and Jason Brown of Summit Construction of Platte.

The estimated cost of a new school is $2.5 million. The school board has discussed using capital outlay money and some financing to pay for the school. There will be no tax increase or bond to build the school.

Some community members asked if it was possible to have a bond issue and use a smaller percentage of the capital outlay funds.

A lot of great ideas came out of this meeting,” said Vince Thieman, chairman of the school board. “The board felt very happy with the community input and are excited to move forward with this project.”

Thieman added that he felt coming out of this meeting the community wants this taken to a public vote. Thieman says he plans to recommend this process at the April 9 school board meeting.

The school board wants to thank the community for being involved,” said Thieman. “It was a very positive meeting.”

The board chairman said a recommendation was made that two community members be named to the school board building committee. The community members were named at Monday’s meeting. The school board building committee is made up of Thieman, Justin Heath and Brent Gill.

The current high school is 100 years old and is in need of lot of repair.

School Board Discusses Roof Repair

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Winner School Board considered several items at its Monday night meeting.

The board discussed the roof repair to the elementary, high school and Armory buildings. The roofs were damaged in last summer’s two hail storms.

On April 10, Upper Deck of Rapid City and the insurance company will meet with school officials.

Austin Calhoon was hired as a 7th to 12th grade math teacher. Board chairman Mike Calhoon abstained from voting.

Keith McCarty was offered employment as elementary school custodian.

Linda Bertelsen resigned as middle school volleyball assistant supervisor.

Schramm Furniture of Winner was awarded the bid for carpet in the elementary school. The bid was $33,958.52. Also bidding was Country Carpet, Pierre, $39,479.

The board will advertise for a special education aid.

The May meeting of the school board has been moved to May 17 at 7 p.m. The meeting was moved due to a pops concert on May 14, the regular school board meeting date.

Membership in the South Dakota High School Activities Association for 2018-2019 was approved.

The request from Winner Education Association to begin negotiations was approved.

Approval was given to the ASBSD health insurance and workman’s comp renewal for the 2018-2019 school year.

Reports were heard from school principals.

Supt. Keven Morehart reported he attended a school law seminar.

Several Winner High School speech students attended the meeting.

The board met in executive session.

Campbell Qualifies for National Meet

Matt Campbell, Colome High School graduate, qualified for the national NAIA meet in the discus. Campbell now competes for Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell.

He had a throw of 157-05 for fifth place.

Campbell set a personal best in the hammer throw with a toss of 146-02 taking ninth place and also set a personal record in the shot put with a throw of 47-9 for 7th place.

While at Colome High School, Campbell threw the shot put and discus placing at the state meet.

Winner/Colome Sweeps Two Games to Open Home Schedule

Winner/Colome baseball team won a pair of games over Todd County and Gregory County on April 2 at Leahy Bowl in Winner.

Winner/Colome defeated Todd County 11-2.

At the plate, Nick Lantz had 3 singles and two RBIs. Carter Brickman had a double and 3 RBIs. Riley Calhoon scored three runs.

The Royals big innings were three runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth.

Ty Bolton earned the win as he pitched two innings and giving up one unearned run, 1 hit, two walks.

Levi McClanahan pitched two innings giving up one run with 3 strikeouts

Jeremiah Yeaman pitched two innings giving up 1 hit, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Chase Dufek pitched one inning with two strikeouts.

Winner/Colome threw a no hitter in the second game with Gregory County with the Royals winning 10-0.

Carter Brickman earned the win pitching 3 innings.

Jackson Kinzer pitched two innings.

At the plate, Brickman had 2 singles and 2 RBIs, Calhoon, had 2 singles and scored 2 runs, Nick Lantz had a single and 3 RBIs, Levi McClanahan had double and 2 runs scored and Layton Thieman had a single and 2 runs scored.

These were two nice wins even in the cold weather,” said coach Drew Weber. “The spring weather hasn’t cooperated at all and it’s cost us a lot of practice time that we normally have, but it hasn’t affected the boys very much,” said Weber.

I’m very please with our pitching thus far and we’re doing a good job of getting on base offensively. We really need to continue having a balanced attack at the plate and throwing strikes on the mound,” said the coach.


Weather continues to play havoc with the baseball games. Snow and cold weather have caused the postponement of the April 6 game with Chamberlain. This game will be played in Winner on April 12 with the junior varsity playing at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity.

On April 14, Sioux Falls Washington will play a junior varsity game in Winner at 2 p.m.

On April 15, St. Thomas More will be in Winner for a junior varsity and varsity game starting at 1 p.m.

Benjamin “Ben” Sherwood, 94

Benjamin “Ben” Sherwood, 94, of Wood, South Dakota passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner.

Funeral service were held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. Benjamin James “Ben” Sherwood was born on May 14th, 1923, to John and Nellie (Weeda) Sherwood on their homestead in Mellette County, north of Wood, South Dakota. He went to be with the Lord on March 31st, 2018 at the age of 94 years 10 ½ months in Winner.

Ben was raised on the family’s homestead, the youngest of seven children. There were four older brothers, Edwin, Irvin, Evertt and Howard and two sisters, Margaret and Arlene. Ben attended Springview, a rural school near the homestead, and there he graduated from the eighth grade. Ben had many fond memories of country life. He told stories of breaking horses, feeding cattle, and using horses to work the land while he was growing up.

Ben married Adelyne Maria Jackson on March 17, 1950 in Pierre, South Dakota. To this union, six children were born, two sons Cleveland James (Jim) and Benjamin Bradley and four daughters Joyce Marie, Jayne Ellen, Mona Lynn, and Sandra Lee.

He continued ranching as they raised their children in the Wood area. Through his life he also had various other jobs which included working construction when Highway 44 was being built, building dams, and worked with Donovan Construction when they built the Wood Community Hall. In addition, he was a policeman for the city of Wood. He always had a deep passion for raising cattle, and in later years, he raised bulls as a hobby in which he took great pride. He also enjoyed a good game of cards. He had spent many good times playing cribbage with local men at Piper’s Station. Ben wouldn’t turn down a good game of poker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nellie, Brothers; Edwin, Irvin, Evertt, and Howard, sisters, Margaret Johnson and Arlene Vesley, sons Cleveland James and Benjamin Bradley, grandson Ben Almand, son-in-law Ralph Longcor, and two great-grandchildren.

Ben is survived by his daughters Joyce Colombe of Rapid City, SD, Jayne Longcor of Valentine, NE, Mona (John) Massingale of Wood, SD, and Sandye(Dave) Goad of Ralston, OK, seventeen grandchildren and thirty one great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by many family and friends.

Constance “Connie” Peterson, 72

Constance “Connie” Peterson, 72, of Pierre, died Saturday, April 7 at Pierre Care and Rehab.

Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21 at Isburg Funeral Chapel with inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Constance Louise Peterson was born June 17, 1944 in Deadwood, SD, to William and Grace (Haugland) Baumgart. She grew up mostly in Spearfish, SD. While her father was teaching, she spent 3 years in Morelia, Michoaca’n, Mexico, and several years in Mountain Home, Idaho, before returning to the Black Hills. She continued in school until 1962, when on Sept. 19 of that year, she married Ralph Dietrich Peterson.

After selling the Skelly service station around 1967, they moved to Tripp County, living between Colome and Winner, raising their family. Connie worked at JC Penney in Winner and then in the food service industry until relocating to Pierre in 1992. Connie worked in hospitality at two local motels until her health forced her retirement.

Connie loved collecting bells, and had some from travels around the states, and Ralph’s to Germany. She loved country dancing and spending time with family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Those left to mourn her passing include her daughter, Shelli (Melvin) Jones, Pierre; granddaughters, Rita (Frank) Jacobs, Jessica Jones, Barbara Jones and Paige (Vernon) Jones; great granddaughters, Chloe, Alasen and Miranda Jacobs, Danika Wise and Autumn Sellon; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Doug) Jones, Caroline Peterson and Alice Slade; brothers-in-law, Jack Lunne and Blaine Lunne; daughter-in-law, Mary Owens and many nieces and nephews.

Constance was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her husband, Ralph; son, Bradly Eugene Peterson; a daughter Ellen Marie; her mother and father-in-law; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Dennis) Grenoble and Loretta (Curt) Weidman; brothers-in-law, Dale (Caroline) Peterson, Robert (Alice) Slade and niece, Emily Weidman.

Neil Kramer, Sr., 58

Neil Thomas Kramer Sr., died April 2 at his home in Rosebud surrounded by his family.

A wake service was held April 5 at the Sinte Gleska University multipurpose building in Mission.

Funeral services were held April 6 at 11 a.m. at the SGU multipurpose building in Mission with Rev. Annie Henninger officiating.

Kramer was born Oct. 28, 1959.

His family includes his wife, Michelle Andrews Kramer; children, Neal Kramer Jr., Jesse James Andrews, Kelcey Marie Andrews; his mother, Lois Antoine; brothers, William Fielder, Jeffery L. Fielder and Paul W. Hardy; sister Brenda J. Antoine.

He was preceded in death by Evie Kramer, Sage Hope Kramer and Baby Kramer; his father, Leonard W. Kramer and brother, Keith Fielder.

Jeffrey Hespe, 56

Jeffrey Allen Hespe passed away in his home on Friday March 30, 2018 at the àge of 56.

He is survived by his mother Arlene, father Richard, siblings, Teresa, Leonard, Pam, and Michelle, his seven children Ray, Trisha, Ricky, Ryan, Russell, J.C., and James and his nine grandchildren.

He loved his family and friends, hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors. He is much loved and missed by us all.

His service was held on April 4, 2018 at 4 p.m. in Rising Star, Texas.

Robert (Bob) Gnirk Sr., 77

Robert (Bob) Norman Gnirk Sr. was born to Fred Paul and Adeline Sylvia (Graven) Gnirk on May 13, 1940 in Burke, SD and died on April 1, 2018 at his home on the Gnirk farm/ranch (Sully Flats Homestead).

He was raised on the Gnirk family homestead northeast of Burke. He attended Hornbeck Elementary School. He attended and graduated from Burke High School in 1958. He is an alumnus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. After college he explored the option of joining the United States Air Force, ultimately deciding to move back to Burke to farm and ranch.

Bob married Wilma Jean Hansen on June 13, 1961. They raised five children together on the Gnirk family farm/ranch.

Bob spent his adult years working as a farmer and rancher. He used his degree in mechanical engineering to do much of his own farm repairs and custom designed several pieces of farm equipment. He proudly worked long days from sun up to past sun down. He was elected county commissioner and enjoyed participating in managing the business affairs of Gregory County. He also served on the school board.

Bob had a fabulous sense of humor, he loved to pull a fast one and joke with anyone that would engage him. He was known for his clever, charming and witty mannerisms. He told jokes, laughed and worked hard to enjoy life. He proudly celebrated his AA birthday on Jan. 13, 1988, for him this day was more important than his regular birthday. He was a skilled card player with a brilliant mind and spent his free time at Pump N Stuff, Bernie’s, Dallas and the Gregory Bowling Alley. If there was a card game in the county, he was usually there.

Bob loved and cherished his children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. He provided a place for Garth to hunt deer. He looked forward to raising steers, so Maranda and Codi could train, show and sell them in 4-H Achievement days. He even ventured out of his comfort zone of small town living, to attend Lacee’s high school graduation in San Antonio, TX.

Bob was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, a brother, Donald and two of his sons, Bart Douglas and Beau James.

He is survived by his brothers; Paul Gnirk, New Underwood, SD, David Gnirk, his wife Elaine, Burke, SD, and Sister-in-Law Karla Gnirk, Brookings, SD. His children; Bobby Gnirk Jr, his wife JaNell, Herrick SD, Bart Gnirk, his special friend Jessie Shook, Bismarck, ND, Garth Gnirk, his wife Kayla and daughter Heidi, Sterling, ND, Chance Gnirk, his special friend Katie Windhorst, Fargo, ND. Sister (Barbi) Law, her husband Jon, and daughters Lacee and Sareena, Schertz, TX. Little Girl (Becky) Mitchell, and her daughters Maranda and Codi, Douglass, KS. He also leaves behind a host of other friends and relatives.