Patmore Inducted into Winner School Hall of Fame

Dan Patmore has a passion for local theater and for his efforts working with students he will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame on April 5. The ceremony will be on the opening night of the Winner High School all-school play at the Winner Community Playhouse. The play begins at 7 p.m.

Daniel Ross Patmore was born and raised in Tripp County. He attended country school until the age of 10 and in 1970 his family moved into town and began running the Coast to Coast store.

While in high school, with the encouragement of Jim Miller (JB) and Don Van Cleave (DVC) he became involved with the theatre group, at that time called the “Thespians.” He found his niche as a member of the technical crew running lights and sound for the plays. Dan graduated from Winner High School in 1977.

Upon graduation he attended Mitchell Area Vo-Tech and earned a degree in electronics. In 1979 Dan moved to Rapid City where he worked for one of the largest printed wire board manufacturers in the country. He co-managed the Coast to Coast store in Sturgis from 1985 to 1989, before returning to electronics until 1997.

In 1997 Dan, his wife Coleen, and their three children; Arianne, Ross, and Samantha, moved back to Winner. Dan and his family helped run the Coast to Coast store with his parents Duane and Velma Jean Patmore. In 2000 the name changed from Coast to Coast to True Value, which Dan and his wife still own and operate.

Within a few months of moving back to Winner, Dan was approached to help with “set stuff” for the upcoming production “Hello Dolly.” He was hooked and in 2001 he tech directed his first Winner Community Playhouse production “Barefoot in the Park.” Dan has been the technical director for nearly every play since that time; approximately 50 productions and nearly 20 years of service.

A few years after “Barefoot in the Park,” Dan was asked if he would be the technical director for the Winner High School Plays. He accepted and soon became a co-advisor for the school’s drama club, “Stage Fright.”

Dan continues to work with the high school productions and the drama club. He has also been seen on stage for some of the community productions with rolls in “Rexes Exes,” “Mamma Won’t Fly;” and most recently, “Dearly Beloved.” He is a member of the Winner Community Playhouse board and is currently president.

Some of Dan’s greatest memories from over the years include building a “glass” atrium for “Savage Dilemma”, constructing a rustic, swamp house for “Sugar Bean Sisters” complete with an outhouse that shoots feathers and smokes because of “spontaneous human combustion,” and playing multiple roles as a cop, a crude, caffeinated truck driver, and a crazy cousin in “Mamma Won’t Fly.”

Dan likes a challenge when it comes to building sets; such as, constructing a spiral stair case in “Lie Cheat and Genuflect,” finding out a way to “hang” a person and how to create a guillotine in “I’ll be Back Before Midnight,” and the many scene changes in the high school production of “Grease.”

Some of Dan’s most treasured moments have been with whom he shares the theater; countless cast members from high school productions; including his three children, community members and volunteers that run the box office, usher, and who donate time and money to the playhouse, the people who encouraged him to be a part of the theater, and of course the audience members, without whom the theater would cease to exist.

“I still think I’m too young to get this award, although I guess I’m not as young as I think anymore,” Dan said.

Well, Dan you’re only as old as you feel and either way you deserve this award. We thank you for sharing your passion and for being a part of what shapes our community and our students though the theatre. Here’s to the memories and many more years together. Dan Patmore Winner High School Hall of Fame.


High School Play Opens April 5

The opening night of the Winner High School Drama Department production of “Beverly Hillbillies” will be April 5. The play will also be presented April 6 and 7 at the Winner Community Playhouse. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the play at 7 p.m.

Directing this production are Kara Connot and Kelly Assman. The technical director is Dan Patmore.

The cast includes: Taylor Audiss, Shelby Scott, Cam Irick, Megan Brozik, Meagan Blare, Mason Schuyler, Jack Ducheneaux, Teresa Taylor, Justin Hausmann, Katy Lantz, Hunter Shopene, Sadie Woods, Brielle Bachmann, Gracie Littau, Matt Hartley, Finn Bartels, Andrew Taylor, Mary Calhoon, Shannon Calhoon, Ty Bolton, Heather Rowe, Kendyl Bachmann, Leah Weilchelman, Madeline Watzel, Maggie DeMers, Elijah Blare, Lauren Norrid and Ronae Klein.

For play reservations, persons can call the Winner High School office at 842-8125.

Meet the Janeckes

John & Mavis (Miki) Janecke absolutely love living in Winner, SD. When living in Wonder Lake, Illinois, for 37 years, neither felt like they had a sense of community. Miki didn’t know many neighbors and John didn’t know streets that were 2 blocks from their house. Miki states, “It wasn’t as conducive to friendliness as you guys are out here. Everybody was tucked away in their own little cocoon.”

In 2007, they started vacationing to South Dakota. On their first trip to South Dakota, Miki met Mabel Schmit. She said, “I just really enjoyed her and I still do!” During one of the trips, John decided he was going to retire in South Dakota because of taxes, the open area, agriculture, hunting and fishing. Miki adds, “And don’t forget the friendly people. I just love the people of South Dakota.”

Before moving to South Dakota, they had visited everywhere in the state except northwest South Dakota. When asked why they settled on moving to Winner, they both expressed “because we kept winding up in Winner when we would vacation to South Dakota.” Miki said, “Here we are again!”

In November 2015 they purchased the John & Helen Slouka property and moved a house in shortly after that. Miki states there are opportunities in Winner to make long lasting friendships that are sort of like family. She is a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Extension, Catholic Daughters, Quilting Guild, Winner Area Right to Life, and Rosebud Arrow, Rod & Gun Club. John is a member of Rosebud Arrow, Rod & Gun Club, Knights of Columbus, Pheasants Forever, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The only challenge Miki sees living in the rural area is shopping. If MEMS doesn’t have the fabric she wants, she will look for it in a larger city. Otherwise, she will take a small community any day. John indicates he would like to see a larger selection of building supplies, but he states this is nothing that is unsurmountable.

For fun, John likes to help Glen Novotny on his farm and move cattle with Brozik Angus Ranch.

Both John & Miki state that there is no comparison of urban people to rural people here. John states, “We love it out here”.

John is a retired police officer from Illinois and currently is working part-time for Winner Police Department. Miki worked 25 years for Baxter Healthcare in various departments and retired from the Integrity Customer Database, which insures that the customer information is always 100% correct and compliant with laws. Baxter Healthcare manufactured and distributed medical supplies, such as IV Solutions and some drugs, and manufactured medical equipment.

When asked what advice they would give people moving to Winner, Miki states, “If you have never been here before, come out and spend some time. Get acquainted with shop owners.” John adds, “Enjoy the people. We have not found a jerk yet!”

Taxpayer Concerned About City Spending

Dear Editor

Where did the Mayor and City Council find their huge money tree? Some examples of what I’m talking about include:

1) Purchasing five cars for police officers to drive back and forth to work. It’s not just about the initial expense, but this will also include extra money for gas and all of the other maintenance that goes along with it. I was told that these cars being at the homes of the officers will cut down on vandalism. Really?

2) Purchasing pickups for each of the department heads to drive home and back so they can get to work if the weather is bad. This was approved in the name of public safety?

3) The Council is constantly giving cost of living raises to employees far above what the cost of living was. Plus, offering 4% to 8% match for retirement because that is what the State of South Dakota does.

4) They are also giving raises to employees for certifications that they may never use; ie spraying for weeds when you work in the street department.

5) Offering to pay $200,000 for a piece of property that may never be used for the proposed jail expansion that, to the best of my knowledge, they don’t even know 100% what it will cost, nor do the taxpayers.

6) Who negotiated with the local cable company after they completely destroyed most, if not all, of the alleys in town? I understand they have a utility easement that allows them space to work on their utilities, but to accept $14,000 to fix what they ruined makes no sense. If you figure conservatively $500 per alley for approximately 75 alleys that need repair, well you do the math and tell me how the amount the City accepted is just. Now, the garbage trucks can’t get down the alleys when it’s wet because they are junk. So what’s next? CURBSIDE TRASH PICK UP!

The list goes on! In my opinion, the chain of command is broken at City Hall and I think we need to find that tree and cut it down.

-Roger Farley

Elroy Croston, 86

Elroy Croston, 86, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at his home in Winner.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Colome City Cemetery.

Elroy Dean Croston was born on May 11, 1931. He is the son of Irvy T. Croston and Hermina M. Hespe. The family moved South of Colome near the Keypaha River at a young age. Elroy worked on neighboring farms before and after he went into the service in 1952. He served during the Korean conflict in 1952-1954 stationed in Japan.

On Sept. 1, 1956 Elroy was united in marriage to Velma Harter. They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. To this union two daughters were born, Rose and Renee.
Shortly after returning from the service Elroy worked as a general contractor constructing homes, commercial buildings, and did concrete work. He also raised cattle. After retiring from carpentry at age 75 he continued to raise cattle.

He was a volunteer fireman for 37 years, a member of the Colome American Legion, and a member of the First Christian Church. He never tired of playing pitch with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his four wheeler. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Later in life, the highlights of his day included his daily trip to the farm and checking his email for daily pictures of his great-grandchildren. He religiously watched The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and the Minnesota Twins.

Elroy is survived by his wife Velma of Winner, SD, daughter Rose Croston of Gillette, WY and daughter Renee (Jeff) Holzer of Winner, SD along with grandchildren Jami (Andy) Dalchow, Kaycee (Luke) Bannister, Crystal (Josh) Kuchta and great grandchildren Mackenzie Loveday, Dominique Foster, Adriana Foster, Aspyn Bannister, Maizie Dalchow, and Kinsley Dalchow. He is also survived by brothers Orval (Betty) Croston, Alan (Deanna) Croston, and Myron (Jan) Croston, as well as in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and six brothers.

Annetta Almendinger, 92

Annetta Almendinger, 92, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Annetta was born April 22, 1925 at Delmont, SD to Emil and Christina (Drefs) Nieman joining the family Leona, Ervin, Elta and Leonard.

Annetta grew up in the White River area and attended White River School.  After graduation she worked in California for a year and then returned back to the Winner area where she was united in marriage to Harold Almendinger in 1946.

Annetta worked at the West Side Café for many years until the establishment closed in 1976. She then worked at the Baptist Hospital in Winner until her retirement in 2000. Annetta enjoyed being with family and friends. In her spare time she enjoyed doing her find a word puzzle and watching game shows. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Grateful for having shared her life are children Dennis Almendinger of Winner, Lana (Jack) Kettler of Forrest Lake, MN, Connie (Jim) Sandstrom of Philip, Kelly Almendinger of Winner; niece Darnell Connelly of Winner. 11 Grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband Harold Almendinger on Nov. 8, 2003. Her parents, grandson Jason Kewley; two brothers, Ervin Nieman and Leonard Nieman; and two sisters; Leona Parkas and Elta Frank.

Mary Johnson, 91

Mary Johnson, 91, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Winner, SD. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service.

Mary, daughter of James Dougherty and Mary (Magirl) Dougherty was born Sept. 16, 1926 in Colome, SD.

Mary completed her first 8 grades of school at the Churchside School near Clearfield, SD. She then attended Colome High School for 2 years and completed her high school education graduating in 1944 from Winner.

She attended college at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD and began her teaching career at the Riverside School south of Clearfield. She attended several summer schools until she received her degree in teaching. She taught school for 26 years in 6 different rural schools.

In the fall of 1970, Mary took a leave of absence from teaching to care for her aging parents and never returned to full-time teaching. She did substitute teaching in almost all the rural schools in Tripp County in the 1970’s and also in the Winner Public Schools.

On Oct. 9, 1976 she was united in marriage to Gordon Johnson of Winner in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Mary said “marrying Gordon was the best thing I ever did in my life”.

They resided on the farm as she loved the farm and always had a beautiful flower garden and yard. After the death of Gordon in 2005, she resided in Winner.

Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary where she held the office of president and also District #8 president. She received the honor of being named the outstanding president in South Dakota.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband and her parents and a cousin Jack Elder.. Grateful for having been part of her life are her step-son Joel and wife Claudia of Security, Colorado, sister- in-law Betty of Omaha, NE, and 2 step grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren of Colorado, nieces; Vicki (Don) Covey, Judy (Larry) Wagner, nephew, Murray (Circe) Brown, cousins; Jean Adel, Avis (Clarence) Von Eschen, and many friends.
We rejoice that her struggles are over and trust she is with her Lord and is reunited with loved ones. May ye Rest In Peace, dear Mary!

Verlyn Victor Milk, 89

Verlyn Victor Milk, known by family and friends as Victor, 89 of Winner, SD , died, March 24, 2018 at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD.

He was born on Feb. 15th, 1929, to Jesse and Salina (High Rock) Milk. He was raised in Milk’s Camp near Herrick, SD.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.,m. March 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed at Holy Spirit Cemetery in Ideal, SD .

Victor was united in marriage to Lucille Roubideaux in March of 1949 at the Episcopal Church in Winner. He was the oldest of five children and a direct descendant of Chief Asanpi (Milk).

Victor moved to Winner where he called home for the majority of his life. He and Lucille would have four children: Rose Melda (Wendel), Edward Charles, Verlyn Victor, Jr. and Violet Marie. Always a family man, he worked various jobs around the area to support his family.

Victor was an active member of the Episcopal Church in Winner. He was known very well and respected throughout the community as a hard working painter and carpenter. His family would describe him as a fun loving man who always put his family first. He loved going to rodeos, attending powwows especially Milk’s Camp, fishing, camping, and mostly spending time with his grandchildren after he retired.

Victor is survived by his daughter, Rose (Ralph); four grandchildren, Mark, Reid (Kaylene), Drake, and Marisa; four great grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Mason of Papillion, NE, and one brother, Roger (Lavina) Milk of Winner, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Salina; his loving wife of 48 years, Lucille; two sons, Edward Charles and Verlyn Victor, Jr.; one daughter, Violet Marie; two brothers, Alfred Eugene and Jesse Thomas, Jr.