Ronald L. Moore, 83

Funeral services for Ronald L. Moore, 83, of Kennebec, SD were held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Kennebec Methodist Church in Kennebec with burial in the Kennebec Cemetery at Kennebec.

Ronald L. Moore passed away on May 22, 2018 at Sanford Care Center in Chamberlain.

Ronald Lewie Moore, son of Lewie and Leola (Paige) Moore, was born Dec. 18, 1934, at Kennebec and was raised on a farm two miles northwest of Kennebec. He attended school from first through twelfth grade in Kennebec. Ronald enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years.

On Sept. 5, 1959, Ronald was united in marriage to Frances Beth Caslin in Kennebec. To this union, four sons were born Wesley, Scott, Clayton, and Cody.

Early in his career Ron worked for Lyman County Highway Department, Kennebec City Maintenance, and then he became manager of Kennebec Co-Op Lumber and Hardware. The family then owned and operated Moore’s Truck Stop from June 1984 until November 1992 when it was sold. In June of 1994, they purchased the Kennebec Co-Op Lumber and Hardware. Within his career, he made many trips with friends driving truck.

He enjoyed working with wood and had done so most of his life. Another favorite past time was working with horses with his boys, grandchildren, and close friends.

Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Beth of Kennebec; four sons Wesley of Lower Brule, Scott (Beth) of Ipswich, Clayton (Karla Brozik) of Kennebec, and Cody (Heather) of Winner; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two brothers Raymond (Jean) Moore of Chamberlain and Lyle (Gay) Moore of Kennebec; a sister Fern (Roger) Best of Brandon; a brother-in-law Phillip Caslin of Sioux Falls, and sister-in-law Kathy Caslin of Kennebec.

Preceding him in death were his parents, infant brother Albert David, nephew Russell Caslin, great niece Carli Caslin, mother and father-in-law Donnie and Jennetheve Caslin, brother-in-law Howard and sister-in-law Eva Marie.

Calvin Dean Hofer, 90

Funeral services for Calvin Hofer were held May 26 at the Trinity Community Church on Bridgewater. Burial was in the Bridgewater city cemetery.

Calvin Dean Hofer (90) was born on Dec. 14, 1927, in a stone house on the family farm near Wolf Creek southwest of Bridgewater, SD. His parents were Joseph R. and Anna Rose (Tschetter) Hofer. He attended Bridgewater Schools.
He married Evelyn (Hossle) Hofer of Hamill, SD, on Sept. 16, 1951. They had two children.

Calvin was active in sports, community, and church. He organized and played in a church basketball league in his young adult years, officiated high school basketball, and played baseball or softball until he was 67. He served the community as McCook County Republican Chairman, as member of the township board, and as a school board member for many years. In his church (Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian/Trinity Community Church), he served as an elder for over 55 years.

Calvin drove red tractors and raised red cattle and crops as a farmer/rancher on the family farm which was declared a Century Farm in 2007. He was actively farming until his 89th birthday. He resided in the Bridgewater Diamond Care Center since January 2017 and went to heaven on May 18, 2018.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Alvin, and his sister Ruth Thaden.

He is survived and will be missed by his wife of over 66 years, Evelyn; his son, Robin Hofer of Bridgewater; his daughter Trudi (Dave) Nelson of Sioux Falls; three grandchildren — Dusti (Aaron) Jones of San Antonio, TX; Kyle (Kathryn) Nelson of Lincoln, NE; Kensi (Patrick) Proehl of Owatonna, MN; six great-grand- children who Calvin thought were the smartest kids ever; and brother-in-law Everett (Carol Jo) Hossle of Hamill, SD.

Sustained Effort Needed to Reduce Infant Mortality

South Dakota’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, according to new data released today by the Department of Health. There were 12,128 births in 2017 and 94 infant deaths for a rate of 7.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The state reported its lowest ever American Indian infant mortality rate of 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. The white infant mortality rate was 7 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2016, South Dakota reported a rate of 4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Although the state’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, the average infant mortality rate for the five-year period from 2013 to 2017 is the lowest ever recorded at 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.

“Infant mortality is a complex and multi-faceted issue, and the latest data demonstrates that sustained effort is needed to ensure more South Dakota babies celebrate their first birthday,” said First Lady Linda Daugaard, who chaired the 2011 Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality. “We must continue to promote safe sleep guidelines for infants, help pregnant women stop smoking and encourage early prenatal care.”

South Dakota data shows babies are twice as likely to die before their first birthday if their mothers smoke during pregnancy. In 2017, 12.6 percent of pregnant women smoked while pregnant, down from 19.4 percent in 2007. The data also shows 72.2 percent of pregnant women in South Dakota received prenatal care in the first trimester.

“Infant mortality is considered a gold standard for measuring the health of a population,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “The Department of Health, in cooperation with partners, is committed to offering statewide services and providing community support to improve the health of all South Dakotans.”

The First Lady noted the state’s Cribs for Kids program has distributed 9,759 safe sleep kits to families in need since its launch in 2012. The kits include a Pack ‘N Play crib, sheet, infant sleep sack, pacifier and safe sleep educational materials.

Learn more about healthy pregnancies and safe sleep guidelines at

Voters to Decide Victim’s Rights

All registered voters get to decide on June 5 whether South Dakota Constitution should be changed regarding victim rights.

The question is whether guarantees now reach too far, after voters adopted Marcy’s Law in the November 2016 general election.

The legislature decided voters should consider the matter again. State lawmakers in the senate voted 27-8 and 61-6 in the house to put another set of changes on the June ballot.

Among those asking the rights be reined back somewhat are county sheriffs and county prosecutors.

Costs for counties required to implement the new amendment saw prices balloon.

The state’s four largest counties spent $500,000 in the years after the amendment took effect aiming to comply with its requirements.

If approved, the amendment would narrow the definition of victim under the state’s constitution and require that those impacted by criminal offenses opt into special protections.

The amendment would also shrink the pool of family members that can receive victim protection status under law and allow law enforcement officers to share more information about unsolved crimes.

The proposal will need a majority vote to be approved. If that happens, the measure will take effect on July 1.

Summer Season Kicks Off with Warmer Weather

After a near-record cold April, May 2018 is off to a warmer than average start across much of South Dakota.

“It appears as if this trend will continue into June, as the dive into summer continues,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist.

In fact, temperatures across the state were above average for the first 16 days of the month.

“Most locations were two to five degrees warmer than usual for this time of year. A handful of locations in the Black Hills, south central and northeast have been more than five degrees above average so far,” she said.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Outlook for June 2018, released May 17, leans towards warmer than average as well. “Current forecast projections show very good chances that the end of May and early June will be warmer than typical for this time of year in the Northern Plains,” Edwards said.


Rainfall across South Dakota, as of May 17 has been variable, with the southeast portion of the state experiencing especially wet conditions, which brought many rivers to flood stage in early May.

“The eastern rivers have receded now that all the snowmelt has runoff, but water is still high after some recent rain events,” Edwards said.

There have also been some local rain events in west central and northwestern counties, but the total for the last two weeks is only about an inch to 1.5 inches.

The southwest and northeast continue to be the driest areas of the state in the last one to two months.

“A look ahead into June’s climate outlook does not provide much information for precipitation. The latest map shows equal chances of drier, wetter and near average moisture for the month ahead,” she said, and explained that this is not unusual for the Northern Plains. “It is often difficult to predict spring and summer season storms. This is good news, and bad news, for those who are dry in the north, but also those that are too wet in the south and want to make some more progress in planting, fertilizer and early pesticide application.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor map, released May 17, shows that a new area of moderate drought was introduced in northeastern South Dakota, along the North Dakota border.

“This area has been much drier than average for the last 30 to 60 days. Soil moisture is also dry for this time of year,” Edwards said. “This has allowed spring wheat, corn and soybean planting to move ahead rapidly, but continued rainfall will be crucial for the rest of the spring season.”

In the west, despite some recent precipitation, Edwards explained that it has not yet been sufficient to bring the area completely out of drought. “Moderate drought remains over a large area of western South Dakota,” she said. “Stock ponds filled with early spring runoff, but grasses and pastures will need more time to recover from the last one to two years of drought. This area has overall been slightly drier than average since April 1, which is a critical moisture period for cool season grasses.”


Buus to be Memorial Day Speaker

Derris Buus will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Winner Cemetery on Monday, May 28. The service will begin at 11 a.m.

Buus is in the National Guard and is a former teacher and coach in Winner.

The service at the cemetery will be conducted by the Winner American Legion and the Legion auxiliary, the Winner VFW and the VFW auxiliary.

The Legion and VFW will also be conducting honors at area cemeteries on May 28. The schedule includes: St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Clearfield, 9 a.m.; Holy Spirit Cemetery, Ideal, 9 a.m.; Lenker Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. and ZCBJ Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

The public’s help is requested to put up the flags at the Winner Cemetery for Memorial Day.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday the small flag and cross will be put on the grave of every veteran, at 4 p.m. Sunday the flag poles will be placed next to the holes.

On Monday at 6 a.m. the large flags will be placed on the flag poles and Monday at 4 p.m. will be the removal of the small flags and crosses and the large flags.

Harter to Speak at Colome Memorial Day Service

Toby Harter, a member of the U.S. Air Force, will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Colome Legion at 2 p.m. on May 28.

Harter, originally from Colome, is stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.

Jeff Hrabanek of the Colome American Legion will be the master of ceremonies at the Memorial day program.

The national anthem and a musical selection will be played by Jadviga Strubel

Lyle Krumpus will give the roll call of the departed comrades.

The Colome Legion will conduct graveside services at area cemeteries. They will conduct a service on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

There will be a service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ascension Chapel, south of Millboro.

A service on Monday, May 28, will be at the Hamill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. there will be a service at the Miniska Presbyterian Cemetery.

The Memorial Day services in Colome are conducted by the Colome American Legion and the Colome American Legion Auxiliary.

Athletes Honored at Winner Awards Night

Winner High School athletes were honored as well as community members at the Winner Quarterback Club athletic awards night on May 14.

Jason Christensen, head women’s basketball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, was the speaker.

The award winners include:

Volleyball—Sam Marts, MVP; co offensive player of the year—Morgan Hammerbeck and Abby Marts

Defensive player—Alexis Richey

Spark plug—Ellie Brozik

Miss hustle—Gracie Littau

Maytag player—Richey

Most improved—Mackenzie Levi

Most inspirational—Addy Root

Most representative—Sam Marts

Cross Country—Most representative, Dawson Phillips and Jaclyn Laprath

Outstanding boy—Kade Watson

Outstanding girl—Sidda Schuyler
Competitive cheer—Triple A—Jenna Hammerbeck

Newbie—Sutton Schweigert

Most inspirational—Macie Ferwerda

Most improved—Jeslyn Felix

Most representative—Maddy Hanson and Macy Olson

Competitive dance

Outstanding pom—Maddy Hanson

Best hip hop—Gracie Littau

Best kick—Abby Marts

Most improved Torre Buus

Most enthusiastic—Madeline Watzel

Most representative—Gracie Littau

Class of 1988 Most inspirational—Macy Olson

Judy Rysavy scholarship—Maddy Hanson


JV player of the year—Joren Bruun

Most improved—Phillip Jorgensen and Oscar Pravecek

Special team player of the year—Ty Bolton

Most valuable defense—Levi McClanahan

Outstanding running back—Matt Smither

Senior lineman—Justus Gregg

Offensive and team MVP—Riley Calhoon

Most representative—Dalton Baker

Taylor Watzel scholarship—Riley Calhoon

Friend of football—Glenn Carlson

Girls basketball

Most representative—Gabby Kocer

110 percent Lady Warrior—Gabby Kocer

Defensive MVP—Madison Thieman

JV MVP—Maggie LaCompte

Most valuable player—Morgan Hammerbeck

Boys basketball

C team MVP—Evan Farner

Defense MVP—Landon Thieman

JV MVP—Kameron Meiners and defense, Oscar Pravecek

Varsity hustle—Shea Connot

Defense—Joren Bruun

Co-MVP—Brandon Volmer and Brady Fritz

All improved—Waylon Eagle Star, Nolan Sachtjen

Most representative—Brandon Volmer


Most takedowns, near falls and falls—Kaden Keiser

Most reversals—Trevor Peters

Most escapes—Peters

Most valuable wrestler—Keiser

Most improved—Elijah Blare
Most representative—Atlas Willuweit

Boys golf

Most representative—Gage Watson

Girls golf

Most representative—Ronae Klein

Klein Finishes High School with Perfect Attendance

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

As a freshman at Winner High School, Ronae Klein set a goal to have perfect attendance.

She accomplished that goal as she graduated Saturday with perfect attendance all four years of high school.

The outgoing student is very active in school and is the top golfer on the Winner Area golf team. She is the daughter of Doyle and Brenda Klein.

The graduating senior almost had perfect attendance in middle school. She missed once, check out day, due to attending the graduation of a cousin.

In order to not miss school, Klein has had to move around orthodontist appointments and doctor appointments. In fact, she kept her braces on for an extra month so she would not miss school. The orthodontist told her she is the only person he knows of that kept on braces for an extra month.

Klein says it is beneficial to have good attendance in school. “It means you are not missing a lot of information in class and you do not have to do a lot of makeup work.”

She also sees that colleges will look at her transcript and see she made an effort to attend school.

In high school, Klein enjoyed the extracurricular activities. The senior said it helped her make friends.

And so as she walked a cross the stage Saturday afternoon to accept her diploma there was a sense of pride in her smile that she achieved one her major goals in high school.

Klein will attend Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where she will be a member of the woman’s golf team. She wil major in English education and athletic training with a minor in coaching. She will also do the tech work for the DWU theater productions.