South Dakota State Fleet Used 2 Million Gallons of Ethanol

The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. From mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, its fleet of almost 4,000 vehicles utilized 1.91 million gallons of E-10, E-30 and E-85 fuels during the year.

“We have been increasing the number of flex-fuel vehicles we purchase each year,” said Bureau of Administration Commissioner Scott Bollinger. “As older vehicles wear out, we look to replace them with flex-fuel models.”

Ethanol is available at 95 different state fueling sites across South Dakota. The Division of Fleet and Travel Management has installed E-30 pumps at three of the state’s largest fueling sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Brookings. Recent decreases in ethanol prices have made E-30 a viable cost-savings option.

Of South Dakota’s entire state fleet, which includes hundreds of vehicles that burn diesel and other fuels, 65 percent regularly use an ethanol-blended fuel.

“South Dakota is a national leader when it comes to utilizing ethanol in its state vehicle fleet,” Bollinger noted. “Ethanol helps our agriculture community, burns cleaner and is saving us money.”

Attorney General Jackley Joins Fight Against Planned Parenthood and State Funding of Abortion Clinics

Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by 12 Attorneys General. The brief challenges a decision that permanently enjoins a state statute prohibiting pubic funds from being used to perform abortions.

“The United States Supreme Court has recognized that States have an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life,” said Jackley. “I will continue to protect innocent life, and vigorously defend state policy that forbids taxpayer funded abortions.”

In the brief, the Attorneys General argue the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit conflicts with prior U.S. Supreme Court precedent. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that a woman’s right to an abortion does not entitle her to public funding for her exercise of that right.

Amendment Y Seeks to Fix “Marsy’s Law”

By Dana Hess
For the S.D. Newspaper Association

BROOKINGS — While most of the interest in the June 5 primary is directed to Republicans seeking nominations for the governorship and the U.S. House of Representatives, there is one measure on the ballot open to all registered voters in the state.

Amendment Y seeks to provide a fix for the unintended consequences that sprang up when voters approved Marsy’s Law in 2016.

Designed to protect the rights of crime victims, passage of Marsy’s Law caused some counties to invest heavily in victims’ rights personnel who then spent much of their time contacting the victims of petty crimes. Law enforcement officers found themselves handcuffed when it came to releasing the locations of crimes, essentially drying up their source of crime tips from the public.

Amendment Y allows law enforcement to share information in order to solve crimes and allows victims to opt in to the Marsy’s Law rights rather than having them apply automatically. The amendment also prevents anyone who feels their Marsy’s Law rights have been violated from filing a lawsuit.

“It really strengthen victims’ rights,” said Mark Mickelson, speaker of the state House of Representatives and the sponsor of House Joint Resolution 1004, the measure that put Amendment Y on the June ballot.

Marsy’s Law named for murder victim

Marsy’s Law is named for Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, a California college student who was stalked and killed by an ex-boyfriend. Marsy’s Law ballot measures have been bankrolled by her brother, billionaire Henry Nicholas.

Marsy’s Law measures have been passed in five states—South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio and California. It’s on the November ballot in five more states—Oklahoma, Nevada, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.

South Dakota would be the first of the Marsy’s Law states to tweak the legislation. While originally seeking to overturn Marsy’s Law, Mickelson negotiated Amendment Y with the backers of the victims’ rights legislation.

“We support Amendment Y because it protects those rights while enhancing the ability of law enforcement agencies to work together and solve crimes,” said Sarah Shriver, South Dakota Communications Director for Marsy’s Law for All.

Unintended consequences pile up

After the passage of Marsy’s Law, the larger counties in South Dakota invested in more victims’ rights personnel. Many of the victim notifications they make are for minor crimes, but they are still required by the law.

Mickelson said allowing victims to opt in to Marsy’s Law will allow those counties to cut expenses or redirect their efforts to offer more help to the victims of felonies. The Sioux Falls Republican estimates that Marsy’s Law is costing counties between $500,000 and $1 million annually.

One consequence causing heartburn for media outlets is the Department of Public Safety’s decision to wait three days before releasing the names of accident victims.

According to Jenna Howell, an attorney with DPS, an opinion from the attorney general allowed accident victims to opt in on whether to invoke their rights. Howell said victims need some time to handle the anguish of a major accident.

“We don’t think it’s fair to have them decide on the side of the road,” Howell said.

That leaves media outlets relying on other sources. In Watertown, an accident victim’s name was unavailable to the Public Opinion for it’s story, but was presented in the same edition in the victim’s obituary.

“There’s something wrong with the system when the government isn’t releasing the names but we’re getting the name from the funeral home,” said Roger Whittle, editor of the Public Opinion.

“If it’s a particularly bad crash, we’ll learn who’s involved through social media,” said Elisa Sand, a reporter for the Aberdeen American News, “but we’d rather get that information from law enforcement.”

DPS isn’t likely to change the way it reports accidents, according to Howell, even if Amendment Y passes.

“Marsy’s law isn’t binding on social media or the public,” Howell said. “It’s just binding on the government.”

Amendment vote during primary an oddity

Mickelson said he pushed for including the vote on Amendment Y on the June ballot to save counties money and to open up records for the families of accident victims who are still waiting for reports.

If Amendment Y passes in June, it would go into effect July 1. If it was on the November ballot, Mickelson explained, it would not go into effect until July of 2019.

“If we did it in November, we’d have to wait a whole year,” Mickelson said. “That’s why we decided to do it in June.”

Special elections aren’t uncommon for the state, Mickelson said, noting Gov. Bill Janklow’s use of a special election for the sale of the State Cement Plant.

According to Kristin Gabriel of the Secretary of State’s office, “It is uncommon to have a ballot question on the primary election ballot in South Dakota. This is the first time the Legislature has placed a statewide ballot on the primary ballot.”

That decision wasn’t well received by all the members of the Legislature. House Joint Resolution 1004 originally passed through the House 65-0. It was then passed 22-13 in the Senate after being amended to include Amendment Y in the June election. Because of the amendment, HJR1004 had to return to the House were it passed 61-6.

The amendment was enough for a “nay” vote from Spencer Hawley, House Minority Leader from Brookings.

“I support the changes to Marsy’s Law,” Hawley said, “but I am against moving a constitutional amendment to a primary. Usually there is a very low turnout and the Democratic side there are not very many primaries this year.”

One lone anti-Amendment Y voice

The special election is just one of the problems that Cory Heidelberger has with Amendment Y. Heidelberger runs the liberal blog Dakota Free Press in Aberdeen where he is a Democratic candidate for state Senate. He’s also likely the only person speaking out against Amendment Y.

Heidelberger cites the $200,000 the Legislature appropriated for the special election as a sign that Marsy’s Law is costing the state even more than Amendment Y backers say it is.

“It’s costing us more to do this than a regular election in November,” Heidelberger said, noting that Republican primaries dominate the June 5 ballot this year. “It’s kind of a way for the Republicans to pick their voters.”


Former Winner Man Dies in Shooting


A former Winner man was among people who died in a murder –suicide in Maryland.

Dan Murphy, who grew up in Winner, was visiting friends in Brookville, Md.

The suspect in the case Christopher K. Snyder had held his wife hostage. She escaped to a neighboring home. This is the home where Murphy was visiting. The husband of the woman who was held hostage burst into the home and started shooting.

Authorities say Snyder shot and killed three people at the neighboring home.

Murphy was a middle school English teacher a Brandon Valley Middle School from 1969 to 2004.

Murphy was born in Winner and graduated from Winner High School in 1965. He then went on to South Dakota State University in Brookings.

During his spare time and in the summer Murphy worked as a contractor building and remodeling many homes in the Brandon area.

“It Takes a Hero”

By Karlee Brozik

“It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle,” said Norman Schwarzkopf. I think veterans are American’s heroes because they are brave enough to risk their lives for the freedom of our country. Some people think of veterans and just think of the people who are armed, but there is many more than just those strong men and women, the others may not be fighting the enemy but instead fighting to keep a solider alive. There are so many heroes in the U.S. military that all need to be recognized.

Everyday soldiers are deployed and sent to battle away from their families. It takes someone that is strong, brave, and someone who has faith, and even more courage. Leaving your family and know you are risking your life is dreadful. But knowing that you are freeing America and other countries, well that is a feeling you can never recreate. These people who keep risking their lives battle after battle are our heroes, America’s heroes!

There are many kind of soldiers in the military, each play an important role in every battle. Doctor, dentist, cooks and even truck drivers are our heroes. Each and all of them are people that children look up to because they have lots of courage and fight for what’s right. This is an important aspect to have when you are a hero of a country.

Know you know why I think people who have served in the military are America’s heroes and should be recognized, fight or not they do a lot for our country. I hope you devote some time to learning some more about veterans. They are heroes we need to respect and honor them for what they do.

VFW Auxiliary Hosts Rock Hunt

The Winner VFW Auxiliary recently held a patriotic rock hunt at the Tripp County Historical Society grounds.

The high winds did not stop youngsters from hunting for a patriotic rock, having lunch and touring the military equipment on site near the Tripp County military museum.

Retired brigadier general Bob Benson, the Tripp County Ambulance Cadets, several historical society board members assisted the auxiliary in hosting the event.

The auxiliary expresses its gratitude to all who helped make this fun afternoon a reality.

Tripp County 4H Shooting Sports: Match 2 Results

Match 2 is the second of two matches the shooters can qualify for state match. The matches are shot at Tripp County 4H Center and Rosebud Arrow, Rod & Gun Club. South Dakota Shooting Sports State Match is April 27th, 28th and 29th at the Expo Center in Ft. Pierre. There are nearly 3000 competitors at State.

Archery: Scores based on possible 150 points, decimal is number of bull’s-eyes out of 30 shots. Compound Bow With Sights and Release: Spencer Calhoon 145.17, Jared Amidon 141.10, Joshua Musilek 139.08,Aiden Schroeder 134.04, Ryan Sell 132.07, Hunter Osborn 127.07, Bailey Fairbanks 126.05, Cam Irick 123.01, Miranda Fisher 121.04, Browdy Kocer 121.03, Kierra Bainter 119.05, Melanie Brozik 119.03, Deborah Harris 118.05, Evan Bartels 118.03, Carter Craven 116.05, Jordyn Harter 115.03, Selah Harris 115.03, Luke Hennebold 113.07, Trista Kierstead 112.02, Oren Sargent 112.01, Daisy McIntyre 112.01, Rylee Schroeder 111.05, Alex Larson 111.03, Jesse Larson 110.02, Ashton Klein 110.00.

Compound Bow with Sights and No Release: Austin Wheadon 88.04, Khiarra Evans 86.02. Compound Bow without Sights: Jaelynn Assman 91.02, Peydin Pederson 86.01, Jadelynn McCall 79.00, Joey Anderson 77.03, Devon Senter 77.00, Klayton Heath 74.00. Compound Open Class: Wade McClanahan 150.30, George Clark 150.22, Parker Baker 135.09. Recurve with Sights: Ellenor Harris 87.02.

Recurve Without Sights: Noah Manke 83.02.

Guns: Possible score 300. Prescision 22 Rifle : Parker Baker 240.00, Jared Amidon 232.00, Spencer Calhoon 195.00. Air Rifle: Parker Baker 211.07, Ryan Sell 203.01, Miranda Fisher 191.00, Jack Anderson 182.02, Selah Harris 168.00, Aiden Schroeder 133.00. Air Pistol: Derek Fenenga 146.01, Parker Baker 146.00, Alina Weiler 142.00, Ainsley Henderson 131.00, Ellison Kaiser 114.00, Rylee Schroeder 113.00 Selah Harris 111.00, Rusty Schroeder 100.00.

BB gun: Zoe Harris 355.07, Miranda Fisher 342.07, Cadence Senter 332.03, Hunter Shippy 325.02, Payton Sargent 324.04, Rylee Schroeder 321.04, SierraAnn McCall 319.03, Rowdy Moore 317.02, Landon Calhoon 316.02, Nathan Taylor 304.03, Mason Beehler 304.02, Roper Moore 295.04, Deborah Harris 295.02, Brody Calhoon 288.01, Noah Manke 287.02, Rusty Schroeder 276.01, Brianna Gilchrist 274.01, Carter Craven 272.00, Joey Anderson 264.01, Jadyn Ishmael 259.02, Evan Littau 256.04, Gracie Rohde 256.02, Jude Gregg 250.00 . CMP 22 Rifle: George Clark 285.05, Parker Baker 281.08, Spencer Calhoon 277.08, Katie Welker 254.05, Megan Brozik 248.01, Ellenor 235.00.

Colome CTE classes

The Family and Consumer Science department at the Colome Consolidated School offers the following CTE courses: JH FACS, FACS I, sewing, parenting, personal finances, and career exploration.

Most of these classes are taught using project based learning. In the sewing class, the students each completed a full sized block quilt as their main project. The students select appropriate fabric that coincides with their budget.

Many topics are covered in the career exploration class. The highlight of the semester was for each student to research careers of interest and then find relevant details such as: responsibilities, South Dakota schools they could attend to get a degree in their career, what degree they could earn, years to attend the school, cost of the school including room and board, possible salaries in South Dakota, risks of the job, and other interesting facts that are unique to that career. They also needed to find the outlook for that career as to whether it was a growing profession or not. Along with that, they also research careers related to their field. They brainstormed what classes they should take in high school to help them in college. They also presented a career of their choice to the class as a PowerPoint. Students then find a person to job shadow from the surrounding area to job shadow for the day. During the job shadow day, they interview the person about their career. The students picked various careers including a welder, veterinarians, an agronomist, mechanics, a carpenter, an accountant, a physical therapist, a truck driver, cosmetologists, teachers, a screen printer, a farrier, and a counselor. Following the job shadow day, the students completed both oral and written reports to the rest of the class to share their experience and knowledge gained.

College Graduates from the Area


Lindsay Faubion of Winner graduated from Western Dakota Tech on May 12.  She graduated in the dental assisting program and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Jordyn Heinle of Hamill was among the nearly 3,200 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln during commencement May 4 and May 5. Heinle earned a bachelor of arts in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management with high distinction from the College of Education and Human Sciences.