Club Team Remains Undefeated Heading into Super Regional

Winner/Colome club baseball team remains undefeated with a 10-6 victory over St. Thomas More on May 7.


The Winner/Colome club baseball team defeated Gregory 11-7 May 9 in Gregory.

With the victory, the Royals remain undefeated with a 9-0 record.


Winner/Colome club baseball team locked up the top seed in Region 4B with a 16-9

victory over Platte-Geddes on Friday at Leahy Bowl in Winner. The Royals also end

the regular season undefeated with a 10-0 record.


Coach Drew Weber said this was a big win as it secured the No. 1 seed in the region and the

right to host the super regional “if we are capable of beating Chamberlain on May 15.”

Winner Boys Win SESD Conference Meet

The Winner boys track team won the South East South Dakota Conference track meet in Wagner on May 8. The Winner boys scored 102 points.

The Winner girls placed third with 79 points.

Results of the Winner boys include:

200—Riley Calhoon, 4th, :23.9; Nolan Sachtjen, 6th, :24.3

Shot put—Levi McClanahan, 3rd,44-06.75; Preston Norrid, 5th, 37-00; Colton Schroeder, 6th, 36-10

4×200 relay—4th, 1:41.05, Nolan Sachtjen, Joren Bruun, Casey Stickland and Landon Thieman

Triple jump—Brady Fritz, 2nd,43-08; Joren Bruun, 3rd, 40-04.5; Riley Calhoon, 4th, 40-04.5

100—Fritz, 1st, :11.19; Sachtjen, 6th, :11.82

4×100 relay—1st, :44.51, Riley Calhoon, Nolan Sachtjen, Joren Bruun and Brady Fritz

3200 run—Kade Watson, 1st, 10:51

Long jump—Fritz, 2nd, 21-03.5; Bruun, 5th, 19-04.25; Riley Calhoon, 6th, 19-02.5

Discus—Preston Norrid, 1st, 124-10; Levi McClanahan, 2nd, 120-10

Results of the Winner girls include:

4×800 relay—4th, 10:37.69, Saige Schuyler, Alexis Richey, Meagan Blare and Sidda Schuyler

4×200—2nd, 1:54.92, Tedra Vrbka, Katherine Jankauskas, Kelsey Sachtjen and Morgan Hammerbeck

400—Sachtjen, 5th, 1:05.05; Alexis Richey, 6th, 1:05.64

800—Saige Schuyler, 4th, 2:35.97

4×400 relay—3rd, 4:24, Alexis Richey, Kelsey Sachtjen, Ellie Brozik and Saige Schuyler

Triple jump—Meagan Blare, 4th, 31-01.5; Morgan Hammerbeck, 6th, 30-00.5

4×100 relay—2nd, :55.43, Vrbka, Jankauskas, Madison Thieman and Skyler Hansen

Medley relay—3rd, 4:55.55, Hammerbeck, Sachtjen, Blare and Aryn Meiners

3200—Sidda Schuyler, 1st, 12:06.98; Meiners, 6th,14:10.57

Long jump—Hammerbeck, 6th, 14-10.75

100 hurdles—Vrbka, 6th, :17.85

1600—Sidda Schuyler, 3rd, 5:26.85

300 hurdles—Hansen, 6th, :52.49

high jump—Sachtjen, 1st, 5-01; Jankauskas, 4th, 4-05

Colome Places at Conference Meet

The Colome girls placed sixth at the Fort Randall Conference track meet in Avon.

Results of the Cowgirls include:

100—Haley Krumpus, 2nd, :13.40; Saydee Heath, 4th, :14.01; Matrix Noteboom, 6th :14.50

200—Heath 3rd, :29.05

100 hurdles—Baylee Hoffine, 4th, :19.27

300 hurdles—Hoffine, 3rd, :56.40

4×100—3rd, :54.28

Long jump—Krumpus, 3rd, 15-07.5; Heath, 4th, 15-07

Triple jump—Heath, 1st, 33-04

The Colome boys placed 8th at Avon.

Results of the Cowboys include:

200—Rhett Bertram, 5th, :27.07

High jump—Bertram, 3rd, 5-4

Dan Lee Murphy, 70

Dan Lee Murphy, 70, Brandon, died Monday, May 7, 2018, as a result of a homicide while visiting friends in Baltimore, Maryland.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be given in Dan’s name to Brandon Baptist Church.

Danny Lee Murphy was born on June 5, 1947, in Winner, SD. He attended Catholic school and then public high school where he graduated. He attended SDSU to study teaching. Dan started teaching 7th Grade English at Brandon Valley in 1969, retiring in 2004 after 35 years. He also worked during his spare time and in the summer as a contractor building and remodeling many homes in the Brandon area.

On October 15, 1980, Dan married Joan Kerslake in Sioux Falls. Dan and Joan began attending Brandon Valley Baptist Church in 1980. Dan was always the first one in the kitchen whenever there were treats and he loved the potlucks at church.

Dan was an avid fisherman and loved camping all over the state of Minnesota. Traveling was another of his favorite pastimes including the family’s yearly trip to Disney World and had traveled to Mexico, Canada, and every state in the U.S. except Alaska and Hawaii. Dan also took many tours with students and parents to Europe.

Dan will be deeply missed by his wife, Joan and son, Matt, both of Brandon; one sister, Patricia Hollenbeck, Sioux Falls; brother-in-law, Wayne Kerslake, Sioux Falls; one niece and three nephews, Katie (Andy) Abernethy, Wheaton, IL, Jay (Jody) Hollenbeck, Valentine, NE, Shawn (Mardee) Hollenbeck, Hutchinson, KS, and Christopher (Jessica) Kerslake, Chicago, IL; one aunt, Agnes Koos, Aurora, IL; and many, many cousins.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret (Speckman) Murphy; step-father, Alfred Koos; one sister-in-law, Gayle Kerslake; one nephew, Andrew Kerslake.
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Robert Fronek, 91

Robert Fronek, 91, of Wood, SD passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Pine View Good Samaritan Center in Valentine, NE.

Funeral service were held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Wood Community Hall in Wood, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. Bob was born on Nov. 21 1926, in Lynch NE to William and Julia (Angel) Fronek, lived in the Lynch and Spencer NE area for a few years until the family moved to South Dakota in 1941 Bob graduated from Mission High School in 1945. It was always Bob’s highest priority to attend every high school reunion, often times cutting short a vacation so he could be home to attend the class reunions.

On Sept. 8 1952 Bob and Mary (Maulis) Fronek were married. To this union 5 children were born. Jerry, Wayne, Kay Massingale, Tina Marie and Lyndon Fronek

Bob loved to visit and tell jokes; he made a lot of friends throughout his lifetime. To Bob there was never a stranger, if he didn’t know someone he had no problem walking up to them and start up a conversation

Bob spent his life farming and ranching. His hobbies were socializing and attending farm auctions. Although Bob worked many long hours farming/ranching, Bob and Mary traveled a lot, whether it be to the many Golden West conventions they attended or family reunions. They always had their bags packed and ready to go.

He was a South Dakota Brand inspector for 33 years. He was a director on the Golden West Telecommunications board for 32 years. He made several good lifetime friends while serving on the board.

In 1981 a new adventure began – he became a grandpa for the first time. He enjoyed spending time doing things with Tandi and helping her get into mischief. He was a father figure to several neighborhood kids, nephews and nieces, family were very important to him. He enjoyed telling stories of his youth and driving around old family homesteads looking for treasure, sharing the history of the land, buildings and those who lived there.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary, children; Jerry Fronek, Kay (Bill) Massingale and Lyndon Fronek, granddaugher Tandi Massingale of Sioux Falls and grandson Jace Koskan of Wood

Bob was preceded in death by his son Wayne, daughter Tina Marie. Parents William and Julia Fronek, his twin brother Ronald and sister Donna Nibblelink.

Barry Horstman, 75

Barry Horstman, 75, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center.

Funeral service were held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour prior to funeral service.

Barry Franklin Horstman was born at home in Mellette County on June 2, 1942 to Frank and Majel (McManigal) Horstman. He attended grade school at Schmidt rural school in Mellette County and graduated from Winner High School in 1960.

On May 9, 1964, he married Carol Cole in Witten. They made their home on the farm in Mellette County and raised three sons. Barry loved to fish, particularly in his boat on the river with his boys. He especially looked forward to pheasant hunting season with family each year. Also, he enjoyed numerous elk hunting trips to Montana and Wyoming with the guys.

After moving to Winner in 1988, Barry still made daily trips back and forth to the farm and ranch. He remained active in farming and ranching until approximately 2015 when his health declined. Living in Winner until the time of his death, he continued to be interested in cattle and agriculture.

Grandpa Barry enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and made numerous trips to athletic events over the years. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, loud laugh, and “colorful remarks”. Family members are quick to recall Barry’s unique voicemail messages.

He is survived by his wife Carol; sons: Bryan, Brad (Johnyne), and Blake (Cara); grandchildren: Brady (Casey), Chelsea (Danny), Barry Michael, Zachary, Baylee, and Kylie; great-grandchildren: Grace, Harper, Finley, and Jaxson; brother Ronnie (Bonnie), sister Donna (Alvin) New; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, Frank and Majel, preceded him in death, as well as an infant nephew, and his brother Darrell.

Barry will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends

Milbank Publisher Elected to Lead State’s Newspaper Association

Debbie Hemmer, publisher of the Grant County Review at Milbank, was elected president of the South Dakota Newspaper Association during the group’s 136th annual meeting May 5 in Sioux Falls.

“From the rising costs of production and postage, to social media and cries of fake news, to the battles over publishing public notices, some days it feels like the newspaper industry is under attack from every angle. It may be hard to be optimistic, but it is in times like these that the value of a hometown newspaper shines through,” Hemmer said. “To paraphrase Mark Twain, ‘The reports of the death of newspapers is greatly exaggerated.’ It is the hometown newspaper that puts the spotlight on what truly matters – the community.”

Hemmer added: “A community cannot thrive without a newspaper, and SDNA is here to help newspapers thrive. I’m honored to serve as president of the association, and will look to the good work of the past presidents who have so aptly served for examples to follow as we continue forward in these challenging times.”

Hemmer started her career in the newspaper industry as a typesetter at the Grant County Review in 1980, working for owners Phyllis and Clarence Justice. As is typical at weekly newspapers, she learned other aspects of the business as well.

“Phyllis taught me how to develop film and print photos in the darkroom, and Clarence instructed me on laying out the paper on grid sheets, both processes that we no longer use today,” Hemmer said.

Over time Hemmer took on more responsibilities at the Review, becoming a sports reporter, office manager and news reporter. She became editor after Phyllis Justice entered the nursing home.

In October 2013, Hemmer and fellow employee Holli Seehafer purchased the Review at the urging of Clarence Justice, who had become ill and moved to a nursing home.

Hemmer is the third publisher from Milbank to serve as SDNA president. Phyllis Justice was SDNA president in 1982-83. Henry S. Volkmar of the Milbank Review was president in 1899-1900.

Also elected to the SDNA Board of Directors last week were: first vice president Letitia Lister, publisher of the Black Hills Pioneer at Spearfish; second vice president Beau Ravellette of the Pioneer Review at Philip; third vice president Robert Slocum of the Timber Lake Topic; director Cory Myers, news director at the Argus Leader, Sioux Falls; director LeeAnne Dufek, publisher of the Hamlin County Republican at Castlewood; and immediate past president Kelli Bultena, publisher of the Lennox News.

South Dakota Newspaper Association, founded in 1882 and based in Brookings, represents the state’s 125 weekly and daily newspapers with a total readership of more than 600,000.

National Guard Unit Receives Award

On May 5, Representative Lee Qualm, House Majority Leader presented a Legislative Commemoration to the 155th Engineer Company of the SD Army National Guard in Wagner, SD on being awarded the Itschner Award and the Reserve Family Readiness Award in 2017.

The selection for the Itschner Award recognizes the best engineer company in three categories: United States Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard; and the Reserve Family Readiness Award is presented to one unit from each of the seven reserve components that demonstrate excellence in engaging with and supporting members’ families.

The 155th Engineer Company continues to demonstrate continued support to its community and the state of South Dakota. The Ninety-Third Legislature of the State of South Dakota expresses its respect, commendation, and congratulations to the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 155th Engineer Company on receiving the Itschner Award and the Reserve Family Readiness Award and for its outstanding service to the great state of South Dakota and the United States of America.

These two awards are a great honor and the 155th Engineer Company, based in Wagner and Rapid City, South Dakota, deserve this outstanding honor for their hard work and high standards of excellence

Council Rejects Petitions on Sale of Legion

The Winner City Council Monday night rejected petitions presented calling for a public vote on the sale of the Winner American Legion building to the city for $250,000.

The petitions were rejected due to a technical error in the working of the petition.

The council voted unanimously to reject the petitions. Councilmember Val Sherman was not at the meeting as she is out of town.

State law says that a petition for a referendum must contain the title of the ordinance or the subject of the resolution and it must contain the date the passage of the resolution by the city council.

City attorney Paul Jensen explained the petitions did not contain the April 2, 2018 date which was the date the council voted to approve the sale of the Legion building.

A total of 102 signatures were turned into the city office to refer the council’s decision to public vote. A total of 100 signatures were need for the referral.