Krumpus Wins Triple Jump

Haley Krumpus of Colome won the triple jump and the 100 at the Platte-Geddes relay on April 28.

Krumpus jumped 32-11.75 to win the triple jump. In the 100, she ran a :12.76.

Girls results include:

100—Saydee Heath, 4th, :12.96

200—Heath, 6th, :27.90

Long jump—Krumpus, 2nd, 15-4; Saydee Heath, 4th, 14-7.25

Triple jump—Abby Kortan, 5th, 29-9.25

Results of the Colome boys include:

100—Beau Bertram, 2nd, :11.65

200—Bertram, 4th, :25.52

Krumpus, Heath Win First in Burke

Haley Krumpus of Colome won the 100-meter dash at the Meet of Legends in Burke on May 1. Krumpus crossed the finish line in :13.48.

Saydee Heath placed second in the 100 in :13.72.

Saydee Heath won the long jump in 15-04.50.

Krumpus won the triple jump in 30-06.5.

Other Colome girls results include:

200—Saydee Heath, 5th, :28.88
4×200 relay—4
th, 1:57.73, Matrix Noteboom, Baylie Hoffine, Saydee Heath and Haley Krumpus

Long jump—Krumpus, 5th, 13-11; Abby Kortan, 8th, 12-08

Triple jump—Abby Kortan, 4th, 28-09.25

Results of the Colome boys include:

100—Beau Bertram, 4th, :11.73

high jump—Rhett Bertram, 5th, 5-3

The Colome girls placed 7th and the Colome boys placed 10th.

Zaylee King, 2

Zaylee King, 2, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Funeral service were held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Winner Ideal Community Hall. Burial followed in the Ideal Cemetery. A wake service began on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Winner Ideal Community Hall.

Zaylee was born Aug. 11, 2015 to Donald King Jr and Tasha Hopkins, brothers Jace King, Zayden King and sister Zaya King.

Proceeded in death by her grandpa, Donald Dale King Sr., to whom she was very close with.

Zaylee was a beautiful, kind, caring, and generous joyful little girl. She loved to sing and dance. She loved her brothers and sister, so much, every time she was given something; she had to have one for her brother. Tiny was her nickname. She was truly loved and brought so much joy and happiness to her family. She will be greatly missed.


Verna Marie (Kahler) Mayer, 74

Verna Marie (Kahler) Mayer, 74, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral service were held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Verna Marie (Kahler) Mayer of Winner SD was born on June 17, 1943. Daughter of Fred Kahler and Ruth Marie (Rajewich) Kahler of Colome, SD. Verna had three children, Valerie Jo Benko, Vicki Marie Moser and Alan W. Deutsch.

Verna was one of the most generous and non-judgmental woman you could ever meet. Her family and friends remember her vibrant spirit and zest for life. One of her favorite things to do was to go camping with her family.

She enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking, and cooking (especially her green chili) and would always cook extra in case friends or family would stop by. She loved dancing and spending time with her family on the holidays.

Verna had a great passion for helping others. She often reflected on her time working at the University of Wyoming Student Health Services, where she met some of her very best friends. Verna also worked 30 years at Iverson Memorial Hospital in Laramie WY.

She met her husband, Del Mayer in Laramie and was married almost 30 years. Verna moved back to Winner to be with her mom and family in 2003 and was there until her passing. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and her faith was very important to her.

Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Del Mayer and her brother, Richard James Kahler. She is survived by her 3 children, Valeria Jo Benko (John) and children, Luke, Daniel, and Patrick, Vicki Moser (Chad) and children, Mark and Michael O’Rear, Tina Espinoza Miller (John Allan) stepchildren Austin Moser, (Jill) Aspen Moser (Jon) and Layne, son, Alan W. Deutsch (Susan) and Stephanie Simmons. Verna is also survived by many great grandchildren. She will be eternally remembered, missed, and loved.

Joyce Marie Swedlund, 98

Joyce Marie Swedlund, 98, of Winner, SD, passed away on Friday May 4, 2018 at the long term care unit of Winner Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Joyce (Bridgman) Swedlund was born on Sept. 10, 1919, in Witten, South Dakota to Claire and Marie Bridgman. The second of two children, Joyce grew up in Witten and graduated from Witten High School. She attended Nettleton Commercial College, graduating in 1938.
Joyce married Dale Swedlund on Dec. 24, 1940 and to this union five children were born, Ronald, Carol, Keith, Russell, and Jeanette. Her family was of utmost importance to Joyce and she was known for always putting the wants and needs of others before her own.

Joyce was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Witten where her church family was very important to her.

She is survived by her son Keith of Winner and daughter Jeanette of Grand Junction, Colo. plus 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, three children, Ronald, Carol, and Russell, plus her brother, Harold.


National Military Appreciation Month

At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past, those now serving, as well as their families.

“The vigilance of the members of the Armed Forces has been instrumental to the preservation of freedom, security and prosperity enjoyed by the people of this great nation,” the Governor’s proclamation states. “The success of the Armed Forces depends on the dedicated service of its members and their families.”

National Military Appreciation Month includes: Loyalty Day on May 1, Victory in Europe Day on May 8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 11, Armed Forces Day on May 19 and Memorial Day on May 28.

“Every American citizen is indebted to the women and men who have served this nation in uniform; earning and preserving the rights we take for granted every day,” said Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, Adjutant General of the South Dakota National Guard. “We also owe a debt of gratitude to our military family members, without whom that service would be impossible.”

The days provide an opportunity to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served. These men and women continue to play a major role in the development of our country; documented through a history of uncompromising honor, dedication to duty and genuine love of country.

“Life is all about timing,” said Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “The month of May is our time to recognize our military, veterans and their families. They are serving, have served, or stood beside those service members everyday of their career. Let’s remember these heroes every day for what they do, as service to this great country is a part of their daily lives.”

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Plug Qualifications

By Dana Hess
For the S.D. Newspaper Association

Two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor did not differ much on the issues, instead used most of a debate to offer their qualifications for the office.

The debate between U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and S.D. Attorney General Marty Jackley took place Saturday at the annual convention of the South Dakota Newspaper Association.

The debate was moderated by Mark Roby, retired publisher of the Watertown Public Opinion and the Aberdeen American News. Reporters questioning the candidates included Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal, Stu Whitney of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Robert Slocum of the Timber Lake Topic and Brianna Schreurs of the Collegian at South Dakota State University.

“I think really, when you look at it, who’s ready to take over the role of being the next governor of South Dakota, these races tend to come down to experience,” Noem said, noting that she has been prepared through her experiences in farming, business, serving in the state Legislature and in the U.S. Congress.

“When you look at executive experience, I’ve had the opportunity to learn that firsthand as a partner running a Main Street business, to learn it as your United States Attorney, as your attorney general and as chairman of the nation’s attorney generals,” Jackley said.

Asked what it means to be a Republican, Noem said it was a belief in a smaller government role in the lives of its citizens.

“Republicans look to balance budgets, pay off debts, give people more freedom and opportunities,” said Noem. “It’s a little bit of a challenge being a conservative in Washington, D.C., because of the things that are going on.”

“I’m a Republican because I believe in limited government,” Jackley said. “I’m a Republican because I believe that we need to protect taxpayer dollars and balance our budget.”

Both candidates said they would work to strengthen education in South Dakota, work to broaden the economy if the Internet sales tax lawsuit fails, bolster the agricultural economy, work on housing, jobs and Internet connectivity as a means for keeping more young people in the state and continue to combat human trafficking.

The candidates agreed that if elected governor they would likely sign a constitutional carry law that allows citizens to carry handguns without a permit.

Noem said gun rights are under fire. “We are at war at the national level,” she said.

Jackley said the legislation contains protections to keep handguns out of the hands of people convicted of a violent crime, a drug crime or those treated for a mental health issue.

“Yes, I will sign that legislation because it protects our Second Amendment rights, it protects our communities,” Jackley said.

Throughout the debate, Jackley asserted that the federal government in Washington, D.C., isn’t solving its citizens’ problems, calling for the state to come up with “South Dakota solutions.”

This tactic wasn’t lost on South Dakota’s sole representative in the House.

“I know Marty’s talking a lot about Washington and he’s kind of hoping as he throws mud at Washington, it sticks to me, but my record on this is clean,” Noem said, noting her vote against the recent $1.3 trillion spending bill.
While both candidates said that the federal government isn’t doing all it can to help South Dakotans, they both had praise for President Donald Trump. Jackley said the president’s plan for a southern border wall will help combat methamphetamine and opioid addiction. Noem praised the tax cut championed by the president, saying that it put $2,400 more in the pocket of each South Dakota family of four.

Both candidates called on the memory of former Gov. George Mickelson and his efforts to build reconciliation between whites and the state’s Native American population.

“I’m a mom,” Noem said. “I know how those moms on the reservation feel when they see that the opportunities for their kids are limited. We, years ago, talked about South Dakota having a reconciliation opportunity with our tribes and I think that’s in front of us again.”

Jackley noted his relationships with the tribes and his appointment of special assistant attorneys general in tribal law enforcement to enhance cooperation.

“I think it’s based upon that relationship I’ve built with them that a reconciliation like Gov. Mickelson envisioned can and will happen under a Jackley administration,” the attorney general said.

Asked how the state could avoid future scandals like EB-5 and Gear Up, Jackley noted that those were federal programs. He said since those scandals he has sponsored legislation to protect whistleblowers and better regulate state agencies using federal funds.

Noem noted that the money from the federal programs was administered by the state.

“We’ve been making headlines for scandal and mismanagement and million dollar settlements,” Noem said. “We should be making headlines for the wonderful things that we’re doing in the state.”

The candidates disagreed on how to tackle the state’s problems with Noem taking issue with Jackley’s history of forming task forces to address issues.

“You don’t have to form more government in order to listen to people,” Noem said. “I’m a big believer that you don’t have to go forward and create a new task force to address an issue.”

Jackley said it was a practice he would continue as governor.

“I will put the right people together in task forces,” Jackley said. “That’s not more government. That’s utilizing citizens to be able to help make government better, to make government more transparent.”

The winner of the Republican nomination for governor will face Democrat Billie Sutton in the fall. Sutton does not face a primary challenger. The winner of the general election will replace Gov. Dennis Daugaard who is term limited.

Athletes Place in Special Olympics

Three athletes from the Winner School District’s Special Olympics team traveled to Mission on April 25 for the area spring Special Olympic games.

The team competed in several track and field events. The team incudes: Kady Cable, Mercedes Klein and Benjamin King.

Cable placed first in the softball throw, first in the 50-meter dash and first in the 100-meter dash.

Klein placed first in the tennis ball throw, first in the 50-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash.

King placed second in the tennis ball throw, first in the 25-meter wheelchair race and first in the 100-meter wheelchair race.

Development Corporation to Honor Graduates

The South Central Development Corporation is giving each Winner High School and Colome High School graduate a standard mail box for graduation.

Inside the mail box will be a letter from the development corporation inviting them back home some day. “We know they are talented kids and there are great careers right here in Winner,” said Karla Brozik of the development corporation.

Each mail box will also contain gifts donated by businesses.

If anyone has items they want to donate, let Brozik know at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce office. The deadline is May 9.

The items persons donate can be congratulation items, promotional item or whatever the business would like to donate.
Between the two schools there are a total of 57 graduates.

Colome High School graduation is May 12 and Winner High School is May 19.

Critter Contest Successful

There were a total of 1,384 critters taken during the Tripp County Critter contest.

The animals and the number taken include: raccoon—577, coyotes—446, skunks—191, possum—100, porcupine—27, badger—25; fox—10 and bobcat—8.

The goal of the contest was to help the pheasant population.

Prizes were recently awarded in the contest.