Doyle Mathis, 84

Doyle was born on Nov. 4, 1933 to Truman and Louise (Metzger) Mathis in Mitchell, SD. In 1936 the family moved to Yankton, SD. Ten years later the family moved to Meckling, SD where they resided on the farm. Doyle graduated from Meckling High School in 1951.

After graduation Doyle enlisted in the US Army where he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for two years.

Doyle and his brother Richard (Dick) purchased the International Harvester Implement dealership in 1958. They have been in business for 60 years as of March 2018. Throughout those 60 years it was not only a business but a place where he gained a lifetime of friendships.

Doyle was united in marriage to Eldora (Williamson) on Oct. 18, 1959 in Winner, SD. They were blessed with four children, Ann, Lynn, James & Tom.

Doyle and Eldora spent 20 years on Monday nights square dancing and every Saturday night at the Carlock Dance Hall. The past 26 years he enjoyed his yearly snowmobile trips to the Black Hills with the boys.

Along with selling farm machinery, his love for his family, farming, and raising livestock continued throughout his life.

Doyle is survived by his wife Eldora, four children; Ann (Bren Beard) Martinson, of Dixon, IL, Lynn Larson of Omaha, NE, James (Teresa) Mathis of Winner, SD, Tom Mathis of Winner, SD, 9 grandchildren; Jessica, Samantha Martinson, Cale, Kylee Larson, Kyle, Katie, Kennede Mathis, Tayden and Parker Mathis, 2 brothers; Richard (Dick) Mathis of Winner, SD and Art Mathis of Spokane, WA. and several nieces and nephews.

Doyle is preceded in death by his parents Truman and Louise Mathis.

Arlene Thietje, 89

Arlene Vera Thietje was born on Oct. 10, 1928, near Winner, SD to Ferd and Anna (Mahoney) Brunmeier. After graduating from Winner High School she was united in marriage to Ernest Thietje on June 1, 1946. They farmed in the Winner area before moving to Monroe in 1956. She ran Ernie’s Place for a number of years and was the city of Monroe finance officer. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, attended First Church of Monroe, loved to play bingo and bowl. She has been a resident of the Tieszen Home since 2009.

Grateful for having shared her life are her 3 children, Wayne (Sandy LaPoint), Monroe, Daryl (Addamaine), New Prague, MN, and Karlene (Leon) Schoenwald, Monroe; 6 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; a sister Vivian Ruhkamp, Yuma, AZ; and 2 sister in laws, Twila Brunmeier, Winner and Clara Bailey, Powell, WY. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest in 2004, and a brother Leonard.


South Dakota Retailers Celebrate SCOTUS Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled in favor of South Dakota in a case that establishes tax fairness between brick and mortar businesses and large, out-of-state online companies. The 5-4 ruling handed down today means South Dakota can require these large remote sellers to remit sales tax on purchases shipped into the state.

“To right one of the biggest wrongs that has happened to brick and mortar in retail history is probably the largest event that I have seen in my career,” stated Eric Sinclair of Montgomery’s Furniture of Sioux Falls, Madison and Watertown.

Before this ruling, remote sellers were not required to collect and remit sales tax on purchases unless they had a physical presence in the state.

“It’s almost a David and Goliath kind of a story, because South Dakota stood up for what was right for all the states and we prevailed,” said SDRA Board President Gary Cammack, owner of Cammack Ranch Supply in Union Center. “It will improve the revenue picture for all states across the US that depend on sales tax. It’s huge.”

The state of South Dakota had previously estimated an annual loss of approximately $50 million in revenue to the state and municipalities due to this loophole.

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) says this is a vital issue for Main Street retailers not only in South Dakota, but all across the nation. The Association’s leadership including former executive director, Shawn Lyons, played a pivotal role in the passage of the 2016 state law that led to the court case. The Association filed two briefs with SCOTUS in support of the State.

“This is absolutely a great day for brick and mortar retail,” said Dan Tribby of Prairie Edge in Rapid City. “It’ll forever be known as the day the field got leveled.”

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In South Dakota’s Favor

The United States Supreme Court announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in the state’s favor, 5-4, in a decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The court ruling was announced on June 21.

The Court overturned Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, holding that “the physical presence rule is not a necessary interpretation of the requirement that a state tax must be ‘applied to an activity with a substantial nexus with the taxing State.” The Court further held that, with South Dakota’s law, “the nexus is clearly sufficient based on both the economic and virtual contacts respondents have with the state.”

“This is a great day for South Dakota. We have long fought the battle to defend Main Street businesses and now with today’s ruling, all businesses will compete on a level playing field,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Thanks to all who helped us achieve this victory for tax uniformity – Sen. Deb Peters and all of the legislators who played a role, Attorney General Marty Jackley, and the national groups and 41 states that offered support.”

The case stemmed from a bill passed by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Daugaard in 2016 which requires online sellers without a physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit sales tax. The law applies to online sellers with more than $100,000 in sales to South Dakotans or 200 or more transactions.

Department of Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach says the state will issue guidance in the coming days.

“We intend to do all we can to ensure compliance. Once we have thoroughly reviewed the opinion, the Department will offer specific guidance on how out-of-state online retailers that meet the threshold can comply,” said Secretary Gerlach. “The Department of Revenue will also continue to be a resource for in-state businesses that may be affected by the court’s decision.”

Three Qualifiy for National Finals

By Shelley Heath

Rodeo athletes competed at the South Dakota State High School Rodeo Finals on June 14-16 in Belle Fourche.

Tripp County High School Rodeo Team sent 7 of their 12 members to participate in the finals. All seven members made it back to the short go performance on Saturday, but two Colome High School students will get the chance to represent SD at the National Finals held in Rock Springs, Wyo, in July.

Rodeo athletes that placed 1-4 will go onto the finals. There were 215 contestants but several competed in multiple events. Aside from cutting and reined cow horse, all other events bring back the top 15 to the short go.

Riggin Shippy, a Colome High School incoming senior, won the state title in the bull riding competition. Shippy came into state finals sitting in good shape with points, but continued to excel at the state level. Shippy won the first performance, placed second in the second performance, and won the short go. Shippy was 2nd coming into state, and rode his way to the top. Shippy received a saddle and several buckles from his efforts. There were 12 bull riding contestants.

Linkyn Petersek, a Colome High School incoming sophomore, placed second in the tie down calf roping. Petersek brought in 25 points from regionals and continued to build points at state by placing fourth in the first performance, fourth in the second performance, and placing 8th in the short go. Building points in the average and roping strong in all go’s earned Petersek a second place title. There were 58 tiedown ropers.

Blasé Steffen, a Gregory High School graduate, placed second in the boys cutting. Steffen came into state with 29 points and picked up a second place in the first performance, fourth place in the second performance, and in the short go split third place with 3 other competitors. With Steffen’s strong performance, he earned the second place spot, just one point behind the first place finisher. There were 13 boys cutters representing the state. Steffen won the All-Around Saddle, he competed in boys cutting, reined cow horse, tiedown roping and team roping.

Brandon Volmer had a strong showing at the finals with a 5th place finish, in the boys cutting.

Kolton Salonen placed fourth in the second go and placed fifth in the short go, just missing the national team and placing 5th in the state. There were 16 saddle bronc riders.

In the girls cutting there were 22 competitors, Saydee Heath and Saige Schuyler picked up points in each performance but missed coming back in the short go. They placed 15th and 16th respectively.

There were 79 breakaway ropers, Heath placed fourth in the second performance and missed the short go by 1 point. Heath finished 16th in the state. Schuyler finished 30th.

There were 74 pole benders, Schuyler ran strong at the finals but didn’t pick up any points in the first and second performance but ran a pretty pattern in the short go with a second place finish. When all numbers are figured, she placed 10th in the state. Heath also participated in the poles, but did not put together a good run and finished 69th.

Steer wrestling brought 27 competitors, including Beau Dean of Platte and Finn Hanson of Burke. Hanson placed 6th in the second performance and 9th in the short go. Hanson finished 15th in the state followed by Dean with an 18th place finish.

Team Roping brought 50 teams to compete, Dean & Steffen placed 19th, Kade Starr & Phillips placed 22nd, and Schuyler & Volmer placed 37th.

Along with Petersek in the tiedown roping, Dean placed 5th in second performance, finishing 7th; Steffen placed 5th in the first performance, finishing 10th; Phillips finished 21st; Starr finished 40th; and Weston Vanderpol finished 56th.

The reined cow horse event, boys and girls participate together. Blasé Steffen placed 5th in the state followed by Dawson Phillips and Saydee Heath tied for 7th place.

Digger Rutten, of Colome, is the Public Relations Director for the SDHSRA. Rutten puts in many hours of hard work to promote the high school rodeo athletes.



26 Participate in Fishing Tournament

Twenty-six youth took part in the fishing tournament June 16 at the Winner Bass Pond.

Winners include:

3 to 6-year-old group

1—Jeb Rolf, 2. Barrett Sampson, 3 Remington Rohde

Big odd fish/turtle—Jeb Rolf

7 to 10 year olds girls

  1. Nora Poither, 2. Tenley Rohde, 3. Gracie Rohde

7 to 10-year-old boys

  1. Aiden Semrad Schroeder, 2. TysonStands, 3. Tayson Stiehl

Big bass—Tenley Rohde

11 to 15 year olds

  1. Brianna Gilchrist, 1. Lane Moser

First place received a fishing pole, second place received a tackle box, third place received a tackle pack. All participants received a goody bag of fishing items.

Junior Teeners Play Lots of Games

It was a busy weekend for the Winner Junior Teeners as they hosted the annual Father’s Day tournament at Leahy Bowl.

On Saturday, Winner defeated Onida 5-3.

Winner scored four runs in the third inning.

Leading hitters were Aiden Barfuss, 1-3; Owen Duffy, 1-2; Adam Bohnet, 1-2.

Justin Hausmann was the pitcher for the local team.

Sunday morning, Wagner nipped Winner 6-5.

Winner took an early 3-0 lead with Wagner coming back to tie the game at 3-3.

Leading hitters for Winner were Pierce Nelson, Aiden Barfuss, Charlie Pravecek, Adam Bohnet, all 1-3. Justin Hausmann was 1-1.

Pitching for Winner were Pierce Nelson, Coy Brickman and Charley Pravecek.

In the third and fourth place game Sunday afternoon, Winner fell to Platte-Geddes 12-1 in the third and fourth place game of the Father’s Day tournament in Winner.

Winner’s run came in the second inning.

Aiden Barfuss was 1-2 at the plate and Adam Bohnet was 1-1. Barfuss had a double.

Pitching in this game were Barfuss, Silas Chasing Hawk and Ashton Klein.

Winner Junior Teeners defeated Mission 10-4 in a game Thursday in Mission.

Winner’s big inning was in the third when they scored five runs.

Leading hitters were Pierce Nelson, Ashton Klein, Riley Orel, Kaden Bennett and Adam Bohnet, all with one.

Pitching for Winner were Nelson, Orel and Coy Brickman.

Junior Legion Concludes a Successful Campaign

Winner Junior Legion defeated Hamlin 8-4 Thursday at Leahy Bowl.

On offense, Kameron Meiners was 1-2 with two walks and an RBI. Fred Whiting was 1-4 with 2 RBIs and Phil Jorgensen was 1-4 and scored three runs.

Joren Bruun started on the mound and pitched 5 inning giving up 3 hits and 1 earned run to go along with 6 strikeoutsKameron Meiners pitched the last 2 innings, allowing one hit and 3 runs (0 earned).

“Our pitchers did a nice job tonight, only allowing 4 hits total, but our defense really struggled and that allowed Hamlin to make it a game late,” said coach Kory Foss. “The errors we had were basic mistakes too, things you expect to improve upon as the season moves forward. These kids know how to field, and they know what they need to do in most situations, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together. We’re 7-2 now, but I don’t think we’ve played close to our best game yet, which tells me that this group has a lot of potential. Now we just need to get our offense and defense on the same page at the same time. So far, when the offense puts up runs the pitching seems to struggle, and vise-versa. We’re not to the halfway point of our season yet, so there is still plenty of time left, but you want to bring your best each time you step on that field,” said Foss.

Winner Junior Legion baseball team lost 5-4 to Wagner on June 12.

On offense, Fred Whiting ws 3-4 with 2 RBIs, Oscar Pravecek was 1-4 with an RBI.
Winner had six hits for the game.

Jacob Beckers started on the mound and pitched 4 1/3rd innings giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and had 6 strikeouts. Evan Farner and Fred Whiting finished the game on the hill in relief, neither giving up an earned run.

“Our offense had a hard time getting going,” said coach Kory Foss.

“After a 3-run, 3-hit 1st inning we only had 3 hits the rest of the way. I credit Wagner’s two pitchers who kept us off balance for the most part, with an effective combination of fastballs and off-speed pitches. We didn’t play particularly well in the field, and some basic mistakes led to 4 unearned runs.

“I thought all three of pitchers threw well and gave us a chance to win, we just didn’t capitalize on it. We led the entire game and had a 1 run lead with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, but a hard grounder to shortstop that could have ended the game took a nasty hop and the tying and winning runs scored from 2nd and 3rd when the ball kicked away. It’s a tough way to lose a ball game, but I told the kids we should have never been in that position in the first place, had we played a solid game on offense and defense.

“In the end, I think it’s a good learning situation for our players, as they hopefully discover that anyone can beat anyone on any given night if you don’t come ready to play your best. But we’ll be okay. We’ll bounce back,” said Foss.


Jr. Legion Nipped in Championship Game lost to Gregory 3-2

Joren Bruun 2 for 2 with an RBI and Fred Whiting 1 for 2 with a walk.

Kameron Meiners started on the mound and threw 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 10 hits while striking out 3.
Fred Whiting threw a scoreless 7th inning allowing no hits and striking out one

“We had played Gregory earlier in the year and beat them 9-7, but it was a tough game and we know they’re a solid ball club with some talented players, so it was going to be a good battle. It was close from the get-go as it was tied 2-2 in the 2nd inning. They got a run in the 4th off a couple of our miscues and that was it, neither of us could muster a run the rest of the way. Their guys did a nice job of shutting down our offense which has been putting up some runs recently. Kameron Meiners just battled on the hill for 6 innings for us, and I give him a lot of credit. He didn’t strike out a lot of guys or anything, but he made pitches when he needed to and gave us a chance to win,” said the coach.

“All-in-all, i think it was a great tournament for our kids. We won a big game on Saturday night and then had another close one in the championship game. That’s where you want to be in your home tourney I told the kids, playing in the championship game, and we were able to do that.”

The loss to Gregory was the team’s first loss on the season, as they move to 6-1 on the year.

Winner Junior Legion won by the score of 15-4 over Stanley County. Game ended in the 5th inning due to 10-run rule.

Phil Jorgensen was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s.  Jesse Colson was 2 for 2 with an RBI.  Eight different players had at least 1 hit in the game.

Evan Farner started on the mound and threw 2 scoreless innings striking out 3. Aaron Gilchrist and Phil Jorgensen both had scoreless relief appearances.

“We had a pretty good idea going into this one that Stanley County was going to be a bit shorthanded so it was one of those games where you want to try to keep the score at a respectable level while getting in as many of your own subs as possible. We came out and played well, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. From that point on we just wanted to get some game time for subs and we were able to do that so it was a nice way to start the tournament,” said coach Kory Foss.

Winner Junior Legion beat Parkston by a final of 8-7.

Phil Jorgensen was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s, Kameron Meiners was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Oscar Provecek was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Evan Farner was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

Joren Bruun started on the hill and threw 6 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6.  Jacob Beckers threw the last inning, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits.

“This was a fantastic game to be a part of,” said Foss. “Parkston is a very good ball club and we knew it was going to be a battle going in. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but we battled back to tie it in the bottom of the 6th. Parkston scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead and sent their ace out the mound to close down the game. We knew it was going to be a challenge against their guy, as he’s had some pretty big success at the high level this season, and really has a live arm. We put some guys on with a walk and a couple hustle plays and then Evan Farner had just a huge hit down the line that scored 2 runners and tied the game. We had the winning run on 3rd and Joren Bruun drove him in with a 2-out single up the middle for the walk-off win. It was really just a fun atmosphere as the crowd was into the game and the kids were fired up knowing it was a big win and that we did it against the toughest pitcher we’ve faced so far this year,” said Foss.


Amateur Teams Picks Up Two Wins

(Photo Courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic)

Winner/Colome amateur baseball team used an eight run sixth inning to fuel a 19-14 Sunshine League win over Parkston Mudcats on Sunday.

Dillon Lambley, Reed Harter and Kelly O’Bryan powered the Pheasants offense with three hits each. Lambley drove in five runs which Harter had four RBIs. O’Bryan knocked in two runs.

In the sixth inning, Harter capped off the scoring with a three run double.

The Pheasants scored two more runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth.

Parkston scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

J. J. Farner earned the win on the mound striking out six batters.

Winner/Colome 16, Wagner 6

Winner/Colome Pheasants defeated Wagner 16-6 in a Sunshine League amateur baseball game on Thursday. The game was called after the seventh inning.

Drew Weber earned the win after striking out six batters and giving up six runs in six innings of pitching.

Kelly O’Bryan and Reed Harter had three hits each and three runs scored. Winner/Colome scored nine runs in the first inning.

Winner/Colome will host Mount Vernon on Thursday in Winner.