Hazel Schmidt, 99

Hazel Schmidt, 99, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday July 15, 2018 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Center in Winner, SD.

A memorial service was held on Monday July 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Winner Methodist Church in Winner, SD. A one-hour visitation was held prior to the memorial service. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery in Winner, SD.

Hazel Schmidt was born March 30, 1919 in Royal, Neb., to Scott and Rhoda Conner, one of ten children. She passed away at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Center on July 15, 2018.

She attended Ewing (NE) High School and graduated in 1937. She married Ralph Belmer in 1937 and to this marriage had three children: Sherry (Ron) Kramer, Lindy (Larry) Harkin, and Scott (Terri) Belmer. She also is survived by three grandchildren: Theresa (Steve) Rossow, Stefanie (Ed Islam) Daughters, Brian (Susan) Daughters and two great grandchildren: Ashley and Tyler Daughters, sister Betty Mechaley and brother Sam (Pat) Conner and many nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph Belmer, husband Frank Schmidt, baby brother Scotty, sisters Ethel Hayes, Gladys Nothem, Dorothy Couch, Wilma Doty, Margie Schumacher, baby sister Shirley.

Hazel will be especially remembered for her love of dancing, playing cards and crocheting doilies for her family and friends.

Lee Galbraith, 81

Lee Galbraith, 81, of Wood, SD passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Avera Gregory Hospital in Gregory, SD.

Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Wood Community Hall in Wood, SD. Burial will be held at a later date. A visitation was held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Lee Roy Galbraith was born Dec. 29, 1936 in Winner, SD to Stanton Edgar Galbraith and Lona (Ellis) Galbraith. Lee went to his heavenly home on July 13, 2018. He was 81 years old.

Lee lived in rural Wood, SD in the same house all of his life. Lee graduated from Wood High School in 1955 and attended 1 year of college at S.D.S.U. Lee Galbraith and Marilyn Anne Dimond were united in marriage on June 18, 1960 at the United Church of Christ in Wood, SD. To this union 3 sons and 1 daughter were born.

During their 58 years of marriage they spent many hours working the ranching and farming business. Lee loved horseback riding to check his cattle and to just enjoy the country side.

Lee was a member of the United Church of Christ and always told people who asked about his faith that “Jesus and I have our own thing going”.

The past 12 years Lee and Marilyn enjoyed spending time in Zapata, Texas. They met many “Special” people there and after a Jam Session they always had homemade ice cream and dessert at Lee and Marilyn’s home.

Lee was on the Fairview Township Board of Supervisors for many years and was also on the Wood School Board.

Lee enjoyed playing cribbage with brother-in-law Ron Dimond. He also enjoyed playing canasta with brother-in-law Burton Dimond and his wife Mary and playing pitch and dominoes with Texas friends.

Lee loved watching his sons and grandchildren playing basketball, football, softball, baseball and any other sport that they were in.

Lee love all animals and especially his dogs, Pooch, Charley and Chico. Luna was his special dog, but really belongs to Sherry and family.

Lee was a respected member of the Wood Community and his family enjoyed spending quality time together, and also the time with friends.

Lee’s hobbies included hunting in earlier years, golf, cribbage, bowling and playing cards. He loved to read “Louis L’Amour” and “Wm. Johnstone” books and had an extensive collection. He loved gospel by Elvis Presley and could always find someone to talk to.

Lee is survived by his wife Marilyn, sons, Gary(Ruth), Todd(Carol), Brett(Jenny) and daughter Sherry (Galbraith) Lantz; sisters, Lois Hudgins of Los Alamos, NM and Ila(Allen) Tucker of the Golden Prairie Manor in Winner, SD.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents Lona(Ellis) and Stanton Galbraith, grandparents Roy and Ethel(Weitzeil) Galbraith, Oscar and Alice Ellis and brothers-in-law James Hudgins, Larry Dimond and Jerry Bruning.


The success of Scottish director, Steven Lewis Simpson’s adaptation of best-selling novel, Neither Wolf Nor Dog​, defies logic—Hollywood logic that is. It was audience-financed with 18 shoot days, a tiny crew, a 95-year-old star and a self-distributed release that started in small towns and is outperforming Hollywood blockbusters in numerous multiplexes.
The film “Neither Wolf nor Dog” is being shown in Winner at the Pix theater. The film opened at the Pix on July 27 and will run until Aug. 2

It has a higher audience score on Rotten Tomatoes than any big Hollywood movie out at the moment; 4.7/5 – 95%. The film has had a longer theatrical run than any other US film released in the past decade and has become the most successful non-Hollywood Native American film in years.

Shot on Pine Ridge, the film has steadily rolled out through the nation, remarkably passing the 150th theater mark within only 15% of the country. South Dakota has proportionally had the most theaters per-capita – an equivalence of 5,185 theaters nationally.
Oklahoma Film Critics Society’s Louis Fowler named ​Neither Wolf Nor Dog​ the number one film of 2017. The film was extended for three weeks in Spearfish due to demand and was the top performing film its first week, beating five big Hollywood movies including the ranking top 3 in the US.

Based on the best-selling Native American novel by Kent Nerburn, ​Neither Wolf Nor Dog​ takes audiences on a deeply moving road trip through contemporary and historical Lakota life and culture. Its humor is wry and pulls no punches, introducing deep characters and poignant vignettes that challenge the viewer to see the world a bit differently.

South Dakotan Dave Bald Eagle stars in the film. He was born in Cherry Creek in 1919 and around 10 years later participated in Deadwood’s Days of ‘76 parade for the first time. He attended the majority of them until he passed away last year aged 97. For a time, his obituary was the most-read feature in the world on the BBC. NPR’s All Things Considered team debated whether Bald Eagle was “the world’s most interesting man.”

Dave was a veteran and was left for dead on D-Day. The other star Christopher Sweeney is also a prominent veteran and a recipient of the Silver Star when a Marine in combat in the Gulf War. The cast is filled with amazing Native actors, Richard Ray Whitman, Roseanne Supernault, Tatanka Means and the wonderful Zahn McClarnon, who most recently has been a star of the TV series Westworld. Local cast from Pine Ridge includes Harlen Standing Bear Sr, Yellow Pny Pettibone and Dawn Little Sky (whose husband was the famous Native actor, Eddie Little Sky).

Earthquake Near Valentine

Nebraskans in the north-central part of the state may have felt a little rumble Saturday morning.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 3.5-magnitude earthquake about 10 miles north of Valentine, Neb., right on the Nebraska-South Dakota border.

The earthquake happened at about 2:11 a.m. and had a depth of about 6 miles (10 km).

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Nebraska’s last earthquake was less than a month ago when a few were recorded in Custer County, including a 4.2-magnitude quake.


South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

PIERRE, S.D. – The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the State of South Dakota by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

“This is the second consecutive year this certificate was awarded to the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM), which is responsible for completing the State’s annual financial statements” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “However, the achievement of this award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of every accountant in state government, including that of our independent auditor, the Department of Legislative Audit.”

The State’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel of GFOA staff and the GFOA Special Review Committee to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. South Dakota earned the highest grade of “proficient” status in all seventeen grading categories.

This achievement comes after South Dakota state government closed the 2018 budget year with a $16.9 million surplus, while both Fitch and S&P recently reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook.

South Dakota Maintains AAA With S&P

PIERRE, S.D. – Last week Standard & Poor Global announced that it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook.

“By sticking to conservative budget practices and keeping our reserves at 10 percent of our annual budget, South Dakota continues to benefit from the highest rating possible from S&P,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “It’s been hard work to achieve AAA status during my time in office. I am very proud to say that not only have we been able to reach this status, but we have also been able to maintain it.”

In the report, S&P reflects on the state’s expanding and diverse economy, strong economic trends, well-funded pension system, low debt, strong level of reserve funds, and our conservative and balanced budget requirement as key reasons for reaffirming the state’s AAA. The state general fund budget for fiscal year 2018 ended with a $16.9 million surplus, from both lower expenditures and higher revenues than budgeted. S&P has reported a stable outlook for the state’s fiscal year 2019 with structural budgetary alignment and strong economic metrics.

S&P awarded the state a AAA rating in 2015. Fitch reaffirmed the state’s AAA rating for a third time last month and Moody’s is expected to renew the state’s ratings next month.

Credit ratings give potential bond purchasers a measurement of state performance and credit worthiness. Upgrades typically allow issued bonds to carry a lower interest rate, providing interest savings to issuers as well as the State of South Dakota and taxpayers.

Tripp County 4H Rodeo Results

Arista Kaiser was crowned Senior Ambassador of the 50th annual Tripp County 4H Rodeo which was held Friday, July 13 at the Tripp County Fairgrounds. Avery Schacht was 1st runner-up. Arista Kaiser won the horsemanship. Arista will represent Tripp County at the State 4H Rodeo to be held August 17th, 18th and 19th in Ft. Pierre.

Kyla Mammen was crown Junior Ambassador and also won the horsemanship. Bailey Shelbourn was 1st runner-up.

All Arounds:

Jr Girls Tyra Gates

Runner Up Layni Stevens

Jr Boys Blake Volmer

Runner Up Eli Augen

Sr Girls Josi Stevens

Runner Up Cheyenne Carroll

Sr Boys Wyatt Cahoy

Linkyn Petersek


Jr Girls

Barrell Racing Saylor Schuyler 17.198

Tyra Gates 17.371

Shada Beeson 17.848

Katy Weborg 17.860

Pole Bending Shada Beeson 22.060

Tyra Gates 22.795

Brooke Knoll 23.016

Raylee Fagerhaug 23.174

Goat Tying Layni Stevens 9.730

Tyra Gates 10.320

Emelia Vandermay 12.700

Ashlyn Hoffine 12.760

Break Away Roping Caysen Gran 8.470

Jr Boys

Flag Race Swade Reis 8.522

Blake Volmer 8.687

Colton Michalek 8.791

Matthew Heathershaw 8.920

Goat Tying Haden Chase Alone 10.530

Eli Haugen 11.100

Blake Volmer 11.680

Donovan Rose 12.180

Break Away Roping Teagan Gourneau 4.08

Tristan Spencer 4.83

Rowdy Moore 5.05

Taten Hill 5.59

Cattle Riding Riley Shippy 46

Sr. Girls

Barrel Racing Sidney McCord 17.631

Bailey Bosworth 17.786

Shaw Nelson 17.810

Shelby Lang 17.923

Pole Bending Shelby Lang 21.467

Saydee Heath 22.104

Sydney Hollenbeck 22.925

Cheyenne Carroll 22.983

Goat Tying Laniee Schonebaun 9.740

Josi Stevens 10.540

Tarryn Petrak 11.580

Saydee Heath 12.100

Break Away Roping Natalie Zachanas 3.980

Josi Stevens 4.320

Bailey Olson 4.560

Lexy Leischner 5.430

Ribbon Roping Josi Stevens 8.860

Kazney Knippling 10.080

Sr Boys

Bareback Riding Clayton Smith 32

Saddle Bronc Riding Dylan Suhr 55

Malcom Heathershaw 49

Bull Riding Riggin Shippy 46

Tie Down Roping Blasius Steffen 13.090

Wyatt Cahoy 15.080

Linkyn Petersek 15.810

Beau Dean 17.760

Steer Wrestling Wyatt Cahoy 8.730

Linkyn Petersek 11.610

Dylan Suhr 24.120

Team Roping Blasius Steffen/Beau Dean 12.640

Austin Olson/Wyatt Olson 13.890

Josi Stevens/Westen Vanderpol 20.590

Wyatt Cahoy/Linklyn Petersek 22.310

Junior Teeners Head to State Tournament

The Winner Junior Teeners are headed to the state tournament in Gregory.

In the regional tournament, the Winner team defeated Platte-Geddes for the right to advance to the state meet.

The Class B Junior Teener state tournament will be held in Gregory July 20, 21 and 22. Winner’s first game is at 2:30 p.m. on Friday when they play Wessington Springs. Other teams in the state meet are: Garretson, Alexandria, Tyndall, Canova, Greogry and Redfield.

On July 11, Winner defeated Platte-Geddes 9-6.

Winner Junior Teeners fired up the offense in the first inning. Charley Pravecek singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.

Winner scored five runs in the third inning. Winner’s offense in that inning was led by Ethan Bartels, Owen Duffy, Silas Chasing Hawk and Michael Olson who all drove in runs.

Pierce Nelson got the start for Winner on the mound as he pitched five innings. Ashton Klein pitched one inning.

Winner Junior Teeners had 12 hits. Adam Bohnet, Ethan Bartels, Ashton Klein and Nelson all had multiple hits for Winner. Winner did not commit an error in this game.

Following the victory over Platte-Geddes, Winner turned around and played Gregory for the regional championship. Gregory defeated Winner 15-2.

Gregory scored nine runs in the first inning and six more in the fourth inning.

Winner’s two runs came in the first and fifth innings.

Owen Duffy led things off pitching and Riley Orel threw two thirds of an inning in relief.

Leading hitters for Winner were Orel, 2-3, Justin Hausmann, 1-2; Silas Chasing Hawk, 1-2 and Ashton Klein, 1-2.

The Winner Junior Teeners opened region play with a win over 12-11 win over Parkston in Platte.

Winner Junior Teeners trailed 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ethan Bartels singled on the first pitch scoring two runs.

Winner was boosted by Bartels who went 4-5 at the plate. Bartels singled in the first, third fourth and seventh innings.

Winner tied the game at 10 in the bottom of the fourth inning as the local Junior Teeners put up five runs in the third inning.

Aiden Barfuss got the start on the mound for Winner. He allowed one hit and five runs striking out three. Charley Pravecek also pitched for Winner.

Duffy and Pravecek had doubles for Winner.

On July 10, a walk off single propelled Winner to a dramatic 12-11 victory over Kimball-White Lake. Winner trailed 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Pravecek singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.