City of Winner Honored

The City of Winner has been honored for 15 years of membership with the SDML Workers’ Compensation Fund. The fund is celebrating its 30 Year Anniversary by recognizing long-term loyal members.

The fund was created in 1987 as a method of providing workers’ compensation coverage for employees of local government entities in South Dakota. During its longevity, it has provided competitive rates, outstanding customer service and a strong safety and loss control program to the now 493 members.

The pool is governed by a nine member board of trustees chaired by Karl Alberts, finance officer for the City of Aberdeen. “Our focus has been to provide stable rates to our members. The affordability aspect of the pool over the last 30 years has enabled our members to use the money saved to fund other areas of their budget,’’ said Alberts.

The fund is a non-assessable risk sharing pool available to municipalities, counties, townships, conservation districts and other special districts throughout South Dakota and is endorsed by the South Dakota Municipal League and the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners.

Two from Winner Regional Healthcare Center receive SDAHO Distinguished Service Award

Monica Metzger and Brian Schaeffer of Winner Regional Healthcare Center were honored Sept. 19 at the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization’s (SDAHO) 92nd Annual Convention in Sioux Falls.

Metzger, who is a physical therapist for Winner Regional, received the Distinguished Service Award for Young Professionals. Metzger was selected for her leadership in developing an in-house therapy program at the hospital, including physical, occupational and speech therapy services. She was also instrumental in helping lay the groundwork for Winner Regional offering total joint replacements.

Schaeffer received the Distinguished Service Award for Trustees. He has served on the Winner Regional Healthcare Center’s board of trustees for the past 10 years, with the last three years as president of the board. He was noted for his quiet and calm manner while being a strong and wise advisor who has helped to weather difficulties and make hard decisions.

Metzger and Schaeffer were two of eight people to receive a SDAHO Distinguished Service Award. Others who received awards were: John Porter of Avera Health, Health Care Professional; Sen. Deb Soholt, State Legislator; Walter Panzirer of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Health Care Hero; Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, State Official; Vanessa Gomez of KSFY Television, Media Personality; and Sarah Talbott, Sanford Chamberlain, Post Acute Care Champion.

SDAHO is a not-for-profit member organization representing and serving hospitals, health care systems, nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living centers and hospice organizations across South Dakota. For more information, visit

Phillips, Petersek Place in Rodeo

Dawson Phillips and Linkyn Petersek competed in the South Dakota timed event championship in Huron Sept. 1-2.

Rodeo competitors were from South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.

The South Dakota youth timed event championship rodeo is an opportunity to showcase this state’s official sport—rodeo.

Contestants received awards for placing in the top six overall in an event.

Phillips competed in tie down calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling.

Phillips placed fifth in tie down calf roping and third overall in team roping with heading partner Josi Stevens of St. Lawrence.

Petersek competed in break away roping, steer wrestling and tie down calf roping.

Petersek placed third in breakaway roping and seventh in steer wrestling.

Cowboys Continue Quest for Perfection!

The No. 3 rated Colome Cowboys remained undefeated as they rolled over Alcester-Hudson 62-8 Friday in Colome.

Jackson Kinzer went 7 for 10 for 66 yards in the air and also added 44 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Chase Dufek ran for 92 yards. Beau Bertram had 52 yards rushing and Riley Shippy, 33.

Scoring for Colome were Beau Bertram on a 15 yard pass from Kinzer, Bertram on a 3 yard run, Jaikob Week on a 13 yard run, Kinzer on a 24 yard run, Layton Thieman on a 10 yard pass from Kinzer, Bertram, 49 yard run, Kinzer on a 65 yard kickoff return, and Rhet Bertram on a punt block return.
The Cowboys had 299 yards of total offense. The Cowboys had 12 first downs to 7 for Alcester-Hudson.

Leading the defense was Wyatt Cahoy with 9 tackles followed by Bertram with 8 and Kinzer, 7.

The next action for Colome will be Sept. 28 at Scotland.

Warriors Fall to MVP

Winner High School football team scored the first two touchdowns of the homecoming game Friday night and were feeling pretty good about themselves. However, the undefeated Mount Vernon/Plankinton team played a strong second half to defeat the Warriors 30-28.

The Warriors at one point in the game led 28-6. However, in the second half, Winner only had six offensive plays.

It was a tough loss,” said coach Dan Aaker. “It was the tale of two halves. We played a good first half.”

The Warriors scored right away in the game as Trevor Peters run 66 yards for a touchdown. Midway in the first quarter, Brady Fritz completed a 14 yard pass to Sam Kruger for a touchdown and Winner is up 14-0.

With 2:49 left in the first quarter, MVP scored on a Jesse Hastings 6 yard run.

A Winner touchdown right before the half with 16 seconds left was huge. Phillip Jorgensen scored on a 5 yard run.

At the half, Winner led 22-6

Then at the start of the third quarter, Jorgensen makes a huge play as a pass intended for Hastings is picked off by Jorgensen who turns it into a touchdown. Now, Winner is up 28-6 and feeling pretty good about themselves.

I think we relaxed a bit, however MVP did not quit fighting. At that point they could have laid down but they fought us. When things got close we panicked and pressed ourselves,” said Aaker.

The WHS coach says he has to give MVP credit as they played well in the second half. “We could not stop them. They had 72 plays to our 39.”

The Titans had a huge drive, which started at their own 2-yard line, and capped off by a Hastings two yard run to tie the game at 28-28. Hastings made the two-point conversion to give them the lead 30-28.

The No 5 rated Warriors had one last effort. Trevor Peters completed a 50 yard pass to Brandon Volmer with 3:17 left in the game down to the MVP 24-yard line.

Winner worked the ball to the 11-yard line. Facing a fourth and seven with 1:29 left Hastings sacked QB Fritz.

The Warriors had a total of 243 yards of offense.

MVP had 21 first downs to Winner’s 10.

Leading rusher for Winner was Peters with 100 yards and Jorgensen added 40 yards.

On defense, Shea Connot had 16 tackles, Preston Norrid and Brandon Volmer, 11 each; Sam Kruger, 10 and Elijah Blare, 9.

The MVP coaching staff has a Winner area connection. Head coach Brent Olson is the brother of Winner assistant coaches Trent and Sam Olson. Also, MVP assistant coach Zach Harter is formerly of Colome.

The Warriors will travel to Chamberlain on Friday, Sept. 28. Aaker said the Cubs are big up front led by Nash Hutmacher.

They are a concern because they are so big,” said the coach.

He noted the line of scrimmage is going to huge for Winner.

We will take the positives from Friday’s game and put them into games as we move forward,” said Aaker.

As a side note, for the second year in a row, the WHS football team took residents from Winner Regional long term care center to the homecoming parade Friday afternoon.

It is good for our kids to get out of their comfort zone and I am glad we do it,” said the coach.

Lady Warriors Placed 2nd at Platte

Winner area girls cross country team took second place at the Platte-Geddes invitational on Saturday.

Sidda Schuyler led the Lady Warriors as she placed second. She was followed by Saige Schuyler, 6th; Meagan Blare, 12th; Aryn Meiners, 21st; Jaclyn Laprath, 25th; Melanie Brozik, 31st.

In the varsity boys race, Wyatt Turnquist placed 26th and Joseph Laprath, 27th.

In the junior varsity girls race, Madison Thieman was 3rd; Gabby Kocer, 14th; Katherine Jankauskas, 16th and Trinity Vrbka, 17th.

The next action for the cross country team will be Sept. 27 at Burke/South Central. On Oct. 1, the team will travel to Mt. Vernon/Plankinton.

Lady Warriors Eastern Volleyball Classic Champions

Winner volleyball team won the Eastern Conference tournament in Sisseton on Saturday.

In the championship, Winner defeated Dakota Valley. The Lady Warriors won 25-22, 25-20.

Mackenzie Levi and Gracie Littau were 100 percent in serving.

Littau, Levi and Morgan Hammerbeck each had one ace serve.

Hammerbeck had 11 kills and Abby Marts, 7.

Levi had 15 set assists and Root, 7.

Maggie LaCompte had 11 digs and Littau, 10.

Ellie Brozik had 1 block and Gracie Littau, 2 block assists.

As a team, Winner was 92 percent in serving, with 4 ace serves, 23 kills, 22 set assists and 55 digs.

In the opening match of the tournament, Winner defeated Webster in two sets—25-16, 25-12.

Littau and Levi were 100 percent in serving. Brozik had 2 ace serves and 9 kills.

Hammebeck had 5 kills.

Levi had 10 set assists and Root, 7.

Hammerbeck and Root each had 8 digs.

Kalla Bertram had 2 solo block.

As a team, Winner was 91 percent in serving with 6 ace serves, 19 kills, 17 set assists.

Winner beat Milbank 25-22, 25-23.

Littau was 100 percent serving and Hammebeck was 90 percent.

Hammerbeck had 3 ace serves and Levi, 1.

Hammerbeck had 11 kills, Brozik, 6 and Marts, 5.

Levi had 15 set assists and Root, 8.

Littau had 10 digs and Brozik, 8.

Marts had 1 solo block and 1 block assist. Bertram had 2 block assists.

The Lady Warriors were 90 percent in serving with 4 aces, 24 kills, 23 assists and 48 digs.

We came out focused and ready to play,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We played pretty consistent most of the day. I was proud of how the girls showed intensity and how we jelled together as a team. All day we did a great job of attacking the ball which kept our opponent on the defensive end,” said the coach.

Keiser added: “In the championship match we came out ready to play and had the momentum most of the match. We did a great job of serving and attacking Dakota Valley and got them out of system. Dakota Valley is a good team and had some good hitters. It was a fun day with a great team effort,”

Colome Volleyball at Kimall

The Colome High School volleyball team placed sixth at the Kimball Tournament on Sept. 22.

Wessington Springs defeated Colome 2-0—25-22 and 27-25.

Haley Krumpus had 6 points and 2 aces; Saydee Heath and Kaydee Heath each had 4 points.

Kaydee Heath had 7 kills and Haley Krumpus and 10 digs.

Colome defeated Iroquois 25-11, 25-12. Baylie Hoffine had 11 points and 4 aces. She was also 100 percent in serving.

Carleen Burger had 7 kills.

Makayla Shippy had 14 assists.

Burke/South Central defeated Colome 25-16 and 25-10.

Shippy had 5 points and one ace. Burger had 5 kills.

Shippy had 6 assists.

The Cowgirls fell to Canistota 2-1. Colome won the first set 25-23 and then fell in the next two 9-25, 21-25

Saydee Heath had 8 points and one ace; Haley Krumpus had 5 points and 2 aces.

Burger and Krumpus had 6 kills.

Shippy had 17 set assists and 10 digs. Kaydee Heath had 7 digs.

Saydee Heath and Kaydee Heath each had a block.

Lorraine Frances Endres Krick, 92

Lorraine Frances Endres Krick was born on June 8, 1926 and welcomed into heaven on Sept. 19, 2018. Lorraine “Larie” was born to Jake and Emma Endres in Ellendale, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings: Louise (Sid) Koenecke, Richard (Connie) Endres, and Herman (Norene) Gunther; first-born son, Nicky Alan.

After graduating from Marshall High School in Minnesota, Larie worked as a receptionist and stenographer. She married Arthur “Art” Krick on June 14, 1949, in Pipestone, MN.

Lorraine is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary Krick-Nelson and Eric Nelson; son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Carol Krick; daughter and son-in-law, Margy and Evan Fenn; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Susan Krick; daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Jay Thede. She also enjoyed her grandchildren and their spouses including Keenan and Sarah (Wilson) Krick, Hannah Krick and fiancé Gage Shirley, Elizabeth (Krick-Nelson) and Conor McInerny, Sara Krick-Nelson, Katie (Krick)and Tommie Bardsley, Nate and Anthony Krick and Thomas Krick and his fiancée, Therese Sievert, Jake and Luke Fenn, and Grace and Quentin Thede; great-grandchild, Lydia Mae Krick, daughter of Keenan and Sarah Krick.

Larie was creative and enjoyed many crafts, especially sewing, knitting, quilting and ceramics, and macramé. She was an incredible seamstress who sewed many items of clothing and Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren. She volunteered for hospice and the local hospital and cared for many individuals over the years. She was an active member of Catholic Daughters in Winner, SD, and she and Art were always active in their local parishes as eucharistic ministers, and leading couple faith groups. Playing golf with Art, on a league and during trips across the country, was something she loved, and she was proud to have won trophies in local golf tournaments. Larie also loved reading and word puzzles and read often to her children and grandchildren. Her family and spouse benefited from her love of travel, and she planned cross country camping trips when their children were young, and later organized many trips to different parts of the country for her and Art after his retirement.

She and Art raised their family in many locations: Hibbing, Minn.; Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; Emmetsburg, Iowa; Winner, South Dakota; and Grand Island, Neb.

Art Krick was the manager of the J.C. Penney store in Winner.

In 2003, they moved to Omaha and became members of St. Vincent DePaul parish.

Lorraine was a faithful servant and a great example of faith to her family. Loyalty and love for family were critical to her.

The family received friends on Sunday, Sept. 23rd from 3 to 5pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd. in Omaha, followed by Vigil service at 5 pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL was Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 am at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Dr. in Omaha. Memorials can be directed to the family.
Arrangements by Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler, West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68124;