Jack Long, 84

Jack Long resident of Martin, SD passed away on Sept.15, 2018 at Fort Meade Community Center Hospice, Sturgis, SD at the age of 84 years.

Jack was born to Keith “Shorty” and Mae Long on July 28, 1934 in Thurston, Neb. Sometime later the family moved to Harrington, SD. There Jack attended school and helped on the family farm.

On February 2, 1955, he enlisted in the Army and served until Jan. 25, 1957.

After marring Phyllis Lyon on June 14, 1962, he made his home in Vetal. Raising cattle and helping neighbors with farming. While living in Vetal, Jack was instrumental in helping develop the Vetal Volunteer Fire Department.

In 1969, the Jack Long family of 5 moved to a farm east of Martin, where he continued to reside until his passing. Jack raised cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, kids and grandkids. Among the crops he farmed were wheat, corn, barley, oats, millet and alfalfa.

Some of Jack’s favorite past times were watching old TV shows (westerns) and baseball. Go Yankees! He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. You could not be around him long without finding out that he loved to play pitch, talk politics, and tell stories. He was always up for playing a joke on someone or just being plain ornery. Occasionally this backfired on him, on one such occasion he was teasing 4 year old Marie who swung a 2 liter pop bottle around and gave him a black eye. He also found great joy in seeing if he could find out gifts under the tree. Because of this his children quickly learned you didn’t tell Norma. He could get her to tell him every time. If you were around Jack very long you could hear him tell a child, “Hurry up before I give you a quarter.”

He loved his grandchildren but he had one who taught him a lesson about keys and kids. One day as he was checking on some hogs his granddaughter Reba decided she was big enough to drive. She started the truck and went for a short drive. This brought grandpa running and opening the door causing her to scamper to the other side of the truck. After this the keys would be “hidden” from her. That didn’t stop her. When the keys were not in their normal hiding spot Reba would find them and put them where they belonged. This caused the adults to be anxiously looking for the keys. When asked if she knew where they were she would calmly pull them from the hiding spot.

Jack and his grandson, Austin Thayer, were nearly inseparable. Austin will carry on the legacy of farming that he learned at the side of his grandpa.

Jack will be sadly missed by his children: Debbie(Richard) Taylor of Greenfield, OH, Gary Long(Rowena Cruz) of Valentine, NE, Helen(Keith) Stehlik of Vetal, SD, Carol Shepler of Valentine, NE and Mickie (Veldon)Thayer of Martin, SD, his grandchildren; Nathaniel(Annalisa) Taylor, Angela Cruz, Reba Stehlik, Nolan(Joya) Taylor, Amanda Holcomb, Tanya Stehlik, Sean Shepler, Austin Thayer, Jackie Thayer, and Naomi Thayer, and great grandchildren, Robert Taylor, Holly Stehlik, Riggen Holcomb, Eliana Taylor and Tayah Holcomb, His sisters: Margie Judd of Chandler, AZ, and Judy Meyer of Alliance, NE and one brother Arnie Long of Gillette, WY and a sister-in-law Jeanie Long of Martin, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Keith “Shorty” and Mae (Merchen) Long, brothers: Ronald, Donald, and Marvin, and his daughter: Norma Orr.

Funeral service for Jack A. Long age 84 of Martin were held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at 10 am. in the old Legion Building in Martin with Rev. Bill Hines officiating. Burial was in the Winner City Cemetery, Winner, SD.

A memorial has been established and donations may be sent in care of Bennett County Funeral Service, PO Box 65, Martin, SD 57551.



At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.

“While we are grateful to all of those who have served our nation, this day is designated to remember and recognize the sacrifices endured by those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who were held as prisoners of war or remain missing in action,” the Governor said. “The state of South Dakota continues to support efforts to account for every service member classified as Missing in Action.”

Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, encourages all South Dakotans to set aside time Sept. 21 to honor the POW/MIAs who fought to protect our freedoms and lost theirs, as well as remember those engaged in today’s struggle to guard our way of life for future generations.

“In their service to our country, former prisoners of war and those missing in action have sacrificed mightily to maintain the promise of liberty that we hold dear,” said Zimmerman. “POW/MIA day affords all of us a great opportunity to reaffirm our vow to never forget the courage of our nation’s staunchest defenders – our former POWs and MIAs. We owe them and their families our gratitude.”

Sanderson Named Retailers Association Executive Director

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) has named Nathan Sanderson of Pierre as its next Executive Director. SDRA is one of South Dakota’s oldest and most-respected trade associations, representing nearly 4,000 members in more than 160 business categories.

Sanderson currently serves as Director of Policy and Operations for Governor Dennis Daugaard.

“It’s an honor to join SDRA and work with a truly exceptional board of directors and staff,” Sanderson said. “I’m looking forward to advocating for South Dakota’s retail businesses.”

As executive director, Sanderson will be responsible for directing SDRA operations and activities; overseeing budgeting, policies, programs, and services; and leading its legislative efforts on a state and national level.

“We’re excited to bring Nathan on as our new Executive Director,” said SDRA Board President Gary Cammack. “He’s a great fit for our team and will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”

A South Dakota native, Sanderson graduated from Lake Preston High School and holds a B.S. in Agriculture Education from South Dakota State University, a M.A. in American History from the University of Indianapolis, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Nebraska. He will begin October 1.


Plans Made for Winner High School Homecoming

Winner High School will celebrate its annual homecoming Sept. 20-21.

The homecoming royalty candidates are: Gabby Kocer, Gracie Littau, Madison Thieman, Alexis Richey, Bayli Beehler, Brandon Volmer, Tyson Westendorf, Casey Stickland, Shea Connot, and Nolan Sachtjen.

The seniors chosen as float riders are: Sierra Hansen, Madison Kerner, Brielle Bachmann, Abby Marts, Sadie Woods, Wyatt Turnquist, Colton Schroeder, Luke Hennebold, Logan Tunnissen and Jerry Long Crow.

The coronation and alumni roll call will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Armory.

The crowning of the princess and warrior, the announcement of the parade marshal and the annual alumni roll call are all highlights of the coronation ceremony.

Abby Marts and Logan Tunnissen are the master and mistress of ceremonies.

Ushers are Elijah Blare, Trey Welch, Jeslyn Felix and Makenna Petersen.

The high school band, WHS cheerleaders and Warriorettes will perform.

The burning of the W will follow the ceremony in front of the ag building.

Any alumni reunions that require reserved seating can call Mona LaCompte at the high school at 842-8125. There is also reserved seating for alumnus that prefer not to climb the bleachers.

The annual pep rally will be held Thursday at 2:15 p.m. at the football field.

The activities will include a board game themed obstacle course, an eating contest, a real life game of Hungry Hippos.

There will also be the traditional presenting of the torches, a tug of war and class cheer challenge.

Spectators are encouraged to sit on the east side of the stadium, middle schoolers on the east side of the steps, 9-12 graders in ascending order sit on the west side of the stadium.

On Friday, the homecoming parade will start at 2 p.m. “Game On” is the parade theme.

Any group that wants to participate in the parade can call LaCompte.

Parade entries will line up at the corner of 7th Street and Country Club Road starting at 12:30 p.m.

Winner High School would like to remind everyone that the school and fields are alcohol and drug free zones.

The week will conclude with the football game at 7 p.m. Winner Warriors will host Mt. Vernon/Plankinton Titans.

The ticket office opens at 5:30 p.m. with pregame at 6:30 p.m.

Winner Student Council will have concessions. The proceeds help to fund homecoming activities.

Each day of the week has a special theme. Monday was Candy Land: Sweet Dreams (dress in favorite pajamas or sleep wear)

Tuesday—What are you doing with your Life? (dress as your future favorite career)

Wednesday—Take a trip to the jungle with a game of Jamanji (dress as your favorite jungle animal or in best safari clothes).

Thursday—Class color day

Friday—Purple and Gold day

Class colors chosen are:





8th grade—blue

7th grade—yellow

6th grade—purple

To join in the festivities, all faculty are invited to dress up for the theme days or wear jeans and Winner Warrior apparel.

Winner High School student council puts on the homecoming activities. Their advisors are Mona LaCompte and Lisa Jankauskas.

We strive to have a fun-filled homecoming week for the students, alumni and community,” said the student council.

Glen Hollenbeck Family to be Honored

The Glen and Yvonne Hollenbeck family of Clearfield will be honored at the 29th annual Casey Tibbs Foundation tribute dinner on Nov. 3.

The Hollenbecks will be honored as the ranch cowboy family.

Glen’s grandfather Earl, produced some of the first rodeos in the Sandhills of Nebraska, circling Model T’s and wagons around to create an arena.

Glen become one of the top pick up men in the country and trained and mentored others such as Steve Sutton. He was the 1960 world champion calf roper.

Yvonne was a professional rodeo organist and secretary for many rodeos, sometimes handed both duties at the same rodeo.

At the age of 40, Glen won the championship calf roping in 1982, against much younger competitors. He won the U.S. Calf Roping Association championship in his age division in 2008. In 2017, at the tender age of 75, he won the senior pro association world championship.

Sons Shawn and Jay excelled in calf roping and other family members actively participate in rodeo.

Winner Cub Scouts Pack 100

The Winner Pack 100 Cub Scout Program of BSA held its annual Pinewood Derby on April 22. Nearly 25 entries were received, with participants receiving medals.

Fall recruitment is currently underway for youth interested in joining scouting. Parents are welcome to register their child at the upcoming parent/scout meeting to discuss popcorn sales on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., at the Scout Cabin in Winner. Parents may also contact Charlie Grossenburg at 840-9010 for more information.

Colome Parade Winners

Winners have been named in the entries in the Colome High School homecoming parade.

Results include:

K-2nd division—1. Second grade, 2. First grade, 3. Kindergarten

3rd to 5th division—1. 5th grade, 2. 3rd grade, 3. 4th grade

6th to 8th grade—1. 8th grade, 2. 6th grade, 3. 7th grade

9-12 division—1. 10th grade, 2. 9th grade and 3. 12th grade

Community—1. First Fidelity Bank, 2. Colome Catholic Daughters

Cheer, Dance Place in Spearfish

The Winner Area cheer team placed second at the Spearfish Invitational on Sept. 10.

This was a huge win for us,” said coach Val Ewing. There were five Class AA schools there and to compete with those schools at that level is just what Coach Novotny and Coach Ewing are looking for. Winner beat all of the A schools,” said the coach.

We have never gone to this competition and even though it was a really long day it was great to get to see some of the teams from the far west side of the state,” added Ewing.

The Winner cheer performs at the half time of the homecoming football game on Sept. 21.

Winner Area dance took third place in Spearfish.

Coach Cyndy DeMers said the team scored their highest in the kick category and performed their best routines in pom and hip hop.

Spearfish won first in dance with Rapid City Stevens, 2nd; Winner, 3rd and St. Thomas More, 4th.

Calhoon, Scott Win Golf Tournament

Austin Calhoon and Erik Scott won first place in the Wesson Littau Foundation golf tournament over the Labor Day weekend. They shot a 33.

Second place in the championship flight went to Justin Zeigler and Jason Beehler with a 34 and third to T. J. Owen and Jayme Owen with a 35.

Jason and Candi Sachtjen won the first flight with a 39. Second went to Tyler and Danette Tobin with a 39 and third to Dawn Andel and Heidi Lang with 39.

Stacy and Megan Halverson won the second flight with a 42. Grady Myers and Quinten Lavoy took second with a 42 and Chad Peterson and Peggy Heilman took third with a 42.

Luke Littau and Doug Mitchell won the third flight with a 45. Second went to the Vaughn team with a 45 and third to Shelly and Wayne Kindt with a 45.

The tournament raised money for pediatric cancer research.