Lady Warriors Jump to 17-1

Lady Warriors down Gregory

Winner volleyball team, ranked No. 3rd in Class A, defeated Gregory in three sets on Oct. 2. The scores were 25-10, 25-9, 25-7.

Ellie Brozik and Mackenzie Levi were 100 percent in serving. Brozik and Morgan Hammerbeck each had 4 ace serves.

Hammerbeck had 9 kills, Kalla Bertram, 6 and Brozik, 5.

Levi had 21 set assists and Addy Root, 4

Maggie LaCompte had 17 digs and Brozik, 8.

Hammerbeck had 1 solo block and 1 block assist.

Abby Marts had 1 block assist.

As a team, Winner was 98 percent in serving with 9 ace serves, 29 kills, 27 set assists and 46 digs.

We came out focused and ready to play,” said coach Jaime Keiser. “We were aggressive and did a great job of attacking and serving the ball which kept Gregory on the defensive end. We played three consistent games. The girls played as a team and were having fun,” said Keiser.

The Lady Warriors improve to 16-1 with the victory.

Lady Warriors defeat Arlington

The Winner Lady Warriors volleyball team defeated Arlington in 4 sets at the Chester Challenge on Saturday.

The scores were 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19.

Morgan Hammerbeck was named the MVP of the match.

Hammerbeck and Maggie LaCompte were 100 percent in serving.

Ellie Brozik had 4 aces and LaCompte, 3.

Abby Marts had 23 kills and Hammerbeck, 13.

Mackenzie Levi had 27 set assists and Addy Root, 22.

Hammerbeck had a 2.20 serve receive rating and LaCompte had a 2.06 serve receive rating.

Hammerbeck had 27 digs and LaCompte, 25.

As a team, Winner was 95 percent in serving with 8 aces, 59 kills, 56 assists and 122 digs.

Arlington is a very experienced, scrappy and well coach team,” said coach Jaime Keiser.

We came out ready to play and had the momentum most of the first set. The second set we gave Arlington too many unearned points. We switched our defense in the third set and it helped get to Arlington’s tips, down balls and attacks.

Arlington was very scrappy and would get to every ball we hit to them. We did a great job of attacking the ball over and over wearing them down. I was very proud of the girls and their effort. They played with a lot of heart and intensity. It as a total team effort,” said Keiser.

The Lady Warriors defeated White River in three sets on Thursday. Winner won 25-17, 25-10 and 25-12.

Ellie Brozik was 94 percent in serving and Littau was 90 percent.

Brozik had 4 aces and Littau 2.

Hammerbeck had 14 kills and Abby Marts 9.

Levi had 18 set assists and Root, 9.

LaCompte had 10 digs and Brozik and Hammerbeck with 8 each.

Kalla Bertram had 1 solo block and 3 block assists and Brozik had 2 block assists.

As a team, Winner was 87 percent in serving with 8 aces, 36 kills, 34 set assist, 44 digs and 4 blocks.

The first set we made too many serving and attacking errors. Then we settled down and did a great job of attacking the ball, which kept White River out of system and chasing the ball all over the place,” said Keiser.

The next action for Winner will be Oct. 15 hosting Mt. Vernon/Plankinton and Oct. 16 hosting Wagner.

Colome Falls in Action with Nebraska teams

Colome volleyball team played Ainsworth, Neb. and Stuart, Neb., in a quadrangular on Oct. 2.

The Cowgirls were defeated by Ainsworth 3-2. Colome took the first set 25-20 and the fourth set 25-15. Ainsworth won the other three sets.

Baylie Hoffine scored 9 points, Haley Krumpus and Makayla Shippy had 8 points each.

Kaydee Heath had 16 kills. Shippy had 30 set assists.

Kaydee Heath had 20 digs and Shippy 13.

Stuart defeated Colome 3-0, 12-25, 25-27 and 23-25.

Shippy had 15 points and one ace.

Kaydee Heath had 7 kills. Shippy had 16 assists.

Shippy and Hoffine each had 8 digs.

Colome will host White River on Oct 11 and play in the Andes Tournament on Oct. 13.

Colome Rolls Over Corsica-Stickney

Colome, rated No. 2 in Class 9B football, rolled to a 60-8 victory over Corsica-Stickney on Friday.

With the victory, Colome remains undefeated with a 7-0 record.

Jackson Kinzer led Colome’s rushing attack with 197 yards and four touchdowns.

In the first quarter, Kinzer scored on a 5 yard run, Layton Thieman on a 9 yard pass from Kinzer and Kinzer on a 9-yard run

In the second quarter, Kinzer scored on a 51 yard run, Kinzer on a 41 yard run and Chase Dufek on a 9 yard run.

In the third quarter, Riley Shippy scored on a 1 yard run and the final score was Shippy on a 5 yard run. Shippy had 52 yards rushing.

Beau Bertram and Wyatt Cahoy each had seven tackles for Colome.

Colome will host Avon on Friday.

Warriors Rush for Over 400 Yards in Victory

Winner football team rushed for over 400 yards in a 38-0 victory over Wagner Friday night.

The No. 5 rated team in Class 11B scored all 38 points in the first half including 24 points in the first quarter.

We needed a good response defensively and we set the tone right away,” said coach Dan Aaker.

Phillip Jorgensen opened the scoring on a 4 yard run. Preston Norrid scored on a 15 yard run and Trevor Peters added a 3-yard TD run.

In the second quarter, Jorgensen scored on a 3 yard run and the final score was a 1 yard run by Norrid.

In the second half, the Warriors subbed down and let a lot of other guys on the team play.

The Warriors had 26 first downs to Wagner’s 7.

Jorgensen was the rushing leader with 102 yards followed by Peters, 93; Norrid, 62; Kaden Keiser, 30 and Evan Farner, 26.

Shea Connot and Landon Thieman each had 4 tackles. Connot had a sack in the first quarter.

Wagner was a critical game for us to play well,” explained Aaker. “We saw a lot of good things last night.”

The final game of the regular season will be Friday, Oct. 12 when Winner will host Woonsocket/Wessington Spring/ Sanborn Central. This will be senior night.

Aaker says Woonsocket is capable of playing good football. “There is a lot riding on this game,” said the coach.

The first round of the playoffs will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Lady Warriors Second in Conference

Winner Area girls cross country team placed second at the SESD conference cross country meet Oct. 1.

Sidda Schuyler led the varsity girls as she took second. She was followed by Saige Schuyler, 8th; Aryn Meiners, 13th; Meagan Blare, 15th; Melanie Brozik, 21st; Jaclyn Laprath, 23rd.

In the varsity boys race, Kade Watson took third followed by Wyatt Turnquist, 16th; Joseph Laprath, 20th.

In the junior varsity girls race, Madison Thieman was 6th; Katherine Jankauskas, 12th; Gabby Kocer, 14th and Trinity Vrbka, 16th.

Girls cross country team takes first at Parkston

Winner Area girls cross country team took first place at the Ethan/Parkston Invitational on Oct. 4.

Sidda Schuyler took first place. Also placing for the Lady Warriors were: Saige Schuyler, 6th; Meagan Blare, 7th; Aryn Meiners, 8th; Melanie Brozik, 9th; Jaclyn Laprath, 14th.

Kade Watson led the Winner Area boys as he took second place. Joseph Laprath placed 20th.

In the junior varsity girls race, Madison Thieman placed 4th, Gabby Kocer, 9th, Katherine Jankauskas, 10th and Trinity Vrbka, 11th.

Wyatt Turnquist won first place in the junior varsity boys race.

The regional will be Oct. 11 in Chamberlain.

Mary Jorgensen, 91

Mary Jorgensen, 91, of Ideal, SD passed away on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Burial will followed in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 6-7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m.

Mary was born on July 22nd, 1927 in the family home of her parents, Leonard and Mabel Storms. She was named after the Catholic Daughters Court Mary Imelda. She was the youngest of eight children. Her mother died when Mary was only six years old. Mary was raised by her siblings and always said that she was “loved but spoiled”. She attended elementary school at the Clearview School in Clearfield and graduated from Winner High School in 1945.

After high school, she worked at the Tripp County Auditor’s Office until July of 1946. On July 27, 1946, she married Martin Jorgensen Jr. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. For 72 years, she and Martin worked side by side to raise a thriving family and grow a successful business. While neither would ever claim to have a perfect marriage, the unending loyalty and love they had for each other was obvious to anyone who was blessed to spend time around them. They moved to the family farm in Ideal after they were married. Recognized as a pillar of the Ideal community, she was actively involved as a leader in 4-H, the South Dakota Cattle Women’s Association and the Ideal school. From their home on the family farm, where they lived almost the entirety of their marriage, they raised four children: Judy, Jean, Greg, and Bryan.

From that same home, the two fed many employees their daily lunches and hosted many business colleagues who traveled from near and far to discuss the cattle business. Mary was always a gracious host to all who entered her home. She enjoyed gardening, canning, playing cards, and embroidery. Never one to turn down a good party, she always made time to raise a glass for a good toast. She had a sense of humor that was quick and witty, and always appreciated a colorful joke. Mary also had a deep appreciation for family history, and one of the great gifts she left with us is her family albums. These albums were given to many family members, and they went into to great detail about both the Storms and Jorgensen families. The task of researching and compiling these substantial genealogies required great patience, which Mary most certainly had.

Mary was known to many in both the family and the greater community as a bright, caring, loving, and kind woman. She handled any situation placed in front of her with grace and dignity. She was also known for her strong faith in Christ and involvement in the Catholic Church, including being a 71-year member of the Catholic Daughters Court Mary Imelda. It was with this unshakeable faith, and practically unshakable patience, that she was able to guide Martin as they built their lives and continued to guide many members of her family through theirs as well. Often referred to as “the rock” of our family, her ability to handle great adversity came from her strong relationship with Christ, which was one to be admired. While she will be greatly missed by all who knew her, Mary would want to remind us all that this need not be a sorrowful time. Now is a time for celebration, because while her journey here may have reached its end, she has entered another journey in the embrace of Christ.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Martin Jorgensen Jr. Four children, Judy (Tom) Peschio, Jean (Gary) Davis, Greg (Deb) Jorgensen, and Bryan (Brenda) Jorgensen. Sisters-in-law Ruth O’Keefe and Leona Storms. Seventeen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren, and numerous relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Clara Frank, Mamie Crane, Gen Fast, Leo Storms, Donald Storms, Emerald Diez, and Cecilia (Johnny) Kartak.

A Beardless Hobo and Other Homecoming Traditions

I cannot grow a beard. Whenever I try, it looks like those photos we all have of our children the first time they grab a pair of scissors and give themselves, or their favorite doll, a haircut: bald spot here, 3 inches of scraggly growth there.

That’s why I sadly never took part in one of my alma mater’s most time-honored homecoming traditions. The One Month Club at South Dakota State University is for students who want to look their hobo-est by the time Hobo Day arrives. Exactly a month before the homecoming game, men stop shaving their faces and women do the same with their legs. It’s all in good fun and a fine way to show school spirit, but I could never compete with my classmates who looked like the guys in ZZ Top after 30 days.

It’s homecoming season at colleges and universities around South Dakota, and when I thought of the One Month Club I wondered what unique traditions students observe at other schools. So I asked around.

One that warms my Scandinavian heart happens at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, where the students nominated for Viking Days king and queen don Norwegian sweaters. It seems appropriate for a school founded by Lutheran Scandinavians, and practical, too. I bet those sweaters take the chill off the cool October morning air on parade day. Incidentally, to celebrate Augustana’s 100th year in Sioux Falls, the school unveiled its version of the popular Monopoly board game, called Augieopoly. One of the game tokens is a Norwegian sweater modeled after one owned by the late Dr. Lynwood Oyos, a longtime history professor.

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell crowns not one king and queen, but two. In addition to the royal pair that reigns over Blue & White Days, two members of the freshman class are chosen Beanie King and Beanie Queen. They perform many of the same duties as the homecoming court, but wear blue and white beanies, festooned with optional decorations. The tradition began in 1926 and included all members of the freshman class, but over the years has been whittled down to just two.

Students at Dakota State University in Madison enjoy a citywide scavenger hunt. The Student Services department hides a small statue called the Traveling Trojan somewhere on the DSU campus or around Madison. Clues are given on local radio and on the school’s Facebook page. Whoever finds the statue receives a prize package.

West River students incorporate the Black Hills in their homecoming traditions. During Swarm Week at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, students make an annual pilgrimage to a giant letter H that sits on a mountainside near campus. Visitors to Rapid City may have noticed a similar M on a hillside above the city. Students at the School of Mines make a homecoming trek to whitewash the M, a tradition that dates back to the very first M-Day on Oct. 5, 1912.

Alumni of other colleges and universities surely have their own favorite homecoming traditions. Hobo Day will always hold a special place for me. I’m pretty easy to spot watching the parade along Main Avenue or at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium for the football game. I’m the clean-shaven one.

Thousands Brave Weather for Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park

PIERRE, S.D. – Over 15,700 visitors attended the 53rd Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park on Friday morning, enduring the cold weather and the season’s first snowfall in the Black Hills.

Custer State Park also hosted its three-day arts festival in conjunction with the Buffalo Roundup. Crowds assembled throughout the celebration to enjoy a variety of entertainment under the big top, educational programs and vendors from all over the country.

“We weren’t sure what to expect Friday morning with the weather,” said park superintendent Matt Snyder. “Despite the cold conditions, we still had thousands and thousands of people come out and enjoy themselves over the weekend. I heard nothing but compliments from how well the park looked, to the variety of vendors at the Arts Festival. It was a successful event for us.”

The annual Roundup serves as a tool to help manage the park’s buffalo herd. About 250 buffalo will be sold at the park’s annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 17. For information on the auction, contact the park at 605.255.4515 or email

Upcoming Buffalo Roundups will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, and Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.


Fifth Anniversary of Western South Dakota Blizzard

Written collaboratively by Laura Edwards and David Ollila.

As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on Oct. 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.

Fall Season 2018

By the end of September this year, freezing temperatures and snow had already occurred in the Black Hills. Many northwestern and north central areas have also reported sub-freezing temperatures. Large, rapid temperature fluctuations can occur in October and throughout the winter season. Rain can turn to snow and quickly begin accumulating, particularly in the fall and spring seasons as temperatures straddle the freezing mark. Climatological studies since the 2013 blizzard have shown that snow can often occur in October, but that year was a truly unusual exteme event, and there is no long-term trend towards earlier large snowstorms in western South Dakota.

This year, much of October will likely be marked with unusually cold temperatures and wetter conditions than we typically experience. Although no one is anticipating a blizzard like 2013, placing focused thought and developing winter storm plans that will ensure safety and security for both livestock and humans will reduce risk of injury or loss. At the same time, a winter storm plan can lessen anxiety and increase producer confidence that the storms will be weathered successfully.

Preparing for Winter Weather

What to consider when making weather preparedness plans:

Time of year. Fall and spring weather events tend to have more moisture in the snow along with ground surfaces that are not frozen. This combination can make areas where livestock concentrate “sloppy” and unsanitary, in addition to impassable roads to access livestock.

Consideration should be given to placement of supplemental feedstuffs which are in close proximity to where livestock are grazing or confined, as well as identified locations to provide natural and/or fabricated protection from weather elements. The ability to provide rumen contentment and wind protection will reduce livestock anxiety and stress. Feed placed nearby that can be made accessible without the need of large equipment will provide an immediate solution until roads and trails become more accessible for larger equipment.

As with all winter storms, in the event of impassable roads, loss of electrical power, necessary supplies should be obtained and stored for a potential extreme weather event that could endure for several days.
Suggested supplies and preparation considerations:

Plenty of diesel fuel, gasoline and propane stored to operate tractors, generators, heaters and vehicles.

Make certain to have alternative heat sources to maintain temperatures above freezing in your home, shop, and lambing/calving warming/tack rooms.

Generators can at the very least provide lighting and communication availability, but planning for refrigeration, heating and power to outbuildings, heated livestock waterers and feed handling equipment especially during calving and lambing become high priorities.

Animal health supplies should be adequately stocked during lambing and calving. Extreme weather can place great stress on young animals resulting in more animals experiencing life threatening infections.

Extreme weather preparation includes making pre-storm plans with your neighbors to insure that both human and livestock needs will be met before, during and following a storm.

Having an extreme weather preparedness plan active and in place will lessen the storm’s impact on livestock and infrastructure, while providing personal safety and financial security to the producer and their family during these unpredictable periods. For general winter weather safety information relating to snowstorms, blizzards, extreme cold and so on, visit the National Weather Service’s Winter Weather Safety website.


Totes Being Delivered to Residential Customers

Heartland Waste is in the process of delivering totes to the residential area in Winner.

Once all the totes have been delivered there will only be curbside garbage pickup. This means that there will be no more pickup of garbage in the alleys.

The totes are 96 gallon and are made to be rolled to the curb.

Marti Kingsley, manager of Heartland Waste in Winner, says if persons do not want a tote that is fine; however, they still must put their garbage curbside.

Kingsley says there will be no change in the pickup dates.

If persons need an additional tote or an apartment complex needs an additional tote, they can call Kingsley at Heartland Waste Management at (605) 842-3692.

Commercial customers have had their totes for about two months and service is going well with the Winner businesses.

Heartland Waste is the company that has the contract with the city of Winner to pick up both commercial and residential garbage.

The garbage service is working in various sections of Winner to deliver the totes to residential customers.

There are an estimated 1,150 residential garbage customers.

Persons who have questions or a resident who did not receive a tote can call Kingsley.

The business just started delivering to residential so many people do not have their totes yet.