Girls Cross Country Claims Another Meet Title in Burke

Winner Area girls cross country team won the Burke Invitational on Thursday.

Leading the Lady Warriors was Sidda Schuyler who took first place. She was followed by Saige Schuyler, 11th; Meagan Blare, 14th; Aryn Meiners, 15th; Jaclyn Laprath, 22nd; Melanie Brozik, 26th

In the boys varsity, Kade Watson placed 8th, Joseph Laprath, 18th; Wyatt Turnquist, 20th.

In the junior girls varsity race, Madison Thieman placed 4th, Katherine Jankauskas, 10th; Gabby Kocer, 11th; Trintiy Vrbka, 12th.

In the junior high race, Konner Osborn placed second.

The next meet will be Oct. 4 in Parkston.

Cowboys Climb to #2 in Polls with Another Victory

Colome football team remains undefeated with a 52-0 victory over Scotland on Friday.

Michael Supik opened the scoring on a 66 yard run and followed it with a 37 yard TD run and Colome was up 14-0.

In the second quarter, Jackson Kinzer completed an 11 yard pass to Layton Thieman for a touchdown.

At the start of the third quarter, Kinzer connected with Thieman on a 59 yard touchdown.

Beau Bertram scored on a 13 yard run, Riley Shippy on a 45 yard run and A. J. Davis on an 8 yard run.

The Cowboys had 384 yards of total offense and held Scotland to 87 yards.

In passing, Kinzer was 5-6 for 126 yards.

Supik was the leading rusher with 148 yards. Shippy had 48 yards.

Leading the defense was Wyatt Cahoy with 11 tackles followed by Bertram and Dawson Varilek with 8 each, Kinzer, 7 and Thieman, 6.

The Cowboys will travel to Corsica-Stickney on Friday, Oct. 5.

Warriors Score Last in See Saw Battle to Win!

In a wild game, Winner High School football team rallied to defeat Chamberlain 42-40 Friday night.

Trevor Peters scored a 2 yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.

With 2:39 left in the game, Winner was down 10 points, 40-30.

With 2:01 left in the game, Brady Fritz completes a 41 yard pass to Brandon Volmer for a touchdown to cut Chamberlain’s lead.

On a third down, Preston Norrid came up with a huge sack and then Winner blocked a Cubs punt to give the Warriors the ball on the 45 yard line.

Casey Stickland caught a pass from Fritz to move Winner close to the goal line and then Fritz scrambled to get to the 2 yard line to allow Peters to punch in the ball for the winning touchdown.

I want to give our kids credit for making big plays,” said coach Dan Aaker.

Chamberlain, celebrating its homecoming, took the lead right away with two touchdowns.

Winner scored with 1:15 left in the first quarter on a 7 yard run by Brady Fritz, who also made the 2 point conversion.

At the start of the second quarter, Phillip Jorgensen scored on a 2 yard run to give Winner the lead 16-13.

Chamberlain countered with a TD giving them back the lead.

Right before the half Peters scored on a 2 yard run and Winner led 22-19.

In the third quarter, Sam Kruger scored on a 2 yard run.

The Cubs had three unanswered touchdowns in the second half.

Both teams were close in first downs with Winner having 21 and Chamberlain 22.

The Warriors had a total of 391 offensive yards.

Leading rushers were Jorgensen, 94 yards; Fritz, 74 yards; Peters, 47 yards and Kruger, 32 yards.

In passing, Fritz was 7-13 for 128 yards.

Leading the Winner defense was Shea Connot with 10 tackles, Volmer, Peters, Norrid, Elijah Blare, all with 6 and Bosten Morehart with 5.

We were worried about their size up front and had a hard time defensively stopping them,” said Aaker.

The Warriors will travel to Wagner on Friday. “The big thing this week is that we have to find ourselves defensively,” said the coach. “We need to have a good defensive game and gain some confidence on that side of the ball.”

Gail Berry, 75

Gail Berry, age 75, of Norris, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care.

Gail Elizabeth (Johnston) Berry was born to David and Helen Johnston on June 3, 1943, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Gail and her two sisters Lynn and Vickie lived with their parents on the same street until they finished college at the University of British Columbia.

Gail obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in physical and occupational therapy. Later she attended Multnomah School of the Bible and graduated with a degree in Bible training. Gail planned to go and minister to leprosy patients in India, but her plans changed when she met Raymond Baxter Berry. After the first date they both knew this was God’s plan, and as they say so many times: “the rest is history”.

They were united in marriage on July 6, 1968, at a little church called Hillside Baptist. Together they lived in Portland, Oregon. They both had a desire to serve the Lord in Missions. After doing deputation they finally arrived in Ingwavuma, South Africa in August 1970. While in Africa their two sons were born: Loren in 1972 and Brent in 1974. Gail and her family returned stateside for a brief visit before returning to the work in Africa until 1980. Gail ran the pharmacy until Loren was born and then became the Station Hostess to the many visitors that came. She loved to cook and sew so any free time was put to good use.

Upon returning stateside in 1980, Gail and her husband Ray purchased a farm near Norris and have resided there ever since. She freely opened her home to others especially the friends of her two boys. Gail was proud of her beloved Canada, but became an American citizen while working at the Norris Post Office.

Gail struggled with dementia which first showed its signs not long after the loss of Grandma Berry in 2006. Gail spent a lot of time with her and missed her greatly at her passing.

Survivors include the love of her life Ray of Norris; two sons Loren (Linda) Berry of Rapid City, and Brent (Lynette) Berry of Jamestown, ND; nine grandchildren: Sequoyah, Annan, Serena, Gavin, Benjamin, Brandon, Jacob, Ashlyn, and Canyon; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends both near and far.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka.

Interment will be at the Belvidere Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.

Roy Goodman, 87

Funeral services for Roy Raymond Goodman were held Sept. 29 at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke with Pastor Mark Tuttle officiating. Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery, Burke.

Roy Raymond Goodman was born Aug. 22, 1931 on the family farm west of Naper, Neb., to William and Dottie (Green) Goodman, the fourth of eight children. Roy passed away Sept. 21, 2018 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner, South Dakota at the age of 87 years.

Roy grew up in rural Naper, where he attended country school and graduated from Naper High School. After graduation he joined the Army, where he served during the Korean War.

Upon his discharge, he met and married Sara Frank on June 12, 1955 and to this union two children were born: Dewayne and Mary. Roy and Sara farmed for a few years then moved to rural Gregory, South Dakota and worked on a farm. They then moved to the Carter/Witten, South Dakota area where he worked on two different farms. They later moved to Burke, South Dakota where he drove milk truck for many years. He later went to work on road construction driving truck and as a flag person until he retired.

After Sara passed he remained at home until health issues forced him to enter assisted living in Bonesteel. Roy then moved to the Winner Nursing Home and remained there until his death.

Roy enjoyed bowling when they lived in the Carter/Witten area as he and Sara bowled mixed doubles. He enjoyed playing cards and visiting with people. When he was a flag person he would always visit with the people, finding out where they lived. He met some interesting people over the years. He was a member of the Burke VFW.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Sara; his parents, William and Dottie; and three sisters: Reba, June and Opal.

Roy is survived by his children: Dewayne Goodman of California and Mary Kaupp of Gregory, South Dakota; one grandson, Ben (Emily) and one granddaughter, Beth (Chris) Wendle; one great-granddaughter, Avery Goodman of California; three brothers: Bill (Fern) of Creighton, Nebraska; Don (Letha) of Marysville, Washington and Jerry (Janet) of Bonesteel, South Dakota; one sister, Donna (Ron) Tompt of Homestead, Montana and many nieces and nephews.

Randy Sund, 46

Randy Sund, 46, of Yankton, SD passed away on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

Funeral service were held on Tuesday, Oct.2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. Randy was born on Feb. 19, 1972 in Winner, SD to Linda Sund. Randy grew up and lived in Winner. He graduated Winner High School in 1990. Shortly after graduation he moved to Yankton, SD where he was currently employed at Wilson Trailer. He always had stories to tell about the “guys” at work.

Randy enjoyed hunting and did a little fishing as well. Randy never hesitated helping out his family and friends with whatever they needed, no matter what it was. He would often drive up to the “Sunderosa” for brother time. Randy always enjoyed coming home for family gatherings, holidays and special events.

Randy is survived by his mother Linda Sund; his brother Terry(Amy) Sund; sister Tammy Sund; brother Steve(Laurel) Sund; sister Teresa(Justin) Lenning, nephews Alex Till, Riley Sund and Jared DeWitt and niece Kayslynn Lenning.

He is preceded in death by is grandparents Eldon and Ruth Sund; uncles Pat Sund, Kenny Parvin, Cliff Hight and Loren Tarrell.
Randy will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Amendment W Offers Tougher Ethics Enforcement

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association

BROOKINGS — This November, South Dakota voters will once again decide on an ethics measure. As with Initiated Measure 22 in 2016, backers of Amendment W say it is a needed safeguard to ensure ethical behavior in Pierre. Opponents say it is a dangerous overreach, giving unchecked power to a new ethics board.

If approved by voters on Nov. 6, the amendment would go into effect on July 1, 2019.

“It’s a bad solution for the problem, even as they define it,” said David Owen, president of the S.D. Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “This is like chemotherapy for the cold.”

The wide-ranging amendment would:

• lower campaign contribution amounts.

• prohibit campaign contributions from being spent on personal use.

• place restrictions on lobbyists. • replace the government accountability board with a new board with broad powers.

• limit the votes necessary for the passage of an initiated measure.

• require voter approval for any changes to the initiated measure or referral process.

According to Attorney General Marty Jackley’s ballot explanation, if it is approved by voters, Amendment W will likely be challenged in court on constitutional grounds.

Voters were angry after the Legislature repealed Initiated Measure 22, according to Mitch Richter, co-chairman of Represent South Dakota.

“They repealed what the citizens had voted in,” Richter said.

The ethics panel in Amendment W has been “supplemented with things the Legislature didn’t go far enough on,” Richter said, referring to ethics bills lawmakers endorsed in the wake of the repeal of IM 22. “We’re one of only seven states that doesn’t have an ethics commission.”

The powerful ethics panel and the amendment’s claim to overrule other parts of the state constitution worries Owen.

“This new article has control over the rest of the constitution,” Owen said. “We don’t have any way for other branches to issue opinions or make changes.”

According to Richter, anyone who disagrees with a decision made by the ethics panel can take their concerns to court.

“That’s a red herring they’re throwing out there,” Richter said of the criticism.

Owen agrees with Jackley, that if it passes, Amendment W is likely to be challenged in court. Owen said a judge must decide if Amendment W has sway over the rest of the constitution or if the document’s 125 years of precedence will rule. According to Richter, Amendment W’s language was written to conform to the rest of the state’s constitution.

“It doesn’t conflict with other parts of the constitution,” Richter said.

Owen admits that South Dakota’s one-party rule may cause some frustration, but as a lobbyist in the state since 1999, he hasn’t seen the widespread corruption that the amendment tries to address.

“In this day and age, I think we have a tendency to confuse disagreement with corruption,” Owen said. “They must show evidence of corruption, and up to this point haven’t.”

Richter points to the list of organizations opposing Amendment W and says that many of them have members who hold contracts with state government. “I think they’re really afraid of transparency and open government,” Richter said. “They don’t want the rules of the game to change.”

Measures Seek to Make Amending Constitution Tougher, Easier to Understand

By Dana Hess
For the S.D. Newspaper Association

BROOKINGS — Two measures on the Nov. 6 ballot would make changes to the way the state’s constitution is amended.

Amendment X would change the threshold for approving an amendment, raising it from a majority vote to 55 percent of the votes cast. Amendment Z would require that each constitutional amendment be limited to a single subject.

The bill that grew into Amendment X was championed in the Legislature by Sen. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, who said that the state’s constitution is of such importance that it should take more than a majority vote to approve amendments.

“This is our foundational document,” Bolin said. “It shouldn’t be changed in a willy-nilly fashion.”

The amendment was endorsed on an 11-2 vote by a task force that studied ballot issues in the summer of 2017. The task force included lawmakers from both parties as well as representatives of municipalities, county commissions, the board of elections and county auditors.

Sen. Reynold Nesiba, D-Sioux Falls, served on the task force and is spearheading the effort against Amendment X.

Amendment X “assumes that the constitution is too easy to change already,” Nesiba said. “It’s not.”

Nesiba said that 26,000 valid signatures are needed to get on the ballot. In reality, to hit that number, close to 50,000 signatures have to collected. As an example, Nesiba noted two groups that tried to get amendments on this November’s ballot. One collected 33,000 signatures and the other collected 37,000. Neither made it on the ballot.

Bolin points out that Amendment X has nothing to do with ballot access.

Amendment X is patterned after a proposal that was approved by Colorado voters in 2016. Florida has a 60 percent threshold and New Hampshire’s original constitution, written in 1783, requires a two-thirds majority to pass an amendment.

“We’re not breaking any new ground here, at all,” Bolin said.

It’s well-trod ground, though, according to Nesiba with 240 amendments proposed in the state’s history. Of those, 224 were put on the ballot by the Legislature and 16 were initiated by citizens.

From statehood through the last election, 51 percent of all amendments were approved by voters with just six of the citizen-initiated measures becoming part of the constitution.

“Citizens aren’t doing this,” Nesiba said. “Amendment X is another one coming from the Legislature.”

Amendment Z also started in the Legislature, championed by Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls.

Keeping constitutional amendments to a single subject, according to Mickelson, will keep voters from having to face a decision about voting for a measure because it has some good qualities, but having to accept its bad ideas as well.

“It makes it clear to the voter what they’re voting on,” Mickelson said. “This makes the constitution less able to be abused.”

It’s the voters who are being abused, according to Rebecca Terk, a lobbyist for Dakota Rural Action. Terk said both Amendments X and Z seems to be aimed at the notion that too many wealthy, out-of-state interests are crowding South Dakota’s ballot.

“They’re wealthy,” Terk said. “They have the tools to overcome the hurdles in their path.”

According to Mickelson, rules that allow citizens to put amendments on the ballot were put in place to help people who didn’t think that lawmakers in Pierre were listening to their concerns. Those lawmakers weren’t listening to Mickelson in the last session, so he spearheaded efforts to put an increased tobacco tax and a ban on out-of-state contributions to ballot measure committees on this year’s ballot.

“I couldn’t get those through the Legislature,” Mickelson said, “but the people want these. That’s a healthy process.”

Terk isn’t buying the idea that the constitution needs a higher vote threshold or simpler topics on which to vote. But, like Mickelson, she’s putting her faith in voters.

“South Dakota voters are not dumb,” Terk said. “They take the time to really understand what’s on their ballot.”



The Long Fight to honor Woodrow Wilson Keeble

Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Keeble was a warrior who wore a U.S. Army uniform.

Almost six decades after gallant actions in the Korean War and 26 years after his death, the U.S. Army master sergeant received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Keeble was a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the first Dakota to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States for valor in combat.

Keeble was born in Waubay on May 16, 1917. He attended what is now Circle of Nations boarding school at Wahpeton, N.D., and joined the North Dakota Army National Guard. His Guard unit was activated during World War II and he served in I Company of the North Dakota 164th Infantry Regiment. The 164th Infantry fought in the Pacific, most notably at Guadalcanal. Keeble developed a reputation for bravery and skill.

After the war, Keeble returned to Wahpeton, married and worked at the school he attended while growing up.

In 1951, Keeble returned to active duty when the 164th Infantry Regiment was reactivated for the Korean War. For his actions on Oct. 20, 1951, Keeble became a legend.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Keeble’s platoon met up with two platoons pinned down by enemy fire coming from three bunkers or pillboxes in a V-formation on a hill. The officers or platoon leaders were wounded or killed in action, so Keeble assumed command of the company. Keeble’s plan was to lead one platoon at a time up the hill to try to destroy the enemy. After the third failed attempt, Keeble decided to go up the hill alone.

But first, he had to eliminate soldiers in trenches in front of the bunkers. He did this and then took out a bunker with a grenade. He moved to the second bunker and destroyed it with another grenade.

The final bunker was at the top of the hill. Keeble lobbed a grenade through the back entrance. The enemy was eliminated.
Allied forces then advanced and secured the hill.

Keeble’s assault on the enemy took two to four hours under heavy fire. He was wounded multiple times with injuries to his chest, both arms and both legs.

After the war, Keeble returned to North Dakota. One lung was removed because of tuberculosis. This triggered a series of strokes that left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak. His wife died but he later remarried.

Keeble received many awards for his military service in World War II and Korea, including the Army’s second highest award, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Over the years, friends and family tried unsuccessfully to have Keeble awarded the Medal of Honor. Recommendations that Keeble receive the Medal of Honor were submitted twice, but each time, the paperwork was lost.

Keeble died in Sisseton on Jan. 28, 1982, at age 64.

The fight to have him receive the Medal of Honor lived on.

When it was determined that the recommendations had never arrived at headquarters, family and friends gathered recommendations from those who had fought with Keeble. U.S. Sens. John Thune and Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad of North Dakota urged that Keeble be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

In 2007, the Department of Defense notified the four senators that a statute of limitations would prevent the Medal of Honor from being granted — there was a three-year-window from when the action took place to when the medal could be awarded.

The senators drafted legislation that would grant a waiver of the statute of limitations. This language was included in the funding bill for Iraq that was passed by Congress.

President George W. Bush awarded the medal on March 3, 2008. He said while the tribute came too late for Keeble to see the honor bestowed, his story can still be told and his memory honored.

On March 17, 2008, Gov. Mike Rounds officially proclaimed the date to be forever commemorated as Woodrow Wilson Keeble Day in South Dakota.

A Hall of Honor display honoring Keeble and eight other Medal of Honor recipients from South Dakota is located on the first floor of the west wing of the South Dakota Capitol, near the north entrance. Numerous regional sites also pay homage to Keeble’s memory.

This moment in South Dakota history is provided by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Find us on the web at Contact us at to submit a story idea.


First Fall Frost Could Arrive in Early October According to Climate Outlook

Climate models predict a near average first fall frost date for South Dakota as cooler weather moves across the state.

“With cool air moving into the region from Canada the first week in October, it is possible that temperatures will dip below freezing,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist.

She explained that for most of the state, the average first frost is the last week in September or early October. “The long-term trends in this region have been tending towards later first fall frost dates. In the last several years, we have seen first frost frequently occur in October, but also as late as mid-November.”

The latest U.S. Climate Outlook for October, released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) September 20, shows the likelihood that southeastern South Dakota could be colder than average.

“Chances are very good that the early part of the month will be cooler than average, which may be enough to tilt the odds for the whole month, even if it turns warmer sometime later,” Edwards said. “The rest of the state has equal chances of colder, warmer or near average in the month ahead.”

A wetter than average growing season is one of the drivers of cooler temperatures, Edwards explained. “When soils are very wet, the air above it is often more humid than usual. Moist air and soil do not heat up as quickly as dry air, so temperatures remain more moderate in moist conditions.”

Looking ahead to October, the precipitation outlook is less certain.

Early in the month, Edwards said the models point to an active weather pattern that may continue with several small systems passing through. Later in the month, there is more uncertainty. “As a result, equal chances of overall wetter, drier or near average precipitation is projected across the north central states,” Edwards said.

However, October’s temperatures are not an indication of what South Dakotans should expect this winter, Edwards said, explaining that a weak El Niño could gradually impact our winter climate. “Historically, this has often meant warmer than average temperatures. The long-lead outlook for October through December is consistent with this pattern. It shows an increased likelihood of warmer than average temperatures for October through December and into 2019.”

The precipitation outlook for the remainder of the fall and early winter is also uncertain this year in our region. “There are no consistent signs of either wetter or drier conditions in computer-generated forecasts. Additionally, El Niño climate patterns have not been consistently tied to wetter or drier winters in the Northern Plains. As a result, the north central states currently have equal chances of these scenarios playing out at the end of this year,” Edwards said.

Climate impact on crops
Cool temperatures and wet conditions will make for a slow corn and soybean harvest season. Excess moisture could reduce quality of some crops. During this challenging time, when the grain market is low, mechanical grain drying may be required to ensure the highest quality seed possible after harvest.

However, for winter wheat growers, some moisture could be beneficial, as planting season is underway. Some of the drier areas in central and northern South Dakota need rainfall to help with germination, so a wetter pattern would be favorable.