Colome Welcomes O’Doan as New Principal

By Colton Hall

Staff Writer

The school year is upon us.

New additions every year are part of any school district.

This year, the Colome Consolidated School District welcomes Dr. Debbie O’Doan as the new K-12 Principal.

O’Doan is originally from Martin where she graduated from Bennett County High School.

After high school, Dr. O’Doan went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University in elementary and middle school teaching. Following that,  O’Doan went on to receive her master’s degree of technology and doctorate degree in college administration from The University of South Dakota.O’Doan recently received her Education Specialist degree in K-12 administration from Wayne State College in Nebraska. Dr. O’Doan is looking forward to being a part of Colome.

“Colome has always been one of my favorite towns that I’ve driven through on Highway 18,” Dr. O’Doan said. “I really liked the town, and I wanted to be here.”

O’Doan has extensive work experience, boasting over 14 years of experience in the state of South Dakota alone. For seven years, Dr. O’Doan was a trainer of teachers in the state of South Dakota as part of the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative/TIE of Sturgis.

“I’ve taught at every grade level,” Dr. O’Doan said. “Whether that’s elementary, middle or high school, I have taught it. My parents still have a ranch in Bennett County, so I’ll be closer to home. I’ve got nieces and nephews in Aberdeen. I like small communities and I wanted to be able to serve them. I’m very excited to be here.” 

For three of her 14 years of experience Dr. O’Doan was a gifted and talented coordinator and teacher. Dr. O’Doan was also a building technology facilitator in Gillette, Wyo.

O’Doan brings a fresh, educated, and motivated perspective to the Colome Consolidated School District. She is looking to build solid relationships, trust, and cohesion to the position.

“I want the parents and teachers to know that I really enjoy students,” O’Doan said. “I can’t wait to serve them and their parents. I want them to know that I want to be here to serve and help them in any way I can. I want to be available to students and families to ensure that I make things work to help to meet the children’s needs. I hope to provide really strong leadership for the district.”

Kinzer Signs with Dakota State

By Colton Hall

Staff Writer

Colome’s Jackson Kinzer, The Daily Republic’s 2018 Football Player of the Year has signed to play college football for the Dakota State Trojans. (Matt Gade / Mitchell Daily Republic)

One of the best all-around athletes in the state of South Dakota has signed a letter of intent to play college football.

  Jackson Kinzer, Colome, will be playing for the Dakota State Trojans this year, and he won’t be alone. Kinzer will join his former high school teammate, Chase Dufek.

  Kinzer will be playing quarterback for the Trojans one year removed from a 12-0 season as quarterback of the Colome Cowboys where he received many rewards including an all-state selection, and Ben Connot as his coach.

  Kinzer gained 2,834 all-purpose yards, scored a total of 46 touchdowns, and helped lead the Cowboys to a state title in 2018.

  While Kinzer is known to be dangerous with the ball in his hands as a runner, he excelled as a passer as well. Kinzer finished with about 1,396 passing yards, and 24 touchdowns with no interceptions.

  Not bad for a quarterback that hadn’t played the position since 7th grade.

  While he is obviously a great football player, Kinzer was also a standout basketball player who scored over 1,000 career points for Colome High School. Kinzer received a second-team all state selection while averaging over 18 points a game in 2019. 

  Kinzer polished off his impressive athletic resume while being an even better baseball player. Kinzer was rewarded for his efforts by being a first-team all-state selection in 2018 and 2019.

Martin Jorgensen, 95

Martin Jorgensen Jr., 95, Ideal, died Aug. 9 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care facility.There will be a celebration of life for Jorgensen on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall in Winner.

The family would like to invite all to join them for a night of food, fellowship and an opportunity to share stories and honor Martin’s life.Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Oct. 14 from 6-7p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with a rosary at 7 p.m.

Maxine Meyer, 90

Funeral services for Maxine Meyer, 90, formerly of Mission, were held on Aug. 10 at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory. Burial followed in the IOOF Cemetery.

Helen Maxine (McCollam) Meyer passed away on Aug. 6, 2019, at 90 years of age. Born to Lela (Lewis) and James McCollam on May 18, 1929, at Dixon, SD, she wasthe middle of three children, older brother, Archie, and younger brother, Wayne.

Following her childhood years on the farm north of Dixon, where she had a pet chicken, the family moved to Gregory, SD. Maxine graduated in 1947 from Gregory High School, forever maintaining a fondnessfor the Gorillas and her alma mater.

Post high school, Maxine attended Black Hills Beauty College and was a professional hair dresser for a period oftime. After meeting at a dance in Carlock, SD, Maxine married William Delvin Meyer on June 10, 1952, making their home in Mission, SD, where they owned and operated Meyer U-Wash Laundromat.

To this union were five children, James William, Mary Jane, Dwight Allan, Laurie Ann and Heather Kay. Maxine was a dedicated and active member of Eastern Star since 1956, truly enjoying the time spent with her Sisters and Brothers. She also attended the United Methodist Church and eagerly took part in preparing meals and making unique decorations for church bazaars.

Becoming somewhat of a historian, Maxine researched her geneology to become a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, an honor that she also shared with her three daughters.

Maxine was proud of her Scottish heritage, sporting her McCollam tartan for many years at the Scottish Highland Festival in Estes Park, CO. Being fearful of flying but wanting to see Scotland, she sent her daughters on a mission to see the beautiful rolling hills of the Caledonian country in her stead.

Maxine enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, sewing (and teaching her daughters to sew), embroidery, square dancing, Scottish festivals, attending auctions, collecting and refinishing antique furniture, and even learned to paintwith oils.

Maxine was creative and vibrant and a loving, devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, homemaker, and grandmother. Nothing brought her more enjoyment than tohave her entire family home.

She is survived by her son James (Nona) Meyer of Winner, SD; Mary Jane (Alex) Laguna of Longmont, CO; Dwight Meyer of Mission, SD; Laurie (Dave) Dickson of Council, NC; Heather Meyer of Raeford, NC; grandson Geoffrey Meyer of Winner, SD; granddaughters Kayla and Krista Meyer of Suffolk, VA; grandson Xander Valburg of Mission, SD; brother Wayne (Carol) McCollam of Bismarck, ND; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Archie (Darlyne) and Delvin, her husband of 59 years.

Myrtle Toman, 87

Myrtle Toman, 87, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-TermCare Facility in Winner, SD.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Myrtle LaVonne Gurnsey was born on Oct. 22, 1931 to Fredrick and Bessie (Whitford) Gurnsey at the home of herAunt Anne’s on the White River in Lyman County.

Myrtle’s first home was Okaton, SD but at the age of 5, the family moved to White River, SD where she spent her younger years and attended school. On March 22, 1950, Myrtle was united in marriage to James Toman and moved to a small farm 7 miles north of Carter, SD.

To this union 2 girls were born, Audrey Jean and Wanda Kay.While being a farm wife, Myrtle was a member of the Treadle Tripper Extension Club and Witten Women’s Club.But Thursday afternoons were set aside for bowling.

She bowled for 40 years and enjoyed making many friends along the way. Due to Jim’s health, they sold the farm and moved to White River, SD where they managed the Gas N Git for nine years. Once again, pulling up roots, they moved to Winner, SD in 1990 where Myrtle worked at the Coast to Coast store and the Dakota Inn.

Jim passed away in 1995 and in 1999, Myrtle moved to Aberdeen, SD. There she was active with the Senior Center, learned to play Bridge, and went on many bus tours throughout SD, ND, IA and MN.

She was also a member of the Red Hats enjoying many of their activities. Missing family and friends, Myrtle moved back to Winner, SD.Myrtle’s love was the farm, dancing, playing cards or any game, bowling, trips with friends and most of all, her family.

She is survived by her daughters Audrey Nieman of Winner, SD, Wanda (Cliff) Sinkler of Winner, SD, and one sister Shirley Shade of Barstow, CA. 6 grandchildren; Angela Skogen of Aberdeen, SD, Jennifer (Nathan) Thomas of Parkville, MO, Bradley (Kristi) Nieman of Sioux Falls, SD, Crystal (Bruce) VanDerWerff of Dallas, SD, Clinton (Jen) Nieman of Aberdeen, SD, Austin (Laura) Sinkler of Lawrence, KS, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, one brother Donald Eklund, 2 sisters, Dorothy (Eklund) Richter and Melvina (Gurnsey) Ours.

Elks Rodeo Results

People came from near and far to attend the 50th annual LifeScape Benefit Elks Rodeo in Winner.

There were four generations representing each of the families of Vince Hollenbeck, Bill Dillon and Dick Kazda, who along with Harold Jans, founded the Elks Rodeo in 1969. Family members were either working at the rodeo, participating in the rodeo, including mutton busters, or were spectators. The families of these men came from CA, WY, GA, SD, NE & OK to be a part of the history of this rodeo. Bill Dillon also served on the board of directors of Childrens Care Hospital & School, now known as LifeScape. Other spectators attending the rodeo were from AL, FL, India and the Netherlands.

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Jr. Legion Heads to State

By Dan Bechtold

Winner Junior Legion baseball team will be advancing to the state tournament.

The team played Wagner in the championship game July 29 and was defeated 6-4 in extra innings. On Sunday, July 28, Winner defeated Belle Fourche 14-3 which assured Winner a spot in the state meet.

The state tournament will be Aug. 9-11 in Groton. Winner takes a 13-10 record into state and will be the No. 2 seed.

Winner will play Elk Point/Jefferson at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.

“I am excited to be going to state,” said coach Shane Phillips. “If we continue to hit the ball and have our pitching down we will be tough to beat.”

Phillips noted Winner needs to cut down on its errors to be successful. Winner had five errors against Wagner.

In the championship game in Redfield, Winner scored in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game 4-4. In the 9th inning, Wagner scored on a two run home run to win the game.

Landon Thieman, Joey Cole, Ashton Klein, Jacob Beckers, Adam Bohnet, Zach Bohnet, Evan Farner, Aaron Glichrist and Bosten Morehart managed to have one hit to lead the junior Legion team.

Evan Farner pitched seven innings for Winner and Joey Cole came in and pitched one inning and took the loss.

In the Belle Fourche game, Phillips said the team hit the ball well and Kameron Meiners did a great job of pitching.

Phillips said the team will have depth in pitching at state.

The junior Legion team and the Winner/Colome Legion team held a scrimmage on July 31 as both teams prepare to compete in their respective state tournaments.

Changes Coming to Colome School District

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

There’s going to be some new faces around the Colome Consolidated School District this year.

For starters, Colome will welcome a new K-12 principal in Debbie O’Doan. O’Doan is originally from Martin, but was most recently in Wyoming.

Wood will bring in a new kindergarden through third grade teacher in Mary White. White will be replacing Misty Brown.

In Colome, Shelby Ewing will be replacing Ben Connot as a special education teacher. Connot will be teaching special education in Winner.

Danielle Foss will be teaching fifth grade after teaching fourth grade last year. Bria Peppel will be replacing Foss as a fourth grade teacher.

Maria Bertram will be the new middle school ELA replacing Drew Weber. Chisyl Joy Cristobal will by teaching music/band, replacing Cheyenne Heath. Wade Juracek will be replacing Abby Smikle as the new high school English teacher.

On the athletic side of things, Gene Bertram will be the new football coach with his assistances being Terrance Kinzer and Chase Hrabanek. Willie Beckers will be taking over the new head boys basketball coaching responsibilities. Lisa Nicholas will also be moving from assistant to head track coach.
Kathy Hrabanek will be the new athletic director replacing Drew Weber.

Colome will bring a new ag shop program which will be taught by a new teacher, Sarah Manderfeld. Colome will also bring a new FFA Program which will teach the courses of Intro to Ag, Ag mechanics, Natural Resources, Wild game fisheries, welding, animal science, and plant science.

Superintendent Ryan Orrock is looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year.

“I’m excited for this year,” Orrock said. “I’m excited to get the kids, teachers, and faculty back into the school buildings, and I’m excited for all the new things that we’re bringing to the community of Colome.”

The first day of school will be on Aug. 14. New school hours are Monday through Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.