Special election is set

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Greg Vavra of the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program, spoke at an informational meeting on the upcoming public vote on a proposed tax levy. The meeting was held Sept. 12 in the courtroom

Tripp County voters will go to the polls Sept. 24 to decide whether taxes should be increased with the money going to roads and bridges.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The normal polling places will be used for this election.

Persons will vote on a property tax increase of 90 cents per $1,000 of valuation with a five-year cap. The money will bring in $900,000 a year which can only be used for roads and bridges.

The Tripp County Commissioners say with the current budget they are unable to maintain, repair and construct roads and bridges in Tripp County.
State law permits the governing board to levy an annual tax as a reserve fund to be accumulated and used for the purpose of maintaining, repairing and constructing roads and bridges.

The money raised in this tax can only be used for roads and bridges.

The commissioners passed a resolution to raise the taxes and this resolution was referred to a vote of the public.

A vote in favor of the tax increase would authorize the county auditor to apply the tax levy.

A vote no would not adopt the annual tax levy and there would be no increase in taxes.

City approves budget

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
A 9/11 memorial was set up last Wednesday in the parking lot of Ace Hardware. Each year the local law enforcement, fire department and ambulance sets up this memorial. Patriot Day is a day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

By Dan Bechtold

Winner City Council Monday night gave final approval to the 2020 budget.
The budget totals $15,962,282.45. The council approved Ord. 934 which sets the budget for 2020.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!

Competitive teams place first

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
The Winner area dance hip hop team won first place at the local invitational. They are presenting their routine Saturday in the Armory.

Winner Area competitive cheer and dance team placed high at the Winner Invitational Saturday afternoon.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!

Cowboys fall to Irene

Colton Hall/Winner Advocate Photo
Gene Bertram, the head coach of the Colome Cowboys, coaches his team from the sideline during a Cowboys home game.

It’s tough when two of your better players are missing, it’s tough to play well, let alone try to get a win.

The Colome Cowboys football team found itself without a pair of Shippy’s that are integral to the team’s success, and ultimately fell to Irene-Wakonda, 40-20 on Friday, Sept. 13.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!

Warriors shutout Wagner

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Kaden Keiser (No. 6) carries the ball for Winner in Friday’s game in Wagner. With the win the Warriors are 4-0 for the season.

By Dan Bechtold

Winner High School football team recorded its second-high scoring shutout of the season Friday night in Wagner. The Warriors won the game 52-0 and the game ended in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!

Cowgirls winning dogfights

Kathy Hrabanek, head coach of the Colome Cowgirls, coaches in her team’s game against Tripp/Delmont-Armour on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Cowgirls would go on to lose in five sets.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Kathy Hrabanek, the head coach of the Colome Cowgirls volleyball team was a little emotional following her team’s loss to Tripp/Delmont-Armour on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Considering her team’s near comeback win, she had a right to be.

The Colome Cowgirls have been in multiple positions to win match-ups, but have found trouble finishing. It’s the typical up and down roller-coaster if you will.

One set the Cowgirls will be on fire, the next they’re at a low.

It’s not like all the teams beating the Cowgirls are immensely more talented. It’s the fact that a young and somewhat inexperienced team is trying to learn how to do something that it hasn’t done much of in the past. Win.

More often than not, it’s the Cowgirls themselves who lose the game, not the other team winning it.

“We shoot ourselves in the foot,” Kathy Hrabanek said. “We tend to play just good enough to play, and not good enough to win. Our girls know that we should be winning these matches.”

Early in the season, Hrabanek noticed that her team couldn’t win the tough matches when things got tough.

“We have a tough time winning the ‘dogfights’,” Hrabanek said. “We go into a game, and we start slow because we don’t know if you can play with a team rather than trying to take it to them.”

Mental mistakes seemed to plague Colome early. The Cowgirls held a lead multiple times throughout all sets, and let Tripp/Delmont-Armour back into the game.

Colome made mental errors that led to a 25-18 loss in the first set, but the Cowgirls did what they’ve done all season. Fight.

After answering with a 25-16 win in the second set, Colome battled in the third but fell 25-23. That’s when the pressure was mounting.

It seemed as though the Cowgirls were going to “throw in the towel,” as they’ve tend to do in the past. Not these Cowgirls.

At the beginning of the season, Hrabanek sat down with her team and knew that something had to change.

In the past, the Cowgirls haven’t built a dynasty, but Hrabanek is trying to change that.

“My girls tend to be complacent,” Hrabanek said. “I told them at the beginning of the season that it’s a mindset change. You have to look on the other side of the net against the opposing team and say ‘bring it’. If you want to win games, you have to be able to say that.”

So, when the Cowgirls came away with a win in the fourth set, they showed that they’ve listened to Hrabranek, who is in her sixth year as a coach of the Cowgirls.

These Cowgirls have started to win the dogfights. No, they may not have won the match, but they taking the right steps toward getting to that point.

“We’re doing some really good things,” Hrabanek said. “We’re improving on everything else. We’re passing, hitting, and blocking the ball very well. We’re doing everything that we set out to do before the year started, it’s just the little things that are costing us sets.”

The “little things” such as unforced errors proved to be a point of weakness for the Cowgirls against Tripp/Delmont-Armour.

Colome gave up many points because of unforced errors including three of the last five points in the fifth set for Tripp/Delmont-Armour.

Part of coaching an improving team is being able to make important schematic changes when your team isn’t answering the bell. Hrabanek saw that her team needed to take advantage of Tripp/Delmont-Armours hitters.

The Cowgirls head coach moved her team from a 6-2 defense to a 5-1 defense that put more players in the back court to get the ball up and take advantage of the Cowgirls outside hitters like Haley Krumpus who played a solid game.

Krumpus finished with eight kills, and 17 digs while Baylie Hoffine lead the Cowgirls with 18 digs.

“We went from a 6-2 to a 5-1 in the second set. Tripp/Delmont Armour is a good hitting team, but they’re not a great hitting team. With that, I felt that our blockers could do a better job in a 5-1.”

The schematic change proved to work even though it was something new for Colome.

“We don’t run a lot of receive with a 5-1, and I knew that we had a young Libero in the back. I figured that I needed that support to help her out a bit. They all handled it very well.”

The Cowgirls may not have won the game, but they’re done being complacent. They’re done giving in. They may not be winning all their matches, but they’re winning the ‘dogfights”.

Davis is new agent

Colton Hall/Winner Advocate Photo
Austin Davis is a new agent for Farm Bureau Insurance. Davis is a recent graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Agriculture Business/Economics.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Austin Davis is a new friendly face to go to when seeking
to consult with an agent of Farm Bureau Insurance.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!

Mary Novotny, 92

Mary Alice Davis Novotny was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Haywood County, North Carolina to Joseph and Pearl (Snyder) Davis.

Mary passed away quickly and peacefully on Sept. 6, 2019 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Long-Term Care Facility at the age of 92.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Sept. 14, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Mary grew up in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, and was very proud of her southern heritage. She was a 1944 graduate of Waynesville (North Carolina) High School. Mary joined the Catholic Church as a young woman, and was equally proud of her faith.

Mary came to South Dakota to visit her brother, Ben, who had married Iva Engle from Wood. She like it here, got a job, and stayed. She met Paul Novotny at a dance in Wewela. They were married on April 15, 1950 in North Carolina.

Paul and Mary raised their six children on a ranch in eastern Todd County. Mary always raised a big garden to feed her family. She was quite proficient at mowing hay, and could often be seen mowing the corners of the field when she was done so as not to leave a stem of hay standing! Mary LOVED to visit. She fed everyone who came to her house, and often sent them home with a gift.

In 2002, Paul and Mary sold their ranch and moved to Winner to retire. Mary cared for Paul until his declining health reached a point that she could no longer do so. She lived in assisted living and eventually moved to the long-term care facility.

Mary is survived by five or her six children. Catherine, Rapid City, SD; Paul (Susan), DeSmet, SD; Mark (Monica), North Stonington, CT; Teresa (Scott Hollenbeck), Winner, SD; Marianne, Marquette, MI. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Nathan Novotny, Blythe Novotny, Justine (Ryan) Sauter, Elyssa (Clark) Vargo, Rachel Novotny, Elizabeth (Jarad) Gouge, Jennifer (Raymond) Buchanan, Stephanie Novotny, Sydney Hollenbeck, and Sean (Ashley) Symons. Ten great grandchildren survive Mary: Alexis and Alison Novotny; Jackson and Nash Sauter; Harper Gouge; Vivian, Henry, and Faye Buchanan; and Calvin and Ayla Symons.

Additional survivors include her brother, Bob Davis, Waynesville, NC; daughter-in-law, Marcia Kruse-Novotny, Bandon, OR; brother-in-law, Virgil (Delores) Novotny, Colome, SD and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Novotny, Sr.; son, Bruce Novotny; son-in-law, Michael Symons; brothers: Tom, Hack, AJ, and Ben Davis; and sister, Sara Mitchem.

Memorials will be directed to Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Kenneth Berens, 96

Services for Kenneth  Berens age  96,  of Gregory, SD was held on Saturday, Sept 7, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory, SD. Burial followed at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  There was a prayer service Friday  night at 7 p.m. at the church.

Kenneth Alfred Berens was born Dec. 25, 1922, at Dixon, SD, the youngest of 14 children in the family of John E. and Magdalena (Marx) Berens. Kenneth attended elementary school through 8th grade in the Dixon school and then went to Gregory High School and graduated in 1940.

Ken attended Sioux City Business College and graduated in 1942. In 1943, Ken enlisted in the Navy. During his time in the Navy, he served in numerous stateside locations to include Idaho, California, Louisiana, and Illinois. He also served overseas during WW II on an Oiler Vessel in numerous locations in the Pacific Theater and later served at the Pacific Ocean Joint Intelligence Center in Hawaii.

Ken shared with family that, while in Hawaii, he crossed paths with Admiral Nimitz while walking on the Naval Yard. After his service in the Navy, he returned to the family farm. For over 70 years, Ken acted as the business manager of the farm and also worked with his brother, Raymond, taking care of the cattle side of the farm operation.

Ken continued the farming tradition on the farm that was started by his father in 1908, over 110 years ago. Ken’s main “hobby” was farming and just checking out the farm operations, whether it was participating with his brothers or conversing with the many neighbors in the Dixon area. He liked to hunt deer and pheasants when he was younger. In later years, he enjoyed hosting a family pheasant hunt on the farm with his many nephews and nieces.

Ken was an avid reader and subscribed to numerous magazines about farming, western life, national history/geography, and religious subjects. When his health started to decline, he moved to Silver Threads and then to the Rosebud Community Care Center until his passing at the age of 96 years.

He was a member of the Gregory American Legion. Ken was also a life-long member of the Catholic Church both in Dixon and at St. Joseph’s in Gregory. He was extremely devoted to his Catholic faith and generous to many charities throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 13 brothers and sisters: Vincent, Mary, Helen, William (Bill), Ann, Carl, Raymond, John, Margaret, Robert (Bob), Nicholas (Guy), Leo (Pete), and Armand. He was preceded by niece, Rita Berens, and nephews Tom Berens and Vincey Berens.

He is survived by nephews, Lawrence (Vince) Berens, Dick Berens, Dan Berens, Jack Berens, Bob Berens, Jr., and Jim Berens and nieces, Mary Stevicks, MaryAnn Berthelson, Barb Berens, Peggy Greene and Anne Marie Shackleford and many great, double-great and triple-great nieces and nephews.

Lady Warriors win two

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Addy Root sets up the ball in the Valentine match. The Lady Warriors won the match 3-0.

Winner volleyball team came away with two victories when they hosted Valentine, Neb. and Ainsworth, Neb. on Thursday.

For the rest of the story, pick up this week’s edition of the Winner Advocate or subscribe to the Winner Advocate at 1-605-842-1481!