Rosalea Friestad, 72

Rosalea M. “Tillie” Friestad, age 72, of McCook, NE passed away at the Hillcrest Nursing Home on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

She was born in Nevada, IA on Dec. 14, 1947 to John and Rosabell (Helms) Betts. Tillie attended and graduated from Oak Park Academy in Nevada. She continued her education at Union College in Lincoln, NE.

On Aug. 4, 1968 she was united in marriage to Lawrence Friestad. The couple made their home in Winner, South Dakota before moving to McCook, Nebraska.

Tillie loved to garden and grow flowers. She was proud of her flowers and many garden clubs would come and tour her flower gardens. She also collected stamps. She enjoyed traveling with her sister-in-law, Lorraine Friestad. They travelled to Europe and to many states in the United States.

One of the memorable trips was the train ride from Durango to Silverton, CO with her mother-in-law and father-in-law on his 80th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tillie is survived by her husband, Lawrence of McCook; sister, Ruth and husband, Jim Seger, of Nevada, IA and a niece Jean Friestad.

A private burial was held in Lincoln, NE at the College View Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. There was a memorial service at the College View Seventh-Day Adventist Church following committal.

Memorials may be left in Tillie’s name at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel. Friends may leave on-line condolences at
Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook entrusted with arrangements.

Eugene Cullison, 89

Graveside service for Eugene Cullison were held Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at Burton Cemetery on Burton, Neb., with Dave Cullison officiating. Burial was in the Burton Cemetery.
Eugene Elmer Cullison was born June 2, 1930 at Gordon, Neb. to George and Laura Mae (Willey) Cullison and he died Dec. 22, 2019 at the Butte Healthcare Center in Butte, Neb.

Gene was orphaned at a young age and spent his young life in the Mills, Neb. area with the Donason / Wenger family. From there he progressed to Western Nebraska and then on to Wyoming.

He married Carole Worth on March 20, 1951 and they lived in Wyoming for a period before moving back to Nebraska. They lived north of Burton where they raised their boys: Mike, Wayne, David and Dennis. The oldest son was Robert who died in infancy.

Gene spent his life breaking horses, tending cattle and shearing sheep. He always stood by his word, his friends and his family.
Carole passed away in October of 1996. Gene continued shearing and fishing. Upon retiring, he continued to live on the home place, riding a four-wheeler and checking varmint traps.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his son; his wife Carole; his brother Bob and his sister Hazel.

Gene is survived by his sons: Mike and wife Nadine of Ft. Lawrence, WY; Wayne and wife Robin of Dixon, NE; David and wife Linda of Casper, WY and Dennis and wife Linda of Springview, NE; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

James Beranek, 91

James “Jim” Beranek, age 91, of Hamill, SD passed away peacefully on Dec. 24, 2019, at the Winner Regional Health Care Center in Winner. Prior to that Jim was in Home Hospice for a year and a half. Lou was able to care for him during this time.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour prior to the services.

Jim was born Sept. 21, 1928, to Fred and Mary (Klima) Beranek. He was delivered by his grandmother, Marie (Vojti) Beranek, who was the area midwife. He lived his whole life within a mile from where he was born.

Jim went to country school near Bull Creek. He walked or rode his horse to and from school every day. He attended the local country school through 8th grade, at which time he told his mother he would never walk into a school again! Jim loved cattle. He ranched and farmed with his father.

Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict on May 23, 1951, and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He obtained the rank of CPL and was a squad leader in a heavy mortar company. He was transferred to the active reserve on April 1, 1953 and was honorably discharged on Aug. 8, 1956.

At his brother’s Donald’s wedding, he met Lou Jean Moerike. She was the sister of Donald’s new bride Dorothy. They danced and were never apart for 63 years. They were united in marriage on March 28, 1955. Jim and Lou worked the land and raised Hereford cattle together. On Jan. 20, 1956, their daughter Kathy was born.

Anyone who knew Jim could tell that he loved livestock. After he sold his cow herd in February of 1979, he ran black-white face yearlings. He also started to buy cattle for other people. He loved being on the road and was a cattle order buyer from 1977 through December 2016. Due to losing his sight and hearing, he decided it was time to quit at the age of 88. Jim made many friends and always called his customers to make sure they approved of the cattle he bought.

In 1974, Kathy married David Turgeon and Jim gained a son-in-law. Dave and Kathy have two daughters, Stacy and Jamie. They loved going to the farm and helping with the everyday chores. The girls spent a lot of time at the farm and Stacy worked several summers for them.

Jim also loved to hunt pheasants with family and hunters from all over the US. But he was always in a hurry to get a limit, especially if there was a sale to go to. Jim’s happy place was any sale barn. He’d get up extra early so he could go out and look at the livestock he was interested in buying for someone.

Jim and Lou liked to dance. He was a member of the ZCBJ Lodge and the dance hall was located on his property by Hamill where many weekends were spent. Jim was a life-time member of the American Legion also. He loved to play cards with family during the holidays and taught his granddaughters to play pitch.

Jim enjoyed celebrating birthdays and anniversaries by going out to eat, especially because this gave him a reason to go to the casino.

Jamie spent more Friday’s skipping school to go along with grandpa and grandma to the sale barns than she spent in the classroom, from middle school on. Especially her senior year.

Kathy always called Jim and Lou the “weed patrol”, as they were out looking for thistles all summer long. When Stacy worked for them, she would dream about chopping and spraying thistles for they did it so much!
Jim is survived by his wife, Lou Jean, daughter Kathy (Dave) Turgeon, granddaughters Stacy Turgeon and Jamie (Jay) Turgeon-Drake, great granddaughters Samantha Peppel and Jaymes Lou Jean Drake, and brother Donald Beranek, brother-in-law Don Moerike, and sister-in-law Yvonne (Don) Umburger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary, sisters Rosie (Walter) Jordt, Mary (Elmer) Foss, Libby (Arthur) Hecht, and Emma (Tony) Cervanka, sister-in-law Dorothy Beranek, sister-in-law’s Tillie Creemur, & Tiny Johnson, and several nieces and nephews.

The ultimate racing duo

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Broc Stout had a lot of racing success in 2019. This is a picture of some of the trophies that Stout won at some races this year.

Editor’s note: This is a corrected story on Broc and Dave Stout and their racing season.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Racecar drivers are of a different breed. Maybe that’s because racing is unlike any other sport.

The speed of car racing is a deterrent for some people. It’s unnerving and dangerous. Unpredictable.

That feeling of fear doesn’t apply to someone like Broc Stout.

Stout began his racing career in 2003, and for someone that’s going into his 17th year of racing in 2020, he’s as comfortable as someone that was born in a race car.

With many wins on the season even though he went to about half of the meets that he usually does, Stout and his father/racing mentor Dave Stout are looking forward to another strong push next season.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for him,” Stout said of his father’s guidance. “I really couldn’t race without either of my parents, my friends, or my girlfriend Dana, and my twin boy and girl. The amount of support that I have is amazing.”

Racing can bring many things for an individual, but once in a while, even a life lesson can sneak its way on to the track. There’s no secret to success in racing. It’s just like anything else in that it takes hard work, practice, and a lot of great people to make it happen.

“I’ve been able to learn a lot of things from racing,” Stout said. “The most important is probably patience because you can always use some of it.”

Stout’s father, Dave, raced for almost four years from 1989 till about ’92. Racing with his son has given Broc and Dave the chance to have a strong relationship that isn’t always common.

“It’s like a guy taking his kid to the ball game,” Dave Stout said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to impart some wisdom and help him to learn from the mistakes that you’ve made.”

The Stouts have had much success in their time racing, but they’re not ones to forget those who have helped them along the way. They cherish and appreciate the people that have helped them from the beginning.

“I personally can’t take credit for Broc’s success,” Dave Stout said. “We’ve also had a lot of great people that have helped us out from the beginning, and we’re extremely thankful for that.”

As far as what Dave is excited about next year? Just the opportunity to continue to race with his son and spend time with family.

“I’m looking forward to being with Broc and the grandkids next year,” Stout said. “It’s always so much fun, and to be able to do it with everybody around us makes it special. It’ll be great to get the grandkids out to the race track as well.”

In racing, there seems to be a comradery that isn’t prevalent in a lot of other sports, and not just between the Stouts. The Stouts run into someone they know at every meet, and that’s just another part of racing.

“Every meet you run into somebody,” Broc Stout said. “It’s one thing to race, but it’s another thing to be able to race with friends. In racing, everybody is a family.”

Make no mistake, when the green flag drops, it’s all business for Stout and company. Even when a tragedy like crashes happen, business is business.

“It’s go time when you see that flag go down,” Broc Stout said. “Obviously, you want nothing but the best for everybody, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Things like crashes are just part of racing. After getting into a crash, in the next race, you have to still be cautiously aggressive and find a way to still get it done.”

Racing also brings racers to new places. For the first time, the Stouts found themselves in Billings, MT, and it was for a good reason. The Stouts raced in the Jerry Quinn memorial race.

“It was great to be in Billings,” Stout said. “Being there meant a lot and I had a lot of fun. It was a long drive, but it was worth it.”

The Stouts also enjoyed a new trailer that helped with getting their car to and from races with ease while also making it easier to make repairs.

This was one of many reasons that the Stout duo found success in 2019.

“We did have a good year last year,” Stout said. “The new trailer helped, but at the end of the day, we all love racing. We’re excited to be able to come out and race again next year.”

The Stouts only exemplify what racing brings to the fans and racers. Family, friends, and the love for a great sport.

Turnovers cost game

Jacob Beckers goes up for a shot against Gregory on Thursday, Dec. 19. Beckers led the Cowboys with eight points.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Teams can’t win games when they have more turnovers than points.

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Lady Warriors defeat Burke

Winner girls basketball team continue to keep its unblemished record alive.
On Thursday, the Lady Warriors defeated Burke/South Central 51-27.

The No. 1 rated Lady Warriors are 2-0 for this season and 26-0 dating back to last season in which they finished with a perfect record.

At the end of the first quarter it was a two-point game with Winner leading 13-11.

However, Winner held Burke/South Central scoreless in the second quarter while scoring 18 points. At the half, Winner led 31-11.

In the third quarter, a strong Winner defense held the Cougars to 4 points.
Bella Swedlund led the scoring for Winner with 19 points. Kalla Bertram added 13 points.

As a team, Winner made 21-47 shots for 45 percent from the field.
Morgan Hammerbeck pulled down 7 of Winner’s 28 rebounds. Swedlund added 5 and Kelsey Sachtjen, 4.

Winner won the junior varsity game 35-21. Leading scorers were Josey Kludt and Jenna Hammerbeck with 8 points each and Katherine Jankauskas, 7.

The next action for Winner will be Jan. 3 when they host Bon Homme in a boys and girls double-header.

Below is the box score

Winner 51
Burke/South Central 27
Non-Conference at Bonesteel

Winner;13;18;14;6 — 54
Burke/South Central;11;0;14;6 — 27

WINNER (3-0): Maggie LaCompte 2, Jenna Hammerbeck 4, Kalla Bertram 13, Morgan Hammerbeck, Bella Swelund 19, Kelbi Meiners 3, Kelsey Sachtjen 4. Totals 21-47 5-13 51.

3-pt FG — WIN 4 (Swedlund 2, Meiners 1, J. Hammerbeck 1). Rebounds — WIN 28 (M. Hammerbeck 7). Assists — WIN 17 (M. Hammerbeck 4). Turnovers — WIN 9. Steals — WIN 15 (Sachtjen 4, Bertram 4). Blocks — 3 (Sachtjen 2). JV Game —35-21 Winner .

Warriors too much for Miller

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Fred Whiting puts up a shot for Winner in Friday’s game with Miller.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

The Winner Warriors boys basketball team put together another dominating performance at home with a 79-35 win over the Miller Rustlers in a Big Dakota Conference game on Friday, Dec. 20.

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London moves to new bank

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Brian London, manager of First Fidelity Bank of Colome, will be leaving the bank the end of the year after working there for 28 1/2 years. He will be working at Security State Bank in Chancellor.

By Dan Bechtold

It is going to be hard for Brian London to leave Colome.

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