Gary Davis, 79

Mr. Gary F. Davis, 79, husband of Janice L. Davis died on November 28, 2019 at Baptist Health Lexington.

He was born on May 9, 1940 in Millboro, SD to the late Kerr A. and Lela J. (Mann) Davis. Gary was a graduate of Winner High School.

He went on to travel the country: LA, Miami and Louisville, where he met his wife; they moved to Lexington in 1971.

Before retirement, his career was in the wholesale agriculture chemical business.

Gary was a member of Grace Baptist Church for over 40 years. He organized the annual benefit concert for the Bob Brown House, which is a special needs facility, for many years.

Gary enjoyed gospel and country music festivals and was an avid supporter of Woodsong’s Old Time Radio Hour.

He loved travel- even a 60 day RV trip to Alaska and back.
Gary is survived by his wife of 56 years; his son, Kevin W. Davis; siblings, Opal (Davis) Booth, Steve Davis, and Daniel Davis.
He is proceeded in death by his parents; and his brother, Ray Davis.

Anna Fiala, 69

Funeral services for Anna Fiala, 69, Gregory, were held Dec. 17 at the Methodist Church in Gregory. Burial will be at a later date.

Anna Mae Fiala was born on July 10, 1950, in Gregory, SD to Frank and Anna (Svoboda) Fiala. She had one sister Rosetta Marie. They grew up on a farm near Iona. Anna attended grade school at South Fairview from first through fifth grade and then Lincoln school from sixth through eighth grade finally attending Gregory High School and graduating in 1968.

She helped her mother on the family farm after her father died when she was young, they farmed and raised cattle the whole time. Anna eventually took over all the farm duties after her mother passed away. Anna mostly planted corn and wheat. She grew up working hard on the farm, milking cows at age seven and helping raise sheep. Anna always had chickens that the family would butcher and occasionally had geese or ducks.

Anna had one daughter Laurie born in 1972. Laurie continued the farming tradition by living on and working the farm with Anna.

Anna had lots of hobbies. She loved gardening, cooking, and riding the four-wheelers. If she wasn’t busy on the farm, she was enjoying time with her three grandkids. She was also a member of the Hamill ZCBJ Lodge.

Anna passed away on Dec. 12, 2019, at the Avera Gregory Hospital and the age of 69 after a short fight with cancer.

Anna is preceded in death by her parents Anna & Frank Fiala, and her sister Rosetta Marie (Fiala) Boerner.

Grateful to have shared her life is her daughter Laurie (Paul), and granddaughters Cassidy Fiala, of Cambodia, and Chelsea Backous of Aberdeen and Jonathon Fiala of Gregory.

Robert Blomstrom, 91

Robert Blomstrom, 91, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at the Avera Rosebud Country Care Facility in Gregory, SD.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 26th, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service.

Robert Wayne Blomstrom was born April 1, 1928 in Winner, SD to George and Helen (Frohburg) Blomstrom. One of six children, he was raised on a farm a few miles southwest of Winner until his father died when he was nine. Soon after the family moved into town to find employment.

He helped out the family financially from a very young age and recalled his first job working at a soda fountain cleaning up. He continued to work throughout high school making gas deliveries for his cousin Lloyd Blomstrom.

He graduated from Winner High School in 1945 and worked at the Co-op until he entered the service. He trained as a half track driver and served during the Korean War in Germany as border patrol. Upon his return from the service he resumed work at the Co-op and there he met Elinor Walton, who worked in bookkeeping. They married Oct. 2, 1954. To this union six children were born.

Soon he purchased the Conoco service station and operated it for many years. His family remembers many late night and holiday phone calls from the police station requesting him to open up for some traveler passing through who needed fuel. He never turned anyone down.

In 1982 he began subbing as a rural mail carrier, and not long after sold the Conoco and carried mail full time. His dedication to his work earned him the honor of being named South Dakota rural mail carrier of the year, of which he was very proud.

He resided in Winner his entire life until May 2014 when it became necessary to move to an assisted living facility in Gregory, closer to his daughters. It wasn’t long before he and Elinor moved to Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory, where he resided until the time of his passing.

Robert was a faithful servant of his church and community and volunteered wherever he was able to help. He served as a council member to the Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS) for years. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion, spending many evenings calling bingo or assisting with steak night. He served on the draft board during the Vietnam war, a job that troubled him dearly, and also served as a city councilman.

He never missed volunteering putting up the flags at the cemetery for Memorial Day, or serving the free meal on Labor Day. He was a volunteer fireman for years as well as a volunteer deputy for a short time when needed. He served as an honor guard at numerous funerals and never missed carrying the flag in the Labor Day parade. He was named parade marshal of the Labor Day parade in 2007, for which he was very humbled. If a volunteer for church or community was needed, he was there as his community meant so much to him.

In later years his grandchildren were his passion and he rarely missed an event. He swapped the purple and gold colors of his alma mater for Cowboy green and Gorilla red and wore them proudly. “Papa” as called by his grandchildren was best known for his joking around and ability to make them laugh. His use of props such as goofy hats and googly eyeglasses were well received with smiles and laughter. An April 1st birthday suited him well.

He is survived by his children: David, Seattle, WA; Neil (Brena’) , Yankton, SD; Beverly (Rod) Graesser, Dallas, SD; Laurie (Mike) Spartz, New Hope, MN; Barbara (Steve) Nallick, Golden Valley, MN; Jeannie Fortuna, Gregory, SD. Also eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Glenn (Kirsten) Graesser, Walter, Henry and Edward, Platte, SD; Jordan (Cassie) Graesser, Brisbane, Australia; Leah Graesser, Sacramento, CA; Emilee (Max) Hendricks, Rowan, Sacramento, CA; Nolan Fortuna, Gregory, SD; Josie Fortuna, Bismarck, ND; Alyssa Fortuna, Spearfish, SD; Nathan Fortuna, Gregory, SD. Allyson Spartz, New Hope, MN. Cierra Bordeaux and Lashya Farmer, Dallas, SD.

Wrestlers win in Gregory

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Winner Area wrestling team won first place at the Gregory Invitational. The Warriors won first place with 232.5 points. The Warriors had five champions. This is the second consecutive tournament the Warriors have won this season.

For the second consecutive week, the Winner Area wrestling team was impressive in tournament competition.

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Late surge not enough

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Makayla Shippy goes up for a layup against Corsica/Stickney on Saturday, Dec. 14. Shippy led the Cowgirls with 10 points.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Colome Cowgirls head basketball coach Kory Foss knew that it would be a tough game against the almost unanimously number-one ranked Corsica/Stickney Jaguars in Class B girls basketball on Sat. Dec. 14.

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Stout defense leads Warriors

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Kameron Meiners looks to take a shot for Winner in the game with Wagner on Friday.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Before the season began, Brett Gardner, the head coach of the Winner High School boys basketball team, wanted to win games in a pretty simple way. Play suffocating defense, score some points, and close out teams in the fourth quarter.

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Lady Warriors defeat Wagner

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Ellie Brozik, left and Jenna Hammerbeck fight for control of the ball in Winner’s home opener with Wagner on Dec. 13.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

Wagner wasn’t going to stand in the way of the Winner Lady Warriors basketball team, and a 25-game winning streak.

One year removed from the program’s lone undefeated season in a 24-game winning streak, the Lady Warriors basketball team dominated the Red Raiders in all aspects of the game, in route to a 71-36 win in the first game and SESD showdown at home on Friday, Dec. 13.

Led by Bella Swedlund, who scored a game high 25 points, and Kalla Bertram who added 17 more, and a Warriors defense that came away with 16 total steals, Winner quickly went on a 10-4 run. Winner then proceeded to go on a 18-3 throughout the rest of the first quarter.

The Warriors went into halftime with a 39-14 lead, and weren’t going to surrender it.

In the second half, Bertram and the Warriors defense clamped down. In the blink of an eye, Winner went on an 8-0 run thanks to three straight buckets from Bertram, and a lay in from Swedlund. The Lady Warriors then coasted to their record 25th straight win.

Morgan Hammerbeck added eight points and six rebounds in the win.

The Lady Warriors go on to play Burke/South Central in Bonesteel on Thursday, Dec. 19. Tip off starts at 6:30 pm.

City employees are honored

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Winner city employees were honored with service awards. Pictured from left are Mayor Jody Brozik, Karen Robertson, Benny Audiss and Justin Brunmeier.

By Dan Bechtold

Service awards were presented to city employees at the Dec. 16 Winner City Council meeting.

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Jeff’s Gun Vault wins

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Several game were featured at the 9th annual Winner Area Chamber of Commerce Sharpshooter Classic. Pick a square was one of the games for a chance to win a gun. Awards and a dinner were served Saturday night at the Tripp County 4-H Center. There were 11 team’s in this year’s hunt.

Jeff’s Gun Vault won first place in the 9th annual Winner Area Chamber of Commerce Sharpshooter Classic.

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Council meets in Winner

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Members of the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council were in Winner last week. Pictured from left are Dorrie Olay, Kersey, Pa.; Evan Bristle, Loda, Ill.; Matthew Birkeland, Murdo and Shelby Scott, Winner.

By Dan Bechtold

One of the most important things we can do is help create the next generation of conservation leaders.

That is what the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council does.

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