Avis Clark, 63

Avis Maureen (Olson) Clark of Lewisville, TX, passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2020, at the age of 63. Avis was born June 2, 1956, in Winner, South Dakota.

Avis graduated from Winner High School, Winner, South Dakota, in 1974.

After graduating from Huron College, Huron, South Dakota, Avis devoted her career to being an advocate for abused children through Child Protective Services.

Her favorite place to visit was the Olson farm in Ideal, South Dakota, spending time with her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and family friends.

She was always ready for a bonfire and a game of Black Wolf.

Avis is survived by her husband of 40 years, Perry Clark, her beautiful daughter, Kelsi (Cole) Moore, and grandson Jack, as well as brothers and sisters, Dorothy, George, Suzie, Sandy, Carol, Scott, Margie, and Heather, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by sisters Aggie and Mary, brother Duane, nephew Brad, and her parents Pete and Ruth Olson.

A family memorial service will be held at the family farm in Ideal, South Dakota, at a later date.

Working Together, We’ll Beat the Coronavirus

By Sen. John Thune

The coronavirus is obviously a front-and-center issue for Americans in every corner of the country, and effectively fighting this outbreak will require an all-of-the-above approach. U.S. health officials are working around the clock to continue learning as much as possible about the virus, how to mitigate the spread, and how to protect our loved ones. The highest levels of the federal government are focused on keeping the American people safe by ensuring health care professionals in communities around the country are well-equipped in this fight.

This is a serious situation, but you don’t need a medical degree to help work toward our collective goal of ending this outbreak as soon as possible. There are things that every South Dakotan can be doing today to help lower the risk of spreading this disease, and I would encourage anyone who is looking for comprehensive information about coronavirus “dos” and “don’ts” to visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.covid.sd.gov.

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Spring sports cancelled through April 5

The spring sports season has been cancelled through April 5 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic according to the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Practice for spring sports is a “local decision” with the schools asked to make the decision based on CDC guidance, state guidance and the number of participants.

Monday’s decision does not impact the length of spring sports season and does not pertain to non-SDHSAA activities such as baseball, softball and rodeo.

“Much of the future of our events rest on the guidance from state and federal entities and what you are able to do as a school,” said SDHSAA executive director Dan Swartos.

“We are not trying to hold off on decisions, we are trying to take in all available information before making a decision and that information is constantly shifting.

I know you are all wrestling with the same type of decisions locally and I wish you well in that process,” said Swartos.

Track and field boys tennis, girls golf and Class B boys golf are all impacted by Monday’s announcement. This arrives three days after Gov. Kristi Noem ordered the postponement of the state basketball tournaments.

Lady Warriors SoDak 16 Champions

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Winner girls basketball team advanced to the state tournament with a 67-38 victory over Redfield in the SoDak 16 on March 9 in Chamberlain. Pictured in front from left are Emma Jorgensen, Kelbi Meiners, Ellie Brozik, Morgan Hammerbeck, Maggie LaCompte, Josie Kludt, Katherine Jankauskas, Kylie Sachtjen and Olivia Swedlund. In back from left are head coach Larry Aaker, Aleya Miller, Cici Watson, Bella Swedlund, Jenna Hammerbeck, Kalla Bertram, Shannon Calhoon, Kelsie Sachtjen, Aryn Meiners, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik and assistant coach Keely Bertram.

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Centennial Quilt Guild holds retreat

Submitted Photo
The Centennial Quilt Guild held its retreat at Stukel Hunting Lodge in Gregory. In front from left are Rose Ruff, Annie Scott, Murrin Smith, Delonne Yeaton and Wilma Harter. Back row from left are Mabel Schmit, Carolyn Halgrimson, Miki Janecke, Jessie Elsasser, Joyce Scott, Mary Lou Urban, Sherry Rohde, Janelle Parker, Bev Cleveland and Joyce Heath. Not picture are Karen DeSmet and Chalsea Kerkvliet.