Tobin running for senate

Erin Tobin of Winner announced today that she is running for the South Dakota State Senate from District 21. Tobin, a Certified Nurse Practitioner cited public health and agriculture as two of her main focuses in her campaign.

“The overall health of South Dakota is a tremendously important issue at all levels of government, and I want to help keep the public safe and healthy. With a renewed focus on our well-being because of things that are happening in the world today, everyone understands that public health is a very important issue.

It would be beneficial for the district and state to have someone who understands and knows the importance of healthcare,” she said.

As a fourth-generation rancher, Tobin is also passionate about agriculture. She supports Country of Origin Labeling. “South Dakota ranchers have the best beef in the world, and they need to be able to market it,” she said.

Tobin feels she would do a good job in representing ag production and value-added agriculture in Pierre.

Along with her husband Travis, Erin is part of the family cow/calf and custom feeding operation.

Erin and Travis have two children: Gus in the 4th grade and Anna, kindergarten. “With two children in elementary school, education issues are also a high priority,” explained Tobin.

Erin graduated from Colome High School in 2001 and from South Dakota State University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in nursing. In 2010, she received her master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

Tobin works at Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton as a hospitalist. She also does hospice care through Avera in the local area.

Tobin, a Republican, is the daughter of Brad and Kay Bolton of Winner.

Brittney Hansen, 24

Brittney Hansen age 24 of Winner SD passed away peacefully with her parents by her side on Saturday March 7 2020 at her home in Winner, SD after a long battle with cancer.

Memorial service was held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:30 am at the United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.

Burial will follow at a later date. 

Brittney Ann Hansen was born to Mike and Dawn (Horan) Hansen June 15 1995.  She joined 2 brothers at home who would forever be her protectors. 

She grew up on a farm west of Winner, attended school in Winner graduating with honors in 2014, then graduating from MTI in 2016 while fighting stage 4 colon cancer.

Brittney always had a love for the farm and she spent a lot of time with her dad and Grandpa Bob.  It was the start of her love for everything Ag. In high school she got a job working at All in One Shop for Frank and Lori Weaver. 

What started to be some yard work quickly evolved into working on trucks and this girl could work circles around most. She would come home covered in grease but loved every minute of it.

She also worked for Rick at the Pix Theater,(Rick always said she made popcorn almost as good as he did) 

In the summer of 2017 she did her internship at Grossenburg Implement in Philip SD. Bill Manke took her under his wings and taught her so much.

She also enjoyed working with all the employees there paying extra special attention to Bill Kelly seeing who could out prank the other, and Bobbi always new she was up to something by the look on her face.

She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but still managed to graduate college. She wore many hats in her 24 years, she was a farm girl, a student, a theater employee, and even a bartender.

She had a personality that made everyone feel special and she could master almost everything she tried.

Her first job after college was at the Farmer Rancher Co-op in Ainsworth NE as a sales agronomist, the drive got to be too much so from there she worked at the Country Pride Co-op in Winner where she made some lifelong friends.

And then CHS opened in Winner she was offered a job there.  The cancer became more of a factor in her everyday life and she had to quit working and take care of herself.

She had a love for so many things, farm life, golfing hunting fishing reading and friends and family.  With family being the most important.

She leaves behind her parents and brothers Jason of Billings,  Mont.;  Joshua of Pierre SD and her fur baby SJ, Uncle Mark Horan (Cathy) of Mitchell, SD and their daughter Aubree(Jason) of Owatonna, MN  Jeff(Jeri) of Rapid City SD Karren(Dylan) of Ree Heights, SD Brad(Denetta) Horan of Rapid City SD  and grandmother Beverly Hansen of AZ. 

Brittney was preceded in death by her grandmother Delores Hansen that she never met and grandfather Robert Hansen and grandparents Jack and MaryAnn Horan.

Bonnie Eldridge, 85

Bonnie Eldridge, 85, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Winner Regional Health Care Center in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were  held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. 

Bonnie L. Sedlacek was born on June 27, 1934 in Winner, SD to Louie Sedlacek and Maude Johnson. Her childhood was spent on a farm site near Hidden Timber and the present site of Assman Implement.

Bonnie was the youngest of three children her brother Joe (Lucille), sister Lenora (Herb) Debuhr were older than she was.

As a child she sought out the company of the family pets to run and play with; which fostered a love of animals, especially cats, that lasted all of her life.

The family moved to Winner when Bonnie was about thirteen years old.

Bonnie met her future husband at her brother-in-law’s motorcycle shop. Bud Eldridge and Bonnie were married on Nov. 5, 1950.

Bud and Bonnie spent the first couple of years on Bud’s family homesite on Bull Creek; they then purchased a farm site about 12 miles east of Winner where they raised crops, chickens, and children; the three C’s of farming.

The children Jeannie, Brad, Ellen, and Laurie ran and played and weeded in mom’s garden until 1966 when they family moved to Winner.

Bud continued farming with his son in law Allen and grandson Travis the rest of his life. Bonnie had a position as a butcher assistant at the Westside Market until the store sold out.

At which time, she went to work at the nursing home in 1970 for Pete and Judy Gregor, first as an overnight CNA and later as a cook.

In about 1978, Dr. Greg Hermson sought out Bonnie to work at his dental practice as his main chairside assistant and later she took over as office manager until her retirement in 1996.

Between the years of 1969 and 2020: Jeannie got married to Richard Brickman and had two sons Michael (Cora) and James (Joan). Brad joined the National Guards and had a son Lonnie.

Ellen married Allen Schwandt and had a son Travis (Carissa), Laurie (Cam) had two children Brandi (Mike) and Logan.

Bonnie became and unofficial “mom” to her only granddaughter Brandie (Mike) Johnson.

Bonnie has numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; Kaitlyn (Zack), Moya, Keely (Chris), Brianna (Quinten), Barrett, Sienna, Taylor (Kayla), Steffan (Destiny), Charyzma (Tyler), Kristen, Dustin, William, Natalia, Paisley, Bayn, Brent, Emma, as well as many nieces and nephews.

During these years, mom not only loved her expanding family but also her many changing and evolving flowerbeds which were the highlight of her springs and summers while they were in bloom.

In the fall she always had to add some little new thing to the bed to delight her the next year.

We her daughter’s will tend to and love her family and flowers so she can delight in them for years to come as she looks in from her next place.

Esther Assman, 98

Esther Assman, 98, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020 surrounded by family at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility in Winner, SD. 
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 am at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.

Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery. 

Esther Assman was an amazing, beautiful, classy, quick witted, well educated, well read, lady that was passionate about current events, politics, her Catholic faith, and her family.

Although an amazing 98 year life is difficult to summarize in a few short paragraphs, she lived a century by being born in the roaring twenties, becoming very frugal because of the dirty thirties, doing what she could for the war effort in the forties, being a very busy wife and mother in the fifties, seeing a man land on the moon in the sixties,  surviving raising teenagers with hot cars in the seventies, overcoming the financial farm crisis of the eighties, seeing the country decline in the nineties and two-thousands, and now making America great again in 2020.

With a heavy heart, we have lost another member of the greatest generation.

On a cold winter solstice in 1921 (Dec, 21), Esther Elizabeth Einsphar was born in a sod house in Brewster NE to Fredrick and Hulda Blumenthal Einsphar.

She was the 5th child in a family of eight.  Early in her childhood, the family moved north to the Rosebud Indian Reservation after her father had read an ad about a tractor that was donated to the reservation from the government and an opportunity to farm.

The family moved south east of Mission on the Antelope creek and built another sod house where the kids would walk to school at the Lone Hill School.

Esther was always sickly as a child and her parents did not expect her to live. She was eight years old before she was well enough to go to school and was in the same grade as her younger sister Elsie.

She later went to high school in Mission and shortly after, WWII began.

Esther and her sister Elsie headed west to Washington State to help in the war effort working in a ship yard on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle. 

Esther also attended the University of Washington in Seattle while she was there.  Several years later, she had the opportunity to travel to New York City for a summer with a lifelong friend.

On the way back to Washington, she decided to stop in South Dakota to visit family.

At that point, she decided the plains of South Dakota were home, never returning to Washington.

Shortly after her return to South Dakota, Esther went to work at the Todd County Conservation District.  A young handsome rancher by the name of Joe Assman came to the office and he would later get enough courage to ask her out on a date.

They were later united in marriage on Oct. 18, 1947, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Mission, SD.

To this union of marriage 10 children were born, losing two infant daughters at birth and a son, Gordon, to a farm accident in 1965.

Esther was a lifelong learner and she never sat idle with all of the interests and hobbies she had.   Later in life she studied and passed her South Dakota real estate license and worked for Delores and Otto Littau.

She also worked at Jeanne’s Interiors in Winner, SD which was a good fit for her love of interior design.

Other hobbies included upholstering and refinishing antique furniture, collecting antique bottles, rock hunting, and she was also famous for restoring antique steamer trunks and she gave one to each child and each grandchild.

She kept meticulous scrap books for each child up through there adulthood.

She loved to play cards, dance, golf, and was always up for an adventure which could include a trip to Las Vegas or just a trip to Wood or Carter.

Due to declining health, Joe and Esther moved to Winner, SD when Joe entered the long term living center with colon cancer and Esther moved into the Golden Prairie Manor in 2014.

Both of them made the best of the situation they were in.  She was very appreciative of any visitor, no matter how short the visit was, it meant the world to her and was very grateful.

She was very grateful her 70 year old baby, (Greg), would visit every morning and her 60 year old baby, (Mary Beth), would visit every evening, making her days more bearable.

Esther was a very kind hearted, accepting, forgiving, and generous person, with a good soul that lived through her faith.

Grateful for sharing her life, she is survived by seven children, Greg (Cindy), Chris (Cathy), Ed, Brad (Debra), Dave (Diana), Mike (Darla), Mary Beth (Chris Lovejoy), 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Proceded in death by her parents Fred and Hulda Einspahr, siblings Everett, Otto, Lyle, Pearl, Elsie, Ray, and Kenneth, husband Joe, infant daughters Kimberly and Jean, and son Gordon.

Jack Broome, 74

Funeral services for John “Jack” Broome will be held March 21 at 10 a.m. at the Gregory Auditorium with Fr. Jonathan Dillon officiating.

Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Burke.John “Jack” Robert Broome, affectionately known by many as “Oar” was born Feb. 13, 1946 to Walter and Marie (McMullen) and passed away at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls surrounded by his loving family on March 11, 2020 at the age of 74.

Jack attended Burke School.  He was active in football, basketball, and track, graduating in 1964 with many awards for his athletic abilities. 

Jack met the love of his life Marcia Seeley when he was a freshman in high school, and they continued to date throughout their school years. 

Upon graduating from Burke High School, Jack went on to the University of South Dakota and played football for the Coyotes while getting his BA in history education. 

During fall camp 1965, his coaches let him go home and get married.  Jack graduated from USD with his BA and continued his education during the years following to complete a master’s in educational administration and later his superintendent endorsement. 

Jack accepted his first teaching and coaching position at Burke School in 1969 and continued until 1976. 

He then accepted a teaching/coaching position at West Sioux School in Hawarden, Iowa from 1976-1979.  Jack then accepted a principal position at Anthon/Oto School in Anthon, Iowa from 1979-1981.

In 1981, his dream to come back home came true with him accepting a superintendent position at Burke School until 2006.  He then accepted a joint superintendent position for both Burke and Bonesteel schools.

This position lasted until July of 2009, when he retired.

In his retirement, he filled in as superintendent for Ethan & Platte school districts. 

While still teaching, Jack began his weekly article “From the North End”.  Every week Jack wrote of the many things he loved such as Gregory County history or things happening in Burke, his family, or his “school children’s” accolades.

He loved his “school children” like his own, in fact, when one of them lost their father followed by his mother suffering a stroke, Jack didn’t blink an eye and offered Wylie a new home (and a Dad) for his senior year of high school.

Everyone that met Jack became a lifelong friend who would forever be received with a smile, a slap on the back, or one of his famous bear hugs.

Following retirement Jack loved spending time with Marcia, fishing and creating memories every summer at their cabin in the Black Hills.  Jack and Marcia have three sons Pat, Wade, and Ryan; and Jack loved spending time with his boys.

They loved to fish, hunt, and go on Notre Dame football trips together.  Jack was so proud of all three of them.  In later years, he also loved spending time with his three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jack also truly loved spending his spare time with his close fishing and hunting buddies.

Jack was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  In addition, Jack served on many boards throughout the State as well as serving many local community organizations.

Jack truly loved his hometown and would never hesitate to step up and offer his time to assist wherever needed.  He was a true historian when it came to South Dakota and especially loved the history of Gregory County.

Our lives have forever been changed by Jack’s love and contributions to his family, friends, and communities.

Jack is survived by his wife Marcia of 54 years; his sons: Pat (Tanya), Wade (Wendy), and Ryan; his grandchildren: Lindsey, John (Kelsey), and Jay; his great-grandchildren: Michael, Jaxson, and Lincoln; his sister Mary Ann (Terry) Klug; his brothers: Joe (Sharon) and Jim; his brothers-in-law: Greg (Mary Lynn) Seeley and David (Deb) Horst and his sister-in-law Mary Jane Green.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marie.  Stepfather Howard Frey, sisters Kathy & Theresa, sister-in-law Linda, brothers-in-law Tom and Gene.

Larry Hanson, 80

Larry Hanson, 80, of Fulton died, Friday, March 13, 2020 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

Funeral services were at  10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Faith Missionary Church in Mitchell.  Burial was in Graceland Cemetery in Fulton, SD.

Larry Roger Hanson was born Sept. 3, 1939 in Tripp County to Ernest and Flora (Newland) Hanson.

Just out of high school he joined the National Guard, until he was called up on active duty for the Army.

In 1960, Larry married the love of his life. He knew he was going to marry her before they even started dating.

Larry was a rancher/farmer for many years until he felt the Lord wanted him to move to Fulton, and put his kids in Bible School.

He was a pastor at Shadley Valley and then Fulton, SD for a total of 25 years of preaching.

Larry called going to McDonalds with the guys his therapy. He loved visiting and telling jokes, and always looked forward to it.

In his later years his hobby was working on his acreage with his horses, driving his tractors, working with wood projects, etc.

He cherished his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed giving his grandchildren nicknames.

Larry is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Leslie (Annettee) Hanson, Darla (Bud) Vlieger, Stacy Hanson, Lynette (Tom) Schulz; honorary children, Micheal and Yvette Novak family; grandchildren, Jacob Hanson, Kayla Bird, Trevor Vlieger, Katelynn, Victoria, Mira, Clay Shulz; great grandchildren, Lily, Todd, Skyla; and siblings, Jane (Bill) Roby, Stanley (Lue) Hanson, Mildred (Denny) Weber, and John Hanson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and Rodney; and grandchildren, Leslie Todd Jr. and Samuel.


S.D. can test 900 for coronavirus

South Dakota health officials say the state has the ability to test about 900 people for the coronavirus.

To date, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surfaced in South Dakota. The Department of Health says it tested five people so far and all were negative.

Department spokesman Derrick Haskins said the state has about 1,900 tests for the virus but an individual would need to undergo a minimum of two of the tests, including an oral and a nasal swab, which means the the state can test about 900 people.

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