Angus beef cattle in South Dakota

Jorgensen Ranches, Ideal, ranked as second largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in South Dakota with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2020.

Roger Joseph, Winner, ranked seventh largest in registering Angus cattle and Raven Angus of Colome ranked ninth largest. Angus breeders across the nation in 2020 registered 305,531 head of Angus cattle. “Despite a challenging year, our Angus breeders continue to see strong demand for Angus genetics,” said Mark McCully, association chief executive officer.

Two competed in trap meet

Submitted Photo
Jack Anderson, center, of the Winner/Colome youth team, took second place in 16
yard singles at the Epiphany Gun Club youth trap shoot. Pictured from left are
Emmaly Hall, Estelline; Anderson and Lodin Albert, Howard.

The Epiphany Gun Club held its youth trap shoot on Sept. 27.Competing from the Winner/Colome club were Jack Anderson and Katie Welker.

Anderson placed second in the 16 yard singles in the 13-14 age category. Welker placed third in the age 15-18 group. In handicap, Anderson placed second and Welker was also second. In doubles, Anderson placed third.

COVID cases Monday increase by 3

A total of three new cases of COVID-19 in Tripp County were reported on Monday. This brings the total cases in Tripp County to 207 with 39 active cases.

South Dakota continues to be among the leaders nationally in new COVID-19 cases per capita with the Department of Health announcing 732 new cases on Saturday.

Statewide nine deaths were added bringing the state’s death toll to 286, 63 of which have been reported in October. Total hospitalizations remain at 267.The new reported infections reflect a 12.1 percent positive test rate. The 14 day tend of positive cases continues to increase. The state has had 27,947 total cases since the start of the pandemic.


Retail shops across South Dakota are preparing for resident and non-resident hunters to hit the fields on October 17, the opening day of the 2020 pheasant hunting season. With an emphasis on outdoor activities this year, retailers welcome visitors to engage in good, clean, open-air fun! “Communities around the state are ready for hunters, with many shops and stores working together to create special events,” said South Dakota Retailers Association Exec. Dir. Nathan Sanderson.

“Hunting season is a great opportunity to showcase our world-renowned hospitality and wide-open spaces while supporting our communities and local businesses .”Casey Weismantel with the Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau highlights optimistic outlooks from area businesses.

Positive reports from the field have local shops hopeful for strong hunting traffic on Main Street and in the open spaces around Aberdeen. Like many towns across South Dakota, Aberdeen rolls out the blaze orange carpet for visiting hunters and travelers.”We give out visitor bags filled with valuable hunting information on the area along with coupons and incentives from local businesses in Aberdeen,” said Weismantel. “We treat you like family. We know the value of what hunters bring to the community. We work hard to establish a long-standing tradition of hunting in Aberdeen. “While nearly all South Dakota businesses welcome the increase in foot-traffic, many retailers actively serve the hunting and shooting community.

Pheasant lodges, hunting outfitters, and hundreds of stores that sell guns, ammunition, licenses, hunting gear, and food look forward to our state’s fall hunting tradition. Each year they open their doors and even their homes to visitors nationwide.

Michael Bollweg of Tumbleweed Lodge in Harrold highlighted how his lodge guests view South Dakota. “Without question, their most significant appreciation is for the vast uninterrupted landscapes,” he said. Bollweg continued by saying, “Our guests continually remind us how special a place we live in and raise our families in while managing our abundant natural resources.

“Local mom and pop businesses understand the significant impact hunters have in South Dakota. In 2019, resident and non-resident hunters spent $202.4 million statewide. “We love meeting and talking with the new people that come in, whether it is their first time in the state or just their first time in the store,” said Mike Fairchild, General Manager of Trav’s Outfitter in Watertown. “Of course, we love seeing returning folks when they walk through the door â this year, next year, and the one after that â we know they’ll keep coming back to hunt. “Pheasant season in South Dakota runs October 17, 2020, through January 31, 2021.As you travel around the state this fall, thank the men and women in blaze orange who make a significant contribution to small communities and local businesses statewide.

Because of them, we’re able to live the good life here in South Dakota.

Tammy Wynette Cook-Foote, 48

Tammy Wynette Cook-Foote, age 48, of Ideal, SD passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.    

Wake services were held on Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11 starting at 6 p.m. at the Ideal Community Hall in Ideal, SD. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 starting at 2 p.m.  Burial  ollowed in the Ideal Cemetery in Ideal, SD.   

Tammy Wynette Cook-Foote was born to Charlotte R. Thunder/Cook and Drury D. Cook on Nov. 19, 1971. She attended school in Ideal and finished her schooling at Flandreau Indian School. She enjoyed listening to music watching Ivan play softball, watching her 8 grandchildren, and watching family play horseshoes.     

Tammy is survived by her husband Gerrit Foote whom she married on March 10, 2006. From this union she is survived by Ivan Foote (Samantha Foote), Jordan Foote, and Chelsea Foote. She is also survived by six brothers: Larry Long Crow Sr., Charlie Long Crow, Amos Cook, Delano Cook, Drury Cook, and Bruce Cook. Her sisters: Leona Long Crow/Foote (Dewey F.) Blossom Cook (Rodney F.), and Denise Cook.       

Tammy is preceded in death by her grandparents; Amos and Jeanette Cook, Simon and Gladys Thunder. Her parents; Drury Cook Sr. and Charlotte Cook. Brothers; Wayne, Harold, Lowell, Richard, and Mark. Sisters; Enola and Gwen.

Carmelita L. “Carme” O’Malley, 89

Carmelita L. “Carme” O’Malley, age 89, of Gilbert, AZ, formerly of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 at the Hospice of the Valley in Gilbert, AZ. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct.16 at 1 p.m. at        Mason Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Winner city cemetery.     Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.    

Carme was born on Sept. 14, 1931 to Leonard and Irene Lucas. She lived the majority of her life in Winner. She attended school in Winner and graduated from Winner High School in 1949. After high school she attended nursing school in Omaha, NE. She married Shannon P. O’Malley from Yankton South Dakota on March 3, 1950. Out of this marriage came two sons, John O’Malley of Phoenix, AZ and Marty O’Malley of Las Vegas, NV.

Carme was an avid sports fan and followed her boys to sports that they competed in whenever possible. She followed them (with Shannon) to events all over South Dakota, the U.S. and the world. Carme was also a lifetime New York Yankee’s fan. She saw them play many times even in two World Series. She also attended the Kentucky Derby and many other World Class Events.     

She loved to play bridge and dance with S.P. One of her many joys was reuniting with her famous class of 49.She was a long-time member of the Episcopal Church. She enjoyed politics, traveling, and flying in the family airplanes.    Carme was preceded in death by her husband Shannon

O’Malley, her grandparents John & Molly (Pa & Ma) Jorgenson, her mother Irene and her husband Cecil Dreyer, and her father Leonard Lucas.    She is survived by her sons John O’Malley Phoenix, AZ, and Marty O’Malley, Las Vegas, NV. Her three grandchildren John M. O’Malley (Payton), Shani O’Malley Phoenix, AZ and Kate O’Malley Scottsdale, AZ. She has 6 great grandchildren who she referred to as her greats.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Rickey Nelson, 66

Rickey Nelson died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 66.   

Rickey Lee Nelson was born on May 1, 1954, in Winner, South Dakota to Lee and Delores (Sterling) Nelson. He grew up on a dairy farm near Lucas, South Dakota. Rickey graduated from Burke High School in 1973 and enlisted in the US Navy immediately after.

Rickey Nelson died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 66.   

Rickey Lee Nelson was born on May 1, 1954, in Winner, South Dakota to Lee and Delores (Sterling) Nelson. He grew up on a dairy farm near Lucas, South Dakota. Rickey graduated from Burke High School in 1973 and enlisted in the US Navy immediately after. On Jan. 21, 1984, he was united in marriage with Martha Dueck in Winner, South Dakota. In Winner, the couple purchased their first home and later adopted their daughter, Samantha. Rickey also worked as a local police officer and EMT before he and his family moved to Sioux Falls.

Rickey was a member of First Evangelical Free Church, NRA, VFW, DAV, and American Legion. He was a talented woodworker, gunsmith, and leatherworker. He enjoyed being involved in his church, traveling, fishing, and, most importantly, being a dad. Rickey loved being a part of Samantha’s life and spent every moment he could playing outside with her, taking her to movies, and challenging her to a game of Clue.     

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Martha; daughter, Samantha, Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Ron (Sylvia), Pierre, SD; sisters, Loryece Handwerk, Marion, SD and Marcy Nelson, Peoria, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.      

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Randy Nelson.    Funeral service was held    11 am Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at First Evangelical Free Church.    Rickey will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

Eleanor Hanig, 97

Eleanor Hanig, 97, of Winner, SD passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2020 at the Lake Andes Nursing Home in Lake Andes, SD.    

Funeral services were held on Friday Oct.9, 2020 at 10 a.m.    at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial    followed in the Winner City Cemetery.    

She was met at the gates of heaven by her husband of 73 years Donald Hanig, her Brother Louie Klima, Sister Lavon Smith and her parents Frank and Eva Klima.       

She is survived by her sister Dolores Smith of Winner, Nephews Steven Klima (Debbie) of Sturgis, Mark Smith, Tim (Lori) Smith and Pat (June) Smith of Phoenix.   

Eleanor was born on July 20, 1923 in Hamill, South Dakota.    She and her husband Donald grew up in Hamill, South Dakota.   

Donald would tell you he fell in love Eleanor when she was 8 years old andhe was 10. Eleanor went to grade school in Hamill and graduated from Winner High School.   

Eleanor and Donald were married on Jan. 24, 1948 – 73 years, and members of the Winner Catholic Church – Immaculate Conception.    She made her life with her husband Donald in Winner. Eleanor got her undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of South Dakota and became a school teacher.    She taught grade school in Winner for over 40 years.    She taught multiple generations of students while there and was loved by all her “kids”.     

Eleanor later got her PhD in Administration and ended her career as the principal and administrative superintendent of the Carthage School District.     

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Catholic Charities – c/o Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in the name of Eleanor Hanig.

Play will keep you laughing

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
The cast of the Winner Community Playhouse production of âDeliver Us From
Mamaâ include in front from left Mary Backus, Gunyr Fitzgerald, Tami Comp,
Brandy Biggins, Emily Moser and Barb DeSersa. In back from left are Ronnie High
Rock, Arianne Boerner, Cheril Meiners, Randy Farley, Roxanne Farley, Carm
Cheatum, Doug Nelson, Dan Patmore and director Sandra York.

By Dan Bechtold/ Editor

A large cast does an excellent job in the comedy “Deliver Us From Mama” presented by the Winner Community Playhouse.

The opening weekend was this past Friday and Saturday. The play will be presented Oct. 8 , 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the playhouse.

For reservations persons can call 842-1958 or they can e mail

Saturday evening’s crowd was small but it allowed for great social distancing. It is safe for persons to come to the playhouse and enjoy a show. There is hand sanitizer provided plus if persons want to wear a mask they are most welcome.

Now, let’s get to what I thought of the play. This is about a dysfunctional family that takes a road trip from Los Angeles to Birmingham, Ala. It is a road trip with a mother, daughter and son. The three main characters are Tami Comp asa bossy mother, Brandy Biggins as the daughter and Gunyr Fitzgerald as the son whose wife is in labor and he wants to get to Alabama as fast as possible. Comp and Biggins are veterans of the Winner stage. This was the first appearance of Fitzgerald in a Winner production. He is a high school student and I was so impressed with his acting. This is not to take anything away from Comp and Biggins as they also did a great job. All three had a lot of lines to learn and were on stage most of the entire production, rarely getting a break. That is hard to do and they pulled it off well.

Behind the three main characters there is a large supporting cast. They include: Ronnie High Rock, Carm Cheatum, Dan Patmore, Emily Moser, DougNelson, Mary Backus, Roxanne Farley, Charles York, Barb DeSersa, Randy Farley and Cheril Meiners. Some of the actors played dual roles. In this two act comedy, there are lot of scene changes as you can image as a family travels 2,000 miles across the country. The first act has six scene changes and the second act has five. The transitions were fast and efficient.

On this trip, the family encounters zany aliens near Roswell, N. M., witnessing an off the wall last minute wedding with relatives, being stopped by police in Texas for driving too slow and escaping a wild all night New Orleans court of law.

You have to see it to see all the wacky and crazy stuff that happens in this play. Do they make it to Birmingham in time for the birth if the baby? You will have to go to the play to find out.

Sandra York again does a wonderful job of directing the play and this time she had many more actors and actresses to work with.

Dan Patmore is the technical director and made all the mechanics of scene changes and props work well. It takes a lot of work to put on a production and the audience gets to see the fruits of that labor.

So, this weekend, come support the Winner Community Playhouse and enjoy this wonderful play.