Covid-19 Cases

There are 25 active cases of COVID-19 in Tripp County. As of Monday, Dec. 28, there were no new cases reported.

In Tripp County there have been 584 recoveries and 64 have been hospitalized. There have been 11 deaths in Tripp County.

Statewide, as of Monday there were 246 new cases reported. The total active cases is 6,523.There are currently 288 persons hospitalized.

The total number of deaths is 1,446. Since COVID-19 started the total confirmed statewide cases is 88,894.

The state health department reported on Saturday the state administered 12,910 doses of either the Moderna or Pfzier vaccine.

BankWest presents check to Winner Community Playhouse

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
BankWest recently presented a check to the Winner Community Playhouse. Pictured
in front from left are Donna Howland, Barb DeSersa of the playhouse board and
Linda Nelson of BankWest. In back from left are Dan Patmore of the playhouse
board and Grady Carley of BankWest. The first Friday of each month BankWest
holds a fundraiser where the employees donate $5 for wearing jeans. The donation
is given to a local group. This year the money went to the playhouse.

Area sports teams return to action

After the Christmas break, local basketball and the wrestling team are ready to return to action.

The Winner girls basketball team will host Parkston on Saturday, Jan. 2. The C game will start at 1 p.m. with the JV/varsity starting at 2:15 p.m.

The Winner boys basketball team will play in the Sacred Hoops Classic Jan. 2 in the Mitchell Corn Palace. Winner will play Lennox at 7:30 p.m. Masks are required.

The Winner Area wrestling team will compete in the McCook Central tournament in Salem on Jan. 2. The tournament starts at 9 a.m.

The Colome Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams will play in Centerville on Jan. 2. The games will start at 1 p.m. Colome will host Avon in  a basketball doubleheader on Monday, Jan. 4.

New Year’s closings

There will be some businesses that are closing early on New Year’s Eve.

Wells Fargo Bank will close at 4 p.m.

First Fidelity Bank  of Winner and Colome will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Sentinel Federal Credit Union will close at noon.

All financial institutions will be closed on New Year’s Day.

The Tripp County Courthouse will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve and closed New Year’s Day.

The Winner City Office will be open regular hours on Dec. 31 and closed Jan. 1.

State offices in Winner will be closed New Year’s Day.

The Winner Post Office will be closed on Jan. 1.

The Winner Advocate will be open all day on New Year’s Eve and closed New Year’s Day.

There will be no senior citizens meals on Jan. 1.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services will be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Main Gate Counseling will be closed all day New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

White Christmas wishes come true

Many people wanted a white Christmas. But did it have to come as a  winter blast.

After a high of  68 degrees last Tuesday, the weather turned nasty on Dec. 23. Snow and strong winds made for zero visibility which made travel impossible on the day before Christmas Eve.

At 7:15 a.m. on Dec.23 the wind was clocked at over 60 miles per hour. Strong winds persisted throughout the day.

Due to the wind, electricity was off in certain parts of Winner and the rural area also saw power outages.

Winner received two inches of snow with precipitation measuring .12.

There was a little break on Christmas to allow persons to travel for the holiday.

However, a more potent storm is predicted for Tripp County which was to start early Tuesday (Dec. 29) and lasting all day.

A total of three to six inches of snow is expected in this upcoming storm.

Drivers should be on the watch for slippery roads and areas of blowing snow will reduce visibility.

There is a new ordinance on Winner city books dealing with snow which persons should be aware of. Last year the city council approved an ordinance on a travel ban within the city limits if there is a potent snow storm making driving dangerous.

This ban would be for non essential persons who are driving on the streets. Persons driving during this ban could be ticketed.

Persons would be notified of the travel ban on the radio, social media and the city’s alert system.

The police chief, public works director and director of public safety all have to agree before a ban is put in place.

Glenna Moore, 80

Glenna Moore, 80, of Murdo, passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

A private family service will be at 2 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the United Methodist Church in Murdo with burial to follow at the Murdo Cemetery.  The service can be viewed via live stream at at the top of Glenna’s obituary page.

Glenna Mae Riha was born Nov. 18, 1940, in Winner, SD, to Lillian (Horalek) Riha and George Riha. She graduated from Fairfax High School in 1958 and then graduated with a degree in elementary education from Southern State University in Springfield, SD, where she met Carl Moore. Glenna then taught school at Scalp Creek District near Gregory, SD.

She and Carl married on June 4, 1960, in Fairfax, SD. They moved to Sleepy Eye, MN, where Carl had a job as a draftsman with Lampert Lumber Yards. In 1961, Carl and Glenna moved to Presho, SD, where Carl worked for Hilton Building Center and they started their family. In 1966, they moved to Murdo, SD so Carl could manage the Hilton yard there.  In 1972 Carl and Glenna purchased that business and renamed it Moore Building Center.  Glenna raised their family and was the chief financial officer at the lumber yard.

Glenna took pride in her grandchildren and loved when they spent time at her house. She also enjoyed camping in the Black Hills with her family, many years of square dancing with Carl, and spending time with her Wednesday coffee group ladies. She made many quilts with her mother, Lillian and sister Jean.

She and Carl earned the South Dakota Retail Lumberman Association’s Lumberman of the year award in 2011. She was a member of the Book & Thimble club, the Frontier Twirlers Square Dance Club (even going on a European Tour) and spent many years volunteering at the grade school listening to kids read.

She is survived by her three sons: Rick and Valerie of Chamberlain, Dennis and Julie of Murdo, and Kevin and Joni of Murdo; grandchildren: Karlee and Michael Baumann, Carson and Amy Moore, Katelyn and Ryan Hemiller, Sara and Bill Wermers, and Lilli, Seiney and Harrison Moore; great-grandchild: Avery Baumann; sister Jean Gray; sisters-in-law, Lila Mae Christian and Wilma Ahlers, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Moore, infant daughter Pamela Jean, her parents George and Lillian Riha, Carl’s parents Lyle and Grace Moore, brothers-in-law, Wayne Moore, Jerry Ahlers, Harvey Christian and sister-in-laws Maxine Moore and Arlene Moore.

Helen Bernice (Hansen) Kirsch, 88

Helen Bernice (Hansen) Kirsch passed away on Dec. 19, 2020, at Sturgis Monument Health Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

 Helen was born on April 24, 1932, to Chancey and Alice (Adkins) Hansen on the family farm in Carter, SD.  She grew up with six sisters and three brothers. Helen attended rural school in Carter and graduated from Witten High School. 

She was married to Gordon Kirsch for 35 years, to this union eight children were born.  Helen’s family was her pride and joy.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life and she enjoyed every moment with them.

 Helen made her home in Sturgis the last 50 years after traveling and moving throughout the United States.  Helen worked at Sparrows Bakery for many years.  She delighted all of her customers with her warm smile and caring personality.

Helen cherished company at her home.  She always had a cup of coffee ready for any family or friends that stopped by. Many shared conversation and laughter at her kitchen table.  She loved late nights playing Yahtzee and Wahoo.  On Sundays you would find her watching her beloved Kansas City Chiefs.  She spent her past time visiting on the phone, listening to her scanner and staying in touch with Facebook.  She never forgot a birthday.  Her birthday calls and cards will forever be missed.  

 Helen was baptized in the Methodist Church and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

 Thankful for sharing her life are her children, Leslie (Al) of Sturgis; Billy (Brenda) of Pringle; and Kevin of Custer; son-in-law, Gary Budish of Park River, ND; her grandchildren, Derrick Budish, Trevor (Rachel) Papenfuss, Justin (Misty) Papenfuss, Lindsey (Brent) Taylor, Jamie Kirsch, Ryan (Sara) Kirsch, Travis (Alona) Kirsch, Kacee Kirsch, Christian (Kirsten) Kirsch and Katelyn Kirsch; great-grandchildren, Casey, Seth, Brook and Morgan Papenfuss, Kyle, Dane and Reed Papenfuss, Jozlyne, Payton and Madilyne Taylor, Kierra, Jet and Dominic Kirsch, Nellie Kirsch, Chevelle and Lucas Hudson; sisters, Ardith Francescoto, Golden CO, Adeline Vavra, Winner, SD, Gladys Elder, Carter, SD, and Margaret (John) Leetch of Rapid City, SD; and sister-in-laws, Virginia Hansen, Casper, WY, and Karen Hansen, Winner, SD; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded by her parents; her infant son; her twin daughters at birth, Margret Ann, and Mary Ann; daughter, Shelly Budish; and son, Lionel (Doc) Kirsch; granddaughter, Shannon Kirsch; her siblings, Leonard Hansen, Audrey Clubb, Zina “Zike” Hansen, Lewis Hansen, and Mary Lou Bernard.   

 As so eloquently said by her great-granddaughter, Helen was the most selfless person in the world that gave her life to her family.

 Memorial services were held  Dec. 29, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.

A memorial has been establishedCondolences may be sent to the family at