Covid-19 Cases

Tripp County reported no new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday. However, there are 50 active cases in the county.

The total who have recovered is 551.

Since COVID started there have been 529 confirmed cases in Tripp County with 10 deaths. There have been 63 hospitalized with the virus.

Statewide as of Monday, there were 301 new cases and 8,373 active.

There are currently 344 persons hospitalized.

The statewide deaths is at 1,381.

Plans in place for arrival of vaccine

By Dan Bechtold


A lot of people are wondering when will the COVID-19 vaccine be available to them. The state Department of Health has set guidelines that prioritize groups for the vaccine.

This week the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in South Dakota. Another vaccine by Moderna has been approved for use in the U.S. and will arrive soon in South Dakota.

Kevin Coffey, CEO of Winner Regional Health, says the leadership team has been meeting and planning for the distribution of the vaccine in the Winner area.

Winner Regional is in daily contact with Sanford Health who will be distributing the vaccine to Tripp County.

“We do not know when it will arrive,” said Coffey in an interview on Thursday afternoon. Also participating in the interview was Julie Hennebold, chief nursing officer for Winner Regional Health.

“We could get 20 doses or we could get 80 doses we just don’t know,” said Coffey.

When it arrives, the first ones to get the vaccine will be the front line workers like doctors and nurses who have been helping COVID patients. Then there is a tier system who will get the shot next. This is a recommendation of the CDC.

Winner Regional is also making arrangements with Community Connections and Elder Inn to give the vaccine to their staff and clients/residents.

Hennebold is working with Kathie Cole to have EMS receive the vaccine.

Coffey explained Walgreens in Pierre will be giving the vaccine to residents of the Winner Regional long term care center.

Chamber banquet canceled

The board of directors of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the annual Chamber banquet due to COVID-19.

The banquet was originally set for Jan. 14. With COVID cases continuing to rise the board felt it would just be best to cancel for this year.

The board said it was difficult decision but wanted to ensure the safety of everyone.

The board will still handout its annual awards. In what format that will take place has not been decided.

The awards include: farm and ranch family of the year, volunteer of the year, business of the year, employee of the year and achievement award.

Also announced will be the three new board members.

Going off the board are Brent Ring, Lee Chytka and Jean Harter Shutt.

Holly Hoffman of Sioux Falls was to have been the speaker at the banquet. She has been booked as the speaker for 2022 banquet on Jan. 13. Hoffman was the reality TV show Survivor.

Colome Consolidated School Board

Colome Consolidated School Board earns honor for effort to enhance school board knowledge.

Members of the Colome Consolidated School Board used the 2019-20 school year to enhance their knowledge of school board work and earned recognition for their dedication.

The Colome Consolidated School Board earned a Gold Level award for their participation in the

Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead and honors the work of school boards who strived to enhance their knowledge base of board work.

By participating in ASBSD activities, training opportunities and demonstrating leadership at the local, state and national level, school boards accumulated points throughout the previous school year. To earn the Gold Level award, the Colome Consolidated School Board accumulated 500 or more ALL points.

“We’re pleased to be able to recognize the Colome Consolidated School Board for their efforts going above and beyond to enhance their knowledge of school board work,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.

  The Colome Consolidated School Board received their ALL plaque this fall.

In the fourth year of the program, 66 public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL award, which is the most in the history of the program.

“The Colome Consolidated School Board put great effort towards learning more about their role as school board members and in turn that will benefit the district’s students, staff and community members,” Pogany said.

ASBSD is a private, non-profit association representing more than 850 South Dakota school board members, the 149 school districts they govern and the students they serve.

Ronald Dale Edwards, 81

Ronald Dale Edwards, 81, of Winner, SD passed away peacefully Dec. 14, 2020 at the Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs nursing home in Yankton, SD. 

A private family service was held Dec. 18. Burial followed in the Winner city cemetery.

Ronnie, or Big R as some knew him, was born April 10, 1939 in Burwell NE to Rudolph and Fern Edwards.  Growing up the family moved around NE, WY, and SD eventually settling in the Winner area.  Ronnie spent his adult life in the Winner and Wood areas running the Edwards Oil Company, ran a fleet of trucks with Edwards Trucking, order buying cattle, and working the ranch north of Wood.  Ronnie employed many truck drivers from the area and kept his sons busy pumping gas and cleaning windows at the oil station.  He was a keen business man that was always crunching numbers to better his businesses.

Ronnie was a pilot in his younger years and flew several times with friends to Mexico for fishing trips.  He was an excellent pool player.  He also enjoyed a good card game, and on occasion a good argument.

Of the many hats Ronnie wore, his favorite was working as an order buyer.  He enjoyed his time spent in the sale barn.  He could look at a steer from 30 yards away and tell you what it weighted and tell you what it was worth.  He was never off by much, if at all.

It has been said there are 3 ways to do things; the right way, the wrong way, and Ronnie’s way.  Which of course is right, still.

He was a good man most of the time, a hard man a lot of the time, but a man all of the time.  He was my father and I’ll miss him.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents Rudolph and Fern Edwards, an infant daughter Julie, and brother Wayne Edwards.   

Ronnie is survived by his wife Judy Edwards of 47 years, Daughter Allison (Doug) Moeller, sons; Ryan (Aryan), Justin (Rachelle), Richard (Beth) and daughter Amy, sisters; Melba (JD) Olson, Carolyn (William) Hinks, Marilyn (Mick) Wooden, and brother Marcus (Delores), grandchildren; Lacey, Amanda and Dale, their mother Cindi, Rudy and Gus, their mother Tennille, Ruby and Rose, Samantha, Morgan, Teagan and Kaine,  great –grandchildren Faith, Alexandrea, Gregary and Remmie.

Betty Spotted Elk, 87

Betty Spotted Elk, 87, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner, SD. 

Funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 at the St Francis Community Hall in St Francis at 11 a.m.  Burial followed in the St Charles Cemetery. 

Betty was born on Aug. 1, 1933 in Saint Francis, SD. 

Betty was a traditional dancer all of her life and won many awards and championships throughout her years.  She was a movie star and was in Man Called Horse, journey through Rosebud.  Betty was also a foster parent, a scout leader, and always loved her music and like to sing Lakota gospel a long time ago—Sioux for Christ.

Betty was a member of St. Joseph and St. Mary Society, Sicaugu Burn Theigh  Society.  She always loved her holidays and liked to travel to pow-wows, meetings,  Betty was a businesswoman , she had stands at pow-wows, sold fireworks, and had Hock’s Snack Bar in St. Francis.

 Paternal Grandparents; George Spotted Elk & Stell Castaway, Swift Crockery Maternal Grandparents; Felix Crazybull & Nellie White Wash, Crazybull, Spotted Elk

 Parents; Leo Spotted Elk Sr. & Jennie Crazybull, Spotted Elk

Siblings; Leo Spotted Elk Jr., Anthony Spotted Elk, Aleta Spotted Elk, Michah, Russell, Felix Eagleman, Melvin Spotted Elk, Dawn, Melvin (Beno) Jr., Ember Son; Felix Hock and adopted son Joseph Bracha.

Patricia Jo Schlaikjer, 85

Patricia Jo Schlaikjer, known by family and friends as “Patsy”, 85, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church. Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery. 

  Patsy was born on Feb. 4, 1935 in Canton, South Dakota to Robert and Josie Ellingson.  She was the loving sister to her brothers, Bob and Gary Ellingson.  She graduated from Canton High School and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  She has maintained her friendships with dear friends she grew up with in Canton and always considered it home. 

She met the love of her life, Arthur Schlaikjer, Jr., at the University of South Dakota.  While he continued his education, she taught 4th grade in Yankton, SD after graduating from USD.  They were married on Aug. 25, 1956 and were married for 55 years.  They were blessed with 4 children, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

  Patsy cherished being a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everyone.  After a few years, she and Arthur moved from Winona, MN to the family farm/ranch in Carter, SD in the early 60s.  She was a dedicated farm wife who was always there to prepare meals for the men during harvest time. They built a home in Winner, SD in 1971 and she kept up both homes. While living on the farm the family attended church at Carter Gospel Fellowship and Reverend Elmer Reimer was a big part of her life.  

She and Arthur loved to travel and took many trips with their close friends, especially Doc. and Moni Stiehl.  Patsy was a member of the Eastern Star, Winner Elks Lodge Does, and the Treadle Trippers Club.  The most important part of her life was her faith and family. She belonged to the United Methodist Church and played in the bell choir for many years.

  She loved sports — All sports –mostly Baseball (Cubs), Football (Vikings) and Basketball (Lakers).  Patsy would spend hours watching sports on TV and could tell you all about the players and stats for all the teams.  She also was an avid bowler and so enjoyed those days. Playing bridge was also a source of fun for her and her close friends, along with going to coffee or going to lunch after church.  Also, she enjoyed making her Lefse and even sent it to family members across the country.

  Patsy is survived by her children: Arthur (Donna) Schlaikjer III of Shawnee, KS, Paul Schlaikjer of Glendale, AZ, Kathy (Sam) Nash of Sioux Falls, SD and Alan (Sheba) Schlaikjer of Dell Rapids, SD.  Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren: Bethany (Justin) Taylor, Kaelee and Jake; Jackie (Vinh) Schlaikjer; Mallory (Chris) Kudera and Isaac; Eric (Katia) Schlaikjer; Graham Schlaikjer; Aundrea Schlaikjer; Brittney (Bryant) Soulek; Holly (Elias) Ledesma; Evelyn Hunter; Nicholas Nash and Jonathan Nash.

  Patsy was preceded in death by her husband Arthur, parents Robert and Josie Ellingson, Parents in law Arthur and Josephine Schlaikjer, Brothers Bob and Gary Ellingson, nephews Brad and Link Ellingson and Granddaughter Ashley Gall.

  Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.