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.
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.
Coffey, CEO of Winner Regional Health, says the leadership team has
been meeting and planning for the distribution of the vaccine in the
Regional is in daily contact with Sanford Health who will be
distributing the vaccine to Tripp County.
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.
could get 20 doses or we could get 80 doses we just don’t know,”
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.
Regional is also making arrangements with Community Connections and
Elder Inn to give the vaccine to their staff and clients/residents.
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.
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.
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
the 149 school districts they govern and the students they serve.
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, 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, 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.
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
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.