Maxine May (Bertram) Larsen

Maxine May (Bertram) Larsen went peacefully to be with her Lord on Dec. 17.   She was a resident of The Independence House at Coddington in Lincoln, Neb., but was doing rehab for hip surgery at Eastmont Towers in Lincoln. 

Maxine was the 9th child of the fourteen born to Frank and Bertha (Mavis) Bertram of Colome, SD.  She spent a busy, but loving, time growing up on the farm south of Colome and graduated from Colome High School in May of 1949. 

Maxine married the love of her life, Marlan Larsen, the next month and began the life of a farmer’s wife in a 40 foot mobile home southeast of Colome.  Three sons were born to that union.

 Life on the farm involved helping take care of the livestock, raising chickens, homemaking and an occasional hunting trip.  She became an excellent cook and even found tasty recipes for the wild game Marlan brought home.  After her three sons started school Maxine looked to supplement the family income by working outside the home.

 She had a part-time job at Newlon’s General Store in Colome then went on the road selling Avon products.  After a few years with Avon she applied for a job at First Fidelity Bank in Colome.  Maxine kept that job for nearly 30 years retiring in 1993.

 Maxine was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and the Colome Legion Auxiliary.  She served as president of the auxiliary for a term and for years was the person responsible for setting up the kitchen, salad bar and tables for the weekly “Steak Night” meals at the Legion Club.  Her bread pudding was a favorite with many of the regular diners.

Volunteering to help others was a big part of her retirement life.  She was friends with several ladies in town and liked to go with them to the casino or out to eat.  She was selected as a KELO Tradition of Caring award winner for her volunteer work in 2004. 

After moving from their acreage west of Colome Maxine was a resident of Golden Prairie Manor until she moved to The Independence House in Lincoln to be with her sister, Joyce.  Maxine developed dementia but spent several years there enjoying the companionship of the residents and staff.  She fell at the facility and required surgery on Dec. 1.  Her age, dementia and the stress of the surgery took its toll and she passed away in her sleep on Dec. 17. 

Those honored to have been part of her life are her sons: David (Christi) Larsen of Alcester, SD; Wayne (Margaret) Larsen of Tea, SD; Dale (Sarah) Larsen of Omaha, NE.  Grandchildren include: Brian (Nicole) Larsen of Brandon, SD; Amy (Sam) Brown of Reno, NV; Amanda (Chris) Bahrij of Minot, ND; Matthew (Jessica) Larsen of Sioux Falls; Beth Larsen  of Chula Vista, CA; and Hannah Larsen of Pittsburg, PA.  There are 13 great-grand children.

 Maxine is also survived by her brother Larry (Sherry) Bertram of Colome, SD; brother-in-law Jack  Clark of Gregory, SD; sister-in-law Faye Bertram of Winner, SD; sister-in-law Marcia Bertram of Colome, over 50 nieces and nephews and the rest of the extended Bertram family.

Preceding her in death were her husband Marlan in 2010, her parents Frank and Bertha Bertram, and twelve brothers and sisters.    A private funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 21.  Family and friends can attend the interment service at Colome Cemetery at 2:30 pm.  The service will be available on Zoom and a link will be sent on the Bertram Facebook page.  Greetings can be sent to the family at: P. O. Box 353, Alcester, SD  57001.

Audey Hajek, 91

Audey Hajek, 91, passed away Monday, Dec. 14 at Good Samaritan Society, Tyndall.

A funeral service was held Dec. 19 at United Methodist Church in Tyndall.

Burial took place at Czech National Cemetery, Tyndall.

Audrey was born Nov. 27, 1929 near Winner, South Dakota to Elmer and Leona (Burtz) Best. She attended rural schools in Tripp County and graduated from Winner High School in 1947. After graduation, she went to Mitchell, South Dakota where she worked at Rozum Motor Company and Mitchell National Bank.

 She married Leonard Hajek on Oct. 17, 1948 and they farmed in the Tyndall area for 11 years. They moved to Brookings in 1959 then Caledonia, Minnesota in 1971, Monroe, Wisconsin in 1977, Omaha, Nebraska in 1980 and Oakland, Nebraska in 1982. She had secretarial jobs in all these places and loved typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and all other aspects of secretarial work. Notable secretarial positions were Wesley Foundation at SDSU in Brookings, SD, United Methodist Church in Brookings, Schiltz Farms in Caledonia, Minnesota and United Methodist Church in Caledonia. Audrey and Leonard retired and moved back to Tyndall in 1995.

Audrey was an active member of the United Methodist Church, past president of United Methodist Women and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a club member of The Jolly Neighbors and Circle II. She volunteered at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Home and senior meals for many years. She liked bowling, crossword puzzles and country music. Until recently, Audrey was able to live independently in her own home.Audrey is survived by two sons, Jerry Hajek and David Hajek and daughter Dianne (Art) Klein; grandchildren Angela (Scott) Dolle, Dennis (Amy) Hajek, Christine (Erik) Distl, Daniel (Ann) Hajek, Scott (Stephanie) Klein, Brad Klein; great-grandchildren Jacob and Jena Dolle, Alex, Samantha and Olivia Hajek, Dexter and Theo Hajek, Maddie and Jensen Distl, Eli and Eva Klein.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, son Dwight and daughter-in-law Linda.           

Condolences may be directed to Goglin Funeral Homes at

Donald Leo Keogh, 89

Donald Leo Keogh went to be with our Lord and Savior on Dec. 6, 2020 at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls at 89 years of age.

Donald was born on 12/31/30 in Paxton, SD to Leo & Mary (Holden) Keogh. He attended school in Winner, SD. After graduating from high school he served proudly in the United States Navy. He returned to Winner and married Carol M Quick on Nov. 2, 1958. They had 2 children Lori & Mark. They moved to Sioux Falls the 1960’s. He retired from the Argus Leader after 27 years.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents Leo & Mary, his brothers Lonnie, James and Jack, and his daughter Lori Hamann.

He is survived by his wife Carol, his son Mark (Beverly) Keogh, 3 grandchildren, Justin Basche, Joseph (Breanna) Keogh, Aliass (Brianna) Keogh, and 6 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date, when the Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls is available.

Volmer wins state’s best in ag broadcasting

By Dan Bechtold


Blake Volmer might have found a career he would like to pursue after high school.

The Winner High School sophomore won first place in the state contest in ag broadcasting.

He won first place at the region to quality for state. This year the state meet was held virtually.

Ag broadcasting is a competition in which the participant has 30 minutes to prepare a 3-5 minute radio broadcast.

The participant must choose material from a packet containing news, weather and markets.

Nicole Roth, Winner FFA advisor, of Volmer winning first: “This is an awesome and difficult accomplishment. If it was a nationwide competition he would be moving on to nationals but since the top level is state, he has gone as far as he can go.”
A quiet, hard working student athlete at Winner High School, the ag broadcasting competition drew Volmer out of his comfort zone.

This is the first year Volmer has really gotten involved in FFA. When he looked for a contest to participate in ag broadcasting stood out. “When watching basketball on TV I like listening to the broadcasters. I thought ag broadcasting would be cool and felt I would give it a try,” he said.

It worked out for the student as he won first place in the state meet.

Volmer said 30 minutes was not long to develop a radio broadcast. In his packet one of the items was about celebrities supporting agriculture and he felt this would be good to use as a news story. The judges also liked Volmer’s use of this story as it promoted agriculture.

His commercial, which could only be 25 to 30 seconds, was a takeoff on the popular Elf on a Shelf. Volmer called his rendition Farm hand on a stand. He explained this fictional character was like a hired man.

Weather was nice the day he gave the broadcast so he has no problem and did not have to predict a huge winter storm.

Volmer explained judges give points for articulation and being within the time limit. If a participant goes over the time limit, points are deducted.

The Winner sophomore said he would come in before school to practice or would do it in Warrior time.

The state winner says he uses a different voice when doing the broadcast. He said his voice is deeper. “I change it up a little bit,” he said.

Volmer says competing in this contest helps him grow as a person.

He added FFA helps you become a better person. “I get to meet new people and I like that.”

Who knows, someday you may hear Volmer on a radio show.

He has the voice, the personality and determination. You never know when you might hear: This is Blake Volmer reporting live from a farm in South Dakota.

Also placing at the state FFA event as Bailey Fairbanks. She took 15th in creed speaking. Creed speaking competition involves the competitor memorizing and presenting the FFA creed. They also answer questions about how the creed relates to their life.

“I am so very proud of both of these members,” said Roth. “They went above and beyond to compete and were very successful in doing so.”

Christmas Church Services

Area churches will be celebrating the blessed season of Christmas.

Colome United Methodist Church

Rev. Ron Snethen

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.

Winner Church of the Nazarene

Rev. Ron Snethen

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pastor Don Windspurger

Dec. 25—9 a.m. service

Zion Lutheran of Colome

Pastor Don Windspurger

Dec. 25—Christmas service at 10:30 a.m.

Christ Lutheran Church of Winner

Rev. Gary Jacobsen

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.

Zion Lutheran of Hamill

Rev. Marcus Ring

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.

United Methodist Church of Winner

Rev. John Price

Dec. 24—Children’s Christmas Eve service, 3 p.m.

5p.m. and 9 p.m.—Christmas Eve service

Calvary Chapel

Rev. Keith Moody

Dec. 23—Meet at church at 6 p.m. for Christmas caroling

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Fr. Kevin Achbach

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Mass, 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 25—Christmas Mass, 8:30 a.m.

St. Isidore Catholic Church of Colome

Fr. Kevin Achbach

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Mass, 7 p.m.

Winner Assembly of God

Pastor David Jahn
Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 31—New Year’s Eve service, 8 p.m.

Winner Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service, 5 p.m.

Rev. Nick Barnes

First Christian Church

Pastor Maurice Gustafson

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church

Rev. Justin Wheadon

Dec. 24—Candlelight service at 5 p.m.

Covid-19 Cases

Tripp County saw four new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The total number of active cases is 89 with 490 recovered. The total number of cases confirmed in Tripp County since COVID-19 started is 519. There have been 59 persons hospitalized and 10 deaths.

Statewide on Monday, there were 272 new cases.

The total number of active cases is 12, 623. Currently, there are 441 persons hospitalized.

The total deaths in the state is 1,259.

Winner Regional Health to discontinue baby pictures

According to the Center of Missing and Exploited Children, baby pictures posted to hospital websites are strongly discouraged. Winner Regional Health has made the difficult decision to discontinue posting baby pictures to our website.    

As of 12/15/2020, we will no longer have a baby roll page on our website said Leigha Dempsey, communication director.      

The Center of Missing and Exploited Children warn’s parents of potential risks of public announcements. For more information please visit The Center of Missing and Exploited Children website at

Wrestlers place first in Gregory

Submitted Photo
Winner Area wrestling first place finishers at the Gregory tournament include
from left Maxton Brozik, Karson Keiser, Aaron Gilchrist and Riley Orel.

Winner Area wrestling team won first place at the Gregory Invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors scored 163.5 points.

Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon took second place with 148 points.

First place for Winner went to Maxton Brozik, Karson Keiser, Aaron Gilchrist and Riley Orel.

Also placing for Winner were Jude Sargent, 2nd ; Konner Osborn, Gavin Tucker,  Riley Shippy, Stetson Shelbourn and Jack Peters, all  fourth.

Brozik won the championship with a pin over Brock Kotalik of Bon Homme, 1:33.

Keiser won first with a pin in 1:55 over Kellan Hurd of Miller/Highmore-Harrold.

Gilchrist won first place with a 12-6 decision over Joey Hoverson, Wessington Springs/Woonsocket.

Orel, 152, won first place with a 1-0 decision over Keegan Haider of Wessington Springs-Woonsocket.

Several Winner wrestlers took the ACT test on Saturday and did not wrestle. The next action for Winner will be the Valentine tournament on Saturday, Dec. 19. Due to COVID-19, there will be no fans allowed at this tournament.

Winner 8th Grade Basketball Team Wins Championship in Colome Tournament

Submitted Photo
Winner 8th grade girls basketball team
won the championship of the Colome
tournament on Dec. 5. In front from left
are Daisy McIntyre, Gracie Root, Adysen
Pravecek, Cora Moss and Livvy Audiss.
In back from left are Jenaya Schrader,
Kylie Sachtjen, Keelie Kuil, Dani
Westendorf, Arnolla Duffy, Tessa Sieh,
Lilly Barfuss and Olivia Swedlund.