SD Health Department Announces Beginning Stages of Priority Group 1D for Next Week

The South Dakota Department of Health is announcing that starting on Monday, Jan. 18,  the Department of Health and its health partners across the state started vaccinating a prioritized population group, within Group 1D, of the state’s vaccination plan. This first prioritized population group will be those 80 and over, as well as high-risk individuals and will be expanded to other groups within 1D as vaccines become available. The modification comes amidst the federal government’s plan to release vaccines to states to speed up vaccinationsnationwide.

“Given the progress we’ve seen in groups A through C, we are confident that with an increase in vaccine allocations, we can move into a limited population of group 1D. We will begin with those 80 and over and high-risk individuals, and from this starting point, adjust accordingly as allocation permits,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “We want to reassure those who’ve already received their first dose, and those in groups A through C who are already in the queue, that their second-dose will be available.”   

In addition to the release of COVID-19 vaccines, Operation Warp Speed announced it is changing how it will allocate such vaccines to states. Federal officials will increase weekly allocation to states based on the size of a state’s 65+ population and take into consideration how quickly each state is administering the vaccine to the general public. Currently, South Dakota has been receiving an average of 11,000 doses a week and has administered over 47,950 doses. 

“Given our strong partnerships with stakeholders, and the non-stop efforts of our healthcare systems, the Department of Health is proud to say that South Dakota remains among the top states in the country in vaccination efforts– Shots in arms, that’s our goal, ” added Malsam-Rysdon.

For additional information and the latest COVID-19 resources, visit COVID.SD.GOV.

AAU wrestlers place

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Winner AAU wrestlers who placed at Gettysburg include from left Addyson Wingert-Hempel, Jace Koskan, Roukyn Robbins, Hudson Peters, Rylan Robbins, Rhogan Robbins and Eli Orel. The Winner team tied for 4th place.

The Winner AAU wrestling team tied for 4th place at a recent tournament in Gettysburg.

Rylan Robbins, Roukyn Robbins and Jace Koskan all placed first.

Also placing were Rhogan Robbins, 2nd; Hudson Peters, 2nd; Addyson Wingert-Hempel, 3rd and Eli Orel, 4th.

Apollo Willuweit placed second at Harrisburg and Legend Benedict placed 2nd at Huron on Sunday.

The Winner AAU wrestling tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.

Tri Valley Invitational Champions

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Winner Area wrestling team took first place at the Tri Valley Invitational on
Saturday. The Warriors will host its big invitational tournament on Saturday,
Jan. 23.
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Placing first at the Tri Valley Invitational are from left Kaleb Osborn,
Achilles Willuweit, Preston Norrid, Sam Kruger, Kaden Keiser, Riley Orel and
Aaron Gilchrist.

Winner Area wrestling team captured first place at the Tri Valley Invitational on Saturday.

The Warriors had seven first place champions. They include Kaleb Osborn, Achilles Willuweit, Preston Norrid, Sam Kruger, Kaden Keiser, Riley Orel and Aaron Gilchrist.

Also placing for Winner were Maxton Brozik, 2nd; Karson Keiser, 2nd; Jack Kruger, 2nd.

Osborn won a 3-1 decision over Kyler Konstanz of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes.

Gilchrist won a 2-1 decision over Carter Lenz, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes.

Kaden Keiser, 19-0, pinned Tyler Groenewold, Tri Valley in 2:20.

Orel with a 23-0 record  pinned Isaac Crownover, Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon in 3:18.

Sam Kruger, 18-0, pinned Gavin Jacobs, Elk Point-Jefferson in 1:22.

Preston Norrid pinned Ethan Nehlich, Tri Valley in 5:58.

Willuweit won a 4-2 decision over Kameron Styles, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes.

The next action  for the wrestlers will be a quadrangular on Friday in Winner followed by Saturday’s big Winner Invitational. The Winner Invitational will start at 10:30 a.m.

There will be wrestling in both the Armory and the auxiliary gym.

Stanley County Triangular Results

Winner Area wrestling team swept two matches in a triangular at Stanley County on Jan. 12.

The Warriors defeated Redfield Area 49-23 and rolled over Stanley County 78-6.

With the two dual victories Winner’s record is 13-0.

Results of the Stanley County match include:

106—Maxton Brozik, W, wins by forfeit

113—Karson Keiser, W, wins over Hayden Roggow by fall in 2:15

120—Kaleb Osborn,  W, over Chase Hanson, by fall in 2:45

126—Jude Sargent, W, over Tayten Walker by fall in 24 seconds

132—Trey Frost, SC, over Kellen Brozik, by fall in 1:15

138—Aaron Gilchrist, W, over Colton Brady, by fall in 52 seconds.

145—Kaden Keiser, W, over Trent Beintema, by fall in 41 seconds

152—Riley Orel, W, won by forfeit

160—Evan Bartels, W, won over Case Kolda in 1:43

170—Sam Kruger, W, won over Levi Stover, by fall in 2:10

182—Gavin Tucker, W, won by forfeit

195—Charley Pravecek, W, won by forfeit

220—Preston Norrid, W, won by forfeit

285—Achilles Willuweit, W, won by forfeit

The results of the Redfield Area match include:

Winner (WINN) 49.0 Redfield Area (REDF) 23.0

106: Maxton Brozik (WINN) over Brady Risetter (REDF) (Fall 3:36) ;113:

Mason  Whitley (REDF) over Karson Keiser (WINN) (Fall 5:30)

120: Kaleb Osborn (WINN) over Evan Jaton (REDF) (Fall 0:23)

126: Jacob  Fehlman (REDF) over Jude Sargent (WINN) (Dec 2-1)

132: Keaton Rohlfs (REDF) over Kellen Cihak-Brozik (WINN) (TF 15-0 0:00)

138: Bradyn Robbins (REDF) over Aaron Gilchrist (WINN) (Fall 1:45)

145: Kaden Keiser (WINN) over Mason Fey (REDF) (MD 17-5)

152: Riley Orel (WINN) over Chase McGillivary (REDF) (Fall 0:43)

160: Adam Bohnet (WINN) over   (REDF) (For.)

170: Jack Kruger (WINN) over Cullen  McNeil (REDF) (Dec 7-2)

182: Sam Kruger (WINN) over Connor  Appel (REDF) (Fall 0:48)

195: Corbin  Schwartz (REDF) over Charley Pravecek (WINN) (Dec 7-1)

220: Preston Norrid (WINN) over Grady Fey (REDF) (Fall 2:54)

285: Achilles Willuweit (WINN) over Gavin  Nichols (REDF) (Fall 2:20

Winner Area Wrestling Invite set for Jan. 23

The Winner wrestling invitational will be held on Jan. 23.  Wrestling will start at 10:30 a.m.

Twelve teams  plan to attend. They include: Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, Burke/Gregory, Phillip Area, Potter Co., Stanley Co., Sully Buttes, Sunshine Bible Academy, Custer, Parker, Hot Springs, Wagner and Winner Area.

Winner will have two mats in the Armory. A secondary tournament will be in the auxiliary gym.

Due to South Dakota High School Activities Association COVID-19 rules there can only be an 8 man bracket. Therefore seeds 9-16 will have  secondary tournament in the auxiliary gym. This will also provide for more social distancing among fans.  

Ronald Duane Sampson, 84

A Celebration of Life Service for Ronald Duane Sampson, age 84 of Windom, Minn.,will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.   

Burial will follow at Memory Garden Cemetery in Windom.    A visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 29,2021 at 5 -7 p.m. at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

The service will also be livestreamed on the LaCanne Family Funeral Service Facebook Page. Masks are preferred and social distancing will be observed.

Ronald Sampson passed away from lung cancer on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at the Sunset Cottage in Worthington, MN.

Condolences can be sent online to:    

Funeral arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom.

Edward K. Rohla, 76

Edward K. Rohla died on Jan. 7, 2021 at Ava’s House Hospice in Sioux Falls, SD. He was 76 years old and passed away due to complications after a 2-month battle with Covid-19.    

Ed was born Nov. 1, 1944. He was the youngest of the three children born to Robert and Eleanor Rohla. He was born, grew up, and lived most of his life on the family farm north of Carter, SD.  Ed began his elementary education at the Red Hill School and went on to attend Witten High School, lettering in track and field, and graduating in 1963. After graduation, he attended Scottsbluff Junior College for one year. Ed was deeply involved with the family farm for the majority of his life. He worked first with his father, brother and uncles, and later with his nephew, raising hogs, chickens, and cattle, as well as planting and harvesting crops.    He was dedicated to the daily chores of the farm, care of the livestock, and the planting seasons.    Ed was thankful to be able to share his life, and love of the farm, with his nephew and business partner, Rich Shimek. Ed was a proud member of the Western Fraternal Life Association as well as the Winner United Methodist Church.    He enjoyed traveling with family and friends and loved having new experiences such as concerts, dancing, and learning the practice of yoga when he was 70 years old.    Always happy and optimistic, Ed never met a stranger…he could talk to anyone and got along with everyone!

Although Ed never married, he was devoted to family.    He cared for many elderly family members over the years and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Ed is survived by his sister, Eleanor Shimek of Gering, NE; brother, Robert (Nancy) Rohla of Presho, SD; nephews, Rich (Donna) Shimek of Lennox, SD; Jim (Coleen) Shimek of Scottsbluff, NE; nieces, Karol (Galen) Smith of North Platte, NE; Cristy (Ross) Flemmer of Dell Rapids, SD; Jenny (Scott) Choquette of Overland Park, KS, and many other cousins, great nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends, especially his good friend, Kathie Patten-Jundt of Pierre, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Eleanor Rohla; his brother-in-law, James D. Shimek, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.   

Due to the danger of the Covid-19 pandemic Ed did not want an in-person funeral service and instead wished to be cremated, with Mason Funeral Home in Winner SD handling the arrangements.   

There will be a private family memorial planned at a later date. Cards can be sent to the family of Ed Rohla, PO Box 614, Lennox SD 57039.

Charlotte Charlene (Chastain) Colson, 89

Charlotte Charlene (Chastain) Colson was born to James and Adeline (Redding) Chastain on Dec. 31,1930, in the family home at Wheeler Bottoms on the Missouri River in South Dakota. She was delivered by her Aunt Jen, as were all five of the children in the family.  Charlotte’s father ran a ferry across the Missouri River.   

At the time this was the only way to cross the river for several miles. Charlotte would do all the grocery shopping for her mother as her mother didn’t like to leave the house.     

The family moved several times while she was growing up.    First to Platte, then to Winner, and on to Custer before returning to Winner.                       

Charlotte finished the seventh grade and went to work at age 13 at Omaha Cold Storage. She always said she was breaking eggs and plucking chickens for the soldier boys.                       

Charlotte married the love of her life, Percy Colson, on Oct. 25, 1947. To this marriage four children were born: Roger, Kathryn, Karen, and Gary.                       

They worked on farms for the first several years of married life and moved to Winner in 1969. She worked several jobs after moving to town. Most notably, she and her sister Jean ran the Outlaw Creamery. Charlotte and her sisters, Jean and Twila, worked for Donna Dice and Barb Kuil and eventually took over and ran the Outlaw Cafe for many years.                       

After retiring, Charlotte and Percy enjoyed going for long rides in the country.  She lived next door to her daughter Kathy and enjoyed watching her grandkids grow up. They always knew they could go to Grandma’s to watch TV with her or just hide out if they were in trouble at home.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.                       

Charlotte passed away on Dec.16, 2020, at the Winner Hospital. She was 89 years 11 months and 16 days old.                        Charlotte lived the last 18 months of her life at the Winner Nursing Home. She liked it and often said “this is my home now.”  She sat out in front and watched TV. She liked it there because she could greet everybody that walked by and visit with them.   

Then the COVID-19 Pandemic hit and isolation became the new norm. She could no longer see and hug her children and grandchildren. The family tried to keep her spirits up by video chat, phone calls, and talking through the window glass. It was a losing battle and as time dragged on she got more and more depressed. She finally succumbed to her third battle with pneumonia.                       

Charlotte was loved by her family and friends and will be missed greatly.       

She is survived by two daughters, Kathryn (David) Hagen of Winner, SD, and Karen (Davey) Nahnsen of Rapid City, SD; one son, Gary Colson of  Winner, SD; her sister Twila Brunmeier, of Winner, SD; six grandchildren, Casey (Loni) Colson, Rapid City, SD, Chalsea (Chris) Larson, Elkton, SD, Chanie (Randy) Hlavka, Rapid City, SD, Chastin Hagen, Box Elder, SD, Chanteal (Zac) Pengra, Box Elder, SD, and Jesse Colson, Winner, SD; eleven great-grandchildren, Michael, Danielle, Cynthia, Olivia, Emily, Evan, Dayson, Raelyn, Evan, Riley, and Dane; also Gay Patmore, Jack and Jonathan Yeaman, and all of her Church Family.                       

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 66 years Percy, infant son Roger, brother Emmet, and sisters Jean Siewert and Shirley Broadbent.                       

Services are being planned for Summer 2021 so family and friends can gather to celebrate Charlotte’s life

COVID-19 cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Tripp County is 12.

There were no new cases reported on Monday, Jan. 11.Since COVID started the total confirmed cases in this county is 543 with 614 recovered cases.

The number of deaths from the virus is 13. Statewide, 130 new cases were reported Monday. The state active cases is 5,102 with1,585 deaths.

There are currently 242 persons hospitalized.

The statewide recovered cases is 96,812.

The state Department of Health also reported 31,473 people have received the first dose of the vaccine while 842 people have received both doses.