Harold Cahoy, 90

Harold Cahoy, a resident of Sun Lakes, AZ since 1996,

 passed away peacefully in his home on Feb. 7, 2021.

Harold was born July 9, 1930 in Tripp County, South Dakota. On June 21, 1958, he married Joan Sheehan in LeMars, Iowa.  He attended South Dakota State College and the University of South Dakota, and graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska School of Medicine in 1958.  He completed his medical internship in Lincoln, Neb., then a four-year general surgery residency in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was board certified in general surgery and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

During the Korean War, he served with the US Army command in Alaska.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife Joan and grandson  Ryan McMullan. 

He is survived by his daughter Ann Cahoy Okner (Marc) of Garner, NC,  daughter Susan McMullan (Bob) of Lino Lakes, MN,  son Patrick Cahoy (Laura) of Chandler, AZ,  daughter Mary Lipinsky (Joe) of Sammamish, WA, and grandchildren Kyle, Ally,TJ and Maggie.

 The family plans a private burial service at Queen of

 Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, AZ.

Richard and Sara Grim Receive 2020 Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence

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Richard and Sara Grim on their ranch in Gregory County. The 3,600 acre ranch has
been in Saras family for generations.

Richard and Sara Grim have been named the winners of the Conservation Producer 2020 Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence for their outstanding conservation efforts on their ranch, Grim Ranch, in Gregory County.

The National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) recognized the Grims at the National Association of Conservation Districts 75th Annual Meeting. In describing their accomplishments, Mike Brown, Executive Director of the National Association of State Conservation Agencies and co-chair of the NCPP said, “Richard and Sara Grim are true pioneers in their conservation efforts. Their desire to uphold the highest standard of conservation is evident in every decision they make for their ranch. If I were starting out in ranching tomorrow, these are the two people I would want as role models.”

“Beef, its what’s for dinner” sign on Grim ranch.Grim Ranch is located in south central SD, west of the Missouri River, near the Nebraska state line. The 3,600 acre ranch has been in Sara’s family for generations. The land is rugged and good for raising livestock if there is a nearby water supply and high-quality forage.

Ranching can be difficult under any circumstances, but the Grim Family and many of their neighbors have found themselves fighting a battle with a formidable enemy the past few years – the eastern red cedar. These trees are rapidly infesting open lands and choking out native grasses, changing the ecology and amount of grazing land available in many areas of the state. To help control the invasive cedars, Rich and Sara pioneered prescribed burns in their area. 

Because of the positive outcomes of the prescribed burns, the Grims joined with like-minded neighbors, conservation professionals, and partners to establish the Mid-Missouri River Prescribed Burn Association. This association is the first of its kind in the state and has successfully raised grant dollars to treat 2,000 acres annually. Sara is proud to serve as the association’s secretary/treasurer.  

Richard and Sara were early adopters of cover crops and have also incorporated other innovative practices like tissue sampling to ensure their nutrient application is more precise and effective. They have worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Gregory County Conservation District for years on a comprehensive and flexible resource management plan that integrates conservation practices to improve pasture design and utilization, combat invasive plants, reduce erosion, improve water access, improve forages, and manage nutrients. 

The couple is eager to learn and share their experiences. In addition to hosting numerous tours and workshops, they serve as mentors for those who need help in building healthier soil, crops, or livestock. They are proud members of South Dakota’s Grasslands Coalition and Soil Health Coalition. You can hear their success story in the YouTube series called “Our Amazing Grasslands“ www.bit.ly/GrimRanch .

Brandon Walter, NRCS Biologist and former District Conservationist in Gregory County says, “I had the privilege of working with Rich and Sara to plan and carry out numerous practices over many years as part of their conservation plan. They are conscientious operators with the integrity for doing what is right and good, not only for their business, but for the health of our natural resources. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

The local field staff in Gregory County will be recognized as part of this award acknowledging their technical assistance in helping the Grim Family develop and implement their conservation plan. Congratulations to Andrew Steffen, NRCS District Conservationist, Brandon Walter, NRCS Biologist, Kenneth Steele, Gregory County Conservation District’s Manager, and Tina Schonebaum, Gregory County Conservation District’s Secretary.

The Hugh Hammond Bennett Award is named in memory of the man credited with raising awareness about the critical importance of soil conservation during and after the Dust Bowl. Bennett believed that real and lasting change on the land comes from developing and following a conservation plan that is designed exclusively for a plot of land based on the available resources, resource issues, and producer’s goals. The NCPP was established in 2015 to emphasize the critical role that conservation planning plays in advancing voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. The NCPP is made of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of State Conservation Agencies, National Conservation District Employees Association, and National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. For more information visit www.ncpp.info.

Animal Clinic has been in business for 60 years

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The Animal Clinic has been in business for 60 years. They were honored by the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured from left are Dr. Rachael Miller, Dr. Laura Handcock, Shara McCall, Dr. Eric Heath, Taylor Lambrecht, Denice Novotny, Hannah Welsh, Beth Lindwurm, Sherri Mayes, Jessica Adams and Dr. Tom Covey. Not pictured is Lisa Mammen.


Tripp County has 17 active cases of COVID-19.

 As of Monday, Feb. 15, there were no new cases.

Since the pandemic started Tripp County has had 643 recovered cases.

There have been 15 COVID deaths in Tripp County.

Statewide, a total of 44 new cases were reported Monday. The state total active cases is 2,092 with 106,440 recovered.

Currently, there are 86 persons hospitalized.

There have been 1,844 statewide deaths.

Northern State University finished with an undefeated season

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Wyatt Turnquist of the Northern State University wrestling team takes down the University of Mary’s, Chandler Mooney, in the 149 pound match. Turnquist won 7-1

Wyatt Turnquist of Winner, a member of the Northern State University wrestling team won a 7-1 over Chandler Mooney of the University of Mary on Thursday in Aberdeen.

Northern finished with an undefeated season and won the NSIC championship.

This was Northern’s first NSIC title since 2002.

Trap shooting awards presented

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Katie Welker of the Winner/Colome high school trap shooting team was the high
overall female shooter in the state. Parker Baker was the high overall male
shooter in the state. He was also the first place male in the conference and
high overall shooter in the conference.

The Winner/Colome high school trap team recently handed out awards from the fall league. Winner/ Colome had the top 2 shooters in the state. Parker Baker was high overall male in the state and also high overall shooter with a 24 average. He also was 1st place male in the conference and high overall shooter in the conference. Katie Welker was the high overall female shooter in the state with a 23.8 average and was 1st place female shooter in the conference. As a team the Winner/Colome shooter took 1st place in the conference.

The following are the scores for each shooter for the 5 weeks of shooting. The scores are the number of targets out of 50 that are hit. Week 1: Jack Anderson 47, Parker Baker 47, Matt Brozik 33, Megan Brozik 32, George Clark 44, Faith Covey 44, Hunter Osborn 38, Cole Rank 41, Hunter Shippy 44, and Katie Welker 48.

Week 2: Jack 45, Parker 50, Matt 26, Megan 36, George 44, Faith 38, Hunter O 32, Cole 44, Hunter S 38 and Katie 46.

Week 3: Jack 44, Parker 48, Matt 33, Megan 37, George 46, Faith 40, Hunter O 35, Cole 39, Hunter S 35 and Katie 48.

Week 4: Jack 43, Parker 47, Matt 30, Megan 39, George 45, Faith 41, Hunter O 42, Cole 34. Hunter S 31 and Katie 47.

Week 5: Jack 46, Parker 48, Matt 28, Megan 35, George 41, Faith 33, Hunter O 43, Cole 40, Hunter S, 38 and Katie 49.

Sign up for the spring league of clay target shooting has begun. There is still time if anyone in grades 6-12 are interested in joining the league. For more information please contact Tim Pravecek or Laura Welker. There is always room for more shooters, come join the fun!

Drawing for roses at ball game

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Winner High School and middle school student council sold chances on a bouquet
of roses at the girls basketball game on Friday, Feb. 5. The proceeds of the
chances that were sold went to the Cameron Vobr family. Winners of the roses
were Sierra Hansen and Joy Tyburec. Pictured from left are Marie Hansen,
Sierraâ++s mother, Leila Balsiger, Skyler Hansen and Joy Tyburec.