Krantz retires from McDonald’s after 30 years

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Dick Krantz, right, retired after working 30 years for McDonaldâ””s of Winner. A
retirement party was held on March 25. Dale and Karol Porter, Mitchell, owned
the Winner store when it first opened in 1989. Pictured from left are Karol and
Dale Porter, Bruce Haines, Mitchell, a long time McDonaldâ””s employee and

By Dan Bechtold


The Golden Arches of McDonald’s has been a part of Dick Krantz’s life for three decades.

Thursday friends, family, co workers and McDonald management honored Krantz for his 30 years of dedicated service.

Krantz is retiring from the company that has been such a big part of his life and the life of his family.

The city of Winner declared March 25 as Dick Krantz Day in Winner with finance officer Chandra Weidner reading the proclamation at the open house.

Krantz started his career with McDonald’s Oct. 8, 1991 and in 1992 he along with his wife, Sandy, became general managers.

McDonald’s opened in Winner in 1989.

Krantz recalls his first experience with McDonald’s. His wife Sandy was working and called him to say two employees did not show up would he please come and help.

He went to work that day  and has been there ever since.

Mike Schulte of Chamberlain was the supervisor of the Winner store and happened to be in Winner the day Dick came to help work. “Before he left Mike took off his tie and handed it to me and said welcome to management,” said Krantz.

It is ironic that now Schulte will the supervisor of the Winner store.

Krantz says McDonald’s was a good fit for his life. “The number of people that I have been associated with is amazing both internal customers and employees.”

The fun part for Dick is when people who have stopped at McDonalds and now years later come back and look up Dick to have a visit. That is one of the memories he enjoys so much.

Krantz is a great people person and that comes out in his dealings with customers.

In 2003 Dick was named the supervisor of the stores in Winner and Valentine, Neb. He has also done some online work for all the stores sharing information on sales volume and good customer service.

Krantz recalls attending Hamburger University in Chicago. He noted the school has changed over the years. It used to be a very detailed operation and now it is more people focused. “We used to have to take tests at Hamburger U if we knew the temperature fries should be cooked.”

Krantz has a board that is filled with 30 years of McDonald pins plus other  awards including an outstanding manager pin. One pin he is particularly proud of is one from person from China that attended Hamburger University the same time as Dick.

The board also features Monopoly pins when McDonald’s featured that game. Also, corporate McDonald’s had a money machine in Winner one day to feature  the Monopoly  game.  Persons could stand in a wind tunnel and see how much money they could collect.

Another promotion was a car that was given away and Karla Stout of Winner was the lucky winner of car.

Krantz has been through a couple of store remodeling projects. The first was in 2005 and the most recent was in 2017. It was in 2017 that the dual drive through lane was installed.

Like many businesses, COVID-19 has had an impact on McDonald’s. The lobby closed March 17, 2020, so it has just been over a year that there has been drive through only at the store.

“We are still strong. People trust we are giving them good and safe food,” said Krantz.

With the pandemic that dual lane drive has been great for business.  Krantz is so glad the decision was made to install that double lane.

When he first started McDonald’s was owned by Dale and Karol Porter of Mitchell. It is now owned by Leonard Management of Elkhorn, Neb. Krantz said the Leonards and the Porters have been so good to him.

Krantz is so impressed with the current manager Dustin DeSersa and his wife Tia who is currently managing  McDonald’s in Chamberlain. Both of them started working for Dick when they were 14.

“Dustin is a great leader. I cannot say enough about him,” said Krantz.

Originally from Howard, Krantz received a degree in animal science from South Dakota State University.

After college, he went to work for a meat procession plant in Howard and worked there for 17 years. He was the ground beef manager. The plant processed 20,000 to 60,000 pounds of hamburger a day and shipped it all over the United States. There were 50 to 60 employees at Howard Beef.

The plant changed names and moved to Pipestone, Minn. Krantz worked in Pipestone for a short while but decided he wanted to do something different. He made contact with the Jorgensens of Ideal and moved to Winner in 1990 to be the manager of Dakota Lean.  Dick went to college with Greg Jorgensen .

After a year at Dakota Lean, Krantz started at McDonald’s.

When asked what he enjoyed about his job, Krantz said the people and learning new things.

He has enjoyed watching people who have worked at McDonald’s grow. “Even if they left, you know you had a part in their development.”

In retirement, Dick  plans to do more traveling, camping and his favorite hobby working with horses.

Over the years Dick and Sandy have been strong supporters of the community and especially the youth. They have been strong supporters  of the 4-H program and Dick served on the horse committee for many years.

The couple have three children: Jennifer Showalter, Norfolk, Neb., who has two children; Scott, Brookings and Jessica in Sioux Falls.

The Golden Arches of McDonald’s have provided a solid career for Krantz. It is one that he has truly enjoyed.

Easter Holiday Closings

Offices closed for Easter holiday

Some government offices in Winner will be closed Friday and Monday for the Easter holiday.

The Tripp County Courthouse will be closed on Friday and on Monday.

All state offices in Winner will be closed Friday and Monday.

The Winner city office will be open regular hours.

BankWest of Winner will be closed all day on Friday.

All other financial institutions will be open regular hours on Friday.

There will be no senior meals for pickup on Good Friday.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services will be closed on Good Friday, April 2.

Easter Church Services

Winner area churches will be celebrating  Holy Week and Easter Sunday services.

Winner United Methodist Church

Rev. John Price

April 1–Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.

April 2—Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

April 4—Easter service at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Calvary Chapel

Rev. Keith Moody

April 2—Good Friday service with communion at 7 p.m.

April 4—Easter brunch at 9:15 a.m. followed by special Easter service

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Fr. Kevin Achbach

April 1—Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.

April 2—Good Friday of the passion of the Lord, 7 p.m.

April 3—Easter vigil, 9 p.m.

April 4—Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord, 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Isidore Catholic Church of Colome

Fr. Kevin Achbach

April 2—Good Friday, 5 p.m.

April 4—Easter Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Colome United Methodist Church

Rev. Ron Snethen

April 1—Holy Thursday, 6 p.m.

April 2—Good Friday, noon

April 4—Easter service, 9 a.m.

Church of the Nazarene

Rev. Ron Snethen

April 4—Easter service at 11 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Winner

Rev. Justin Wheadon

April 2—Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

April 4—Easter service, 10 a.m.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pastor Don Windspurger

April 2—Good Friday service, 6 p.m.

April 4—Easter service at 9 a.m. with Easter breakfast from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

Zion Lutheran of Colome

Pastor Don Windspurger

April 2—Good Friday, 7:30 p.m.

April 4—Easter service, 10:30 a.m.

First Christian Church

Pastor Maurice Gustafson

April 4—Easter Service at 9 a.m.

Carter Gospel Fellowship

Pastor Tyler Greathouse

April 2—Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m.

April 4—Easter service, 11 a.m.

Ideal Presbyterian Church

April 4—Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast, all are welcome 

Christ Lutheran Church

Pastor Wade Harr

April 2—Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

April 4—Easter service with communion, 8:30 a.m.

Zion Lutheran of Hamill

Pastor Wade Harr

April 1—Holy Thursday service at 8 p.m.

April 4—Easter service with communion at 10 a.m.

Winner Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Pastor Nick Barnes

April 2—Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

April 4—Easter service, 9:30 a.m.

Hamill Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Pastor Nick Barnes

April 4—Easter service at 11 a.m.

Winner Assembly of God

Pastor David Jahn

April 2—Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

April 4—Easter service at 10:30 a.m.

FFA competes in Lennox

Winner FFA competed in a competition in Lennox on March 22.

Results include:

Floriculture—5th; Teresa Taylor, 7th; Justin Hausmann, 10th; Keyleigh Stands, 52nd and Clay Sell, 64th

Ag Mechanics—11th; Adam Bohnet, 26th; Chase Boerner, 34th; Aaron Gilchrist, 51st and James Gregg, 55th.

Horse evaluation—11th; Bailey Fairbanks, 15th; Tyler Brockman, 44th; Emily Sachtjen, 50t and Sierra McCall, 51st

Vet science3—13th; Meagan Blare, 21st; Maggie DeMers, 26th; Trista Kierstead, 58th and Madaline Watzel, 69th


There are 11 active cases and one new death in Tripp County due to COVID-19.

The total deaths in the county is now at 17.

There are no new cases in Tripp County as of Monday, March 29.

The total confirmed cases in the county since the pandemic started is 616.

Statewide, there were 74 new cases on March 29. The new probable cases is 18 and the active cases are 2,393.

In South Dakota, 113,010 persons have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 91 persons hospitalized.

The deaths in South Dakota is at 1,933.

According to the department of health, 392,186 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Out of all the people who  received the vaccine, 157,124 have completed their respective series of dosages.

Tripp County Community Foundation gives check to Winner Merchants Baseball organization

Submitted Photo
The Tripp County Community Foundation gave $20,000 to the Winner Merchants
Baseball organization for a new scoreboard for Leahy Bowl. This disbursement was
given from the First Fidelity Bank fund of the Tripp County Community
Foundation. Kara Zeigler, foundation board member, presented the proceeds to
Austin Richey, treasurer and Glen McCready of Winner Merchants Baseball.

Winner High School Play

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Rehearsing a scene from the Winner High School play are in front from Meagan
Blare, Justin Hausmann, Faith Covey and Megan Brozik. In back from left are
Maggie DeMers, Madeline Watzel, Clay Sell and Tessa Mann. â**The Snow White
Variety Showâ** is the play that will be presented April 8, 9 and 10 at the
Winner Community Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. The play is directed by Molly Connot.