Zeigler received achievement award

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Kara Zeigler of Winner Pharmacy received an appreciation award from Community
Connections. Making the presentation is Glen Fire Cloud, CCI individual.

 A local hero who is making a difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

Kara Zeigler with Winner Pharmacy!

Kara helps to ensure people’s health and safety by filling prescriptions, setting up medication minders to assist people to be more independent in taking medications, and completing routine medication reviews to monitor for possible medication interactions and she does it all with a smile! 

Community Connections Inc. appreciates  Kara, and all staff at Winner Pharmacy, for making a difference in the lives of people  supported by CCI.

Community Connections Inc challenged Winner Food Center

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Winner Food Center won a challenge from Community Connections Inc. to wear purple to show awareness to epilepsy. Food center staff is pictured with individuals from CCI.

Community Connections Inc challenged Winner Food Center in wearing purple  March 26  to help raise epilepsy awareness in the community.

Winner Food Center showed  the most purple and won the challenge. A subway meal from CCI to WFC was the prize for the awesome turn out of their employees wearing purple!

What Is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures (or after one seizure with a high risk for more) that were not caused by some known medical condition.

What Are Seizures?

Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury, genetics, immune, brain structure or metabolic cause, but most of the time the cause is unknown.

Facts About Epilepsy And Seizures

You don’t walk alone

65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.

3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.

1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.

150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year

ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because existing medications do not work for them.

6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.

Educate Others About Seizure First Aid

Show others how to take care of someone having a seizure. Seizure First Aid is simple – Three Ss: Stay, Safe, Side.

STAY with the person and start timing the seizure. Remain calm and check for medical ID.

Keep the person SAFE. Move or guide away from harmful objects.

Turn the person onto their SIDE if they are not awake and aware. Don’t block airway, put something small and soft under the head, loosen tight clothes around neck.

Do NOT put anything in their mouth. Don’t give water, pills or food until the person is awake.

Do NOT restrain.

STAY with them until they are awake and alert after the seizure. Most seizures end in a few minutes.

When to Call 911

Seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes

Repeated seizures

Difficulty breathing

Seizure occurs in water

Person is injured, pregnant, or sick

Person does not return to their usual state First time seizure

Robert Lee Long Crow, 59

Robert Lee Long Crow, 59, of Flandreau, SD, left on his journey to the spirit world on Monday, March 22, 2021.     Funeral service was  held on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2 p.m.  at the Winner Middle School Gymnasium.  Burial  followed at the Mniska Presbyterian Cemetery near Dixon, SD. 

Wake service will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1 p.m.  at the Winner Middle School Gymnasium.

Robert was born March 13, 1962, at home and was adopted as an infant by Kenneth Sr. and Velma (Felix) Long Crow. He always felt the utmost love and gratitude to his biological mother (Nina Roubideaux) for placing him with the Long Crow family who loved him dearly.

Robert loved his music, loved attending concerts, and was an awesome pool player. He especially loved hunting and fishing with his best friend, Duane Schmidt. His favorite holiday was the 4th Of July, where he would have a big cookout and loved setting off fireworks. He had many friends wherever he went.

Robert worked at the Star Mark Cabinet Factory in Sioux Falls, then later at the Royal River Casino as the Captain of Security Dept. His most recent job was at Twin City Fan in Brookings until he had issues with his health.  He did smaller jobs helping his friend Duane.

Robert leaves to mourn his two sons, Darin and Wade Of Flandreau SD; three daughters; Holly (Milli) of Flandreau SD, Genevieve and Erin Of Sioux Falls SD; special friend, Peggy Munk also of Flandreau SD;  two sisters; Maxine Long Crow- Knisley (Roger) Nunda SD, Phyllis Comes Flying, Ft. Thompson SD; Jeffery Long Crow Sr. (Paula) Ft. Thompson S. D.; Dave Clairmont (Betty) West Chicago, Il. ; Jim(Bonnie) St. Paul Mn.: Duane Schmidt(Gayle) Dell Rapids SD; eleven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Nina; parents, Kenneth and Velma, brother, Kenny Jr. and grandson, Brandon.

Arlene Marie Brandis (Gary), 76

Arlene Marie Brandis (Gary), 76, of Winner, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, in Minneapolis, MN. 

Memorial service was held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Winner Middle School Gym.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. 

Arlene was born in Rosebud, South Dakota March 15, 1945, to George and Eva (Hawk Track) Gary.  She attended school in Winner, graduating from Winner High School in May of 1964.

Arlene attended college in Denver for some time before moving back to Winner. 

In 1980 she met and married her husband Marvin Brandis, together they had 4 children: Toby Clairmont from a previous marriage, Alicia, Derek, and Wade. 

She attended Black Hills State University graduating in December of 1984, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Business Education.  Arlene worked for Sinte Gleska University, Department of  Office Technology for more than 20 years, retiring in August of 2020.

Arlene enjoyed many things in her life; traveling, pow wows, music, dancing, bowling, watching the Denver Broncos, and of course the T.V. series “The Walking Dead”.  She enjoyed selling fireworks with her husband Marvin.  She loved spending time with her family, always exited and ready to tell stories and jokes over a cup of coffee.  She was always happy and optimistic about everything.

Arlene is survived by her sister, Laura, her children; Toby Clairmont (Kristina Foss), Alicia Brandis (Bruce Parker), Derek Brandis, and Wade Brandis.  Her grandchildren: Christian, Damian, Wyatt and Logan.

She is preceded in death by her husband Marvin Brandis, her parents, two brothers: John and Anthony, and two sisters: Marilyn and Verna.

Lawrence (Larry) Donald Crouse, age 80

Lawrence (Larry) Donald Crouse, age 80, of Burke, SD passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2021.

  Larry was born in Boone, Iowa, on Oct. 7, 1940.  He was the son of Paul and Ruth (Smith) Crouse.  Larry grew up in Denison and Carroll, Iowa.  At an early age, Larry was known as a daredevil.  He wasn’t afraid of anything.  When he was very young, he was racing some kids on his bike in Denison, he rode through a stop sign and was hit by a car.  Even though he was injured, he said he won because all the other kids stopped at the stop sign.  At the age of 16, Larry began driving truck loads for Omar Bread.  He would drive from Carroll to Fort Dodge.  He drove Christmas trees from South Dakota, truck loads to Chicago and smaller loads throughout Iowa all while he was still in high school.  He graduated in 1958.

While living in California, Larry learned how to skydive.  He loved skydiving.  He said that he jumped out of an airplane many times before he actually ever flew somewhere on a plane and he jumped 30 times before ever landing in a plane.  He had over 500 jumps in his lifetime.  He created a flight jump uniform and was on the cover of a skydiving magazine.  He jumped as part of a group known as the San Joaquin Sky Divers Club.  He had two separate jump fails both shattering his leg/ankle.

He moved back to Omaha and started Nebraska-Iowa-Express (NIX) in downtown Omaha at 12th and Jones.  He met the love of his life, Rose Braun, at a lunch place on 13th and Davenport in Omaha.  He knew he wanted to marry her the first time he saw her and told her that one day her last name would be Crouse.  NIX ran to Kansas City, Denver, Sioux City, Ogalalla, Scottsbluff, Cheyenne, Casper, Kimball, Sydney, St. Joe, Nebraska City and Fall City.  In November of 1969 was the grand opening of the dock in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  At the height of NIX there were 350-400 employees (200 in Omaha/Council Bluffs alone).  He also owned Corrugated Carriers.  In 1979 -1980, he was the president of the Nebraska Motor Carriers Association.  In 1980, he testified before Congress against trucking deregulation.  There are many, many stories of Larry’s trucking days.

In the early 1970’s, Larry became interested in hunting.  His father-in-law, Gus, took him to Keya Paha County in Nebraska.  In 1982, Larry and Rose purchased a ranch along the Keya Paha river.  Also, in 1982, Larry closed the doors to NIX and bought a warehouse down the street from the Council Bluffs dock and began CDL warehouses.  He sold many of the docks that he owned across Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Illinois.  In 1983, Larry purchased Sunnyside Stables in Elkhorn, Nebraska, where he boarded many of the Shiners B Patrol horses along with his.

He was active in many charities including becoming a Mason, a Shriner, founded a golf fundraiser for mentally handicapped children, hosted wild game feeds as fundraisers and was a devout Christian.  In his 70’s, he helped build the First Baptist Church in Winner, SD.  Larry’s favorite scripture was Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Rose; his children and families: Bob of Arizona, Lisa (Simon) of Texas, Lynda (Todd) of Washington, Lori (Dean) of Colorado, and Mark (Angie) of Arizona; and 3 grandchildren: Ashley of Alabama, Tristan of Washington and Jordan of Colorado.

Private family services will be held.

Warriors place 8th at state

Winner High School boys basketball team  placed 8th at the state Class A basketball tournament in Sioux Falls.

Senior Brady Fritz was  named to the all tournament team.

The Warriors opened state tournament play when they faced Dakota Valley. Dakota Valley defeated Winner 65-58.

A 20 point Winner deficit turned into a one possession game in the final minutes.

Dakota Valley led 38-20 with 7:12 left in the third quarter. Brady Fritz scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half including 16 in the third quarter that helped Winner cut the deficit to 10 points.

Blake Volmer sank a three pointer to make it a 59-58 game. Volmer had 12 points in the game.

Winner could not stop Dakota Valley from increasing its lead.

The Warriors shot 38 percent from the field and were 4 of 7 from the free throw line.

Ethan Bartels pulled down 7 rebounds, Fritz, 6; Volmer and Elijah Peterson, 5 each.

Farner had 4 assists and Peterson, 3.

Volmer had 2 man makers.

In the second game on Friday, Chamberlain defeated Winner 68-43.

The Warriors fell behind early as the Cubs went on a 19-0 run.
Fritz was held to 13 points and Volmer added 10. Slade Cournoyer scored 6 points. The Warriors shot 36 percent from the field and were 8 of 17 from the free throw line.

Cournoyer had 6 rebounds, Volmer, 5 and Bartels, 4.

Vesely had a man maker.

In the 7th and 8th place game on Saturday, Winner played Vermillion. The Tanagers have a strong Winner connection. Head coach Jay Drake is a WHS grad and Jay’s father, Jim, coached the Winner boys team for 31 years. Jim Drake is an assistant coach at Vermillion.

The Tanagers defeated Winner 78-49.

Early on Winner found itself in a big hole as Vermillion led 17-0.

Fritz scored 18 points, Volmer 8, Cournoyer, 7 and Barfuss, 6.

Volmer pulled down 12 rebounds, Fritz, 5 and Vesely, 4.

Volmer had 4 assists and Peterson had a man maker.

“We are so proud of our guys for competing at the highest level of the state,” said coach Brett Gardner. “The results didn’t end the way we had hoped and we didn’t shoot very well but with that being said our guys never gave up and never hung their heads,” said the coach.
“We are proud of the way we represented our program, our school and our communities. We finished the season 20-5  which is the fourth most wins in Warrior history,” said the coach.

U.S. Highway 83 Reconstruction Begins for 2021

WHITE RIVER, SD – Foothills Contracting Inc. will begin construction on U.S. Highway 83 from the town of White River, S.D. for 11 miles to the White River.

Construction activities will occur in two separate work zones and begin on both the north and south ends of the project and proceed toward the middle of the 11-mile project. Construction begins on March 22, 2021.

The construction project has a 12-foot width restriction. Neither overweight loads nor overlength loads will be allowed during construction. This restriction is in place through approximately November 19, 2021.

Roadway activities will primarily be in two work zones controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists are asked to be aware of suddenly slowing traffic, reduced speeds through the work zone, and construction workers and equipment adjacent to the driving lanes.

The U.S. Highway 83 road surface will have sections of gravel or dirt surfacing due to grading operations. U.S. Highway 83 may be closed at times due to adverse weather if the roadway surface is too muddy to safely allow traffic to move through the project.

For complete road construction information, visit https://www.sd511.org or dial 511.

Colome FFA places in district contest

Colome had four teams participate in the FFA district contest in Tyndall on March 17.

This was the first time for Colome competing in Career Development Events due to COVID last year.

In floriculture, Emma Vandenbark placed 18th out of 50 individuals.

The horse evaluation team placed 9th out of 10 teams. The individual placings are: Aleah Musser, 38th; Keasha Kartak, 37th; Shaleena Kingsley, 29th and Raylynn Dehning, 33rd out of 39.

The livestock evaluation team placed 8th out of 14 teams. Individual placings are: Jesse Larson, 17th; Klayton Heath, 15th; Sully Shippy, 34th; Jack Anderson, 25th out of 55 individuals.

The poultry evaluation team placed 6th out of 8 teams. Individual winners were  Joseph Laprath, 21st; Morgan Gill, 15th; Kash Heath, 20 out of 32 individuals.

Morgan Gill will be attending the state convention April 12-13 in Rapid City as the District 4 secretary.

Sarah Manderfeld is the Colome FFA advisor.

Four FFA teams qualify for state

Four Winner FFA teams  qualified for state  at the  district event in Tyndall.

Ag Mechanics placed 2nd and advances to state. Chase Boerner placed 3rd, Adam Bohnet placed 8th, Aaron Gilchrist placed 9th, and James Gregg also competed.

Vet Science placed 4th and advances to state. Meagan Blare placed 8th and Maggie DeMers placed 11th. Other team members include Trista Kierstead, Madaline Watzel and Sierra McCall.

Horse Evaluation placed 4th and advances to state. Emily Sachtjen placed 1st, Bailey Fairbanks placed 12th and Tyler Brockman also competed.

Floriculture placed 5th and advances to state. Teresa Taylor placed 2nd. Other team members include Justin Hausmann, Clay Sell, Keyleigh Stands, and Alisha Ammon

Livestock placed 10th. Team members included Browdy Kocer, Rowdy Moore, Rylee Schroeder, Amanda Blare

and Coy Assman.

Meats Evaluation placed 8th. Spencer Calhoon placed 10th and Ryan Sell also competed.

The Winner FFA also placed in other events.

They competed in the McCook Central CDE on March 8.

Vet science placed fifth. Maggie DeMers was 18th, Meagan Blare, 21st; Trista Kierstead, 29th; Sierra McCall, 51st and Madeline Watzel, 69th.

Floriculture took 5th. Individually, Teresa Taylor, 5th; Justin Hausmann, 8th; Clay Sell, 63rd; Alisha Ammon, 64th and Kayleigh Stands, 76th.

Meats took 9th with Spencer Calhoon, 24th; Chase Boerner, 32nd and Ryan Sell, 38th

On March 10 the FFA went to the Brule County livestock CDE. Horse took 5th with Emily Sachtjen, 10th; Bailey Fairbanks, 13th and Tyler Brockman, 27th.

Livestock was 10th with Rylee Schroeder, 18th; Amanda Blare, 28th; Rowdy Moore, 34th; Browdy Kocer, 43rd and Coy Assman, 47th.