Due to COVID-19 protocol, individual medals were not presented at the state tournament

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Winner girls basketball coach Larry Aaker hands a state tournament medal to
Josie Kludt. Due to COVID-19 protocol, individual medals were not presented at
the state tournament. The Lady Warriors placed third at the Class A meet in
Watertown. Aaker presented the medals at the welcome home on Tuesday, March 16.

Colome School Honor Roll

All A’s

Seniors – Lanie Bolton, Saydee Heath, Baylie Hoffine, Kasey Taylor

Juniors – Riley Shippy, Maya Vandenbark, Katie Welker, Elizabeth Yeaman

Sophomores – Morgan Gill, Landi Krumpus

Freshman – Shaleena Kingsley, Joseph Laprath, Tianna Larson, Emma Vandenbark

Seventh Grade – Seth HeathSixth Grade – Summer Cerv, Addison MullerAll A’s and B’s (No C’s)

Senior – Casey Assman, Rhet Bertram, Nathaniel Hansen, Clarissa Ringing Shield, Makayla Shippy, Michael Supik, Gavin Tucker

Junior – Jesse Larson, Kasie Leighton, Tanea Potter

Sophomore – Kash Heath, Paige Paulson, Kaden Pechota, Libbie Petersek, Jordyn Ring, Toree Ringing Shield, Sully Shippy

Freshman – Bromley Heath, Lilly Nelson

Eighth Grade – Westlie Cahoy, Raylynn Dehning, Raelynn Kingsley, Lane Leighton, Aspyn McKenzie, Jonah Musser, Prestlie Petersen, Eli Vobr

Seventh Grade – Paige Beckers, Rystan DeSmet, Jordan Drummond, Alex Larson, EmmeNelsen, Gracie Rohde, William Slaymaker

Sixth Grade – Garett Hanson, Tila Harter, Chloe Jarrett

B Average (No D’s)

Seniors – Isaac Beltman, Luke Bolton, Tate Luedke, Allan McKenzie, Hunter Stas

Juniors – Caeden Boyer, Caden Munroe, Haley Thomas

Sophomores – Silas Chasing Hawk, Devan Dougherty, Ashlyn Hoffine, William Looking Cloud, Aiden Muller, Taylor Nelsen, Taitin Ringing Shield, Burner Schenefeld

Freshmen – Jack Anderson, Shanna Connot, Klayton Heath, Maura Luedke, Jordan Musser, Kalene Preslicka

Eighth Grade – Leticia DeNoyer, Hadley Harruff, Alana Supik

Seventh Grade – Madison Dufek, William Hemming, TayShaun Hoffer, Keisha Kartak, Savannah O’Bryan, Chyanne Poler, Destiny Sund

Sixth Grade – Jaxon Chasing Hawk, Ayasha Jarrett, Eva McClanahan, Andrew Yellow Hawk

COVID continues to decrease

Tripp County reported one new case of COVID-19 on Monday.

The total number of active cases has decreased as there are only 16 active cases.

Since the pandemic started the total confirmed cases is 613 in the county. There have been 16 deaths in Tripp County.

Statewide, there were 86 new cases and 19 probable.

The number of active cases is 2,244. Statewide, the total number of recovered cases is 111,805. There are 62 persons currently hospitalized.

The number of deaths in the state is 1,923.

Donald E. Knecht, 85

Donald E. Knecht, 85, of Houghton passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen after a weeklong battle with Covid. 

A private family funeral service was held Saturday, March 6 at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, Aberdeen, with Pastor Eldon Reich officiating. 

Burial will be at a later date.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.  Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at www.schriversmemorial.com.

Donald Eugene Knecht was born on May 29, 1935, the oldest child of Elmer and Viola (Ole) (Hansen) Knecht in Aberdeen, SD.  Donnie grew up on the farm that he and his dad would one day farm together.   He attended the James School through 8th grade and attended high school in Claremont, graduating in 1953.  Donnie was a proud member of the undefeated Honker’s 6-man championship football team. 

Donnie married the love of his life Doris Mommer on June 29, 1956, in Aberdeen.   They made their home on a farm near Houghton, and eventually moved into Houghton, where Donnie continued to live until his death.  Donnie & Doris enjoyed 48 years together.  They loved spending time with family and friends bowling, dancing, playing cards, camping, and traveling to Twins games until Doris passed away in 2004. 

Donnie loved being a farmer, operating machinery, and raising livestock for almost 70 years.  One of his favorite times of year was harvest and running the combine.  There were many great memories made on the farm, especially working with his two sons.  Donnie was always thinking of ways to build or improve things.  He would come up with the ideas and leave it to his sons to put those ideas into action.   He took great pride in the projects they built together.   He was known for teaching the farm dogs many interesting tricks.  Neighbors and friends were always dropping by the farm (Hilltop) to visit and solve the world’s problems or play a game of horseshoe or cards.  No one enjoyed a fresh ear of sweet corn, or a cucumber, radish, or tomato straight from the garden more than Donnie. 

Donnie was a member of the Columbia Masons and Aberdeen Shriners.  He served on the Houghton and North Brown School boards and was a member of the Houghton Congregational Church where he also served on the church council.

Donnie will be greatly missed by his three children: Dawn (Monte) Nipp of Langford, Mick (Becky) Knecht, and Pat Knecht all of Houghton; six grandchildren: Abby (Gavin) Krueger, Zachary Nipp, Megan (Davi) Handa, Matt (Whitney) Knecht, Spencer Knecht and Macy Knecht; two great granddaughters: Gia and Ivy Krueger; five siblings: Karen (Allen) Siefkes, Butch Knecht, Kathy (Rick) Schultz, Chuck (Denise) Knecht, and Karyl (Jeremy) Clay, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister-in-law Betty Knecht, and nephew Tim Knecht.


Tripp County had 23 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday. On March 15 there were no new confirmed cases.

The total recovered cases is 681.The deaths in Tripp County due to COVID-19 remain at 16.Monday statewide, there were 17 new confirmed cases and 7 new probable cases.

The active cases in the state are 2,106. Currently there are 64 persons hospitalized.

The number of deaths in the state is 1,912.

Storm dumps 7 inches in Winner

A snow storm made a quick pass through  Tripp County Sunday into early Monday.

When the snow stopped falling Winner had received seven inches of snow with a good amount of precipitation. The precip totaled 1.38 inches.

Along with the snow came a lot of wind and this caused electrical issues.

Some  Tripp County customers who are served by Rosebud Electric Cooperative were without power on Sunday.

Lights in the city of Winner flickered from time to time Sunday night.

With the heavy snow that piled up there was no travel advised in Winner and areas of Tripp County early Monday morning.

Winner and Colome did not have school Monday due to the snow.

The Tripp County Courthouse opened at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Monday afternoon when the sun came out it  started the process of melting a lot of the snow.

Before long it will be gone as it is to be  warm this weekend.