Fritz named to all state first team

Brady Fritz of Winner has been named to the Class A boys basketball first team.

The team, as selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association, was announced on April 7.

The Winner senior averaged 25.6 points per game for the 20-5 Warriors along with 4.8 rebounds, 14 assists and two steals per game.

His senior season scoring ledger included a career 41 points in a win over Bennett County.

Fritz scored 20 plus points in 22 games this season.

He is Winner’s first all-state first team selection since Brendan Harter in 2015.

Margaret Sue (Dickson) Dykman , 89

Margaret Sue (Dickson) Dykman passed away at home on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, the same way she lived, with grace, filled with love, and surrounded by family.   Margaret, daughter of Ervin and Aurelia (Bender) Dickson, was born on Jan. 30, 1932, and was raised in Wood, South Dakota, along with her three sisters and two brothers.  She had a loving upbringing filled with family, strong women, faith, books, big band music and dancing.

 In 1949 Margaret graduated from Wood High School along with nine classmates who frequently schemed together to find rides to the local weekend dances!  She had a special bond with those classmates and remained in contact with them for the rest of their lives.  

 Margaret attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and graduated with a teaching degree in 1951.  She accepted a second-grade teaching job in Wagner, South Dakota.  It was there that she met her husband of 62 years, Claus Fred Dykman (“Dyke”) of Springfield, South Dakota.  They were married Jan. 24, 1953, and had five children. 

 In 1960, with their growing family, Margaret and Dyke, along with 22 other families, moved to Tucson, Arizona to work at the ASARCO copper mine.  They settled on a friendly street in the Mission Manor neighborhood, where they shared a loving home for the rest of their lives.  Their door was always open to friends, relatives, and stray animals and there was always room for an extra place at the table.  All of the neighborhood kids gathered at the Dykman house, where there were always special treats, laughs, projects, a helping hand and support.

As her children grew, Margaret returned to teaching as a substitute teacher for the Sunnyside School District, providing extra resources for additional activities and trips for her family.  She also enjoyed working with her students, many of which were neighborhood kids, and making a difference in their lives.  She managed her teaching work so as to still attend and enjoy all five of her kids’ various activities and make sure there were always homemade cookies and candy for them to enjoy.

She enjoyed traveling with Dyke, her children and friends.  She relished watching her five grandkids grow-up and become wonderful loving adults.  She reveled in their love and success.  Her three great granddaughters always brought a bright smile and light to her day.  She enjoyed reading, playing bingo, and spending time with friends and her cats and dogs.  She loved history and genealogy and became a member of the Daughters of the America Revolution.  She was an avid U of A Wildcat basketball fan and attended many games with her grandson Brian.  She enjoyed watching the Little League World Series every year and rooting for the underdog team.

Margaret was a happy, kind, and tolerant person.  She always had a kind word to share and time to listen, separate the wheat from the chaff, and provide the very best advice.  She was generous with her time, love, and resources.  She was selfless in everything she did and always put her children and family first.  She shared her joy freely and taught her children and grandchildren to appreciate the small things in life, to love unconditionally, to forgive one another, to treasure each other, and to keep family traditions and memories alive.  Life without her is unthinkable and yet we will continue to honor her with the hope of one day living up to the legacy of light and love that she left behind.  And yes Mom, we will continue to take care of one another.

Those grateful for sharing in Margaret’s life are her five children and their spouses, Bonnie Dykman, Dianne (Jerry) Becker, Fred (Sis) Dykman, Gary (Norma) Dykman and Barb (TL) Garrett; five grandchildren, Brian Dykman, David Dykman, Danny (Billie) Dykman, Sarah (Troy) Dennison, and Dillion Becker; three great grandchildren, Riley Aurelia Dennison, Paige Elizabeth Dennison, Kinsley Sue Dykman; sister Louise Erdelt; brothers George Dickson and Willis “Kiki” Dickson; in-laws Betty (Gerald) Tjeerdsma, Marilyn Warrington, Peggy Odens, and Ron Schultz; many nieces and nephews; friends; and Patches, her cat.      Margaret is preceded in death by Dyke, her husband of 62 years; her parents, and; sisters Rheba and Marie.

In lieu of flowers, please join us in prayers and/or donate to an animal shelter of your choice.

A private burial service was held for Margaret Dykman Saturday, April 10 at South Lawn Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona.

Linda Hespe, 73

Linda Hespe, 73, of Colome, SD passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10 a.m.  at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.  Burial  followed in the Colome City Cemetery in Colome, SD. 

Linda was born April 1, 1948 in Omaha, NE and was raised by her parents George and Marcella (Salmen) Hermsen of Butte, NE and also grew up in Butte with her brother Larry.  She graduated from high school in Butte.  She married Gerald “Jerry” Hespe on Oct. 12, 1968 in Butte, NE. To this union three children were born. Linda served as a Lioness, was in the Legion and was a Red Hat Society member. 

She was a soda jerk at Burns Drug, she and Jerry owned the Homestyle Café in Colome where she loved to cook, and managed the Sale Barn Cafe in Winner, SD. She loved playing cards, cribbage, checkers, (and according to her kids and grandkids was excellent at cheating at those games as well). She was also a dedicated Colome Cowboys fan and rarely missed a game.

Linda is survived by 4 children, Kenneth (Sandra) Hespe of Mission, SD, Keith (Stephanie) Hespe of Okaton, SD, Kimberly (Richard) Bruns of Dallas, SD and Laura (John) Carlson of Billings, MT; 9 grandchildren, Brooke (Dustin) Fisher, Jacob Hespe, Wyatt Hespe, Kalli (Emmitt) Houchin and Zach Hespe, Benton and Crean Carlson, Dori and Riki Bruns; 4 great-grandchildren Payton, Bailey and Carley Fisher and Easton Houchin; brother Larry (Roberta) Hermsen of Butte, NE; sisters and brothers in-law Barb (Mel) Lee of Winner, SD, Bev (Bill) Whitney of Rapid City, SD, Doug (Ruth) Hespe of Owasso, OK, Richard (Connie) Hespe of Ivanhoe, TX, Jerry Dodd of Rapid City, SD, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry, granddaughter Jordyn Hespe, brother-in-law Ronny Hespe, sisters-in-law Barb Hespe and Debbie Dodd, niece Mindy Shamberger and nephew Jeff Hespe.

Tripp County Community Foundation gave $5,000 to the Winner Regional Health and Wellness Foundation

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Tripp County Community Foundation gave $5,000 to the Winner Regional Health and
Wellness Foundation and was the final payment of a five year commitment totaling
$25,000. The funds were awarded from the Grossenburg Family fund which is a
subfund of the Tripp County Community Foundation. Rita Neyens, vice chairman of
the foundation, presented the proceeds to Leigha Dempsey, Winner Regional Health
and Wellness Foundation director.

Traffic light is now down as highway construction ramps up

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The traffic light on Monroe Street was taken down last week. The light was
removed as construction has started on Highway 18 through Winner. A new traffic
light will be installed on Main St. Now, there is a stop sign at Main St.

The traffic signal at the intersection of Monroe Street and  Highway 18 is now gone.

The sign was removed March 31 and is part of the large highway project though Winner.

Temporary stop signs are in place at Main Street and Highway 18. The stop signs at Main Street will be replaced with a portable traffic signal and this will remain until the new permanent signal is installed later this summer.

In place now are the barricades which divide the highway. Traffic is allowed on one half while work is done on the other half. Drivers will notice that the divided highway is in place from Winner Super Foods  to  First Fidelity Bank. Persons are asked to drive slow and use extra caution while driving through the construction zone.

As part of the construction the street lights on the north side of Highway 18  will be removed where work is ongoing.

This means travel through Winner at night will be darker. Officials ask that people driving at night slow down as they travel on Highway 18 in Winner as this area will not be lit up as it normally is.  

Construction crews are busy removing the old roadway on the highway.

This construction will be a two year project.

Fritz, signed a letter of intent to play basketball

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Brady Fritz, seated right, senior at Winner High School, signed a letter of
intent to play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Seated next
to Fritz is DWU menâ))s basketball coach Matt Wilber. In back from left are
Winner coach Brett Gardner and Fritzâ))s family Pam Fritz, Sydney Fritz and Jim

Bertram, Swedlund on all state team

Bella Swedlund of Winner has been named to the first team of the Class A all state girls basketball team.

Kalla Bertram, Winner senior, was named to the second team.

The all state squad was announced by the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association.

Swedlund received her second first team all state selection and third all state honor during her career.

The guard averaged 22.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists to propel the Winner Lady Warriors to third place at the state tournament. The second team featured Bertram, a 5-9 senior guard. She averaged 19.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists and had 96 steals.