VFW Aux officers

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The Winner VFW Auxiliary officers for 2021-2022 are seated from left Brenda Muhs, senior vice president; Jan Endes, president and Joan Hauf, chaplain. In back from left are Rosemary Connot, secretary; Janna Pravecek, treasurer; Tom Endes, conductor and one year trustee and Connie Heggestad, patriotic instructor. Not pictured are Cheryl Littau, junior vice president; Carol Turgeon, 3 year trustee and Karen Douglas, 2 year trustee.

Civil war veteran receive headstone

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A gun salute was given by the Winner American Legion and VFW at a memorial ceremony for Civil War veteran Solomon Thomas. The ceremony was at the Winner Cemetery on Aug. 14.

By Dan Bechtold


Family members of a Civil War veteran came to the Winner Cemetery on a hot Saturday afternoon to dedicate a headstone in honor of Solomon Thomas.

Thomas served in the Civil War and is buried in Winner. But he never had a headstone.

Thomas served in Company D, 32nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

It was through the work of many that the veteran received a government issue headstone for his service in 1864 and 1865.

Seven great, great grandchildren of Solomon Thomas were at the ceremony Saturday. They were touched by the local support for their relative. There was a local honor guard from the Winner VFW and the Winner American Legion.

“We were truly honored and grateful to have the honor guard plus the gun salute and the presentation of a U.S. flag,” said Alan Hintermeister, Edina, Minn., great, great grandson.

Other family members who attended were: Betty Engebretson, Slayton, Minn., a sister of Alan; Phil Hintermeiser (brother of Alan) and is wife, Janet, Albert Lee, Minn,; Joan Widboom, Slayton, Minn., a sister of Alan; Paula Schaeffer, Hanska, Minn., Lisa Kremer, Iona, Minn and Caren Voss, Avoca, Minn., all second cousins.

At the ceremony, Alan read the obituary of Solomon Thomas which was published in the Carter News in 1916.

Alan says he appreciated the work of Tripp County Veterans Service Officers Terry Cousins and Milton Douglas for their work in getting required records in order to receive the headstone.

Alan also added that he appreciated Bob Benson for his excellent work of installing the headstone.

New Teachers and Staff

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New teachers and staff in the Winner School District include in front from left Misti Brown, Skyler Best, Robin Curtis and Keely Connot. In back from left are Candace Patmore. Danielle Kucera, Karen Koffskey, LaGrande Woods, Dondee Krolikowski, Ben Connot and Scott Rank. Classes in Winner will start on Aug. 19.

Winner school opens Aug. 19

By Dan Bechtold


Classes in the Winner School District will start Thursday, Aug. 19. 

Classes will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There will be Friday school on Aug. 20.

There will be several new staff members who are joining the Winner School District.

The new staff include: Danielle Kucera, Native American advocate at the elementary school; Katie Richey, pre school teacher; Skyler Best, special education; Misty Brown, special education; Karen Koffskey, special education; Samantha Bansemer, special education aide; Ben Connot, special education; Keely Connot, sixth grade; Robin Curtis, middle school math; Misti Lapsley, language arts; Candace Patmore, high school math; LaGrande Woods, middle school science; Dondee Krolikowski, alternative center coordinator; Scott Rank, special education aide.

Gail Smith will teach third grade as she moved from sixth grade.

Supt. Keven Morehart said the school will start as normal. The COVID-19 back to school plan has three tiers—green, yellow and red. 

Morehart noted the only major change is that the school board may put everything on line if there is a need or an outbreak of COVID-19.

Masks will not be mandatory. If a student or staff feels safer wearing a mask they will be supported in their efforts to provide protection

There will be no COVID protocol for athletic events and fans will not be limited from attending games.

Some of the COVID protocol that was followed last year will be implemented again this year. The temperature of students will be taken each day.

There will be sanitation of desks and work areas twice a day. There  will be hand sanitizer in all the classrooms.

The water fountains will be turned off and students can fill  water bottles at the fountain.

This was a busy summer for the school district as a lot of projects have been completed.

The north parking lot has new asphalt.

The advertising on the wood floor in the Armory has been redone. No one will be allowed in Armory until after Aug. 22 as the wood floor needs to set.

Finishing touches are being made to the new concession stand in the Armory.

Work is also finishing up on the two science rooms at the high school.

New flooring  was laid at the elementary gym.

All classrooms will receive new smart boards.

Construction will start soon on an addition to the elementary school. Four new classrooms will be added to the west end of the school.

The school district has taken over the pre-school program following the retirement of long time teacher Toni Donovan. For a year the school district will rent the building which now houses the pre-school. When the new addition to the school is done the pre school will be located in the elementary school. The pre-school will remain tuition based.

“We are excited to start school,” said Morehart. “It is the best time of the year when all the kids come back to school. They want to see their friends they have not seen all summer.”

The superintendent says the school is back to normal but it is a different normal with COVID still hanging around.

James Allen Berg, 80

James Allen Berg, 80, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021 at his home in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 at 11 a.m.  at the Christ Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Jim was born in Canby, MN on May 6th, 1941. He was born 2 months pre-mature. He had pneumonia, rickets, and a collapsed lung. Being on the verge of death, he was baptized with the nurses being witnesses.

He and his family moved to a farm east of Castlewood, SD in 1946. His father had a farm accident in 1947, so he and his sister needed to help on the farm at an early age. During this time, he and his sister attended a one room school through eighth grade. Jim graduated from Castlewood High School in 1960. He then attended college in Madison, SD and Nettleton Community College in Sioux Falls. After college he began his work in construction for SF Construction working on bridges. From there he had various jobs working on the Titan Missile, and Boeing Aircraft. He then worked for various other construction companies. Carlson Construction in Winner, SD and Anderson Western being his last. In the midst of his construction work he bought a semi and hauled for Bob Curtis Trucking.

Jim married Loretta Kusick in 1967. To this union Michael was born in 1969 and Robert in 1972. In 1989 he married Karen (Bowling) Meiners and acquired 3 stepchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife Karen, children Mike (Misty) and Bob (Julie) Berg, step-children Gregg Hanson, Shawn Tuttle, and Shendra Meiners. 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and sister Patricia Sedivy.

Donald Eagle Star, 50

Donald Eagle Star, 50, of Gregory, SD passed away at his home in Sioux Falls, SD on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.

Funeral services were  held on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Winner Ideal Community Hall in Winner, SD. Burial  followed in the Mniska Presbyterian Cemetery. Wake services were held  on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 and Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 at 7 p.m.  at the Winner Ideal Community Hall in Winner, SD.

Donald was born on March 17, 1971 in Winner, SD to Paul and Tina Eagle Star. He attended Marty Indian School, graduating in 1990 as valedictorian.

Donald worked as a roofing foreman for The Roofing and Construction Company, LLC. He loved his work on the roof taking pride in what he did. He was greatly respected by everyone he worked with.

Donald greatly impacted the lives of everyone around him. Always bringing together family and friends, rather it be a cookout and friendly game of volleyball, organizing a softball team, playing darts or horseshoes, or gathering around a TV to watch a good boxing match. His favorite past time was to be surrounded by family and friends. But his entire being was centered around his family. He was extremely proud of Allison and Chris Eagle Star, his niece and nephew that he raised with his longtime girlfriend, Mary Crow Good Voice, and the time spent together.

Donald is survived by longtime partner Mary Crow Good Voice, and his children Allison Eagle Star and Christian Eagle Star. His 3 grandchildren Brooklyn Eagle Star, Adrian (Bubba) Eagle Star, and Paula Eagle Star.  His 2 sisters, Peggy Two Hearts and Julie (Wayne) Eagle Star, and twin brother Ronald (Sonya) Eagle Star, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Tina Eagle Star, brother, Paul Eagle Star Jr, and sister, Paula Eagle Star.

Donald touched the lives of so many and was greatly loved. He will be missed daily but will be remembered always.

Virgil Hansen, 83

Virgil Hansen, 83 of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD. 

A private family interment will be held on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Virgil’s favorite pasture west of Winner.  A public fellowship memorial lunch will follow at 12:30 p.m.  at the Witten Baptist Church in Witten, SD.

Virgil Lee Hansen was born on Sept. 8, 1937 in O’Neill, Neb. to Milo “Butch” and Berniece (Eddie) Hansen.  He was the oldest of four children:  the late Joan Carroll, the late Robert “Bob” Hansen, and Peggy Douglas of Witten, South Dakota.

Virgil lived his entire life in the Winner area except for his time of enlistment in the United States Army.  From an early age he worked at helping his father on the family farm one mile south of Jordan corner.  He graduated from Winner High School in 1956 and went to the army shortly thereafter.  His company receiving orders to board a troop transport in preparation for the invasion of Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis highlighted his time in the Army.  After an otherwise uneventful enlistment at Ft. Hood in Texas, he returned to farming and ranching in the Winner area.  The drought of 1974-1976 forced the eventual sale of his small herd of registered Angus cattle.  From that time forward Virgil focused on wheat farming with a few other rotation crops.

On Sept. 8, 1979 Virgil married the widowed Twila (Harter) Worden.  Twila brought two stepchildren into the marriage:  Yvonne (Worden) Mitchell of Pringle, South Dakota, and Scott Worden of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They enjoyed almost 42 years together.  Virgil and Twila spent many hours assisting his father, Milo, in the restoration of antique tractors and cars.  Aside from the dozens of machines they worked on, it is notable that they purchased an unrecognizable tractor buried in the sand hills of Nebraska in 1980 for $600.  This tractor turned out to be an Interstates Tractor Company 10-20 Plowboy that is extremely rare; it was restored and ultimately sold in 2020 for $50,250 even after years of later neglect. 

During the winter months they would take trips to Arizona for spring training or off to California, Virginia, or Florida following Scott around during Scott’s naval enlistment.  A favorite memory for Virgil was a tiger cruise he was able to take with Scott aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.  Many trips were also made to keep up on the activities of their grandchildren in Mitchell and then Utah or Sioux Falls.

Other than his love of the land and farming, Virgil also had a love for animals.  He was especially fond of his dogs Pee Wee and Bear and his cat Sparky.  Once Virgil had a steer that was so tame, he would let him out of the cattle pens to graze in the house yard.  The steer would follow Virgil or Twila around the place like a dog and once even followed Twila into the farmhouse.

In his later years Virgil began to experience health problems beginning with a significant stroke in 2018.  A serious car accident in 2020 resulted in stays in the Winner Nursing Home and then Elder Inn.  Finally in July of 2021 it was discovered that Virgil was in late-stage liver and kidney failure along with other complications.  He was transferred to VA hospital in Sioux Fall until it was discovered that his condition was unrecoverable.  His final days were spent at the Ava’s House hospice center in Sioux Falls where he passed away on Aug. 14, 2021.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. 

He is survived by his wife Twila, sister Peggy, stepchildren Yvonne and Scott (Annamaria), grandchildren Kelly (Mitchell) Grosdidier (Jeremy) of Sioux Falls, Katie (Mitchell) Niehoff (Adam) of Mitchell, Brooklynn Schoenfelder of Mitchell, Jasmine Worden, Jonah Worden, and Jorgia Worden all of Sioux Falls, great-grandchildren Dylann Grosdidier, Jaxon Grosdidier, Greysen Niehoff, and Eli Niehoff.  Virgil is also survived by a brother-in-law, Melvin Harter (Wilma), a sister-in-law, Elaine Kemnitz, and by many nieces and nephews.

Maurice Korb, 87

A celebration of life dinner for Maurice Korb, age 87, of Bristow, Neb., was held 6  p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Butte Golf Course in Butte, Neb.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Maurice died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Bryan Medical Center East Campus in Lincoln, Neb.

Maurice G. Korb, son of Gottlieb and Freida (Walth) Korb, was born Aug. 15, 1933, at Colome, South Dakota. Maurice attended Colome High School.

 Maurice served in the South Dakota National Guard from 1952 until 1955.

  On May 31, 1953, he was united in marriage to Marcella Delfs, at the Methodist Church in Colome. They were blessed with three children, Pamela Sue Korb-Roth, Terry Lee Korb, and James Dale Korb.

Throughout his lifetime, Maurice lived in Colome and Bristow, Neb., working as a butcher and grocer. He was a successful businessman.

He loved to golf, hunt, fish, play with grand and great-grandchildren, and Husker football. Maurice taught his children honesty, integrity, responsibility, and the value of hard work. He was a man of faith, family, community, and service.

Maurice was a member of Bristow Methodist Church, Bristow Fire Department, and the Lion’s Club. He was active in his community and served as mayor, church board member, and town cop!

Maurice is survived by his wife, Marcella Delfs Korb of Bristow; daughter, Pamela Korb-Roth and Kelley Roth of Ketchikan, AK and their sons, Sam and Ben; son, Terry and Blanca Korb of Kearney, Neb., and their children, Emily and Katelyn, Megan, Cody, and Logan; son, Jim and Barb Korb of Bristow and their children, Max, Sarah and Adrienne, Erika, and Josh; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Frances Korb of Washington, DC and Betty Korb of Fountain Valley, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Jackie of Longmont, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gottlieb and Freida Walth Korb; and brother, Robert Korb.

Everyone that met Maurice liked him and he would talk to anyone, anytime about anything.