Western Junior

Earlier this month 21 Tripp County 4-H members attended the 84th Annual Western Jr Livestock Show in Rapid City.  Those attending were: Coy Assman, Ryann Assman, Avery Antelope, Evan Littau, Allie Littau, Kylee VanZandanbergen, Amanda Blare, Austin Blare, Jed Blare, Kade Fenenga, Brindy Bolander, Roper Moore, Abe Kaiser, Ash Kaiser, Madison Graber, Lena DeMers, Maggie DeMers, Jesse Larson, Rylee Schroeder, Rustin Schroeder and Bailey Fairbanks. 

They brought home 48 purple ribbons in the cattle shows, 5 blue ribbons in the goat shows, along with the following:

Maggie DeMers – Reserve Champion Charolais Steer

Lena DeMers – Reserve Champion Foundation Simental Bull

Rustin Schroeder – Reserve Champion Shorthorn Plus Feeder Steer, Recipient of the Marlow Jurisch Memorial Beef Award.

Rylee Schroeder – Overall Grand Champion Futurity Beef, Grand Champion Futurity Carcass, Reserve Champion Red Angus Feeder Steer.

Kade Fenenga – 5th Overall Beginner Showmanship, Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull, Grand Champion Shorthorn Market Heifer,

Evan Littau – Grand Champion Angus Market Heifer

Kylee VanZandenbergen – Grand Champion Main Bull

Jesse Larson – Reserve Champion Charolais Jr Bull, Reserve Champion Charolais Composite Market Heifer

Madison Graber – Reserve Champion Simmental Bull

Avery Antelope – 4th Overall Beginner Showmanship

Ryann Assman – Reserve Champion English Cross Steer

Coy Assman – Grand Champion English Cross Steer

Pen of 3 Breeding Beef – Tripp County 5th Place (Rylee, Jesse, Roper, Abe & Rustin)

Pen of 3 Feeder Calves – Tripp County 5th Place (Jesse, Maggie, Brindy, Evan, Kade)

Beginning Livestock Judging Team – Tripp County 1st Place

Junior Livestock Judging Team – Tripp County 3rd Place

Herdsmanship – Tripp County 2nd Place

Animal Clinic of Winner presented the Winner FFA and Colome FFA chapters a Check

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
The Animal Clinic of Winner presented the Winner FFA and Colome FFA chapters each $500 through the Zoetis awards program. Members of both high school chapters are pictured with staff from the Animal Clinic. In front from left are Raylynn Dehning, Emma Vandenbark of the Colome FFA, Dr. Laura Handcock, Dr. Ashley Swanson. In back from left are Dr. Tom Covey, Dr. Eric Heath, Maggie DeMers and Stetson Shelbourn of the Winner FFA. Both chapters are making plans to attend the national FFA convention.

Ameriprise Financial Inc., Leyden and Associates present check

Submitted photo
Val Sherman, left and Stephany Shaheen, right, of Ameriprise Financial Inc., Leyden and Associates, presented a check to Shanna Flakus. executive director of Winner Resource Center for Families to help with various needs of victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, human trafficking and other crimes. Sherman and Shaheen volunteer their time and talents serving on the board of directors of Winner Resource Center for Families. The resource center is a nonprofit organization serving crime victims in Tripp County and Gregory County.

Colome Consolidated School Board earns award for striving to enhance board knowledge

Members of the Colome Consolidated School Board earned an award for their dedication to enhancing their knowledge of school board work during the 2020-21 school year.

The Colome Consolidated School Board earned a Silver Level award for their participation in the

Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act,

Learn, Lead and honors the work of school boards who strived to enhance their knowledge base of board work.

By participating in ASBSD activities, training opportunities and demonstrating leadership at the local, state and national level, school boards accumulated points throughout the previous school year. To earn the Silver Level award, the Colome Consolidated School Board accumulated 350 or more ALL points.

“We want to congratulate the Colome Consolidated school board for utilizing the previous school year to broaden their knowledge of school board work, which will undoubtedly benefit their students, staff and community,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.

The Colome Consolidated School Board received their ALL plaque this fall.

In the fifth year of the program, 77 public school boards, more than half of the public boards in South Dakota, earned an ALL award – the most in the history of the program.

“In a school year unlike any other in terms of challenges local school boards faced, we’re thrilled to recognize the time, effort, commitment and leadership put forth by board members,” Pogany said.

“A big thank you to all schools board for their work throughout the 2020-21 school year.”

ASBSD is a private, non-profit association representing more than 850 South Dakota school board members, the 149 schools they govern and the students they serve.

Bertha “Cricket” (Davis) Zweifel, 69

Bertha “Cricket” (Davis) Zweifel, age 69, of Wall, South Dakota, died on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at her home near Wall.

Bertha “Cricket” Mae (Davis) Zweifel was born Oct. 2, 1952 in Valentine, Neb., to Hanson and Grace (Hayford) Davis.

Cricket grew up in Millboro, SD. She attended New Huggins school in Millboro, SD. She left school in her early years to help her family after her mother passed away at a young age. Cricket lived various places throughout her life and later considered her home to be Rapid City, SD. She raised three children on her own as a single parent. Cricket worked at various jobs but primarily waitressed, worked for herself as a security guard, and later medically retired from her position at SCI Systems. Cricket worked hard all her life and she showed her children and everyone around her what hard work looks like.

Cricket received a special gift that provided her with second chance at life receiving a lung transplant in 2017. She was the toughest woman we knew – also beating Covid in 2020. You could never count her out as she always bounced back regardless of what was thrown her way. She loved drinking coffee with her Morningside Café friends, playing cards with family, western dancing, and singing karaoke. Cricket was incredibly fond of her pets, to include her beloved dog Matonka. The most special people in Cricket’s life were her grandkids and great-grandkids – probably more than her own children!

Survivors include a son Darrel (Rochelle) Davis; two daughters Jacqueline (Bill) Davis and Savannah (Jeff) Williamson; bonus daughter Donna Brave Boy; grandchildren: Nathan (Jen) Swallow, Stephon “Brian” Grimm, Tyann (Nathan) Sturdevant, Justin (Bri) MIller, Melissa Delker, Trevin Williamson, Kayja Murphy, Dante Murphy-Davis, Kaleb Murphy, William Housman, Kayla (Ryan) Fischer, Deanna Brave, Kira Left Hand Bull, Braidon Brave Boy, and Briana White Buffalo; great-grandchildren: Annastasia Delker, Hannah, Talan, and Trenton Sturdevant, Kai Murphy, Elizabeth Fischer, Kiyann and AJ Miller, Sidney and Evelyn Garcia, and Georgina McWhorter; sister Lue (Stan) Hanson; three brothers: Cecil (Carol) Davis, Charles (Susan) Davis, and James (Linda) Davis; and a host of well-loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hanson and Grace Davis; sisters Helen (Norbert) Schutz and Berniece Gallatin; brother Duane Davis; granddaughter TishaMarie Sandberg and great-granddaughter Shelby Sturdevant.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 201 Wall, SD 57790.

Celebration of Life services were held at 3:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City. A light meal was served following the service at the VFW 420 Main Street.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Buckmiller/Schwager Win the 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge

Winner High School (1992) graduate Tom Buckmiller and Brian Schwager (West Des Moines, IA) recently were named winners of the 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge held at Lefty’s Live Music Venue in Des Moines, IA. 

The annual event was hosted by the Central Iowa Blues Society, an affiliate of the Blues Foundation. Acts in the competition performed for a panel of independent judges and were scored using the same criteria used by the International Blues Foundation. 

Buckmiller and Schwager will now compete in the International Blues Challenge held on the famed Beale Street in Memphis, TN on Jan. 18-22.  For more information on the duo, go to www.buckmillerschwager.com

Buckmiller currently lives in Waukee, IA and is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.