Colome FFA members at National Convention

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Colome FFA members who attended the national convention in Indianapolis, Ind., include Morgan Gill, Klayton Heath, Jesse Larson, Joseph Laprath and Jack Anderson.

Five of the Colome FFA members attended the national FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Those that attended include Jack Anderson, Morgan Gill, Klayton Heath, Jesse Larson, Joseph Laprath, and advisor Sarah Manderfeld. The students and advisor left on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm.

 The first stop of the trip was Fair Oaks Farm on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The students participated in a swine experience by seeing the process of piglets being born and raised. The visitors also got to witness a calf being born. The night ended at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse with a performance from Alex Miller and Brett Young that started at 7:30 pm.

Opening session started at 8 am on Thursday, Oct. 28, where they got to see ‘Fancy Lady Cowgirl’ Courtney DeHoff talk about stepping up to challenges. The members then got to explore around the FFA Expo Center to receive information about college and agriculture groups. Free items were also received during the Expo exploring.

Later that afternoon, there was a tour given of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jack, Morgan, Klayton, Jesse, and Joseph upheld the tradition of kissing the bricks. The students then had some fun enjoying a haunted house later that night.

On the last day of the National FFA Convention, Friday, Oct. 29, those attending went to the fourth general session at 8 am. Students then got the chance to explore the convention hall. That afternoon, the members went to Beasley’s Orchard and got to talk to the owner, Calvin Beasley. Beasley talked about young entrepreneurs and how to thrive with their own small businesses. The students ended their day with the sixth general session at 7 pm.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the students attended the American Degree session at 7:30 am and the seventh general session at noon. After finishing sessions, they then started their journey home.

Donald McCabe, 84

Donald McCabe died Nov. 11.

Celebration of Don’s Life was Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at 12:30pm, with visitation one hour prior to the service, all at Braman Mortuary (Southwest Chapel) in Omaha, Neb.

Interment: Omaha National Cemetery

Donald Michael McCabe, born Oct. 3, 1937 at Winner SD to Donald McCabe, and Elva Elsie (Likens) McCabe. As a youngster growing up, he was known as “Mick” to his family and friends.

He attended grade school at McNeely District 52 country school for all 8 years. He attended high school at Winner SD senior high, and graduated in 1955.

He spent one year at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield SD.

In 1957, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and took his basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX. His 1st duty station was Hickam Field, Honolulu HI. He was known as Mike or Mac, to his AF fellow servicemen. He served for 23 years, and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. During those years he was stationed in Hawaii, North Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Greece, and back to Nebraska, where he retired. Most of his career was served in the Strategic Air Command (SAC). He was a crew member on Operation Looking Glass.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, two children, son, Russell McCabe of NY, NY, and daughter, Lynne Hartner of Papillion NE; brother, Mark of Pierce NE, and sister, Jean Couch of Ft. Madison IA and 6 nieces and nephews, and 4 grandchildren.

Football players receive honors

Winner High School football players have received some post season honors.

Named to the SESD all conference team are: Aiden Barfuss, Riley Orel, Charley Pravecek, Achilles Willuweit, Kaden Keiser, Joey Cole and Jackson Vesely.

The football players who are on the academic all state team are: Charley Pravecek, Kaden Keiser, Joey Cole, Jackson Vesely, Michael Olson, Slade Cournoyer, Kaleb Osborn, Kolbie Osborn, Riley Shippy, Finn Bartels and Adam Bohnet.

FFA members advance to state

Members of the Winner FFA  competed Nov. 15 at Mitchell Tech in numerous speaking competitions at the District 4 Leadership Development Events. “It was a very successful evening,” said advisor Nicole Roth.

Justin Hausmann placed 1st in ag broadcasting and advances to state.

Parliamentary Procedure placed second and advances to state. Team members include Justin Hausmann, Clay Sell, Ryan Sell, Maggie DeMers, Amanda Blare, and Bailey Fairbanks.

Maggie DeMers was elected as District 4 Vice President and Rowdy Moore was elected as District 4 Sentinel.

In Creed Kyla Mammen placed 14th and Austin Blare placed 15th. Ag Sales included Rowdy Moore, Rylee Schroeder, Garret Phillips and Stetson Shelbourn. Extemporaneous Speaking included Sierra McCall and Andrew Henderson.

State Leadership Development Events will be held Dec. 5 and 6 in Pierre.

Thanksgiving closings

Government offices close for Thanksgiving holiday

The offices in the Tripp County Courthouse will be closed Nov. 25-26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Tripp County Library will also be closed those two days.

The Winner city office will be closed Thursday and Friday so employees can enjoy the holiday with their family.

All state offices in Winner will be closed Nov. 25-26.

The Winner Post Office will be closed on Thanksgiving but open on Friday.

The Winner Advocate will be closed Thursday and Friday.

There will be no meal served at the senior citizens center on both Thanksgiving and Friday.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Financial institutions in Winner and Colome will not  be open on Thanksgiving.

Chillies celebrates one year anniversary

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Chillies Liquor of Winner recently celebrated its one year anniversary. The business is owned by Clint and Amanda Willuweit.

By Dan Bechtold

Chillies Liquor in Winner recently celebrated its one year anniversary.
Clint and Amanda Willuweit purchased the business from Rick and Deb Godel on Nov. 30, 2020.

Conveniently located on Highway18 at 346 W. 2nd St. it is easy for customers to use the drive through window or stop in the store.
The business is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Amanda explained she was driving on the highway last year and saw the for sale sign. She mentioned something to her husband about buying the business and he felt it was a good opportunity. The rest is history.

The couple’s second son, Achillies, a senior at Winner High School, felt it would be cool to named the new business Chillies. All of his buddies call Achillies Chillie. Amanda and Clint liked the idea and went with the name.

Amanda explained in organizing the store she wanted to put things together in certain sections. So all the wine is together and all the beer is readily available.

A center island features products that the business does not get very often but people can come in and see the merchandise.

The store has a little bit of everything from hard liquor to wine, beer, pop, chips and tobacco products.

Amanda noted they brought in the higher end scotches, whiskies and burbons. They also brought in higher end wines. With revamping the wine selection they are finding they are selling more wine.

In December Amanda plans to have wine tasting party. She says some customers are excited to be able to sample a varsity of wine.

The business has a rewards system for its customers. For every 250 points they get 20 percent off their purchase.

“The business has exceeded our expectations,” said Clint.
Amanda added: “The community, hunters and lodges have been good to us.”

She enjoys seeing the people and having time to visit with them.
Clint said when people come to the liquor store they are in a good mood or they are going to be in a good mood very soon.

Clint says the business has added 50 to 60 more products. If people request a certain item they will try and get it in the store.

Amanda says the liquor store is busy. “People like to come in and look at what we have to offer. They do not always know what they want so having a chance to look over the large selection helps people make a choice.”
Thirty percent of the business sales is beer and the couple says it is seasonal with more beer sold in the summer.

There are seven employees at the liquor store.

Clint and Amanda also own Atlas Chiropractic in Winner. Clint is a chiropractor and opened his business in Winner in 2013 and the family moved to Winner from Gregory in 2016. “We love Winner,” said Amanda.

Clint and Amanda have four children.

Parade of Lights is Saturday

The Parade of Lights will light up Winner on Saturday, Nov. 27.

The  parade will start at 7 p.m. and will go up Main St.

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors this holiday event.

New this year will be parade marshals to lead the parade. This  year Donnette Hansen and Kaye Eckerman will lead the parade. These two women are the founders of the Parade of Lights which is now in its 17th year.

There are two divisions in the parade—organization and business. There will be a first, second and third place prize awarded in each division. The prize money will be Winner Cash with $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for first.

The People’s Choice award has returned to the Parade of Lights. The Chamber will post on their facebook page a picture of all the floats. The one with the most likes will be the winner. The people’s choice winner will get $200 in Winner Cash.

To help organizations and church groups build a float, the Chamber is offering $100 in Winner Cash to any group. Persons can register their float by calling the Chamber office at 842-1533.

Leading up to the parade, there are a lot of events going on in Winner Saturday. The Moon Lake Ranch reindeer will be at the corner of 3rd and Main from 1-4 p.m.

Persons will be able to come and see Santa from 1-3 p.m. at 3rd and Main St.

There will be a S’mores pit at 3rd and Main manned by the Winner Volunteer Fire Department.

There will be free movie at the Pix Theater on Saturday. The movie is “The Santa Clause” and it will start at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27 is also Small Business Saturday. So in between events take time to shop in local businesses. It is a great time to shop local and get some of that Christmas shopping done.

Raymond Bartels, 78

Raymond Bartels, 78, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery.  A visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 23  at the Winner United Methodist Church.

Born Sept. 14, 1943 to John and Cecelia Esther Bartels in the Winner Baptist Hospital; Ray grew up northwest of Winner at the original homestead and attended East and West Banner schools. A 1961 Winner High School graduate, Ray had a wonderful time celebrating his class’s 60th reunion at WHS this homecoming, well-attended by Ray’s oldest friends and classmates.

In addition to working on the farm throughout his teen years, Ray worked for many neighbors including George Mills, Wayne Lapsley, Red and Jerry Shoemaker and worked at the South Dakota Experiment Station north of Presho.

On a whim, he traveled to California where he worked at a lampshade factory before returning home to start his adult life here in Tripp County.

A canary yellow Pontiac Lemans carried Ray into Dallas, SD one night where he met the love of his life Judy Day. He won over Bill and Pearl Day by delivering homemade pickles every evening and Ray and Judy were soon engaged, then joined in marriage on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1970. Soon after the two wasted no time carving out an idyllic life at the farm and welcomed the births of Troy, Jason, Amanda and Lane.

Ray spent the next few decades raising his family, crops, and livestock. He was an old-school farmer who took great pride in his large, bountiful garden and his chickens. Additionally, he served on many boards and associations. He and Judy worked tirelessly in the concession stand for the Elk’s Rodeo. Ray as an Elk, Judy as a Doe. Ray was a member of the Tripp County Wheat Producers Association, and was a lifelong member of the Episcopalian Church, working his kitchen magic every Shrove Tuesday at the annual pancake dinner.

The Tripp County Water User District was established in 1977 and Ray was named one of its inaugural directors, a post he has manned for 44 years as director and past president. The Water users district is comprised of 2200 miles of pipeline with 2400 service connections. Ray and Judy enjoyed their annual Water District meeting trips around the country and made many wonderful memories with the TCWUD board and staff.

Responsibilities loomed at the farm and in town; however, the relationships Ray took seriously were that of a “family man”. He was a dedicated and adoring husband, a loving and supportive father and an absolute pushover for his five grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by friends who were fortunate enough to make his acquaintance; he was known for a quick smile and a quicker wit. He shared his warmth and his breakfast table with all who were lucky enough to get a “Big Ray Breakfast” and one couldn’t possibly eat a Thanksgiving roll tomorrow without wondering how Ray made his so impossibly soft and buttery.

This Thanksgiving, we celebrate the wonderful, peaceful life Ray embodied and the tremendous joy he brought to this community. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of fifty-one years, Judy and their children Troy (Josh) Bartels, Jason (Tovi) Bartels, Amanda (Dylan) Hostetler and Lane (Melanie) Bartels and his grandchildren, Chloe, Finnegan, August, Hayden and Hank. He is survived also by siblings Lloyd Bartels and Judy Novotny.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Esther, in-laws Bill and Pearl Day, sister Frances (Gerald) Bachman, and in-laws Butch Novotny and Bill and Donna Day.