July busy for Chamber

July is a busy month for the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce.

First there is Crazy Day on July 15.

That night will be summer night in Colome sponsored by the Winner Area Chamber of Commmerce. The event in Colome will be from 6-11 p.m.

The band will be Country Rush.

There will be several food vendors and multiple sponsors for the event.

There will be games for kids plus a bouncy house.

The main feature will be an inflatable foosball game. Mike Scott, executive director of the Chamber, says there will be five persons on a team. There could be some friendly grudge matches said Scott.

The band will be Country Rush.

The end of July will feature BBQ Pit Row and Classic Car Show on Winner’s Main St.

The event will be held on July 30. This will mark the 10th anniversary of BBQ sponsored by the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce.

There is still time for persons to enter the BBQ. They can call the Chamber office to get registered.

The judging of the brisket, pulled pork and ribs will begin at 5 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m.

Scott said there is a need for more judges. If you would like to help judge just call the Chamber.

A week before the event there will be a judging class where the rules will be explained.

New this year will be a kids barbeque contest. The age division is 6-10 and 11-15.

Participants will be give two pounds of hamburger ad will have an hour and a half to cook the meat. The contest is limited to 14 kids. Each youth will be provided a little smokie grill to use.

The Southern Belle Cattle women purchased he hamburger for the kids and will provide each participant with a gift bag.

The kids grilling will be from 10:30 a.m, to noon on Main St.

Youth who want to participate are to call the Chamber.

Mayes retires from Navy

A retirement ceremony for Tara Jo Mayes, formerly of Winner, was held June 16 at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.

Mayes is the daughter of Don and Cathy Mayes of Winner.

Tara Jo Mayes has served 22 years in the Navy and will serve eight years in the reserve.

Master chief Mayes enlisted in the Navy in July 2000 and attended recruit training command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Upon completion of basic training she reported to Naval Service Training Command for information systems technician A school.

Her first tour of duty was with Tactical support center I Sigoella, Italy, providing technical support for P-3 Orion patrol squadrons while deployed to Kosovao I support of operation joint guardia.

In January 2004 she transferred to the USS Harry S. Truman deploying to Fifth Fleet in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. She then transferred to Center for information dominance learning site Dam Neck, Va, as an instructor for advanced network analysis and theater battle space management control systems.

Returning to sea duty she was assigned to the USS Winston Churchill conducting two deployments to Fifth Fleet where she was the selected as the commander’s sailor of the year and being selected chief officer.

Continuing in the expeditionary community she reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN while deploying to Rota, Spain twice supporting communication efforts to 25 task tailored detachments in support of CTF’s 56, 68 ad 75 where she advanced to senior chief.

Returning to the surface fleet, she transferred to information warfare training group I Virginia Beach, Va., for a short tour while being promoted to master chief. After being redistributed due to advancement she reported to U.S. Second Fleet where she is assigned as the staff senior enlisted leader in support of Atlantic and Artic operations to include command and control of JFC Norfolk in support of NATO.

Her qualifications include achievement of a master training specialist, master training specialist mentor and holds an associates of science in information technology and a bachelor of science in information systems and cyber security.

Master chief Mayes is a graduate of the senior enlisted academy Class 217 and has earned the designation as a Seabee combat warfare specialist, expeditionary warfare specialist, surface warfare specialist, air warfare specialist, and has earned numerous personal and unit awards.

Milling starts on Highway 44

By Dan Bechtold


Milling started last Tuesday morning on the Highway 44 project in Winner.

Brad Norrid of the South Dakota Department of Transportation updated the public on the progress of the project.

The June 21 meeting was live streamed.

Norrid explained there are flaggers and a pilot car for this portion of the project. Persons will have a 15 minute or less wait for a pilot car.

The entire surface of the road will be removed and will be replaced with a new concrete highway. The work area is from Subway to the sale barn road, about one mile.

Norrid asks motorists to drive slow through the construction zone and be aware of lane changes.

Norrid said if there is inclement weather or a lot rain the road will have to be closed and the detour will be the sale barn road.

When finished there will be a new road surface, new curb and gutter, new sidewalk and lighting.

Reede Construction of Aberdeen is the prime contractor.

Persons can follow updates on the project on the Facebook page Winner Highway Construction 2022-2023.

The next live stream of the highway meeting will be held July 5 at 11 a.m.

Offices close on July 4

Government offices in Winner will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

The Tripp County Courthouse will be closed on Monday as well as the Tripp County Library.

The Winner city office will be closed July 4th. The city council meeting has been moved to Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m.

All state and federal offices in Winner will be closed Monday.

The Winner Post Office will be closed and there will be no mail delivery.

Financial banks in Winner and Colome will not be open for business on July 4.

There will be no noon meal at the senior citizens center on July 4.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services will be closed Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4.

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce office will be closed July 4.

Children play auditions are July 7-8

It is Christmas in July for Winner Community Playhouse summer children’s play.

“A Snow White Christmas” by Kathryn Schultz Miller is the play. It is a small musical.

Students who will be entering grades 3 through 8 this fall are invited to consider taking part. All roles require singing.

Sign up to be part of the cast will be July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the playhouse.

The show date will be July 21 with an afternoon and evening show.

Sarah Taggart will be the show director.

Gene Gross, 82

Memorial services for Gene Gross, 82, Winner, will be held July 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church of Winner.

Gene LeRoy Gross was born on July 2, 1939, to Jacob S. and Elizabeth (Kleinsasser) Gross in Freeman, SD.

Gene married the love of his life Labelle Streyle on June 11, 1961. In this union they had one daughter, Kandy Rae.

Gene started his adult life owning a radiator and repair shop in Wagner. In 1983 they moved to Winner and purchased the Westside Motel. They operated the business for 34 years before retiring in 2017.

Gene is survived by his wife Labelle, daughter Kandy and son-in-law Darin Fuller, brother Ralph Gross, sister Darlene Ireland, sister-in-law Una Larson, brother-in-law Randy Woehl, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Preceding Gene in death were his parents, Jake S. and Elizabeth Gross, in-laws Herbert and Adella Streyle, sister-in-law Phyllis Woehl, and brother-in-law Archie Ireland.

Megan Hardy Old Lodge, 43

Megan Hardy Old Lodge, 43, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 12 p.m. at the Winner Ideal Community Hall.  Burial will follow in the Holy Spirit Chapel Cemetery in Ideal, SD.  Wake service began on Monday, June 27, 2022 at noon at the Winner Ideal Community Hall.

Megan Lucy (Hardy) Old Lodge was born to Virginia Susan Eagle Hawk and Xavier Lowell Iron Shooter on Feb. 20, 1979.  Megan went to school in Ideal, SD, Winner, SD and St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain where she enjoyed playing volleyball.  Megan liked to be around family and friends, to laugh or just sit around and visit.

Megan married Frank Old Lodge and had 6 children: Hayley, Hayden, Tre, Madison, Meadow and Homer.

Megan is survived by her brother Ryan (Vietta) Hardy Sr., and family, her father Xavier Iron Shooter, kids; Haley, Hayden, Tre, Madison and Meadow, Uncles; Kenneth Iron Shooter, Darrell Iron Shooter, Clarence Matthew Eagle Hawk II, Aunts; Dolly Iron Shooter, Ruth DuBray and many cousins.

Megan is preceded in death by her son Homer Old Lodge, her mother Virginia Susan (Eagle Hawk) Parkis, Grandparents; Clarence Matthew Sr. (Lucy) Eagle Hawk, Frank (Margaret) Iron Shooter, Uncles; John Eagle Hawk Sr., Daniel Eagle Hawk Sr., Burton Eagle Hawk Sr., Leroy Eagle Hawk, Frank Iron Shooter, Aunts; Renetta Eagle Hawk, Rosemary Iron Shooter and Martha Iron Shooter.

Dawn Lorene Snethen, 56

Dawn Lorene Snethen, 56, passed away in the presence of loving family members on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19. 

Memorial service was held on Saturday, June 25,2022 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Winner, SD.  .

Dawn is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Dorothy.  She is survived by her sisters, Julie and Karen, and her brothers, Daniel and Ronald.

Dawn was born on May 21, 1965.  She spent her childhood living and working on her family’s farm outside of Colome, South Dakota.  As a young girl, she developed a profound love for dogs when she adopted her first, who she named Lassie.

For years, Dawn and Lassie participated in 4-H obedience training competition at the South Dakota State Fair.  Together, they became premier competitors and purple-ribbon awardees.  When there were no training levels available that Lassie hadn’t already mastered, Dawn and her father constructed their own course of competitive jumps to showcase Lassie’s brilliant training and abilities in the fair’s open class division.  Dawn’s unique relationship with Lassie made it abundantly clear that caring for dogs would forever be a part of her life.

After graduating from Colome High School, Dawn left home to obtain her degree in animal technology.  She lived and worked in South Dakota after college, and eventually settled in Ohio.  With her extensive experience and education, she built a successful career as a dog groomer and provided a home and a lifetime of care for many beloved pets.  Throughout her life, Dawn became a mother figure to countless children she knew through family, friendships, and communities.  She was also a gifted painter, author, musician, and puppeteer who used her artistic talents for the benefit of others and to serve the various churches she attended.

Those who know Dawn will remember her as a woman of faith who put her trust in Jesus and the promise of eternal life at the end of her time on this earth.  She is leaving behind many friends and family who greatly benefited from her love.