Dancers take 5th

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Winner competitive dance hip hop team placed third at the state tournament in Watertown. The state meet was on Friday, Oct. 21.

Winner competitive dance team placed third in hip hop and tied for 4th in pom at the state cheer/dance meet in Watertown on Friday. Overall, Winner took 5th place in dance.

“This was the best scores of the year,” said coach Sarah


“The girls danced their hearts out. We are going to miss our five seniors and their leadership, talent,” said Taggart.

Kendyl Bachmann and Josey Kludt were named to the all-tournament team.

Leah Wiechelman, Amanda Blare, Josey Kludt and Kendyl Bachmann were named all-academic.

Highway 44 project nears completion

By Dan Bechtold


The majority of concrete on Highway 44 has now been put in place. This was the information provided at the Oct. 18 highway construction meeting in Winner.

Doug Sherman of the S.D. Department of Transportation office in Winner said there may still be a small area of concrete to put down.

This week motorists will see a new contractor as Morris Inc. of Pierre will be laying the asphalt on the shoulder of the highway and approaches to businesses and homes. This work will be from east of sale barn road to Subway. The asphalt work will also include access to side streets. Persons are asked to be aware of flaggers in this area.

Sherman added Muth Electric of Mitchell will be returning to place the roadway lighting on the highway.

Sherman noted there will also be changes to the traffic control. Persons will see less pilot cars. However, from time to time there will be a situation where they will be needed. “We ask everyone to stay patient with us and follow the signs and flaggers,” said Sherman.

This portion of the project on Highway 44 should be finished by early to mid-November.

While work in finishing up on Highway 44 there is some work that has started on Highway 18 at the west end of Winner. Northern Plains Construction of Winner is working from Country Club Motel to Iowa Street. Sherman said the road surface will not be torn up as this is part of the project is set for the spring.  Northern Plains is installing a water main at the west of end of Winner.

Phase II of the highway reconstruction will focus on Highway 18 from Casey’s west to the bridge on the west end of Winner. This project will start in the spring of 2023. Reede Construction of Aberdeen  is the prime contractor.

State award earned by Winner School Board for efforts to enhance knowledge

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The Winner School Board received the bronze award from the Associated
School Boards of South Dakota. Pictured in front from left are Supt. Keven Morehart, Lynnelle Anderson and Nelle Schlomer. In back from left are Steve Kubik, Mike Calhoon, Rusty Blare and Scott Meiners. Not pictured is Julie Manke.

Winner School Board members were honored by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota for their

collective efforts to enhance their knowledge of school board work throughout the 2021-22 school year

The Winner School Board earned a Bronze level award in ASBSD’s statewide board recognition program:

ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead and awards points for a board’s collective participation in

activities and trainings related to school board work and for demonstrating leadership in public education at the local, state and national level, throughout the previous school year.

To earn the Bronze level award, the Winner School Board accumulated 315 points.

“School boards take on different tasks and face new challenges every year and the Winner School Board

members put in a lot of work to further their knowledge of and learn new things about school board work that will be a great benefit to their district,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.

“They’ve put in time and effort to better themselves and deserve this recognition.”

In 2021-22 a record 91 public school boards – more than 60 percent of the public boards in South

Dakota – earned an ALL award. This is the Winner School Board’s first ALL award.

“South Dakota public school boards do amazing work and put in a great deal of effort for their students, staff and community members and for more than 90 of them to earn this honor is a testament to that effort,” Pogany said.

“The Winner School Board are committed to exceling in their work as school board members and we’re thrilled to honor them with the ALL award.” 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.

BankWest Joins #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-Phishing Campaign

BankWest has joined the American Bankers Association (ABA) and banks across the U.S. for the #BanksNeverAskThat Anti-Phishing Campaign, a coordinated, industry-wide effort to protect consumers during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Throughout the month, BankWest will put forth a concerted effort to educate consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams. The organization will share tips and videos via social media channels to help consumers identify fake bank communications asking for sensitive information like their passwords and social security numbers. BankWest also held several Fraud Talk events across the state in August, educating customers about the latest scams.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that consumers lost $5.8 billion to phishing and other fraud in 2021, an increase of more than 70% compared to 2020.

“Phishing attempts are at an all-time high and scammers are targeting consumers from every direction—by text, phone and email,” said Jody Engel, Winner BankWest Branch Manager. “Education and awareness are key to helping customers spot a scam, so we hope to help them stay one step ahead of the scammers.”

Here are a few tips to protect yourself from phishing attempts:

Never change a password, issue a payment or perform other sensitive tasks based on an unsolicited request.

Never give out personal information such as account numbers, usernames, one time access codes, passwords or Social Security numbers.

Beware of messages or calls requesting any sort of urgent response. Do not respond to pressure to take any sort of immediate action.

If you do receive a phone call, email or text message requesting sensitive information, hang up and call the party back to verify whether the request is legitimate. Use a phone number from a trusted source or directory rather than caller ID to verify you are calling a legitimate source.

For more information about phishing scams and how to stop fraudsters in their tracks, visit

Jorgensen Ranches Ranked First in Angus Registrations for South Dakota During 2022

Jorgensen Ranches, Ideal, ranked as largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in South Dakota with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, according to Mark McCully, Association chief executive officer.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2022 registered 304,822 head of Angus cattle. “Our association members lead the industry in adopting new technology and breeding the most problem-free cattle for their customers,” McCully said. “Cattlemen across the country continue to find registered Angus seedstock are the most profitable option for their herd.”

ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. The association provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. Raven Angus, Colome, ranked as fourth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in South Dakota with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, according to Mark McCully, association chief executive officer.