Round 2 of winter storm packs a punch

Persons are hoping for relief from blizzard and frozen conditions that have gripped Tripp County and the state.

After Winner received 25 inches of snow and more in the rural area, plus enduring days of non stop blizzard a week ago, round two hit Dec. 22 through Christmas Eve.

This time in addition to the blizzard there were dangerous wind chills. At one time on Thursday the wind chill in Winner was at -59.  Very dangerous to be outside in these conditions.

Visibility was a major issue as the wind whipped the snow around.

Again, law enforcement officials were dealing with cars, trucks stuck on highways.

Sheriff Shawn Pettit said Friday afternoon plows are attempting to open up roads. “There are still vehicles in the roadway and  a semi that we are not able to remove,” he said.

The Tripp County Courthouse and library were closed Thursday and Friday.

Interstate 90 was closed between Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The interstate was reopened from Mitchell to Sioux Falls at 7:30 a.m. Christmas Eve.

The interstate from Mitchell to Rapid City was opened earlier.

Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order officially declaring an emergency for the winter storms that have been impacting South Dakota on Dec. 22.

“My administration has been assisting county and tribal governments in the local response to the ongoing winter storms across the state,” said Noem. “Under the direction of the office of emergency management, we will continue to help all of South Dakota’s communities get through these storms together.”
The state emergency declaration detailed the impact of the storms, which have resulted in multiple days of sub-zero weather conditions across the state.

As high winds moved east, low visibility and drifting snow were worsening. What Winner and Tripp County had on Thursday moved east to the Sioux Falls area on Friday. The storm caused widespread hazardous travel conditions and road closures due to zero visibility.

The emergency declaration claimed that due to these conditions the normal flow of school, mail and commerce traffic was interrupted.

The South Dakota National Guard was activated pursuant to the statewide emergency and resources are needed to provide additional assistance to the tribes.
One of the guard’s immediate missions is hauling available firewood from the Black Hills Forest Service to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Other missions helped the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Sunday afternoon into the evening Winner received strong wind. Snow was very limited in the overnight hours.

Noah Running Horse, 39

Noah Running Horse, 39, of Ideal, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022 at noon at the Shekinah Glory Chapel in Ideal, SD. Burial will follow in the Ideal Cemetery in Ideal, SD. Wake services were held on Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7 the Shekinah Glory Chapel in Ideal, SD.

Noah was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD to Wayne & Kathryn Running Horse Sr. on June 16, 1983. He was airlifted to Sanford Medical in Sioux Falls on Oct. 12, 2022. He fought long and hard until he was transported to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls where he went to sleep. He was 39 years old.

Noah went to school at Ideal grade school and Winner High School. He lived out to Big Ol’ Ideal with his parents. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Noah loved playing fastpitch softball. Everywhere he went he made friends. He loved his family very much.

Noah is survived by his wife Dana, his children Jeff Running Horse & Angel Running Horse, his grandson Roland, his stepson Zachary, his parents Wayne & Kathryn Running Horse Sr., his siblings Frances “Running Horse” Cook, Loren Running Horse, Anna (Abe) “Running Horse” Stanford, Wayne Jr. (Geraldine) Running Horse, Calvin (Connie) Running Horse, Kelly Star Chief Sr., Chris Traversie Sr., his younger siblings Katelyn, Reuben, & Kayla (Jacob & Jonah Eli) Running Horse, his nephews, nieces, and takojas, his aunts, and uncles Arlie & Gerald, Neil & Grace, Al & Shirley, Glen, Linda, Marion & Joe, Buzzy, Harold & Richard, and his grandmother Jeanette Shaving Bear.

Noah is in heaven with his grandparents Eli and Baby Sallie “Black Crow” Swalley, Clifford & Ruth Old Lodge and Fenton Shaving Bear, his uncles Manny O., Calvin Old Lodge, Lawrence Old Lodge, Larry Cortez, Melvin Running Horse, Reuben Running Horse & Butch Pawnee, his aunts Vi “Old Lodge” Medicine Eagle, Tree “Old Lodge” Long Crow, Iris Siers, Judy Erickson, Dolly BB, Vera Siers, Lou G., Freda Bordeaux, and Velma Little Eagle.

Alvin Hannahs, 87

Funeral services for Alvin Hannahs, 87, Gregory, will be held on Dec.29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gregory. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. There will be a prayer service Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Alvin Franklin Hannahs was born on May 27, 1935, to Gordon LeRoy and Delia (Ronfeldt) Hannahs on a farm outside Gregory, SD. He was the sixth of nine children. Alvin grew up in the Burke and Lucas area and attended school through the eighth grade.

After his school years Alvin worked for various farmers until enlisting in the Army in 1957. Alvin served most of his active Army days in Germany. After returning to the states and being discharged to active reserves, he met and married Katherine King on Dec. 16, 1959, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke, SD. To this union three children were born: Kathy Lynn, Kenneth Alvin, and Lana Mae.

After his marriage Alvin worked for several different farmers, then in 1963 moved to California for one year working as grounds keeper on the Indio Golf Course. In 1964 he moved his little family back to Gregory and worked for Gregory Redi Mix and Concrete. Beginning in 1971 Alvin was self-employed for a couple of years before going to work as a semi driver for several different companies and then as an owner-operator. After totaling his semi in an accident, he went back to hire out as a machine laborer (self-employed). After working part time to supplement Social Security Alvin retired from Malloy Electric (farming). Alvin never really retired though, until his first heart attack. He was always ready to help his children, grandchildren, and sister.

Alvin was the proud father of Kathy Lynn, Kenneth, and Lana Mae, proud grandparent of Jason & Jacob Quinn, Tiffany Good Shield, Jeremy Jacobson, Bobby, Landon, & Taressa Soesbe, and great grandfather to Raymond Anthony Cisnesos, Ashley Ann Jacobson, and Joel Walker Roy Soesbe.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents Gordon LeRoy and Delia Hannahs, infant brother Robert, three sisters: Bertha Brozik, Vivian Parshall and Lula Belle Preslicka, one brother Delbert Hannahs, four nieces: Patricia and Sharon Parshall, Shirley Caldwell, and Sheryl Klein, one nephew Alvis Hannahs, one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Alvin is survived by his wife Katherine; his daughters Kathy and Lana; his son Kenneth; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister Virginia Rash of Gregory; two brothers: Vernon of Red Bluff, CA, and Glen (Linda) of Eatonville, WA; and many nieces and nephews.

Christmas Church Services

With Christmas soon to be here area churches are planning to hold services to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Church of the Nazarene and Colome Methodist Church

Pastor Ron Snethen

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service combined with the Colome Methodist Church at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene.

The Colome Methodist Church meets at the Church of the Nazarene in Winner.

Dec. 25—Colome Methodist Church Christmas service at 9 a.m. and Church of the Nazarene, 11 a.m.

Calvary Chapel

Pastor Keith Moody

Dec. 25—Christmas service at 11 a.m.

United Methodist Church

Pastor John Price

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

First Christian Church

Pastor Maurice Gustafson

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m.

Ideal Presbyterian Church

Pastor Maurice Gustafson

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Fr. Zane Pekron

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve Mass at 6 p.m.

Dec. 25—Mass at 10:30 a.m.

St. Isidore Catholic Church of Colome

Fr. Zane Pekron

Dec. 25—Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wood

Fr. Zane Pekron

Dec. 25—Mass at 2 p.m.

Zion Lutheran of Colome

Pastor Don Windspurger

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pastor Nathaniel Biebert

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

Dec. 25—Christmas service at 9 a.m.

Christ Lutheran Church

Pastor Wade Harr

Dec. 25—Christmas service at 9 a.m.

Zion Lutheran of Hamill

Pastor Wade Harr

Dec. 24—Christmas Eve service at 8 p.m.

First Baptist Church

Pastor Justin Wheadon

Dec. 24—Candlelight service at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 25—Christmas service at 10 a.m., no Sunday School

Assembly of God

Pastor David Jahn

Dec. 25—Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Wrestling in the LNI

Submitted story
Wrestling in the LNI tournament in Rapid City are from left Jude Sargent, Gus Bartels and Abe Kaiser.

Three Winner wrestlers competed at the Lakota Nation Invitational wrestling tournament in Rapid City.

Abe Kaiser was first at 152 pounds and Jude Sargent was first at 170 pounds. Gus Bartels took 2nd at 145 pounds.

Kaiser in the first round won by fall over Justice Child of Little Wound.  Kaiser had a bye the second round and then pinned Eddie Rousseau of Tiopsa Zina in 5:15.

In the championship bracket Kaiser pinned Zuya Romero of Red Cloud in 1:54. For first place he wrestled Rousseau again and won by pin in 32 seconds.

Sargent had a bye the first two rounds. In the third round he pinned Adonis Runs After of CEB in 12 seconds.

In the championship bracket, Sargent pinned Uziel Munoz of Lakota Tech in 28 seconds. Then for first place he pinned Cameron Dekle of CEB in 51seconds.

Bartels had a bye the first two rounds. In the third round he pinned Tayne Pucket of Lakota Tech in 29 seconds. In the championship bracket, Bartels pinned Cody Provost, Lakota Tech in 29 seconds.

Semni Big Crow of Pine Ridge won a sudden death victory over Bartels in the championship match.

Delores Volmer, age 89

Delores Volmer, age 89, of Presho, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain.

A rosary service was held at 6 p.m. with a prayer service and time of sharing beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Presho.

Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 at Christ the King Catholic Church with Father John Heying as celebrant.

Interment will be held 1:30 p.m. at the Draper Cemetery.

Delores Louise (Magnuson) Volmer was born in Murdo, South Dakota on June 5, 1933 to Henrietta and Gunnar Magnuson. Growing up, her family lived on a farm north of Draper. She had three sisters and two brothers; her oldest brother, Emil, especially loved to play jokes on the rest. One never knew what he was up to.

Delores attended country school and high school in Draper. During her high school days, she met Delmer, the love of her life. The devoted couple were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1949 at the Draper Catholic Church when she was 16 years old. One of her fondest memories of her wedding day was the meal; her mother had fried chicken for all in attendance. Together, Delmer and Delores started their married life on the farm at Draper and were blessed with five sons and one daughter. In 1958, they bought half interest in the Presho Livestock Auction which would become what many would know of as a life-long career, but in reality, it was their way of life.

Delmer and Delores were married for 61 years. During that time, Delores could be found working in the office on sale day, taking care of her children, opening gates and doing whatever else needed to be done without complaint. After Delmer’s passing, Delores found time to spend with her many friends. Having coffee, going to the monthly Draper coffees, and watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren in their activities were some of her favorite pastimes she enjoyed later in life. Thursday had also become a very special day for her as she spent the afternoon at the Thrift Store in Presho; she loved going there, sorting clothes and making more and more friends.

Everyone who knows Delores knows that the kitchen was her happy place; she always said that baking bread was her therapy. She had her own recipe mastered and all of her taste-testers approved; her family could hardly wait to eat when the homemade buns and twisty rolls were in sight. Homemade French fries and grilled cheese were also family favorites that only Delores’s hands could cook to perfection. In addition, Delores started a Christmas tradition of serving homemade beef and noodles, dough buchies (fry bread) and homemade ice cream; she enjoyed watching her family eat the dough buchies with butter and sugar faster than she could fry them up! There was never a doubt that everyone walked away with full stomachs and happy hearts.

Among other special memories, her grandkids will always cherish the attributes of Grandma Delores’s support, kind heart, patience, strength, never-ending love, and selflessness. She went to great lengths to make others smile and did so many times by playing games with those around her. Delores was fair; she loved all of her kids, their spouses, and grandkids all the same without favorites. Her undivided attention to watch, listen, and hear all about it when those she loved most were sharing stories with her was a non-judgmental love like no other. There wasn’t a person on this earth that Delores didn’t like or see the good in. She liked everyone and everyone liked her; she had no enemies. It is crystal clear to those that know and love her – Delores was an angel among us on earth.

Delores is survived by her six children: Frank (Donna) of Winner, Ron (Deb) of Presho, Jim (Patti) of Draper, Mike (Jen) of Evergreen CO, Marlene (Mike) Reuman of Kennebec, and Todd (Rona) of Winner; 18 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren (as of today) with 3 more to come; one sister Anna Rose Paschal of Rio Linda CA; sister-in-law Esther Magnuson of Murdo; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer; parents, Gunnar and Henrietta; two brothers, Emil and Eldon; and two sisters, Dora Lee and Faye.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the Presho Thrift Store and Christ the King Catholic Church.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 157 Kennebec, SD 57544.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

4h Recognition Night

Jesse Larson received the best agriculture award and Ryan Sell received the best family & consumer sciences award at the Tripp County 4-H recognition and awards night on Nov. 28.

The Friend of 4-H award went to Diane Perry and Nancy Storms.

Perry was a Gregory County 4-Her. Her main project areas were sewing and fashion revue, but she also participated in other project areas.

She married and moved to Tripp County where she and her husband Ken raised two children—Scott and Kendra.

Diane helped her children extensively with their swine, sheep, foods, cattle and other projects.

For many years she clerked the animal shows at the Mid Dakota Fair. One could find her behind the announcers stand tallying ribbons for all the 4-Hers. Later, her daughter, Kendra helped with this job.

Diane and her family were part of a very tight group of families that always went to the Western Jr. in Rapid City.

She served as a member of the foods committee for many years. Her duties included lining up judges for fair, exhibit check in and helping with the judging process. She has been a member of the foods committee since the late 1980’s. This past year she was instrumental in putting on a cookie workshop for 4-H members and other youth.

After the death of her husband in 2010 she and her children established the Kenny Perry memorial livestock award which is given to encourage junior members involved in sheep, swine or beef projects to participate in out of county events and livestock judging.

Storms, the other Friend of 4-H, is a very accomplished master gardener. She has served on the horticulture committee for many years. Not only is she on the committee she has helped put on many horticulture workshops.

This lady has volunteered her time to assist with horticulture judging at the Mid Dakota Fair for countless years.

Her children were active members of the 4-H program and they graduated from the program. She has continued to contribute her time and effort for the 4-H youth.

In addition to her volunteerism, she and her husband have generously donated to the public presentation awards and several other awards in memory of their daughter, Kristi, who was a standout in the Tripp County 4-H program.

Alumni awards

The alumni awards went to Sydney Hollenbeck and Heather Heying.

They were very involved in 4-H as a youth and have continued to give back to the program.

Hollenbeck was an 11 year member of the Wilson Wildcats 4-H Club. She had a well rounded 4-H career participating in horse, rodeo, cats, goats, visual arts, food preservation, photography, horticulture and more.

 Since graduating from 4-H, she has remained active in the Tripp County 4-H program. She has shared her talents in the beef project area by assisting with educational clinics. She helped with the first beef skillathon held in Tripp County that was hosted by the animal & biological sciences committee of which she is a member.

Hollenbeck has also given her time with visual arts judging and the check in for woods and welding projects at the Mid Dakota Fair.

Heying has a family legacy of being involved in Tripp County 4-H.

She was an active 4-Her, has worked as a 4-H advisor, served on the state 4-H horse show, beef, sheep, rabbit and dog show committees. Additionally, she has assisted with the Black Hills stock show youth day, Western Junior livestock show, state shoot, 4-H camps and state fair events.

She was a three time winner of the dean & directors award for programming done with youth and volunteers.

She has spent most of her birthdays at the state 4-H horse show.

Other highlights were the opportunity to chaperone the state 4-H horse judging team to nationals in Louisville, Ky and take them to Churchhill Downs and coaching the South Dakota national horse quiz bowl team for the  2022 Denver Stock Show. She has coached Tripp County kids to several successful horse quiz bowl, hippology and judging events.

Meritorious award

This year’s meritorious award goes to Doug and Sherri Mayes.

Sherri started as a 4-H leader at large right after graduating from high school and has helped with the beef committee, trust fund, Mid Dakota Fair committee chairing the hunter’s breakfast committee and 4-H concession stands. She has also patterned herself after her parent by becoming a leader of the Clovervale 4-H Club.

She married Doug Mayes who also comes from a long line of active 4-Hers. Doug’s involvement as a 4-Hers included beef, horse, poultry, eggs, crops, gardening, electricity, woods, welding, shooting sports, expressive arts, safety, food & nutrition, music and community service.

Doug has been a willing volunteer for many years with the 4-H rodeo, beef show, 4-H dance and so much more.

Maggie DeMers won the citizenship medal award.

The leadership award went to Bailey Fairbanks, Brindy Bolander and Brianna Gilchrist.

The discovery 4-H recipients were Abraham Yeary, Colton Vogt, Bianca DeMers and Lydia Wonnenberg.

4-H clubs receiving charter seals were:  Border Bumpers, Jolly Mixers, Clovervale, New Andentures, Hamill Hustlers, Shooting sports, Helping Hands and Wilson Wildcats.

The Mary Lou Connelly award is presented to a 4-H club with the most youth in action public presentations per capita of the membership. The award went to the Border Bumpers with eight presentations. Members that did public presentations were Elizabeth Wonnenberg, Lydia Wonnenberg, Ellika Hamiel, Cierra Bordeax, Lashya Farmer, Camile king and Evie King.

The Margaret Novotny learning by doing community service award went to Lena DeMers.

Hunter Shippy received the Spirit of 4-H Award in memory of Fred and Dorothy Littau.

Naudia Haukaas received the Bobby Fisher memorial Bobby Crocker award.

Lydia Wonnenberg received the Bobby Fisher memorial livestock/small animal award.

Brianna Gilchrist received the Lindy Krogman memorial shining character award.

Rustin Schroeder received the Kenny Perry livestock award.

Bailey Fairbanks received the Keith Myers family memorial livestock award and Amanda Blare received the Lois Myers family memorial family & consumer sciences award.

Maggie DeMers received the Charles Mayes memorial horticulture award.

Crop & plant science participation recognition went to Bianca DeMers, Kade Fenenga, Jesse Larson and Maggie DeMers.

Horticulture project gift bags were presented to Cierra Bordeaux, Wyatt DeBoer, Jacob Manke, Bianca DeMers, Allie Littau, Noah Manke, Elizabeth Wonnenberg, Lena DeMers, Evan Littau, Jocelyn Soles, Lydia Wonnenberg, Izaac Hamiel, Avery Manke, Kylee VanZanbergen

Jesse Larson received the Charles Froning award.

Mid Dakota Fair herdsmanship club awards went to small animals—Wilson wildcats, sheep—Hamill Husters, goat—Wilson Wildcats, swine—Clovervale, dairy—Wilson Wildcats, beef—Wilson Wildcats.

The Don Phillips memorial outstanding herdmanship award went to goat—Elizabeth Wonnenberg, sheep—Ciarra Bordeaux, swine—Elizabeth Wonnenberg, beef—Avery Antelope, dairy—Hudson Peters.

The family of Larry Kauer have donated money for the calf pen of three contest. First place went to Clovervale with Brindy Bolander, Rider Moore, Evan Littau, Roper Moore and Abe Kaiser.

Runner up was also Clovervale with Maggie DeMers, Allie Littau, Avery Antelope, Jaden Graber and Riley Schroeder.

The Kenneth Olson small animal round robin went to Evan Littau and Maggie DeMers won the round robin champion livestock showman.

Graduating senior scholarship winners were Katie Welker, Jesse Larson and Ryan Sell.

Leaders awards went to Nichi Brinda, Rhonda Gilchrist, Samantha West and Melissa Wonnenberg for five years; M. J. Waters and Dawn Covey for 25 years.

Shooting sports awards were presented by Tim Pravecek.

Other 4-H awards from the horse show and the Mid Dakota Fair had previously  been announced in the Winner Advocate this summer.

Keiser retires from Grossenburg Implement

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Norma Keiser retired after working 52 years at Grossenburg Implement. She is pictured with three generations of the Grossenburg family. Pictured from left are Charlie Grossenburg, Gene Grossenburg, Keiser and Barry Grossenburg. A retirement open house for Keiser was held Dec. 2.

By Dan Bechtold


For 52 years Norma Keiser has been a constant and a dedicated employee in the business office at Grossenburg Implement.

A retirement party for Keiser was held Friday, Dec. 2. Family, friends, Grossenburg employees came to thank her for her dedication and to wish her well in her retirement.

Keiser started working at Grossenburg Implement in 1970 as a DECA student at Winner High School. DECA was a program where students went to a class in the morning and then worked at various jobs in Winner in the afternoon. Dick Shoemaker was Keiser’s DECA teacher.

Actually, she started at Grossenburgs the summer between her junior and senior years of high school. She went to the business with her mother to pay a bill. When she saw a need to help at Grossenburgs she asked her mother is she tthought they would hire her. Her mother told her to call Blanche Grossenburg who was the head of the business office. 

Keiser was hired and then worked for the firm as DECA student.

Keiser graduated from Winner High School in 1971 and went to college for two years at Northern State University to get her two year business degree.

Keiser said Blanche told her when she finished college she  could come back and work at the implement dealership.

Keiser recalls her first job. She had a manual typewriter on a very small desk. Her job was to type up cards with parts numbers on them.

She did a look of bookkeeping duties. Mainly she did the daily audit and balancing the cash. This progressed to doing the payroll.

Years ago the employees were paid each week and this required her to work on Saturdays and she got Tuesdays off.

This then changed to paying employees every other week.

When she first started there were between 70 to 100 employees at Grossenburgs, one of the biggest employers in Winner.

The staff in the business office also did the notes on the purchase of machinery.

Keiser is proud of the fact that she has worked for four generations of the Grossenburg family. That includes C. J. Gene, Barry and now Charlie.

When asked what she enjoyed about her job she said the people. “It was a good family to work for,” she said.

And her co-workers were an important part of her life and many worked a long time with Norma including Pat Genzlinger who worked with Norma for 42 years and Karen Emme, 25 years.

Norma recalls at times she and Pat would work till 8 p.m. trying to balance the audits.

Keiser’s dedication was awarded by members of the community when she received the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce employee of the year award.

Norma is married to Chuck Keiser who was a school teacher in Winner from Britt, Iowa. They fell in love and have raised their family in Winner. They have two children—Nikki and Kevin plus three grandchildren—Kaden, Karson and Kollyns Keiser.

In retirement, Norma says she is going to take some time for herself.

It has been a wonderful career for Norma at Grossenburg Implement.