Winner Middle School presented the one act play “Superheroes”

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Winner Middle School presented the one act play “Superheroes” Jan. 19-21. Seated in front from left are Allie Littau, Shannon Rank and Jackson Grossenburg. Second row from left are Riley Peppel, Lena DeMers, Suchi Chaudhari, Avery Manke, Evan Taggart, Avery Antelope, Evan Balsiger, Aiden Hespe, Rylan Assman, Jaxon Day, Peyton Jensen, Jocelyn Sole and Brayden Woods. In back from left are Allie Henderson, Chloe Taggart, Evan Littau, Wyatt Winfield, director Ross Patmore, Jed Blare and Dan Patmore, technical director.

Members of the Winner Volunteer Fire Department were honored on their retirement

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Members of the Winner Volunteer Fire Department were honored on their retirement on Jan. 14. Pictured from left are Craig Schaeffer, 28 years with 13 years as secretary; Jay Lovejoy, 22 years and Todd Moser, 31 years. Also honored was the late Cody McKenzie, 21 years, 6 years as assistant chief. They had a total of 102 years of combined service

Mitchell Tech students unveil custom motorcycle

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Mitchell Tech students recently unveiled a custom motorcycle. There are a couple of area students who worked on the bike. Pictured f rom left are Chris Degen, power sports technology program director, Michael Supik, Colome; Austin Munkvold, Jacob Johnson, Evan Juracek, Gregory, Marcus Laursen and Kash Weischedel.

Re-built motorcycle headed for elite auction later this month

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of Mitchell Technical

College gathered for the Power Sports Technology students’ pit stop before with their custom-built motorcycle Friday afternoon.

Since late September, the program’s six second-year students, along with representatives of Helping with Horsepower, a Mitchell-area nonprofit providing opportunities for purpose, wellbeing and growth through projects such as bike rebuilds, worked tirelessly to tear down and rebuild the 2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide for the City of Sturgis, who purchased the bike.

The finished bike is scheduled to go up for bids on an elite Mecum Auction in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 24-28.

“We wanted to be 90 percent done when they left (for Christmas break), so we were on a pretty tight deadline,” said Laura Klock, President and Founder of Helping with Horsepower.

In just over three months, the students “got to be involved all the way from tearing the bike

down, building some custom stuff and putting it back together,” according to Power Sports Program Director Chris Degen.

From the very beginning, it was a team effort.

“Everyone kind of had their own … design ideas,” Degen recalled. “We sat around and figured out color schemes and what we wanted the bike to look like and what we were going for,” then transformed the touring-style Road Glide into a “race-like bagger.”

The cosmetic transformation is apparent at first glance and brought cheers from the approximately 100 people in attendance last Friday.

Most obviously, the solid-colored pearl paint was replaced with a white base and racing strips of blue, bronze and black with barely-noticeable monochromatic Sturgis emblems. The solid black factory seat was replaced with a sporty black and white leather seat embroidered in a diamond pattern with the City of Sturgis emblem displayed prominently at the top. Just

below the gas cap, the official coin for the 2023 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was inset into the modified gas tank, and students fabricated a custom shift linkage bearing the Sturgis logo. A majority of the chrome was replaced with metallic bronze or high-gloss black-painted pieces.

In homage to the students who invested their class periods into the build, the motor mount dons a black Mitchell Tech logo set on a bronze base.

“There are a lot of (subtle) custom parts that the students got to” add to the bike to commemorate the 83rd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and to honor the involvement of Mitchell

Tech, Helping with Horsepower and the project’s many corporate sponsors, Degen said, adding that the students were able to use some of the skills they’re learning in their welding class on the project.

And the mechanics were overhauled, too. Degen said the engine horsepower and torque were increased by 50 percent. Various standard parts were replaced with performance parts to make the bike race-ready, but it is enough like the original to still be used as a road rider.

Although the turnaround on the project was quick for such an expansive project, Klock said the process was “beautiful.”

“These guys were so fast and so responsive. The motor mount – they talked about it, and then one of them was out the door, making it. (They) did a great job. (They) should all be very proud of (themselves),” she said. “They have such a great base from the school and Chris’s instruction. They understand how it all works. … This is the future of power sports standing here.”

The experience was unique for everyone involved. For students, it was a first custom build.

And, for Degen and Klock, it was the first project they’ve had that will be sold to a national audience.

“It was awesome to be able to add the design and marketing concept to the students’ mechanical coursework that they’re already learning,” she said.

The bike departed Mitchell last Monday afternoon, with another unveiling pit stop scheduled for Sturgis on Tuesday at 4 p.m. From there, the bike will be Vegas-bound.

The final day of the bike’s time at auction will be televised Sat., Jan. 28 at The winner of the auction will purchase the custom motorcycle, an autographed

concept drawing from designer Tex McDorman and a VIP package to the 83rd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, to be held this August in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

“We hope that whomever the purchaser is really embraces the story” of the Rally and Helpingwith Horsepower.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit “the Sturgis Rally Endowment Fund, a part of the Black Hills Community Foundation, to ensure that the Rally tradition of charitable giving endures for the benefit of future area residents,” according to Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen.

Some of the funds raised will be routed to Helping with Horsepower, a Mitchell-area nonprofit providing opportunities for purpose, well-being and growth for individuals born or diagnosed with limitations. The organization’s Bike Rebuild Program is a therapeutic opportunity for participants to rebuild a motorcycle as they acquire tools to rebuild their lives.

“It’s a win-win-win,” according to Laura Klock, creator of the Helping with Horsepower Biken Rebuild Program. “The students got the project experience, which included extra training byn some of the sponsors, … (while Helping with Horsepower and the Rally endowment) benefit

from the proceeds (allowing) HWH to continue to provide opportunities and hands-on programs.”

Elva (Sis) Marie Klein, 86

Elva (Sis) Marie Klein, 86, of Gregory, SD passed away on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at the Winner Regional Hospital surrounded by family.

 A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 at  the Clausen Funeral Chapel in Burke, SD.  A burial followed in the Rosebud Cemetery in Bonesteel, SD.

Elva was born to Henry Schroeder and Lillie (Vetter) Schroeder, in Burke, SD on Feb. 1, 1936.  Elva was a homemaker while working alongside Darwin (Wesley) Klein on the family farm.

Elva was blessed with a loving family.  She married the love of her life, Darwin, in September 1958.  To this union she was blessed with 3 children, Kathy, Kerry, and Donna.

Some of the best times for Elva were “When we worked together as a family farming, meals in the field, and gardening. Elva said, “milking the cows-not so much!!!” Elva enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Elva’s hobbies included playing cards, traveling on vacations, her flowers, sewing, baking and her Las Vegas and Laughlin Nevada trips. She enjoyed spending time traveling to Carlock and going to the Legion for supper with her friends.

Elva is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Dave) Hausmann of Pierre and Donna (Mark) Leibrich of Winner; grandchildren DJ (Liz) Hausmann and Darin (Molly) Hausmann of Pierre; Ashley (Brad) Montgomery and Eric Leibrich of Sioux Falls; great-grandchildren Hailey Hausmann, Atticus and Zoey Moore, Riley and Cailyn Hausmann, and Ainsley Montgomery; brother Erv (Lorrayne) Schroeder and sister Janice (Rex) Balcom; sisters-in-law Norma Inglett and Eleanor Klein, and several nieces and nephews.

Elva is preceded in death by her loving husband Darwin, son Kerry, brother Melvin (Zuke) Schroeder, parents Henry and Lillie Schroeder and in-laws Andrew and Edna Klein.

Pearl A. Lyons, 92

Pearl A. Lyons, age 92, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Sanford Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion, South Dakota surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Tom Anderson officiating.  Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.  

Pearl was born in Colome, South Dakota on Sept. 24, 1930 to Mark and Magdeline “Peggy” (Zimmerman) Larson. She grew up on the family farm west of Colome until age 14 when the family moved to the city of Colome where she graduated from Colome High School.  She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Yankton, South Dakota where she obtained her nursing degree.

It was in Yankton that she met the love of her life, Patrick J. Lyons.  She met him on a blind date and the rest is history.  They were married for 65 years.  Pearl and Pat raised six daughters on the family farm east of Yankton.

Pearl was a phenomenal cook not only for her family but for the many, many farm hands over the years.  She was always the hostess for countless family gatherings at the farm.  She had a real knack for gardening and the outside of the farm house was always adorned with her beautiful flowers, not to mention the bountiful vegetables from her garden.  She was a great seamstress making many, many outfits for all her six girls as well as herself while keeping up a ship shape home.  She was an amazing farm wife helping out wherever needed.  Pearl gave up her full-time nursing profession to raise her family. She remained active, at first, by doing private duty nursing. Later she was service chairman and board member of the American Cancer Society for over 35 years.  A community worker for Lewis and Clark Mental Health Center for 10 years,  a volunteer for the Senior Companion Program and a member of the Nurses Alumni Association.

Pearl and Pat were very active with the Antique Auto Club.  Pearl was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton and was involved with the Altar Society.  Pat and Pearl enjoyed wintering in Mission, Texas for many years, making many wonderful friendships.  Pearl had a loving heart, great sense of humor, quick wit and spunk amongst all the other lovely qualities that we loved so much about her.

Pearl is survived by her six daughters: Susan (Curt) Asleson, Linda (Greg) Slowey, Barb (Tom) McCarty, Kathy (Dave) Johnston, Mary (Randy) Gross, and Carol (Grant) Reade.  Grandchildren: Justin Lockwood, Jessica Morgan, Becky (Dan) Blom, Ben Slowey (Anna Meredith), Paul (Kendra) Goeden, Alysse (Tyler) Spease, Briana (Nick) Nelsen, Natalie Gross (Victor Cima), Melanie Gross, Tara (Ryan) Burton, and Kayla (Alex) Toupal.  Great-grandchildren: Jonah and Jada Morgan, Charlize Lockwood, Titan and Saylor Blom, Paxtyn and Maddix Strong, Silas Slowey, Taylor and Lexi Goeden, Mia and Haley Nelsen, Hayden Hogan, Liam Gross, Vinny Cima, Max and Lincoln Toupal.  Pearl is also survived by her loving sister Donna McLaughlin and many beloved nieces and nephews.  Brothers-in-law: Frank Lyons, Tom (Marcia) Lyons, Jack Lyons and Bob (Nona) Lyons.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pat; her parents; infant brother, Jack; parents-in law; brother-in-law, Gene Lyons; sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Susan Winkler, Margaret Lyons, Rita Lyons, Jean Lyons and son-in-law, Jim Streedbeck.

Memorials may be directed to: Heartland Humane Society, 3400 East Hwy 50, Yankton, South Dakota 57078; Yankton Food for Thought, PO Box 7038, Yankton, South Dakota  57078; The Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota Chapter, 5915 S Remington Place, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108 or Pathways Shelter for the Homeless; 412 East 4th Street, Yankton, South Dakota  57078.

Joan A. Murphy, 70

Joan A. Murphy, 70, Brandon, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, at her home, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

 Funeral services were held  Friday, Dec. 30,  at Brandon Baptist Church.  Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls. 

Joan Allon Kerslake was born in Sioux Falls on March 31, 1952, to John and Vivenne (Munson) Kerslake. She grew up in Sioux Falls where she was involved in Central Baptist Church and attended Mark Twain and Patrick Henry public schools, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1970. She also attended and graduated from Augustana College, where she was involved in the athletic department.

She began her career as a physical education and health teacher at Axtell Park, and also worked at the YMCA, an athletic trainer, and was a racquet ball pro at Woodlake Racquet Club. She then moved on to the Sioux Falls Gymnastics Club where she was head coach and business manager.

Joan married Dan Murphy in 1980. She worked as head gymnastics coach at Brandon Valley High School and raised her son, Matthew, retiring from coaching in 1994. She enjoyed racquet ball, swimming, travel, reading, biking, going out with friends, working with kids, and being part of various Bible studies. She loved Jesus, church, her family, and her friends.

Joan loved to volunteer, especially with kids and in church, and touched many lives while involved with Girls Club, VBS, Sunday School, AWANA (serving as the Commander for many years at BV Baptist Church), various church ministry teams. Joan was someone who people found easy to talk to and was a good listener. She put those skills to work as a Dawson McAllister Hopeline Counselor, Billy Graham Crusade Counselor, MOPS and Teen MOPS Mentor, and she mentored several girls the Brandon Valley School District over the years. She also worked as a Red Cross Health & Safety instructor, chiropractic assistant, as well as tutoring several great kids. A few years ago, Joan welcomed Maddie, one of the girls she had been tutoring, into her home for several months. Joan also had a heart for those were serving or had served in the military and enjoyed being involved with Warrior 180. She especially enjoyed handing out stars and listening to the stories of the soldiers she met both locally and while traveling.

Joan had a deep Christian faith. She was deeply involved in church ministry. She was part of many Bible Studies, small groups, and prayer ministries.  Recently, she was thrilled to be a part of Central Church’s frontline prayer ministry on Saturday evenings. Many of her friends described her as the greatest prayer warrior they knew. Her deepest desire would be that each and every one of you would put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. After many years of fighting cancer, Joan was taken into the arms of her Heavenly Father, passing peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 26, 2022.

Joan is survived by her son, Matthew Murphy; brother, Wayne Kerslake; sister-in-law, Patty Hollenbeck; nephews and nieces, Shawn (Mardee) Hollenbeck, Jay (Jody) Hollenbeck, and Christopher (Jessica) Kerslake, and Katie (Andy) Abernethy; grandnieces and grandnephews, Brandi (Ethan) McDowell, Jaydn (JD) Kirwan, Blaire Hollenbeck, Aluxyn Hollenbeck, Anna Abernethy, Elise Kerslake, Bethany Abernethy, Sammy Kerslake, and Ollie Abernethy.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; her parents, John and Vivenne (Munson) Kerslake; grandparents, Ed and Jenny Munson, and William and Rose Parent; mother-in-law Margaret Koos and father-in-law Al Koos; sister-in-law, Gayle Kerslake; and nephew, Andrew Kerslake.

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True Value named business of the year

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Winner True Value was named the business of the year at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce banquet on Jan. 12. Accepting the award are Dan and Coleen Patmore, owners of the business. Making the presentation is Keenan Knutelski, right.

Winner True Value was named the business of the year at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday.

The True Value legacy begins with Marvin and Florence Broline. Marvin and Florence lived in Hamill where Marvin ran a repair shop. They decided to move to Winner and Marvin worked for Grossenburg’s.

One day in 1951  Marvin stopped in the local hardware store for something. The story goes that day or very soon after he went home and told his wife he bought a hardware store.  It was the Coast to Coast store on Main Street. At that time the business was 25′ by 50′. How many men can go home today and tell their wife they bought a business?

Velma Jean Broline of course worked for her parents. One day a young man came into the store to have a key made. Velma Jean made his key. It must have been pretty impressive because in 1956 they tied the knot. Velma Jean married William Duane Patmore.  For a number of years they worked the family farm, Velma was also  a teacher. In 1970 they took the leap and moved to town with their family and purchased the Coast to Coast from her parents. They raised three boys in the store, Dan, Tim and Sam.

In 1997 after 18 years of living in Rapid City Dan and Coleen and three children moved back to assist with the business.

Many things have changed over the years. Of course size of the business.. Back in the day Marvin would hand write up an order send it snail mail. After a period of time he would get a call from the depot his order was here and go pick it up.  Next you called in your order and read all the numbers of items and hoped for the best. If the numbers weren’t transposed you may get some surprises.

Forward to technology the thing was call a Xon you would hook it to your phone receiver and it would make a lot of sound like a fax and would send coded order over the phone.  Today we do a suggested order, edit it to our likening and the touch of a button the order is sent within seconds. Twenty four hours later the order arrives at the back door of the store.

In 2000 Coast to Coast merged with True Value and it has been Winner True Value ever since. Many things have changed over the years but one thing has never changed, customers are always first.

The Patmore children have been raised in the store, Arianne Boerner who works part time,  Ross who helps quit often with unloading truck and other times when Dan calls and says can you help. Ross is a teacher in the Winner School District. Samantha lives in Brookings.  The Patmores have 8 grandchildren ages 13 to a newborn on Jan. 12.

“We need to thank some special employees currently Evelyn Mahoney, Byron Foreman , Arianne Boerner , Mallory Thayer, Alana Supik and up until very recently Loraine Price.  Some special past employees, Pearl Chambers , Sharon Voskia and Molly Connot. For many years Evelyn, Sharon and Pearl were the ‘ONES’”, said Coleen Patmore in her speech at the Chamber banquet. 

“Most importantly we want to thank the customers who have become family. Thank you for supporting us and Winner True Value for over 70 Years,” said Coleen.