Clovervale 4-H Club

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The Clovervale 4-H Club made Valentine cards which will be given to elderly residents. The club held its meeting on Feb. 6.

The Clovervale 4-H club met at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the community room of the courthouse.

Allie Littau led the American flag pledge and Evan Littau led the 4-H pledge. The roll call question was “What 4-H activity are you most excited for?” and there were 14 members present. Melanie Brozik read the secretary’s report and Joey Anderson read the treasurer’s report. We spent money on candy and thank yous for our appreciation gifts to our supporting businesses and individuals. For old business: we bought a bouquet for Roger Myers as he was the past leader of the Clovervale 4-H club.

Bailey Fairbanks competed in horse quiz bowl at the Black Hills Stock Show and placed 11th as an individual and 3rd as a team, Peyton Sargent competed as an individual in horse quiz bowl, and Rowdy Moore showed off his auctioning skills.

For new business: we met Jamie Wolf, who is the new 4-H youth advisor  in the extension office. Beef weigh-in are Feb. 18, from 10-11 am. Clay Sell, Melanie Brozik, Kendyl Bachmann, and Leah Wiechelman will be helping with a ceramic painting workshop on Feb. 24 at the 4-H center.

The Youth in Action public presentation county contest is March 17 and YQCA does not have a date yet and it may have to be done online. Horse safety is April 10 at 4 pm and you must do this in order to show a horse. The Rapid City Rush game is March 17 and you must provide your own transportation if you would like to go. The State 4-H newsletter called “Everything Friday” gives all the due dates for things and events around the state. This is statewide and not county specific. You can sign up to receive this newsletter. We looked at some possible spring dates to help out at the Historical Society. Khloe Briggs and Clay Sell discussed their community service project: Paws for a Cause. This community project helps dogs and cats. Donation boxes will be placed in Runnings and Ace. People can put supplies in the donation boxes or drop them off at the 4-H extension office. This project runs through April and donations will be given to the Gregory shelter (Rescue’s Unlimited) and Winner Animal Clinic.

The next meeting date is March 6 at 5:30 pm. The meeting was adjourned, and we made Valentine’s Day cards to be given to the elderly.

Colome received academic achievement award

Colome High School football and volleyball teams have received an academic achievement  team award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

The program is designed to honor varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence.

All varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups that achieve a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive this award.

Some schools may not have been able to submit February information at this time. They will be added to the next listing of academic achievement.

Richard Junior Nelson, 91

Richard Junior Nelson was born to Lula and John Richard Nelson on Feb. 16, 1931. He resided on the Nelson homestead until he attended Winner High School.

He started his professional career at Farmers State Bank in Winner, South Dakota, working his way up to vice president of the bank. Richard enjoyed fundraising for community projects such as the Winner Golf Course, Winner Swimming Pool and the Red Cross. Richard was a man of God and member of the Winner First Christian Church. Richard went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 2, 2023.

In 1954, Richard married Maxie Novotny. Happy to have been born into the lives of Richard and Maxie were five children: Mike, Roxanne, Ruth, Scott, and Timothy. Richard’s children were his greatest love and joy in life and he was immensely proud of each of them. Richard and Maxie loved to travel and return home with tales of their unforgettable adventures. While Richard enjoyed banking, he was always a farmer at heart. He loved spending time on his family’s homestead in Clearfield, South Dakota and in the field. Nearly all who encountered Richard regarded him as one of the hardest workers they knew. He was a devoted father and grandfather who liked the stock market and telling stories, but loved nothing more than spending time with his family.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife Maxie (Novotny) Nelson, sisters Ruth (Leo) Storms, Vi (Lyle) Docken, Noan (John) Schooler, Myrtle (John) Woods, brothers Duane (June) Nelson, Walter Nelson, parents Lula (Nesteby) and John Nelson, infant son Timothy Charles, and daughter-in-law Sue Li Ip.

Richard is survived by his children, Michael Nelson of San Diego, California, Roxanne (Lynn) Kruse of Omaha, Nebraska, Ruth Galbraith of Ideal, South Dakota, and Scott (Jason Harris) Nelson of Denver, Colorado, and grandchildren Amber (Eric) Mendoza, Erica Nelson, Kristine (Brandon) Smith, Richard (Shelley) Kruse, Kelsey (Daniel Zinni) Galbraith, Grant Galbraith, and Calli (Luke) Baldridge, and five great grandchildren.

Richard was the last of a dying breed and truly one of a kind.

Services are pending with Mason Funeral Home.

Willuweit wins 1st

Apollo Willuweit won first place at the South Dakota middle school state wrestling tournament in Pierre.

Willuweit had three pins on his way to a state title. In the championship, he won 16-0 over Sullivan Sigman of Sturgis.

Also placing for Winner were: Gus Tobin, 8th; Roukyn Robbins, 5th; Jed Blare, 5th; Mason Curtis, 3rd; Evan Littau, 5th; Legend Benedict, 2nd.

Kirk Dougherty, 63

Kirk Dougherty, 63, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 at the Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD.  Burial will be held at a later date. 

Kirk was born on April 28, 1959 in Denver, Colorado.  He spent his childhood years on a ranch southwest of Winner, SD.  He attended Southwest Crystal Rose Country School and graduated from Winner High School in 1978.  Kirk also attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he received his bachelor’s degree.

He held many different jobs including being a welder for many years a Wilson Trailor in Yankton, South Dakota.  Kirk enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing. The outdoors and shoot darts with his friends.  He was also very close to his niece and nephews.

Kirk is survived by his father Wayne Dougherty, sister Karen Hall, niece BethAnn Hernandez, nephews; Aron Hall, Austin Covell, Nathan Hall, Matthew Wood, step-sister Bonnie Dougherty and nephew Gabe Drury.

He is preceded in death by his little sister Darcy, mother Effie (Hartland) Anderson, step-father Dwight Anderson, older sister Kendra Wood, step-mother Judy Dougherty and brother-in-law Terry Wood.

Elsie M. Saunders, 81

Elsie M. Saunders, 81, of Fremont died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at Dunklau Gardens with her family by her side.

Elsie was born on Jan. 31, 1942, in Colome, S.D., to Lyle A. and Hazel M. (Barnett) Kyler. She grew up in Winner, S.D., with her nine brothers and sisters.

 On Jan. 12, 1962, Elsie married the love of her life, Thomas O. Saunders, in Lake Manawa, IA. The two settled in Fremont where they raised their two children, Mericke Christensen and John Saunders.

In 1978, Elsie completed her GED and went on to earn a certificate in practical nursing from Metropolitan Technical Community College in 1980. Elsie dedicated two decades of her life to nursing and spent time in various departments of the Fremont hospital including pediatrics, med-surg, laboratory, and assisted living.

Elsie lived a life of service and dedicated many years to numerous organizations including Girl Scouts, Salvation Army, The Banquet at First Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity, and LifeHouse. Elsie and her husband also opened their home and hosted foreign exchange college students. Elsie never knew a stranger and always welcomed everyone with open arms.

Adventure also filled Elsie’s days. She loved traveling and was part of the Good Sam Camping Club. Elsie traveled to many places including Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and all over the United States. Her love for travel influenced her knack for cooking, and she could often be found in the kitchen whipping up new dishes to share with her family and friends. She also loved to spoil her grandkids and great grandkids.

Elsie is survived by her daughter Mericke Christensen and her son John Saunders; special niece April (Jim) Kardisco who was like a daughter to Elsie; siblings James (Gina) Kyler, Eunice Cole, Sharon (Don Etherington) Totten, Carol Zvorak, and Nila (Dave) Lively; brothers-in-law Lyle Saunders and Gaylord (Pat) Saunders; sisters-in-law Peggy (Floyd) Harriger, Judie Kyler, and Linda Saunders; grandchildren Ashley (Justin) Johnstone, Brad (Jen) Christensen, Steven Stearns, Chrissy Blahak, Samantha (Mike) Bohanan, Kim (Eric McDunn) Blahak, and Zach Blahak; great-grandchildren Wyatt and Piper Johnstone, Kyle, Lakota, and Wilbur Stearns, Payden Blahak, and Bella Sulley and Beckham McDunn; close friends Butch (Roseann) Walker, Betty Walker, Ryu Ito, and Kory (Carolie) Rozell; and many nieces and nephews.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant daughter Susan; parents-in-law John and Dorothy Saunders; brothers Willard, Roger, and Leroy Kyler; sister Vada Kyler; brothers-in-law Billy and Gary Saunders, Darrell Orel, and Sam Cole; and sister-in-law Pat Rolf.

Although a light has been extinguished in the lives of her family and friends, her loved ones find comfort in knowing that Elsie lived life to the fullest and enjoyed a lifetime that overflowed with family, friends, travel, and adventure that resulted in lasting memories that will be retold for generations.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N Somers Ave, Fremont, NE 68025  402-721-4490

South Dakota Corn Growers Association Elects Hamill Area Farmer Trent Kubik to Serve as Secretary/Treasurer

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) is pleased to announce that Trent Kubik has been elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the SDCGA for 2023. Trent and his wife Shannon, and two brothers, Troy and Bruce, started their own farm and ranch, where they operate a corn, soybean, small grains, alfalfa and cow-calf operation in Hamill. Kubik and his wife Shannon have two sons. In his spare time he enjoys cheering on the SDSU Jackrabbits and the Green Bay Packers, as well as traveling with his family.The following board members were also elected to serve for 2023:

President Dave Ellens, District 5

Dave Ellens has been elected President of the SDCGA for 2023. Dave and his family raise corn and soybeans in Madison. As owner of Lakeco Crop Services, he also is a third-generation Pioneer dealer.

Vice President Taylor Sumption, District 5

Taylor Sumption manages his family’s farm in partnership with his four brothers and parents in Frederick. They produce corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and oats in combination with operating a cow/calf operation and feedlot.

In addition, the following individuals were elected or approved to join the SDCGA board for 2023.

District 4 – Travis Strasser

District 6 – Mike Cronin

District 7 – Jeff Burg

District 8 – Scott Stahl

District 9 – Trent Kubik

At-Large – Kelsey Geraets

Industry Director – Jennifer Feistner

Industry Director – Kendall Jones

Industry Director – Rebecca Wellenstein