Touch a Tractor

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Jay Myers of Myers Grain and Livestock explains his business to Winner Elementary students at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce Touch a Tractor. Several pieces of farm machinery were displayed at the event on March 23. The students learned about agriculture during Ag Appreciation Week.

Southern Plains adds new addition

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Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services is expanding with the addition of a new building. The second part of the building was moved onto the foundation on March 22.

By Dan Bechtold


Southern Plains Behavioral Health is getting an addition to its building in Winner.

The 52×82 addition will be attached to the north of the current building.

Southern Plains found there was not enough space in their current building for staff and thus the need to grow.

The expansion will allow the clinical staff to each have their own office.

The new addition will have 20 offices, family room, a room that can be used for life skills or small groups, two bathrooms and a large utility room. There is also a full kitchen and the small group room will open into the kitchen area. The kitchen will be used for Life Skills classes and teaching persons how to cook.

There will be a breezeway which will connect the two buildings.

The main entrance will remain the same as well as the parking. However, there will be additional parking to the west of the new building. This will have 14 parking spaces.

“Currently we have people sharing offices and some are three to an office. When sharing an office it is not conducive to doing a therapy session,” explained Lindsey McCarthy, executive director of Southern Plains.

The new addition was made by Custom Touch Homes of Madison and came to Winner in two sections. “We are all excited to have it here,” said McCarthy. “We have some staff who have never had an office to call their own. They have been patient in waiting for a space to call their own,” added the director.

McCarthy said the new addition will be adequate space for the services currently offered by Southern Plains.

The expansion will also provide room to grow.

Southern Plains serves a four county area of Tripp, Todd, Mellette and Gregory counties.

McCarthy explained the new building has been ready since September but due to site  work not ready and all the snow and bad weather it could not get to Winner. McCarthy explained several years ago Southern Plains had plans for a new building but the project ever got done. “When we were out of space we had the old plans and were able to make some modifications,” she explained.

WHS honor roll


Honor – Kendyl Bachmann, Mali Beehler, Amanda Blare, Brindy Bolander, Melanie Brozik, Faith Covey, Shayne Day, Maggie DeMers, Kiley Felix, Justin Hausmann, Ainsley Henderson, Trista Kierstead, Joselin Kludt, Jack Kruger, Tessa Mann, Kelbi Meiners, Aleya Miller, Pierce Nelson, Hunter Osborn, Dalton Petersen, Rylee Root, Clay Sell, Mallory Thayer, Blake Volmer, Leah Wiechelman

Merit – Ethan Bartels, Illyanna Crabb, Tayden Mathis, Riley Orel, Jack Peters, Cody Wheadon


Honor – Leila Balsiger, Aiden Barfuss, Noah Best, Maxton Brozik, Kendall Dice, Bailey Fairbanks, Payton Fisher, Ellison Kaiser, Alexis Klein, Ashlynn McPhee, Jude Sargent, Samuel Scholz, Saylor Schuyler, Cassandra Shutt, Braden Tarrell, Cecilia Watson

Merit – Conroy Chasing Hawk, Karlee Cihak-Brozik, Miranda Fisher, SierraAnn McCall, Stratton Morehart, Baronn Niehus, Garret Phillips, Emily Sachtjen, Rylee Schroeder, Cassidy Seeking Land, Aiden Tunnissen


Honor – Jackson Bachmann, August Bartels, Ava Craven, Broden Duffy, Bo Hurley, Karson Keiser, Keelie Kuil, Hayden McMurtrey, Cora Moss, Preslie Petersek, Aiden Semrad Schroeder, Tessa Sieh

Merit – Evan Bartels, Kierra Bainter, Austin Blare, Matthew Brozik, Landon Calhoon, Kellen Cihak-Brozik, Kadin Eli, Shawn Hammerbeck, Randa Heinzman, Andrew Henderson, Kyla Mammen, Jacob Manke, Adam Miller, Konner Osborn, Hunter Shippy


Honor – Joseph Anderson, Livia Audiss, Lillian Barfuss, Matthew Calhoon, Jasmine Crow Eagle, Amanda Edwards, Brianna Gilchrist, Addison Heenan, Noah Manke, Roper Moore, Zachary Olson, Ryken Orel, Gracie Root, Kylie Sachtjen, Paige Sachtjen, Kaylele Soles, Sadie Tegethoff, Sierra Wise

Merit – Hanna Danford, Derek Fenenga, Bailey Fisher, Abe Kaiser, Parker Mathis, Quincy Phillips, Gregory Seeking Land, Olivia Swedlund

Eighth Grade

Honor – Suchi Chaudhari, Carter Craven, Willima Jorgensen

Merit – Camdyn Anderson, Evan Balsiger, Masen Beehler, Jedediah Blare, Chase Blotsky, Mason Curtis, Lena DeMers, Carter Foster, Brooke Headrick, Aidan Hespe, Hunter Kahler, Landon LaCompte, Evan Littau, Piper Mortenson, Elzabeth Moser, Reven Moss, Peydin Peterson, Maree Pravecek, Shannon Rank, Oren Sargent, Bailey Shelbourn, Coy Shelbourn, Chloe Taggart

Seventh Grade

Honor – Alexis Bennett, Evan Bice, Macey Hammerbeck, Levi Heenan, Nadia Millian, Katie Pederson, Hudson Peters, Payton Sargent

Merit – Jaelyn Assman, Legend Benedict, Tanner Bunker, Jamisyn Crow Eagle, Madelyn Danford, Langston Dutt, Kendall Engel, Kahler Gesinger, Reese Halligan, Paisley Hossle, Josiah Klein, Cater McKenzie, Riley Peppel, Kacie Petersen, Savanna Swedlund, Jalen Tideman, Dillian Woods

Sixth Grade

Honor – Avery Antelope, Amelia Boerner, Jori Fenenga, Jacob Gregg, Allie Henderson, Allie Littau, Avery Manke, Cameron Olson, Adyson Sharp, Evan Taggart, Kynslie Tegethoff, Sharlotte Tuttle

Merit – Rylan Assman, Logan Calhoon, Alexis Crabb, Cooper Craven, Kage Day, Weston Foster, Lacinda His Law, Presley McCall, Kinley Meek, Avery Miller, Roukyn Robbins, Teegan Shelbourn, Tatum Swan, Ryan VanDerWerff, Apollo Willuweit, Brayden Woods

Colome Honor Roll


Senior – Devan Dougherty, Morgan Gill, Ashlyn Hoffine, Landi Krumpus, Aidan Muller, Taylor Nelsen, Paige Paulson, Jordyn Ring, Libbie Petersek, Sully Shippy

Junior – Shaleena Kingsley, Joseph Laprath, Tianna Larson, Lilly Nelson, Emma Vandenbark

Sophomore – Westlie Cahoy, Lane Leighton

Freshmen – Seth Heath, Gracie Rohde

Eighth Grade – Addison Muller

Seventh Grade – Benjamin Vandenbark

A’s and B’s (No C’s)

Senior – Kash Heath, Kaden Pechota

Junior – Jordyn Harter

Sophomore – Raylynn Dehning, Raelynn Kingsley

Freshmen – Rystan DeSmet, Alex Larson, Emme Nelsen, William Slaymaker

Eighth Grade – Summer Cerv, Tila Harter

Seventh Grade – Bode Kingsley, Berkley Meeder

Sixth Grade – Olivia Feyereisen, Brooke Jarrett, Tenlie Rohde, Harley Supik, Emma Watzel

B Average (No D’s)

Senior – Sophie Hofeldt, Taitin Ringing Shield, Toree Ringing Shield, Burner Schenefeld

Junior – Jack Anderson, Klayton Heath, Kalene Preslicka

Sophomore – Hadley Harruff, Aspyn McKenzie, Jonah Musser, Dustin Sund, Alana Suplik

Freshmen – Sam Brandsgaard, Keasha Kartak, Madison Dufek, Aleah Musser, Savannah O’Bryan

Seventh Grade – MaKayla Chambers, Anika Musser, Bentley Samuel, Oakley Schenefeld, Rayma Vobr, Rihanna Widow

Sixth Grade – Kyler Vobr

AAU wrestlers place at state

Several Winner AAU wrestlers placed in the state tournament in Aberdeen this weekend.

Legend Benedict and Apollo Willuweit were both crowned champions in the schoolboy division.

Benedict won first place with a 12-6 decision over Caleb Cuka of Bon Homme.

Willuweit won first place with a pin over Will Norman of Sioux Falls O’Gorman in 3:25.

Also placing were:

Lawson Helkenn, 4th; Lucchese Helkenn. 6th; Rhogan Robbins, 2nd; Bridger Stirling, 3rd; Bentley Moser, 8th; Talon Labahn, 2nd; JadeLynn McCall, 8th; Jaelyn Assman, 4th; Blayden Stirling, 8th; Cooper Craven, 2nd; Roukyn Robbins, 2nd; Max Fiesterman, 8th; Evan Littau, 6th

Phase III of the Highway 18 reconstruction project

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Northern Plains Construction of Winner works on laying pipe on the west end of Winner as Phase III of the Highway 18 reconstruction project has begun. Traffic is now reduced to one lane from Van Buren Street to the bridge west of Winner. The public is asked to drive with care in the construction zone. Reede Construction of Aberdeen is the prime contractor.

Robert Nordstrom, 78

Robert Nordstrom, age 78, of Winner, SD was called home by Jesus on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Center in Winner, SD.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner, SD. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services.

Robert (Bob) was born on Nov. 13th, 1944 to Eddie and Alta (Burdick) Nordstrom, he joined an older brother Edward, and twins Carl & Carlean. He attended rural schools and graduated from Winner High School in 1962.

It was in 1961 that he met Barbara Stern of Johnstown, NE, on a blind date arranged by his sister and Barb’s Uncle who were planning their own wedding. Bob and Barb were married on June 24, 1963. To this union was born a daughter and a son.

Bob continued to work on the family farm with his father and brothers. He raised chickens, hogs, cattle, horses and farmed. In the early 1970’s Bob and his brother Edward joined in partnership known as Nordstrom Brothers.

Years later after the passing of his brother Edward, Bob ran the farm with the help of his wife Barb and his son Roger.

In the late 80’s Bob became semi-retired. He and Barb started the Nordstrom Pheasant Hunting and operated it for many years. Bob enjoyed the hunters each year, and he also enjoyed his grandchildren who were the apple of his eyes.

There were many camping trips at the river on the weekends that he very much looked forward to. Many long-lasting friendships were started at the river.

Last but not least, he enjoyed his gift to gab with anyone that had a minute to spare. When his health started to fail, he sold the cattle and became retired.

In 2020 he and Barb moved off the farm and into Winner. He very much enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the squirrels and birds dine off the bird feeders. Watching western movies were another of his favorites.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Barb of 59 years and 9 months, his Daughter Cheril (Tom) Meiners of Winner, SD, grandchildren; William Smith of Lusk WY, Kristal Smith-Sides (Mike) and great granddaughter Bethany Sides of McCook, NE. Son Roger (Leslie) Nordstrom of Winner, SD, grandchildren; Tennae (Brad) Feyereisen of Gregory, SD, Teah Labahn of Winner, SD, and Teasha Torpy of Sioux Falls, SD, along with many cousins.

Proceeding him in death were his parents Eddie & Alta Nordstrom, siblings Edward Nordstrom, Carl Nordstrom, Carlean Stern and husband Gene Stern, of Johnstown, NE, along with his in-laws Everett and Doris Stern of Ainsworth, NE as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Robert will be sadly missed by many. Until we meet again.

Student applies Rotary test to her life

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Sharlotte Tuttle won the Winner Rotary Club 4 way test essay contest. She is pictured with Lana Stickland of the Winner Rotary Club. Tuttle is a 6th grader at Winner Middle School.
She is the daughter of Jesse and Lexie Tuttle.

Sharlotte Tuttle, a 6th grader at Winner Middle School, won the Winner Rotary Club  4 way test essay contest.

Tuttle read her essay at the Rotary Club meeting on March 16.

Here is the winning essay:

It is important to tell the truth because spreading falsehood and lies can severely affect you and those around you. It can ruin reputations, jobs, friendships, your personality and even whole lives. Telling the truth can help to prevent these things and in some cases stop them entirely. Not all the time, I know. But help to stop? Absolutely. Telling the truth can improve trust and relationships and can stop these bridges from crumbling.

It is important to be fair because being fair is beneficial to all in the situation. Take a court case for example. If the judge was biased the decision is already made. If the judge is not biased, it could have a different outcome. The judge hears all evidence makes a decision and charges. Fairness prevents wasting time and energy and it means that everything is justified in the end.

It is important to do good and build better and stronger friendships because the good  you  do encourages others to do the same and makes you feel good as well. You don’t have to be a saintly hero to do good things. You don’t have to be the best person ever to build better friendships. Doing the right thing can be very easy. All you have to do is genuinely care about your friend to be a good one.

When you tell the truth, be fair and do good things. This will build better friendships and it will set a good example to those around you and help them do the same. Good deeds and behaviors spread. We need to help them spread and it will start up all around you. In your family, in your friends and their families, in classmates, in coworkers, in students and in teachers. If we all did this, it would not only be beneficial to us, but our environment and communities too. All we need is to do a little good to help the world around us.