Pix Theater received a $15,000 grant

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The Pix Theater received a $15,000 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. Several members of the theater board were present for the presentation on June 14. Marilyn Grossenburg, a member of the board of directors of the community foundation, front center, presents the grant to Brenda Klein, president of the Pix Theater board of directors. Also attending the presentation was Stephanie Judson, president and CEO of the S.D. Community Foundation, second from right. Pictured in front from left are Molly Knutelski, Klein, Grossenburg, Judson and Jack Burns. In back from left are Lynnelle Anderson, Don Tuttle and Val Ewing. The Pix Theater will reopen on Friday, June 23.

Glenn Carlson, assistant coach of the year award

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Glenn Carlson of Winner received the boys assistant coach of the year award from the South Dakota High School Coaches Association on Sunday, June 18. The award was presented at Dakota Dunes at the coaches association hall of fame and awards banquet. Carlson is pictured with his wife and daughters. Pictured from left are Lisa Jankauskas, Becca Carlson, Glenn Carlson and Carrie Kuil.

Rowan Grace Concert

By Bosten Morehart

Staff writer

The Mid Dakota Fair is a popular celebration and this year it brings in a new event.

Rowan Grace and Emmy Kaiser will be putting on a concert which will be held at the fairgrounds on Aug. 4.

Rowan Grace, a high school student from Rapid City performed on The Voice and was part of Team Blake where she did very well.

Emmy Kaiser is local talent who writes and produces her own music. She has her music out on several platforms.

Tickets are on sale for $10 a piece and can be  bought on the Chamber of Commerce website or in the Chamber office. All kids involved in the 4-H events will receive a free ticket to the concert.

The plan is to have the concert run from 8 pm to around 11 pm.

The Chamber hopes this will be a great community event for people to come out to for an affordable price. It is also a chance for people to come and listen to some state and local talent.

Good progress made on water main installation

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Northern Plains Construction of Winner has been working hard on the highway project. They have been installing water main which will be in place once the paving begins again. The guys have been putting in a lot of extra hours. Northern Plains appreciates everyone’s patience during this project.

By Dan Bechtold


Work is progressing with water main and utility upgrades on the Highway 18 project in Winner.

At the bi-weekly construction meeting on June 13, Brad Norrid of the Winner Department of Transportation office reported tentative plans are to have all the water main installed by the end of the week.

Norrid noted the contractor has been doing a good job, even working some nights, to minimize the impact on motorists.

Starting June 20 concrete paving started from South County Road to just before Taft St. During this paving process there will be no access to any of the businesses on the north side from the highway. This will allow for a continuous paving and a better road surface in the end. Persons may use First Street to access businesses.

Norrid explained Reede Construction has contacted all the businesses in this area where the concrete will be poured.

“The continuous pour will eliminate blockouts, which is a gap in paving. This saves time and makes the project go faster,” said Norrid.

A couple of times during the public meeting, Norrid asked for the public to have patience and drive carefully through the construction zone.

He also asked the motorists to obey the speed limit because this area is very congested.

Next week the DOT and Reede Construction will start having weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Summer Rec program

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Summer recreation is in full swing at McDonald Park. Here a group of kids play a game on the tennis court. Jaime Keiser is the supervisor of summer rec with the help of the Winner High School volleyball girls.

By Bosten Morehart

Staff writer

The Summer Rec program is in its second week and the kids are keeping active and having fun.

The program started June 5 this summer and is Monday-Friday from 9 am to noon.  The activities and games start at nine with a break halfway through and then they start up again after the break.

They start the day off playing games on the tennis courts with a game going on each side of the nets. These games are challenging giving the kids a sense of competition while being around their friends.

During the break the concession stand opens for the kids to get a snack and or drink and catch their breath. The break allows for the kids to rest and get some fuel in their body, so they are ready for the second half of the program.

After break they will return to playing but this time in the outfield of McDonald’s Park. They will finish playing in the field until it ends at noon.

Once the program is over, they are able to go right over to the pool and even walk over to the school to get lunch.

There are 85 kids signed up this year which is around the average number since Covid. The ages of the kids range from kindergarten to 8th grade.

Jaime Keiser runs the program and has been since she started in 2010. The Winner High School volleyball team helps with summer rec.

The goal of the program is to keep the kids active and socializing with their friends. Another goal is to teach them how to problem solve and resolve arguments in the safest way they can.

The program will run throughout the summer until July 14th.

Ruth Adrian, 79

Ruth Adrian, 79, of Columbus, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 in Columbus, Ind. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 23 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Burial will follow in the Winner Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Born on Aug. 10, 1943, in Highland Park, MI, Ruth was the loving daughter of John and Addie (Cunningham) Knox. She was united in marriage to Richard L. Adrian on Feb. 13, 1982. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2021. Ruth had worked fifteen years for the Jennings County Community Foundation as a secretary. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She had served on the board of directors at the Jennings County Public Library and was an ASPCA Supporter. Ruth enjoyed her quiet life on the farm and cooking. She loved dogs and was an avid reader. She cherished spending time with her family and friends. Ruth will be missed by her children, Kirsten Adrian of North Vernon, Daniel L. (Alison) Adrian of Mason, OH, Richard L. (Amanda) Adrian of Greer, SC, and Jonathan P. (Angela) Adrian of Scipio; grandchildren, Alexander, and Samantha Adrian, Mia, Dylan, and Ava Adrian, Quinn, Duncan, Conner, and Brandon Adrian. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Addie Knox; husband, Richard Adrian; children, Michael, and Megan Adrian; grandson, Rondal Lee Adrian. Memorials can be made through the funeral home to the Rondal Lee Adrian Scholarship Fund through the Jennings County Foundation. Friends and family are invited to light a candle or leave a message of condolence in Ruth’s memory at www.sawyerfuneralservice.com.

Shirley Daughters, 78

Shirley Daughters, 78, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at the Winner Regional Nursing Home in Winner, SD. 

Memorial service was  held on Monday, June 19, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Ideal Presbyterian Church in Ideal, SD.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery. 

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Shirley Marlene (Habeger) Daughters, a cherished soul who graced our lives with her immense love for her family, zest for life, and passion for the outdoors and art. Shirley peacefully departed this world on June 13, 2023, leaving a legacy of cherished memories.

Born on July 29, 1944, to Milton and Margaret  Habeger in Denver, Color., Shirley embarked on a remarkable journey embracing life with unwavering enthusiasm and kindness. She lived a life that exemplified love, compassion, and dedication to family. She moved to Ideal, South Dakota, in 1950 and on Aug. 19, 1962, Shirley joined in matrimony with Robert Daughters, creating a bond that would withstand the test of time. Together, they raised their two sons, Wade and Bruce, on their farm in Hamill, SD. As a family, they enjoyed farming, hunting, and camping together. Shirley especially loved herding and caring for the sheep on the farm and spending her free time as a family fishing.

In her later years, Shirley discovered a rare gift for capturing the essence of her experiences on canvas. Art was the language Shirley used to express her vibrant spirit. Her brushstrokes danced with vivid colors, breathing life into breathtaking scenes around her. Her artwork not only adorned the walls of her home and the homes of her family, but they also served as a testament to her ability to convey the awe and wonder she felt from the landscapes around her and her deep love for her family.

The family was the cornerstone of Shirley’s life and her love and devotion knew no bounds. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, she stood as a pillar of strength and support, her unwavering love providing a safe harbor in times of joy and sorrow. Shirley was a constant source of love, support, and guidance throughout the lives of her children and grandchildren. Her family was her greatest source of pride and joy, and she cherished every moment spent with them.

As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, we find solace in knowing that her legacy lives on in the hearts of all who were fortunate to know her. Though her physical presence may be gone, her love for the outdoors, camping, art, family, and farm life will forever inspire us to embrace the wonders around us. Shirley will be greatly missed by her loving spouse Bob, her children Wade (Linda) Daughters and Bruce (Amanda) Daughters, grandchildren Seth (Danielle) Daughters, Dalton (Taylor) Daughters, Jordan (Amber) Daughters, Ashley (Matt) Weisser, Haley (Hunter) Wood, and seven great-grandchildren Braylee, Jones, Lincoln, Piper, Carson, Hazel, and Heston.  Sister Beulah Dewes, Rapid City SD.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Margaret Habeger, brothers, Larry Habeger, Royce Habeger, Nephew Bradley Dewes.

Shirley’s legacy will forever be etched in our minds, and your love will continue to guide us through life’s journey. May you find eternal peace beneath the starlit sky you adored and in the fertile soil of everlasting tranquility.

Ralph L. Mefferd, Jr., 90

Memorial Service for Ralph L. Mefferd, Jr. age 90 of Scottsbluff, Neb.,  will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth.  A Military Flag Presentation will be performed by Ainsworth American Legion Post #79.  Inurnment will take place at a late date in the Ainsworth Cemetery. 

Ralph Mefferd, Jr. died April 11, 2023, at Western Nebraska Veteran’s Home in Scottsbluff.


Wife:  Betty Mefferd of Scottsbluff NE

2 Children:  Sandra Mefferd of Chadron, NE

  & Michael (Carmen) Mefferd of Rapid City, SD

  5 Grandchildren – 5 Great-Grandchildren

Brother:  Charlie Mefferd of Kearney, NE

Along with nieces, nephews and other family members

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the family for future designation.  To leave an online condolence, please visit www.hochfuneralhome.com.

Affordable Health Screenings Coming to Winner, South Dakota

Winner, South Dakota – Residents living in and around the Winner, South Dakota can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Winner United Methodist Church will host this community event on 7/8/2023. The site is located at 301 W 4th St in Winner.

Screenings can check for:

  • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
  • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Kidney and thyroid function, and more

Screenings are affordable and convenient. Free parking is also available.

Special package pricing starts at $159, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Circus set for June 24th

The Rosebud Shrine Circus will be held Saturday, June 24 at the Tripp County fairgrounds in Winner. The circus will start at 8 p.m.

The Rosebud Shrine Club sponsors the three ring circus which is enjoyed by all.

The outdoor show will feature a variety of acts that will thrill the audience.

There are to be no coolers.

Tickets can be obtained at Winner True Value and BankWest of Winner.

This will be the 68th annual Shrine Circus in Winner.