Burger battle winner

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Winner Country Club was the winner of the burger battle sponsored by the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce. The winner was announced June 9 at the Winner Summer Nights. Pictured from left are Randy Kludt of the Winner Country Club, Mike Pierson and Mike Scott of the Winner Area Chamber of Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the overall champion trophy, there were 20 prize winners drawn from persons who had filled out burger battle forms.

Golfers tie for 6th at state

Winner Area girls golf team tied for sixth place at the state Class A tournament June 5-6 in Rapid City. Both Winner Area and West Central shot a team total 764.

Individually, Gracie Root led the Lady Warriors as she tied for 27th with a 185.

Rylee Root tied for 32nd with a 188.

Leila Balsiger tied for 38th with a 192. Tessa Mann tied for 48th with a 199. Emily Sachtjen placed 80th with a 225.

On the first day of the state meet, Winner and Custer finished the day in the top 10 of team standings. The Warriors shot 103-over for seventh place and Custer shot 114-over for 9th place.

“There were a lot of tears, a lot of smiles and a whole lot of heart as they battled for the team,” said coach Jim Halverson.

The coach said it was two beautiful days on the Meadowwood Golf Course in Rapid City. He said the 18 hole course had lots of bunkers, penalty areas and fast greens.

The team is losing two seniors through graduation—Rylee Root and Tessa Mann. “I want to wish them lots of success as they follow their dreams,” said Halverson, “The remaining players are excited for a chance to do better next year and have a strong core of younger players who are looking for their chance to shine. I am proud that I could be their coach,” said Halverson.

The girls on the golf team also earned All academic honors.

Winner Regional Health Welcomes New CEO

The Winner Regional Health Board of Directors announces that Brian Williams, RHCEOC, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer.

Beginning June 20, Williams will oversee the strategic and operational initiatives for the organization.

The Winner Regional Health Board of Directors conducted a nationwide search for a new CEO, using Sumption & Wyland to support the recruitment process. Williams was selected from a pool of candidates for his outstanding leadership, experience, and passion for rural health care.

“Winner Regional Health is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region by providing comprehensive local health care, and we sought a leader who could continue to

build on this mission,” said Roger Kingsbury, board chair. “We feel Brian will be a strong fit with our vision and values, and we look forward to working with him to continue advancing

health care in the region.”

Williams previously served as the CEO at Coal Country Community Health Center in Beulah, North Dakota, and Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, North Dakota, where he oversaw the daily operations and strategic initiatives for the federally qualified health center and nonprofit 13-bed critical access hospital.

Williams also served as the vice president of Professional Services at Northern Montana Hospital in Havre, Montana, and Chief Operations Officer at Arbor Health in Morton,


He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

“It is an honor to join Winner Regional Health as chief executive officer,” Williams said. “The organization provides critically important health care services to the region, and I look

forward to partnering with the talented staff, physicians, board members and volunteers at Winner Regional to ensure we provide the best possible care to our patients and their


Charisse Oland, EdD, FACHE, MHA, RD, served as interim CEO while the board conducted their search. The Winner Regional Health Board of Directors enthusiastically appreciates Oland for her service and leadership throughout the transition.

Pairings set for Father’s Day tournament

The Winner Junior Teeners will host a Father’s Day tournament June 17-18 at Leahy Bowl.

Games will be played at Leahy Bowl except for two opening round games on Saturday that will be played in Colome.

The pairings for June 17 are:

10 a.m. in Winner—Winner vs Wagner

10 a.m. in Colome—Platte vs. Gregory

Noon in Winner—Onida vs. Parkston

Noon in Colome—MVP vs. Chamberlain

Games on Saturday will continue at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

The championship game will be play at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Offices to close for holiday

Some government offices in Winner will be closed on Monday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday.

The Tripp County courthouse and library will be closed.

State and federal offices in Winner will be closed on June 19.

The Winner city office will be open.

The Winner Post Office will be closed and there will be no mail delivery.

First Fidelity Banks of Winner and Colome will be closed as well as BankWest and Sentinel Federal Credit Union.

Winner senior  citizens center will be open on Monday and will serve a noon meal.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services will be closed on June 19.

Lucille “Lucy” Darlene (Klein) Smith, 93

Lucille “Lucy” Darlene (Klein) Smith, 93, of Winner, SD passed away on June 6, 2023 in the comfort of her own home.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner, SD. Burial will followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Lucy was born the seventh of twelve children on March 19, 1930 to August and Frances Klein.

On Feb. 21, 1963 she was united in marriage to Ivan Smith. To this union Deb and Pam were born. Ivan passed away in May of 2012.

Lucy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother. Lucy loved to read, play bingo, listen to polka music, and spending time with her family. She had a special place in her heart for her grandkids, and would make them special treats like goulash, homemade noodles, and chocolate cake.

Lucy will be lovingly remembered by her children Robert Klein, of Gregory SD, Debra Smith (Neil), of Rapid City SD, and Pam (Joe) Ferber, of Rapid City SD. 3 grandchildren; Liz Smith (Bob), of Belle Fourche SD, Corey (Carol) Ferber, of Sidney NE, and Kyle (Andrea) Ferber, of Rapid City SD.  7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband Ivan, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.