Sell working at extension office

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Ryan Sell is working for the second summer as an assistant in the Tripp County 4-H office in the courthouse.

By Bosten Morehart

Staff writer

Ryan Sell is in his second year as a summer intern at the SDSU  4-H extension office in town.

As the summer intern Ryan does a variety of different jobs throughout the summer. Some of those include workshops, general office work, filing annuals.

Ryan has always been doing some sort of community service or project ever since he was young. With his father being the shooting sports coach and his mother always doing community service, 4-H has always been a part of his life.

“I’ve had a long history of 4H, we used to, well my club the Clovervale club still does the Memorial Day auxiliary flags for the American Legion,” said Sell.

He participates in 10 workshops a year whether he is running them or just helping out. Although he is a little more “hands off” than the previous year, he is still around the workshops.

“I still go and take pictures and help if they need me, but I’m a little more hands off unless I’m the one teaching the workshop obviously. I still just show up and help if they need it.”

Some of the types of workshops he does include rockets and marshmallow blasters. The rocket workshops have levels to them, and the kids can go up levels as they do them.

As the summer intern he is required to host at least one workshop and the first one he did was the marshmallow blaster. The Cloverbud workshop is mandatory for summer interns and Ryan will be hosting that in a few weeks.

The marshmallow blaster workshop was quite an experience for him. He says that it has been his favorite so far.

“It was very messy because, it wasn’t smart, but I brought a whole bunch of marshmallows for them to shoot. It was a complete mess because we started inside, but we later moved outside, which it was fine after that, but it was the most fun I’ve had so far.”

Ryan is going to school for Cyber Operations at Dakota State University. He said that if he were to work an office job it would be as the IT person.

Doing these workshops and working with kids has taught him a lot about himself. “I’ve been a babysitter as a job but having a bigger amount of kids around also makes me realize I don’t want to do teaching either,” said Sell.

Summer reading and special library events

By Bosten Morehart

The Tripp County Library hosts several special events along with the summer reading program throughout the summertime.

The events and programs range from hands on activities to shows and speakers.

Girls who code started June 1 and will be every Thursday 1 pm to 3 pm. This is to teach girls how to use technology and get comfortable with the concepts of coding.

Lego time takes place on Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. This is where kids can come to the library and play with Legos and use their creativity to build things.

The slots to participate fill up fast but there are a few openings on June 27.

Tuesday June 13 a member from Fresh Flowers Studio will be coming in from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. The group of 20 kids will learn how to plant flowers and they will also learn how to care for them and what it takes to keep plants healthy.

On Wednesday June 14 Rubie Bell (Miss V), the Gypsy Cowbelle will be putting on the program “homespun musical instruments”. During this activity kids will learn to make instruments out of supplies laying around the house and participate in making music with them.

Story times also start June 14. Ages 4-8 will have their story time with Sharon Schramm every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 11:15 am where two stories will be read.

Stories times will be every second and fourth Wednesday of every month. For those who cannot attend in person there will be videos posted on the Facebook page.

 Starting June 15 is baby and me class for children 0-2. Registration for these classes is not required but is recommended to secure a spot.

A puppet and magic show will be happening on July 27 at 1 pm. Location is not set as of right now for this event.

Tuesday August 1 will be a chance for kids to learn about reptiles. There will be reptiles brought in for the kids to see and learn more about.

The summer reading program is a great way for the school and library to work together and provide kids with the opportunity to read and learn. If you have not signed your kid up yet it is not too late, and you can contact the school or library to sign up.

At the end of the summer there will be prizes for those who have read five books at their reading level. They must complete this goal before July 31. The prize will be a t-shirt so make sure you add their t-shirt size to the form.

There will also be a poetry contest for kindergarten through fifth grade. Those forms can be picked up at the library and will be judged by the teen group from the library.

Once the poems are turned back in, they will be displayed around the library.

A time change has been put into place for Thursdays. The library will be open until 7 pm on Thursdays allowing those who work later to have chance to stop in.

If you have any questions visit the website at or stop in and talk to Misti Burns and Jerry Fuller.

Man travels country to raise awareness to Parkinson’s disease

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Mike Adkinson of Bellingham, Wash., is riding a tractor across the country to raise awareness and raise money for Parkinson’s Disease. He recently made a stop at Grossenburg Implement to have the tractor checked.

By Dan Bechtold


A Washington man is making a cross country trip using an unconventional form of transportation for an important cause.

Mike Adkinson of Bellingham, Wash., is driving a 2008 John Deere tractor across the country to raise awareness  for Parkinson’s Disease. His older brother has been diagnosed with the crippling disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves.

Adkinson rolled into Winner last Wednesday morning to have Grossenburg Implement check a slow leak on the tractor. He is making the trip from Northern Minnesota to his home in northwest Washington. Along the way he stops and talks to people about Parkinson’s Disease.

He has been on the road for three weeks and believes he will not reach his destination until the end of July.

As he travels, he is journaling about the trip, taking pictures and posting them on his Facebook site. He pulls a small trailer behind the tractor.

He feels making people aware of the disease is important. “Let’s get behind all this research with money and our commitment because if this disease is not put in check it has the potential of breaking our healthcare system,” he explained.

Adkinson says he averages 60 to 70 miles a day with an average speed of 12 to 13 miles an hour.

He says many people stop him on the highway. “Some just want to talk and tell me about a loved one that has died,” he said.

He explained while in Winner a lady came looking for him after her son told her that the guy with a tractor is here. She told her son she was going to go out and find me. “She caught up with me and we had a nice discussion.”

Adkinson told another story of when he was traveling from Lake Andes to Platte. At one point Adkinson made a wrong turn. A farmer chased him down to tell him he made a wrong turn. “He knew my tractor from the local TV news. Before he headed me in the right direction we had a nice visit.”

This is the second consecutive summer Adkinson has made a trip from Washington to Minnesota. Last year on the trip he raised $56,000 and this year the goal is $100,000.

He is raising money for the American Parkinson Disease Association northwest chapter which is located in Seattle, Wash. This chapter covers six states.

“I hope we make the goal. It will totally be successful in the fact that, you know, I probably wave two to four hundred times a day to people on highways. And a lot of those people wave back with a lot of vigor and so I think they’ve seen it. So they see the tractor, they kind of know what’s going on and that’s good,” Adkinson said.

The Washington man explained this trip just seemed natural. “After what we have been through in this country the last few years I just wanted to go out. I did not want anyone with me and I just wanted to see what is going on in America. Let me tell you I am pleasantly surprised, everyone has been wonderful.”

He stays in motels on his journey and has found people are very generous giving him a room for half price or for free.

The 77 year old man is retired. He has a degree in social work and spent many years in the mental health field. Then he switched gears and built log homes for 20 years in Washington and then had an internet business.

As he rides his tractor across the United States he hopes people will follow his journey on the Internet and find it in their heart to donate to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Persons can find his website at tractor trip for Parkinsons.

Donald Bolton, 93

Donald Bolton, 93, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility in Winner, SD. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.  Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to memorial service.

Donald Wayne Bolton was born on June 5, 1929, in Racine, Wis., to Louis and Clover (Milton) Bolton. They resided in Wisconsin till moving to the Hamill area in 1932. In 1935 they moved to Winner where he attended and graduated from Winner in 1949.

He worked for Paul Peer from 1947 thru 1949 and proceded to work for Summit Construction in Presho, SD for a year and a half at which time he enlisted in the US Coast Guard. He was discharged in 1951. After 6 months of working at a Tree Farm in Boston he returned to Presho to work for Summit Construction until he moved to Lincoln, NE to attend the University of Nebraska to study in the biology field for one year where they did research on a variety of wheat that would have less rust.

He enjoyed working for the Lantz, Calhoon and Frantz farms before returning to construction work in the Presho area. There he met the love of his life, Phyllis M. Stulken. They married on April 10, 1960 in Wessington Springs, SD, to this union three children were born, Wayne Douglas, Deanne Jean and Kamala Kay.

They moved to Reliance, SD where he started work for Shanard Elevator as the Feed Mill Operator until 1966. He moved his family to Winner, SD to begin work at Deaver-Meyer Elevator, that was eventually purchased by Farmers Co-op until his retirement in 2001. With his love for the outdoors, he started Bolton Lawn Care and enjoyed mowing yards until 2021 when his health began to decline.

He was a lifetime member of the BPOE Lodge #2084 in Winner, SD and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #169 of Winner, SD. Many memories were made on trips with fellow lodge members across the United States, all whom he considered family.

Enjoying any outdoor activities, spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren, Sunday boating trips on the river and wood working were his favorite past times.

Love and Blessed for having shared his life are his children, Wayne (Ann) Bolton, Deanne Bolton,

Kamala (Randy) Kittle. Grandchildren, Michael (April) Bolton, Christopher Bolton, Makayla (David) Poole, Kelli (Craig) Hoffer and Rylee (Destiny) Kittle. Great Grandchildren: Lorelai, Abbygail and Joshua, Scarlett, Liliana (Lily) and Travis. Also, a special daughter, Cathy Mayes.

In-Laws: Bertha Hines, Douglas Stulken, Karen (John) Maciejewski, Kevin (Alice) Stulken, Kenneth (Vickie) Stulken, Catherine (Earl) Siefken, Brian Stulken and John Stulken. Many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Clover, in-laws Fred and Fannie Stullken, His loving Wife-Phyllis M. His brother James Bolton and twin sisters Ruby and Rachel Bolton, Sister-In-Law Della Bolton. Brother-in Laws, Dean and Fred Stulken, Archerie Millard, Wesley Hines, and Lester Semmler, Sisters-In-Laws, Janeen, Donna, Cora Jean, Donna and Nephews, Steve Maciejewski, Perry Stulken, and Travis Millard.

Ivan Ray Reagle, 76

Ivan Ray Reagle was born Feb 13,1947, in Valentine, NE to Arthur and Blanche (Howe) Reagle of rural Todd County and passed away peacefully in his home on May 27,2023.

Ivan graduated from Todd Co. High School in 1965 and took 1 year of college in North Platte, NE. After college he came back to the family farm/ranch and worked with his parents and brothers raising crops and cattle. There he spent the rest of his life doing what he loved. He was also willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed help with chores, working cattle or anything they needed done in time of need.

In 2007 he met his best friend Sheila and together they worked on the place.  On July 18 ,2016 Ivan and Sheila were married in Winner, SD.  Ivan had no children of his own and gained a wonderful family. Ivan cherished his new family and enjoyed spending time with them whether it was holidays, birthday parties, brandings, working cattle and many other activities.  Ivan was also a great uncle to his nieces and nephews. He was especially fond of his nephew Emerson who came out and spent a lot of time with Ivan and Sheila.

Ivan didn’t have a lot of hobbies but loved Oliver tractors and he loved to visit! He could always find something to talk about with anyone. He didn’t know a stranger.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, her children Amber Kruger, Chuck (Kadie) Kruger, Robert (Megan Schlinz), step-grandchildren Aaron and Jayden Rahn, Lane and Makayla Shelbourn, Sadie Cadwallader, Cooper, Brynna and Easton Kruger, Brother Leonard (Bernadette) Reagle, sister-in-law Marie Reagle and sister-in-law Vicky Reagle. Nieces, nephews and many other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Blanche Reagle, his brothers, JR and Everrett Reagle, and his nephews, Jason, Craig and Zachary Reagle

Funeral service for Ivan Reagle were held on Monday, June 5 at 2 p.m.  at the Cherry County Fair Grounds in Valentine.  The burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine.  Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was entrusted with the service arrangements.

The First Winner Summer Nights of 2023 will be June 9

Don’t forget to attend the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce first summer night of the season on Friday, June 9.   It will held in the third block of Main Street from 6-9 p.m.

Frontier Motors Ford will be the sponsor.

Be sure to attend to find out who won the May burger battle. There were six businesses competing in the battle.

There will be bouncy houses, little farm, big slide, obstacle course, battle axe, kid train, face painting.

The band will be Uncle Roy and the Boys.

There will be vendors offering a variety of food options.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a beautiful evening.

Childrens play set for June 3

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Winner Community Playhouse will present a summer kids play on June 3 at the playhouse. “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” is the name of the play directed by Sarah Taggart. The play will be presented at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pictured in front from left are Briggs Taggart, Dale Edwards, Dawson Peppel, Liam Grossenburg, Danger Patmore, Haynes Smith, Ruby Nogochi, Gianna Phillips and Hallie Curtis. Second row from left are Baylor Murphy, Carter Peppel, Lucia Harris, Finn Scholmer, Jonathan Schlomer, Lily Fuller, Braxton Olson, Abi Greathouse and Lidia Barfuss. Third row from left are Haydon Grossenburg, Destiny Tracy, Carissa Greathouse, Rogue Patmore, Tynlee Shippy and Tia Farley. In back from left are Evan Taggart, Sharlotte Tuttle, Chianna Balfany, Easton Shippy and Otillia Novotny.

The Winner Community Playhouse will present a summer production which features youth from 2nd to 7th grade on Saturday, June 3.

The summer play, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” will be presented June 3 at the playhouse. There will be a matinee at 3:30 p.m. and a play at 7 p.m. Doors will open a half hour before the performance.

The cast includes: Briggs Taggart, Dale Edwards, Dawson Peppel, Liam Grossenburg, Danger Patmore, Haynes Smith, Ruby Nogochi, Gianna Phillips, Hallie Curtis, Baylor Murphy, Carter Peppel, Lucia Harris, Finn Schlomer, Jonathan Schlomer, Lily Fuller, Braxton Olson, Abi Greathouse, Lidia Barfuss, Haydon Grossenburg, Destiny Tracy, Carissa Greathouse, Rogue Patmore, Tynlee Shippy, Tia Farley, Evan Taggart, Sharlotte Tuttle, Chianna Balfany, Easton Shippy and Otillia Novotny.

The play is directed by Sarah Taggart. Assistants are Teresa Taylor, Leah Wiechelman and Addi Heenan.

Dan Patmore is the technical director.

The children have been practicing all week at the playhouse.

Blood drive held

LifeServe Blood Center held a blood drive in Winner on May 24 and May 25. Fifty-four donors were able to donate and 68 units of life saving blood was collected. The units donated can help save up to 204 lives.

Milestone donors at this drive were Lisa Halverson and Steve Sondegaard.

Ruth Farnsworth and the Southern Belle Cattlewomen coordinated this blood drive.

LifeServe has a student scholarship program. LifeServe will award up to $500 in scholarship funds to students who organize a successful blood drive during the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) or winter (December and January). To be eligible for the scholarship students must recruit donors, act as the chairperson and register 25 donors ($250 awarded) or 40 donors ($500 awarded). Individual scholarships are offered to any student seeking a higher level of education.

The next blood drive will be July 19 from 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and July 20 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Winner city office.

Farewell open house at Community Connections Inc.

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Melony Bertram, right, was honored at a farewell open house at Community Connections Inc. She will be leaving CCI and started work in a new job at Black Hills Works in Rapid City. She worked at CCI for 24 years and since 2016 has been the executive director. Bertram is pictured with Keenan Knutelski, the new director of CCI and Becca Carlson, the former executive director.