Winner Community Playhouse fall production cast

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The cast of the Winner Community Playhouse fall production include in front from left Ron High Rock, Brandy Biggins and Mary Backus. In back from left are Linda Nelson, Michele Hagenlock, Tami Comp and Barb DeSersa. “Dead Giveaway” is the play which will be presented Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 5, 6 and 7. Sandra York is the drama director with Dan Patmore as the technical director.

Ingrid Lynne Doom, 75

Ingrid Lynne Doom, 75, Brandon, SD, died on Thursday, September 15, 2023, at Sanford USD Medical Center.

Visitation with the family present will be held 5pm – 7pm, Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon SD, with a Scripture Service at 7pm. Funeral Services will be held at 11am, Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Heartland Funeral Home. Burial will happen at a later date at the SD State Veteran’s Cemetery.

Ingrid will be greatly missed by her husband, Charles Doom, Brandon; son, Chris (Angel) Doom, Avon, SD; daughter-in-law, Leah Doom, Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Trey (Sonja) Doom, Kyle Doom, Karly Doom, Christian Doom, Kinley Doom, Dominic Doom, Aspen Doom, and Kennedy Doom; one brother, Fred Hage, MN; one brother-in-law, Thomas (Cheryl) Doom; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Full obit at www.heartland

Merle Eugene Pochop, 81

Merle Eugene Pochop was born December 8, 1941 in Winner, South Dakota to Geroge and Pauline (Meyers) Pochop. Merle grew up on a farm in the Colome/Dallas area. He attended country school through the 8th grade and graduated from Colome High School in 1959. He was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Colome.

 Merle attended SDSU in Brookings from 1959 to 1963. Receiving a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While there he joined the ROTC Program. After graduation he served in the United States Air Force until 1967, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He then went on to receiving an MBA at USD in Vermillion.

Merle is a Life Member of Colome American Legion, Thayer-Waters Post 146. Merle is also a member of the Good Shepard Lutheran WELS Church in Sioux Falls.

He was in management positions in several places of employment. He purchased Kelly Industrial Business and went into being a Quality Systems Project Manager, CIRAS (Center for Industrial Research and Service) at Iowa State University Extension in June of 1995 until December 2010. After retiring from Iowa State University Extension, Merle worked approximately three years as a consultant, assisting several businesses to achieve the ISO 9001 (International Organization of Standardization).

 Merle was the youngest of four boys. Virgil Lee, Darrel Duane and Roger Allen who have all preceded him in death along with his parents, grandparents, and a sister-in-law, Joan.

 Merle is survived by three sisters-in-laws: Verna Pochop of Albuquerque, NM, Margaret Pochop of Old Ham, SD and Jeanne Pochop, Dallas SD. Many nieces and nephews are survived also.

An open visitation was held on September 16 from 1 to 2 at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford, followed by a memorial service at 2 also at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford, SD.

Barry M. Jensen, 78

Barry M. Jensen, age 78, of White River, died on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 in Rapid City.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Community Events Center in White River.

Interment will follow at the White River Cemetery.

A full obituary and photo will follow in next week’s edition.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Dr. Anita Remerowski

Dr. Anita Remerowski passed away in Olympia, Wash., on Thursday, Aug. 31,2023, with her husband at her side. She left her kindness, concern for the poor and less fortunate, sense of humor, and unwavering opinions on the state of the government, religion, and legal and medical issues across the central and western United States. A more committed Democrat and progressive there never was.

Anita was born to Frank and Margaret Remerowski in Philipsburg, Mont., on Sept. 27, 1947. In the 1950’s Margaret, a teacher, moved with her two small daughters to Central California, where she taught migrant workers. Anita attended various elementary schools, then St. Mary’s Catholic Girls School in the Bay Area. In 1969 she graduated from UC Berkeley Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Anita went on to get a law degree from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley.

In 1972 she and her young son Eric moved to Alaska, where she worked first for a private law firm and then for the Alaska State School System, flying in small planes to schools all over Alaska.

An adventurer, she lived with Eric in Boston and Rapid City, South Dakota, before moving to Mission. She met Terry Pechota at her interview for a job with South Dakota Legal Services. She got the job and Terry got a wife. The two were married in 1976 at St. Francis.

Anita worked for South Dakota Legal Services as a staff attorney and eventually became its director in 1978. As she told her friends, it was the best time of her professional and personal life. She undertook and directed litigation that was significant if not monumental, including cases in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals establishing a United States trust responsibility for Indian health care in Indian County and the right of people in South Dakota’s unorganized counties to vote for those who governed them in attached organized counties. In her first case in the South Dakota Supreme Court she clarified the right of women to have their maiden name returned in divorce actions.

Their son Dominic was born in 1978 and son Alec in 1979. Mother Margaret moved from California to Mission to help her raise her sons. Anita made lifelong friends in her professional and private life during her time at Mission including Bill Janklow, Charlie and Vi Colombe, Lionel and Barbara Bordeaux, Father Harry Eglasar, Tom and Judy Tobin, Ryan White Feather, Frank Pommersheim, Phil Baird, Marvin Amiotte, Julie Valandra, and a host of others. In 1980 the family moved to Boulder, Colo., where she went to work for the Native American Rights Fund providing litigation services and other support for Indian Legal Services Programs across the United States.

Anita’s personal mission in life was to help people. In 1984, believing she could help more people as a doctor, she changed career and life paths. She took the necessary prerequisite courses at the South Dakota School of Mines, then enrolled in medical school at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Eric, Dominic, and Alec went with her. Many plane trips between South Dakota and Illinois took place during these years.

She became board certified in internal medicine and practiced in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Arizona, Washington, and Texas.

In San Antonio, Texas, Anita found immense satisfaction volunteering and administering at Each One Teach One, helping migrants learn English and employment skills. She made many dear friends in San Antonio and elsewhere, including Colleen Walker-Vamos, Diane Warren,

Lea Ream, and Rebecca Stokes who along with her family loved and cared for her.

Anita is survived by her husband, Terry L. Pechota, Rapid City, South Dakota; sister Mary, San Francisco, Calif.; sons, Eric Remerowski, Amarillo, Texas; Dominic Pechota(Heidi), Decorah, Iowa; Alec Pechota (Annie), Boise, Idaho; stepson, Todd Pechota (Shelly),Custer, South Dakota; and grandchildren, Samantha, Will, Bridget, Harper, Jalyn, Tate, Collin, and Lucy Leona. Anita will be laid to rest in Philipsburg, Mont., alongside her dear mother whom Anita had cared for until she died.

Jean Docken, 89

Jean Docken, 89, Winner, passed away on Sept. 11 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Sept. 14 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 6-7 p.m. with  prayer service at 7 p.m.

Jean is the third of four children born to James (Buzz) and Emma (Devish) Sharkey.  She grew up on their family farm 1 mile east of Clearfield, SD.  She met Jack Docken at a Clearfield dance on her 16th birthday in 1950.  They were united in marriage on Sept. 29, 1951.   To this union five children were born: Caryl, Jack Jr., Gail, Lynda and Scott.

Jack and Jean owned the local Clearfield Bar before moving to the present location of the Lazy Anchor Ranch.  In September of 2015 they celebrated 64 years of marriage.  After Jack’s death in December of 2015, Jean moved to assisted living in Winner.

Jean was a very active partner in the farming and ranching operation.  She was proud of her farrowing unit and was quite learned in raising hogs.  Jean was an avid gardener and enjoyed preserving the bounty.  She milked cows and sold the cream and eggs from her chickens for many years to feed her family.

As Jean did not graduate high school with her class, in the early 1980’s she completed her GED along with typing and accounting courses.  She was a strong influence on her children and grandchildren to be educated and have a strong work ethic.  There was very little she was afraid to tackle and did it very well.  She would say “If you don’t have anything to do you aren’t looking hard enough”.

Jack and Jean enjoyed dances in Clearfield and the surrounding area.  They also attended many area card parties.  Other activities included the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary, local Extension Clubs, 4-H, and the Clearfield Youth Baseball Organization.

Jean is survived by her 5 children and their spouses, a sister Maxine Duffy, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren with another due in 2024.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jack, parents, brother Robert Sharkey and sister Doris Sharp, and brother’s-in-law Wayne Sharp and Jack Duffy.

The children of Jean would like to express their deep appreciation to a compassionate lady and friend, Elaine Meiners.  Her many visits and conversations meant so much to our mother.

Sen. Erin Tobin, Winner, of Dist. 21 spoke to the Winner High School government class

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Sen. Erin Tobin spoke at the Winner High School government class on Sept. 14. Tobin talked about the committees she serves on and what bills she plans to introduce in the next legislative session.

By Dan Bechtold


Government students get good lessons on the state legislature from a text book. But that knowledge becomes real when a legislature speaks to a class.

Sen. Erin Tobin, Winner, of Dist. 21 spoke to the Winner High School government class on Sept. 14.

Tobin is in her second term in the South Dakota Legislature.

She explained the committees she serves on. She serves on ag & natural resources, health & human services and state affairs.

 In addition, Tobin serves on the executive board and is chairman of the medical marijuana over sight committee. The senator also serves on the long term care summer study. This group is trying to figure out how they can keep nursing homes open as many of them in the state are closing.

She said in a summer study legislators take up issues that are really important to the state and research them.

Tobin tends to be in Pierre once a month when the legislature is not in session.

Another topic Tobin explained was re-districing. She said Dist. 21 was a lot different when she first started compared to what it is today. “We did not have Douglas and Aurora Counties when  I first started,” she explained.

Since she has been in the legislature Tobin said there have been some unique things happen. One was a special session to impeach the former attorney general. “We had to create the rules for the impeachment session and then proceed,” she said.

Bill brought forward by a constitute are a priority. “So I want my constituent bills to be a the top of the list,” she said.

Last session three of her four constituent bills were signed by the governor.

Tobin also gave  a plug to students to serve as a page during the legislative session.

Winner hand game team provided the entertainment

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The Winner hand game team provided the entertainment as the Winner Rotary Club hosted a group study exchange from Australia on Sept. 13. The young professionals on the team are visiting South Dakota Indian reservations and learning about Native American culture. Pictured in front from left are Lynette Bullen of Australia, the Rotary team leader, Jeslyn Felix, Alice Wilson, Natalie Joseph, Timarie Swift Eagle, Malin Eagle Elk, Siersha Willis, Camille Herman and DeAnne Felix, the hand game coach. In back from left are Jaxson Chasing Hawk, Adrianna Joseph, Haileigh White Horse, Carissa Blacksmith, Julie Turney, Faylene Chasing Hawk and Terrel Chasing Hawk. The Winner students make up the Hanpatecunpi (handgame) Warriors and Hanpatecunpi Warriors II.

Devota Hutchinson, 93

Devota Hutchinson, 93 of Kearney, NE formerly of White River, SD passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023 at the Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney, NE. 

Funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the White River Methodist Church in White River, SD.  Burial followed in the White River Cemetery. 

Devota Majel Bechtold Hutchinson was born on Oct. 27, 1929 in Murdo, South Dakota to Julius and (Elsie) Grace Peterson Bechtold. She passed away on Sept. 12, 2023 in Kearney, Nebraska. She grew up in and near White River, SD and lived there all her life until moving to Kearney, NE to be near her daughter Rhonda.

Devota was an avid reader and student and graduated as valedictorian of her class from White River High School in 1947. Shortly after becoming 18 years of age, she married Glen (Buddy) Hutchinson, a loving relationship that lasted for 53 years until his death in 2000.

She loved her community and was a passionate public servant in whatever role arose. This led her to serve the Music Parents and PTA when her children were in school, the White River City Council and White River School Board, as adult advisor for Job’s Daughters, on the White River High School Alumni board and whatever else needed to be done in and for the community. She was especially active in Eastern Star, serving several times as Worthy Matron for her chapter and filling several stations in the state organization.

Devota and Buddy raised four children, all of whom graduated from White River High School. Devota sat through and enjoyed many band concerts, plays, track meets, football and basketball games, rodeos and horse shows in support of her children and other White River School students.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her brothers Dwight and Clellan (Buzzy), her husband Buddy, her son Keith Hutchinson, a grandson Rev. Daniel Ofstehage, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She is survived by daughters Glenda (Bernard) Ofstehage, Rhonda (Rodney) Week, and Barb (Keith) Bailey; grandsons Steven (Stacey), James (Heather), Peter (Dawna) and Dr. Andrew (Amanda Johnson) Ofstehage, and Quincy (Darcy) Week; granddaughter-in-law Sarah Ofstehage; granddaughters Dallas (Jade) Lain, Hannah (Jeff) Baker, and Ellen Ofstehage; great-grandsons Rison, Nolan, Augustin, and Bishopp Lain, Hayden and Zane Baker, and Arlo and Henry Ofstehage; great-granddaughters Payton, Keira, Emma and Chloe Ofstehage and Riley and Ansley Week; and brother-in-law Roger Hutchinson. Also mourning her death are many nieces, nephews and friends.