James Jerauld Erickson, 88

James Jerauld Erickson, 88, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

James was born on Oct. 11, 1935, in Madison, South Dakota to the late Orville and Leila Erickson. After graduating high school, he attended the University of South Dakota for one year before joining the United States Army in 1954. During his two years of service, he served in the Korean conflict and ended his career as a Specialist. After the military, he returned to the University of South Dakota, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1959 and a master’s degree in 1964. During his schooling, he began working in education. He became a teacher in Winner, South Dakota for six years before becoming the principal in Gettysburg, South Dakota. From there, he was a principal and teacher in Dell Rapids, South Dakota from 1971-1997.

In 2020, he and his wife moved to Warner Robins, Georgia. In his free time, he could be found spending time with family, spending time outdoors, golfing, hunting, fishing, or woodworking. He enjoyed refereeing sports and was the member and past president of The Optimist Club, The Lions Club, The Rotary Club and The Jaycees. His presence will be missed by all who loved him.

His memory will forever be treasured by his wife, Jacquelyn Marie Erickson of Warner Robins, GA; children, Jon Erickson (Sharon) of Bonaire, GA, and Jan Jastram (David) of Dell Rapids, SD; grandchildren, Amber Erickson of Bonaire, GA, Bradley Erickson (Kristen) of Bonaire, GA, Amanda Jastram of Brunsville, IA, James Erickson of Brunswick, GA, Melissa Christiansen (Matthew) of New London, MN, Branden Jastram of Wichita, KS, and Emily Erickson of Atlanta, GA; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Jerauld, Hunter Bradley, Levi James, Reid Christian, Ember Lynn, and Jaden Lee; along with siblings, JoAnn Trygstad (Ken), Joyce Strom, and Debra Ramirez.

At the family’s request, in honor of James, please consider sending floral tributes to Jacquelyn at The Phoenix at Lake Joy at 100 Lake Crossing Drive Apartment 606, Warner Robins, GA 31088.

Robert Dykeman, 82

Memorial services for Robert Dykeman, 82, were held Oct. 19 at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory. Burial was in the Colome Cemetery.

Robert (Bob) Allen Dykeman was born on July 5, 1941, in Winner, SD, to Earl and Mabel (Redies) Dykeman. He was the youngest of six siblings, the only one to be born in a hospital. On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, at the age of 82 years and 3 months, Robert was called home. He was living in Mesa, AZ, at the time of his passing. He lived most of his adult life in Huron, SD.

Bob was raised on a farm south of Colome, SD. He attended school in Colome, graduating in 1959. Bob was the quarterback for the Colome Cowboys, winning the state title his senior year. While in high school he participated in track, basketball and baseball.

 Robert’s father Earl died when Robert was 17 years old. He and his mother remained on the family farm until he graduated high school. He then attended USD in Vermillion, SD, and Huron College in Huron, SD, studying business and participating in track at the collegiate level. Bob enlisted in the Army National Guard during this time. He was stationed in Ft Riley, Kansas, with friend Les Keever and later stationed in Ord, CA.

In 1963, Bob married Carol Cerny. To this union one child, Leslie Jo was born. The family lived in Huron, SD. After college he worked for Sherwin Williams, various insurance companies and later owned his own insurance company.

Bob was a member of the Huron Elks Club for over 30 years, a member of the Huron Country Club for many years, where he taught summer group golf lessons to many children. He was an avid golfer, winning many golf tournaments around the state with his golf buddies. He obtained a hole in one four times during his golf career. Bob enjoyed playing cribbage for hours. Some called him the Master, when it came to cribbage. He bowled in several bowling leagues for many years, having bowled two perfect 300 games. He loved to play cards and referred to himself as PG, professional gambler. Bob was a sports fanatic, enjoying any type of sports event. He was always joking around, smiling and talking about the team, who won the game. He was always up for a bet. He loved driving big blue to the casino to play Texas Hold-em for hours. Bob would call family daily the past few years to read their horoscope, visit about the stock market, the price of gold, the weather in their area and bet on which team he thought would win.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Leslie Smith (significant other Tom), of Shakopee, MN; five grandchildren, Benjamin Smith, Yankton, SD, Nicholas Smith, Pierre, SD, Nathan Smith, Burke, SD, Emily Vitek (Derek), Yankton, SD, Elly Daisy (Jerrod), Yankton, SD, whom he called the Rugrats; his great grandchildren, Charlee, Bailey, Bentley, Arleigh, Mya and Ameila, who called him picker grandpa.

He is also survived by his sister, Marlene Schlaht (Larry), Omaha, NE, brother Ray Dykeman (Pat), Sioux Falls, SD, sister-in-law Mary Ann Dykeman, Los Angeles, CA, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and Phyllis Deis, a special friend.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mabel & Earl Dykeman, sister and brother-in-law, Bernita & Sherwin “Nick” Carter, sister Betty Dykeman, brother Harold Dykeman and nephew Thomas Dykeman.

As he would say, Fifteen two, Fifteen four, and there ain’t no more. You can bet RAD is enjoying a round of golf, playing cribbage, playing cards and/or bowling in heaven.

Winner area dance team award winners

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Awards were presented to Winner area dance team on Oct. 22. Pictured from left are Bailey Fairbanks, outstanding hip hop, Avery Manke, newbie of the year; Addi Heenan, outstanding pom and team spirit award; Emily Sachtjen, best turns, most valuable dance and team spirit award; Lena DeMers, best jumps and Tianna Larson, most improved.

Laprath Places at State

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Joseph Laprath of the Winner Area cross country team placed 21st at the state meet Saturday in Sioux Falls.

The senior placed 21st in 16:44.98 and was on the medal stand as he placed in the  top 25.

Coach Jayd Schuyler said Laprath ran well at state held at Yankton Trails park. “He put himself in a position to be one of the top 25,” said Schuyler.

“It was great to see Joseph end his cross country career on the podium at the state meet,” added the coach.

Schuyler said Laprath is the third boy cross country runner to place at state since he started coaching in  2011. The other two are Coleton Schuyler (2014) and Kade Watson (2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021).

It has been a goal of Laprath to place at state and he accomplished his dream his senior year. It was a happy day for the outstanding cross country runner. 

Oral Interp competes in Sioux Falls

Winner High School opal interp team competed at Sioux Falls Washington on Friday. Pictured in front from left are Peyton Jensen, Grace Brown and Shannon Rank. In back from left are Wyatt Winfield, Brayden Woods and Hayden McMurtrey.

Winner High School oral interp team competed at Sioux Falls Washington on Oct. 20.

Hayden McMurtrey competed in varsity poetry, Grace Brown in varsity dramatic, Wyatt Winfield in novice poetry, Shannon Rank in novice dramatic, Brayden Woods in novice storytelling and Payton Jensen in novice humorous.

The team competed against 25 other schools.

The team traveled to Brookings on Oct. 23 for a competition.

Rooster Rush

Winner is one of 23 South Dakota communities that will have extra money to promote pheasant hunting in their area thanks to Travel South Dakota’s Rooster Rush campaign.

“Rooster Rush is designed to put a spotlight on South Dakota’s pheasant hunting—the best hunting in the world,” said Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. “We are proud to work with these communities and help them develop their own Rooster Rush promotions that will attract and welcome hunters.” 

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce is using the money to welcome hunters to Tripp County and Winner.

Community organizations were given the opportunity to apply for up to $500 in funding for Rooster Rush promotional materials or advertising.

Travel South Dakota provides the Rooster Rush logo and ad templates for communities to customize with localized information.

Winner and other communities chosen will have the opportunity to enter their Rooster Rush marketing efforts for a chance to win the Cacklin’ Community Award. The award is announced at the annual governor’s conference on tourism in January.

Dance places 6th at state

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Winner Pom at State Dance in Sioux Falls

Winner Area dance team placed sixth at the state meet in Sioux Falls on Friday.

Both hip hop and pom placed fourth.

Coach Sarah Taggart said the team gave their best performance of the year. “They executed the routines cleanly and performed with emotion. We were definitely disappointed by our scores, especially hip hop. We are still trying to figure out what the judges comments mean,” said the coach.

Named all state were Emily Sachtjen and Bailey Fairbanks.

Taggart said the team had a fun weekend and all got to end the season knowing they have given their  all and can walk away with no regrets.

Taggart will miss the six seniors. “They all were great leaders and great dancers. We will be a young team next year with no seniors and only two juniors so we will really be focusing on developing our skills and strong motions.”