Recount of ballots

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Tripp County ballots in the race for Dist. 21 senate and house were recounted Friday morning. Pictured from left are Laura Root, Paul Jensen, Tim Gant and auditor Barb DeSersa.

Ballots in the senate and house race from Dist. 21 in Tripp County were counted Friday morning.

The count showed no change from the primary election and the 100 percent post election audit hand count.

Friday the count stopped after the third precinct since Tripp County did a 100 percent hand count for the post election audit.

Gregory County recounted the Dist. 21 ballots on Thursday afternoon.

In the Dist. 21 primary election, Mykala Voita defeated incumbent senator Erin Tobin. However, when counting just Tripp County votes, Tobin was the winner.

For Dist. 21 state representative, Marty Overweg and Jim Halverson were the winners with Lee Qualm as the third candidate.

George Fairbanks Jr., 89

George Fairbanks Jr., 89, of White River, SD passed away on Friday, June 21, 2024 at his residence in White River, SD.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 11a.m. at the White River Events Center in White River, SD. Burial will follow in the White River Cemetery. Visitation was  held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 6-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the White River United Methodist Church in White River, SD.

George Fairbanks Jr. was born June 7, 1935, in Venus Nebraska at the Butterfield farm house to George N and Emyra (Beggs) Fairbanks.  He began his young life in Nebraska before moving to Witten South Dakota with his dad and step mother Gula.  As an eighth grader his family moved to Colome.  In this move George drove a team of horses and a wagon loaded with their belongings. Prior to his junior year of high school his family moved to Springview, Neb., where he attended high school.  While living in Springview George worked with his dad learning the carpentry trade. He built houses and became a skilled carpenter. He also learned the trade of being a lineman for a telephone company where he worked on high line poles.

Sports were a part of George’s young life. As a young boy he played baseball. Athletic talent came natural to him. At the urging of the players, his father had to sign permission for him to play on the adult team, where he would become a talented pitcher. He played football in high school and received the award of co-captain his junior year.

In 1951 he met the love of his life, Delpha Boyd.  They quickly became high school sweethearts and this began a journey that lasted seventy-three years. Seventy-one of these united as husband and wife. They were married on Jan. 31, 1953 in Yankton, South Dakota.

After marriage, George worked as a hired hand for an area farmer. During this time their oldest son was born.

When their oldest son was just six weeks old, George and Delpha moved to the Jack and Betty Carr Ranch near Cedar Butte, South Dakota, where they spent the next eight years working as a ranch hand. During this time, another son and the oldest daughter were born.

In 1961, George was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of operating his own ranch five miles north of Cedar Butte. He started out by running a cow calf operation, which soon led to his true passion of buying lightweight calves, and selling them as quality yearling cattle. George also found joy in farming where he loved working the land. Delpha worked alongside him as his true partner. George was blessed to continue this passion up until his passing. It was on this ranch that their youngest daughter was born.

George had a love for horses as a part of ranching which led their children into the world of rodeo. This later turned into being the timed event chute boss at all local White River rodeos. In 1994 he was awarded a buckle for 30 years of service as the timed event chute boss for Frontier Days. After his time as the timed event chute boss, he moved to the stripping chute where he worked until his passing. In 1999 he was also awarded a plaque for his dedicated years of service to the Frontier Days Rodeo.

One thing he will be remembered for was his time spent at Presho and Winner Livestock Auctions.  Most Thursdays and Fridays of his ranching life were spent at these two places. It was there that he met many of his lifelong friends who shared stories of the ranching life.

He will also be remembered for his faith in the Good Lord and his loving and generous heart.

George is survived by his wife Delpha of 71 years, his son Merlon (Kathy) Fairbanks of Burke, daughter LeAnna (Calvin Waln) of White River and daughter Betty Fairbanks of White River; eight grandchildren Marcy Fairbanks, Tucker (Stacy) Green, Tyler (Stacey) Green, Jeannie (Bret) Clark, Sid (Aaron Storms) Green, Sloan Benedict, Slade (Baylie Hoffine) Benedict, Trinity Benedict; great grandchildren Wyatt (Taylor) Green, Clayton (Kaylee) Green, Philip, AJ, Millie & Alex Green, Lane Green, Kaylee Clark, Kolter (Cailyn) Clark, Sydnee Green, Kane & Jerrah-Mya Waln; great-great grandchildren Amira, Ashlyn, Aubrey, Wilder, Paislee, Parker; brother Johnny Boham & sisters Edna Orsborn & Betty Menning; in-laws Delbert (Wilma) Boyd, DeAnne Vaughn, Dorene Boyd, Della (Gary) Boyd, Louise Boyd, & brother in law Larry Worth.

George was preceded in death by his parents George & Emyra, his parents in-law Merlon & Irene Boyd, his brothers Ray & George and sister Marion, Sister-in-laws Dea, Dixie & Pat, brother in-laws Dwayne & Ray and great grandson Ty Christopher.

The beauty of George’s life is reflected in his family. We are forever grateful for the impact he has left on each of us.  Forever loved and missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the family to be used for a rodeo scholarship or memorial contributions be sent to the Ronald McDonald House.

Katherine Ann Hannahs, 79

Funeral services for Katherine Ann Hannahs, 79, Gregory, were held June 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery in Gregory.

Katherine Ann (King) Hannahs was born Nov. 1, 1944, in Gregory, SD, to Kenneth and Gladys (Liegl) King. She was the oldest of five children (one whom died in infancy). Katherine attended country school near their home just south of the Lyman-Gregory County line. She quit school during her sophomore year of high school to marry Alvin Hannahs. They were married Dec. 16, 1959, in Burke, SD.

Alvin and Katherine lived in Gregory when their daughter Kathy Lynn was born on Jan. 18, 1961. They lived in Gregory, Dallas, Winner, and Presho before moving to Palm Springs, CA, in 1961, where Kenneth Alvin was born on Nov. 22, 1963. In 1964, they packed up and moved back to Gregory where their youngest Lana Mae was born on March 21, 1965.

Katherine worked many odd jobs while raising their children, including taking in ironing, babysitting, and night waitress. After the children started school and building their home in Dallas, she was Head Start driver, janitor at Mary Vale, and did housecleaning, painting and papering. Then she started as a janitor at the Farmers Coop Association in Dallas and worked her way up to assistant bookkeeper. She was a cook at the Cove Cafe for a time before starting as a bookkeeper at the Gregory Farmers Elevator. In 1982 they sold their home in Dallas and moved to Gregory where she continued to work as a bookkeeper until 2001 when she was hired as the manager of the Gregory Farmers Elevator through 2009 when her illness of COPD forced her to retire. She suffered from the disease the rest of her life.

Katherine passed away on June 16, 2024, at the Avera Gregory Healthcare Center at the age of 79 years. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin, parents, a sister and infant brother.

Katherine is survived by her three children Kathy Lynn Quinn of Watertown, SD, Kenneth Alvin Hannahs and Lana Mae Hannahs both of Gregory, SD; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; seven nieces; two brothers Raymond (Laurie) King of Morganton, NC, and Ronald (Carol) King of Grand Junction, CO; and many cousins and friends.

Harold Hrabanek, 91

Harold Hrabanek, 91, of Winner, South Dakota passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner, SD. 

Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 2 p.m.  at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.  A visitation was held one hour prior to funeral service.

Harold George Hrabanek was born to Frank and Jessie (Johnson) Hrabanek on Oct. 31, 1932 at his aunt and uncle Reinhold Woidnecks home in Winner, SD.  He joined a sister, Hazel and a cousin Jessie Storm whom his parents were raising on the family farm south of Colome.

Harold attended Grand Valley and Chleboun Rural Schools.  He went to high school in Colome for 2 years staying in the dorm.  He then transferred to Winner for 2 years so he could take shop class from a favorite teacher, Bill Britton.  Harold built a row boat and a farm wagon, giving him his love of carpentry.  He graduated in 1950 with 58 classmates.

Harold then helped on the family farm until he volunteered for the Army in 1953 until 1955.  He spent time in Germany where he acquired a lifelong friend, Mike Linz of Pennsylvania.  Harold was honorably discharged as a corporal.  He then returned to the family farm.  He met Lorraine Keever at a square dance at the Turtle Butte Hall.  They were married Nov. 2, 1957.  They were blessed with 3 sons.

Harold served on the school board for many years, was treasurer of the St. Paul’s Church, treasurer of Lake township and served on many positions in the Colome Legion, most as sergeant of arms for color guard.

After retiring and moving to Winner, he pursued his love of carpentry, building lazy susans, toy boxes from baby cribs, frames and several items for their own home.  Harold volunteered driving the Veterans van, he drove for Frontier Motors delivering or procuring cars.  He and his wife Lorraine enjoyed many bus tours with friends, playing cards, attending Legion meetings, having coffee with friends at McDonalds until Covid hit.

Harold’s health started to fail the last two years.  He lived at his home in Winner until May 2024, when he entered the Winner Long Term Care Center.

Harold is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine; Ken (Kathy) of Colome, SD, Jerry (Paula) of Winner, SD, Jeff of Winner, SD; four grandchildren Chase (Shelby), Taylor (special friend Jesse Heese), Kristen (Duane) Wetzel, and Jake Hrabanek (special friend Kylie Burket); 5 great-grandchildren, 1 bother-in-law Stan (Linda) Keever, and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Jesse Hrabanek and his sister Hazel Sondergard.

Winner academic achievement team

Several teams from Winner High School have made the academic achievement team for achieving or exceeding a grade point average of 3.0.

The following programs on the team are: boys basketball, boys basketball cheerleaders, boys cross country, boys golf, boys track and field, wrestling, competitive cheer, competitive dance, football, football cheerleaders, girls basketball, girls basketball cheerleaders, girls golf, girls track and field, one act play, oral interp, softball, student council, volleyball and yearbook.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association academic achievement team award began during the 1996-1997 school year and is designed to recognize varsity athletic teams and fine arts groups for their academic excellence.

The SDHSAA believes that high school students learn in two distinct ways: inside the classroom and outside the classroom on the stage and athletic field.

The SDHSAA award program is designed to create a positive environment as well as an incentive to encourage school “teams” to have their members excel both in the classroom and the activity.