Buus to be Memorial Day Speaker

Derris Buus will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Winner Cemetery on Monday, May 28. The service will begin at 11 a.m.

Buus is in the National Guard and is a former teacher and coach in Winner.

The service at the cemetery will be conducted by the Winner American Legion and the Legion auxiliary, the Winner VFW and the VFW auxiliary.

The Legion and VFW will also be conducting honors at area cemeteries on May 28. The schedule includes: St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Clearfield, 9 a.m.; Holy Spirit Cemetery, Ideal, 9 a.m.; Lenker Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. and ZCBJ Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

The public’s help is requested to put up the flags at the Winner Cemetery for Memorial Day.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday the small flag and cross will be put on the grave of every veteran, at 4 p.m. Sunday the flag poles will be placed next to the holes.

On Monday at 6 a.m. the large flags will be placed on the flag poles and Monday at 4 p.m. will be the removal of the small flags and crosses and the large flags.

Harter to Speak at Colome Memorial Day Service

Toby Harter, a member of the U.S. Air Force, will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Colome Legion at 2 p.m. on May 28.

Harter, originally from Colome, is stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.

Jeff Hrabanek of the Colome American Legion will be the master of ceremonies at the Memorial day program.

The national anthem and a musical selection will be played by Jadviga Strubel

Lyle Krumpus will give the roll call of the departed comrades.

The Colome Legion will conduct graveside services at area cemeteries. They will conduct a service on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

There will be a service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ascension Chapel, south of Millboro.

A service on Monday, May 28, will be at the Hamill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. there will be a service at the Miniska Presbyterian Cemetery.

The Memorial Day services in Colome are conducted by the Colome American Legion and the Colome American Legion Auxiliary.

Athletes Honored at Winner Awards Night

Winner High School athletes were honored as well as community members at the Winner Quarterback Club athletic awards night on May 14.

Jason Christensen, head women’s basketball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, was the speaker.

The award winners include:

Volleyball—Sam Marts, MVP; co offensive player of the year—Morgan Hammerbeck and Abby Marts

Defensive player—Alexis Richey

Spark plug—Ellie Brozik

Miss hustle—Gracie Littau

Maytag player—Richey

Most improved—Mackenzie Levi

Most inspirational—Addy Root

Most representative—Sam Marts

Cross Country—Most representative, Dawson Phillips and Jaclyn Laprath

Outstanding boy—Kade Watson

Outstanding girl—Sidda Schuyler
Competitive cheer—Triple A—Jenna Hammerbeck

Newbie—Sutton Schweigert

Most inspirational—Macie Ferwerda

Most improved—Jeslyn Felix

Most representative—Maddy Hanson and Macy Olson

Competitive dance

Outstanding pom—Maddy Hanson

Best hip hop—Gracie Littau

Best kick—Abby Marts

Most improved Torre Buus

Most enthusiastic—Madeline Watzel

Most representative—Gracie Littau

Class of 1988 Most inspirational—Macy Olson

Judy Rysavy scholarship—Maddy Hanson


JV player of the year—Joren Bruun

Most improved—Phillip Jorgensen and Oscar Pravecek

Special team player of the year—Ty Bolton

Most valuable defense—Levi McClanahan

Outstanding running back—Matt Smither

Senior lineman—Justus Gregg

Offensive and team MVP—Riley Calhoon

Most representative—Dalton Baker

Taylor Watzel scholarship—Riley Calhoon

Friend of football—Glenn Carlson

Girls basketball

Most representative—Gabby Kocer

110 percent Lady Warrior—Gabby Kocer

Defensive MVP—Madison Thieman

JV MVP—Maggie LaCompte

Most valuable player—Morgan Hammerbeck

Boys basketball

C team MVP—Evan Farner

Defense MVP—Landon Thieman

JV MVP—Kameron Meiners and defense, Oscar Pravecek

Varsity hustle—Shea Connot

Defense—Joren Bruun

Co-MVP—Brandon Volmer and Brady Fritz

All improved—Waylon Eagle Star, Nolan Sachtjen

Most representative—Brandon Volmer


Most takedowns, near falls and falls—Kaden Keiser

Most reversals—Trevor Peters

Most escapes—Peters

Most valuable wrestler—Keiser

Most improved—Elijah Blare
Most representative—Atlas Willuweit

Boys golf

Most representative—Gage Watson

Girls golf

Most representative—Ronae Klein

Klein Finishes High School with Perfect Attendance

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

As a freshman at Winner High School, Ronae Klein set a goal to have perfect attendance.

She accomplished that goal as she graduated Saturday with perfect attendance all four years of high school.

The outgoing student is very active in school and is the top golfer on the Winner Area golf team. She is the daughter of Doyle and Brenda Klein.

The graduating senior almost had perfect attendance in middle school. She missed once, check out day, due to attending the graduation of a cousin.

In order to not miss school, Klein has had to move around orthodontist appointments and doctor appointments. In fact, she kept her braces on for an extra month so she would not miss school. The orthodontist told her she is the only person he knows of that kept on braces for an extra month.

Klein says it is beneficial to have good attendance in school. “It means you are not missing a lot of information in class and you do not have to do a lot of makeup work.”

She also sees that colleges will look at her transcript and see she made an effort to attend school.

In high school, Klein enjoyed the extracurricular activities. The senior said it helped her make friends.

And so as she walked a cross the stage Saturday afternoon to accept her diploma there was a sense of pride in her smile that she achieved one her major goals in high school.

Klein will attend Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where she will be a member of the woman’s golf team. She wil major in English education and athletic training with a minor in coaching. She will also do the tech work for the DWU theater productions.

Curtis Graduation

Ashley (Curtis) DeHaan, a 2012 graduate of Winner High School, has received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota.

She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and minor in Psychology also from the University of South Dakota graduating with Cum Laude honors in December 2015.

She is currently employed with Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell as a speech pathologist.

Also graduating from USD was Merideth Pistulka,Winner, with a master of arts in speech—language pathology.

Shaydel Davies of Winner graduated with a master of science in basic biomedical sciences.

Colome Fire Department Receives Grain Bin Rescue Training

The Colome Fire Department received life-saving grain bin rescue equipment on May 14 through a donation from Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica). A grain bin rescue exercise followed to train firefighters in the use of the specialized equipment.

The Colome Fire Department received a 10-panel system, slide hammer and other accessories manufactured by Outstate Data in Elbow, Minn. The equipment is designed by rescuers specifically for grain bin entrapments.
Even as the overall rate of serious injuries and fatalities on farms has fallen, the number of grain bin entrapments remains stubbornly steady, in part because the country’s high grain production has led to more bins that require more grain workers.

Grain can engulf and bury a worker in less than 30 seconds. The Colome Fire Department recognizes that grain bin rescue equipment significantly increases the chance of saving a life. Colome Fire Department is among the 42 rural and mostly volunteer departments receiving grain bin rescue equipment and training through FCSAmerica in 2018. Most of the recipient departments are part of mutual aid agreements that allow multiple communities to use and benefit from the equipment.

“FCSAmerica is proud to make grain bin rescue equipment a community service priority, said Michelle Pluta, vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Pierre office. “As a cooperative for farmers and ranchers, we understand the importance of farm safety. We see grain bin rescue equipment as one of the most worthwhile investments we can make in the rural communities we serve.”

Farm safety experts caution that bins in many areas of the country are filled with high-moisture corn and beans because of a wet harvest. Crusting can develop inside these bins, increasing the risk of entrapment. Safety experts advise against entering bins without at least two others present; everyone involved should know the steps to take in the event of an entrapment; and nobody should attempt a rescue alone.

Justin Muhs, 40

Justin Muhs, 40, of Winner, SD passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Rapid City, SD.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon City Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, SD. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6-7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with a prayer service beginning at 7pm.

Justin was born on Dec. 27, 1977 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD to Harlan and Brenda (Cobb) Muhs. He passed unexpectedly on May 18, 2018 at his home in Rapid City, SD.

Justin’s early years were spent in Murdo, SD where he enjoyed playing outdoors, riding bike, and building robots out of his toys. Justin knew right from wrong and if he was going to do something where he would get into trouble, he would take Kendra with him.

In 1998 Justin moved to Winner with his family and graduated from Winner High School in 1996. Justin enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1995 when he was a Junior in high school serving six years as a combat engineer with the 153rd Engineer Battalion. In July 2002, Justin enlisted with the Army and joined the First Armored Division, “Old Iron Side.” This led him to nearly three years of service overseas, including Germany, which he loved, and a 15-month tour in Iraq.

After the military, Justin worked various jobs in Parkston, Chamberlain and Rapid City. He was a lifetime member of the Winner VFW and American Legion. Justin loved history, electronics, camping, playing with his nieces, and visiting with family, friends and former strangers.

Justin will be missed by his parents both of Winner, sister, Kendra (Phillip) Ringstmeyer and three nieces Kali, Dani, and Kori of Pierre. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Justin was greeted at heaven’s door by his maternal and paternal grandparents, Andy and Elaine Cobb, Walter and LaVee Muhs, and maternal uncles Jim and Doug Cobb.

Dorothy Edwards, 92

Dorothy Edwards, 92, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Dorothy Marie (Komer) Edwards was born on Nov. 28, 1925, in St. Peter, Minn., to Fred and Margaret (Sharkey) Krueger. On Sept. 3rd 1928 she became the adopted daughter of Leonard and Johanna Komer at the age of 22 months. Sadly, Johanna passed away in September of 1931.

Dorothy grew up in the Star Valley/Ideal area being raised by her father Len. Dorothy graduated from the Ideal High School in 1944, the last class to graduate.

Dorothy married Alton Edwards on Jan. 16, 1946 and to this union 4 children were born; Betty, Dale, Joyce and Norma Jean. In February 1953 they moved to Custer and returned to the farm in February 1963. On January 16, 1971 Dorothy and Alton celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at their home. On Feb. 25, 1971, Alton passed away. Dorothy then moved into Winner where she resided until moving to the Long Term Care Center in Winner. She was a housewife and a homemaker. Her family was of utmost importance and she was known for always putting the wants and needs of others before her own.

Dorothy and family always believed and celebrated her birthday on Nov. 23rd, until doing genealogy and discovered that it was in fact the 28th of November. It was too late to change so Dorothy and family continued to celebrate on the 23rd.
Dorothy worked every Friday afternoon preparing for Friday steak night at the American Legion for thirty years and was named Outstanding Worker in 1982. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, the VFW Auxiliary and the Legion Auxiliary.

Dorothy is survived by her son Dale, (Freida) Edwards of Ardmore AL, daughters; Joyce (LeRoy) Jelinek of Winner and Norma Jean Stoner of Hartford, SD and 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Through genealogy research Dorothy was notified that she had family living in Illinois that she never knew about, a first cousin, Stan and his two children.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Alton, daughter Betty, 2 sons-in-law; Noel and Douglas Stoner Sr. and an infant granddaughter.

Baseball Team Wins Region 4B

Winner/Colome baseball team are the Region 4B champions as they defeated Platte-Geddes 4-1 Monday night at Leahy Bowl.

In the first game of the super regional, Winner/Colome defeated Lead-Deadwood 10-0.

The Royals will advance to the state tournament in Sioux Falls and will take a perfect 13-0 record to the state meet.

A full report and pictures will be in next week’s issue of the Winner Advocate.