Edna L. Lawler, 101

Edna L. Lawler, of Valentine, Neb., died at the age of 101, on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. At Edna’s request there will be no funeral service. Memorials may be sent to the Valentine Senior Citizens Center.

Edna was born on Sept. 25, 1916 in Spalding, NE. She was the daughter of Harry L. “Vern” and Helen Faubion and grew up in Millboro, SD.

She attended Millboro Grade School and graduated from Millboro High School, Millboro, SD. Edna attended Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, SD.

Edna married Martin Lawler on April 28, 1942. The couple started married life in Millboro, SD and later moved to Keyapaha, SD. Edna stayed home to raise their two daughters until the youngest started grade school. At that time, Edna resumed her teaching career which spanned over 20 years. She taught at rural schools in Tripp and Todd Counties, SD. Along with teaching, Edna, helped run the Lawler Store in Keyapaha, SD, gave piano lessons to a multitude of children who lived in the area, and took very good care of her family.

Edna and Martin moved to Valentine, NE in 1981, after Martin retired. They enjoyed many years entertaining friends and family at their home in Valentine and escaped winter by traveling to their home in Mesa, AZ where they were often joined by friends and family. After Martin’s death in 2004, Edna continued to live in their home until she moved to Cherry Hills Assisted Living, Valentine, NE in 2011. In 2016 she moved to Pine View Good Samaritan Care Center in Valentine, NE.

Edna was a very caring, well mannered, gracious person with a cheerful smile and a compliment for everyone. We will always love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Lawler of Valentine, NE and Jo Ann Engel (Marlin) of Casper, WY; granddaughter, Tonya Kourt (Sheldon) and great-grandchildren, Bailey, Brandon, and Brevan of Casper, WY, and many other relatives and friends.

Edna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Martin Lawler; sister, Violet Carter; brother, Richard L. Faubion; niece Helen Slouka; nephew Richard “Rick” Faubion; nephew Dennis Howland; and grandson Eugene Rae Engel.

Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was entrusted with service arrangements.


Sue Brozik, 60

Funeral services for Sue Brozik age 60 of Gregory, SD were held on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Methodist church, in Gregory, SD. Burial followed in the St John Cemetery in Paxton, SD.

Susan Marie (Woods) Brozik was born on March 15, 1957, the second of five children to Ray and Peggy (Risewick) Woods. She spent her childhood growing up in Colome, South Dakota.

She attended Colome school and graduated from Colome High School in 1975. After graduation she attended National College of Business in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was a dispatcher in Spink County for a few years then returned to Colome.

On Oct. 16, 1982, Sue married Lonnie Brozik and together they raised three daughters, Amanda, Chelsea and Caitlin. They spent many years taking care of the farm together and Sue continued managing the operation after Lonnie’s passing in 2012. Sue also worked in town at Buches for several years then started working at the Gregory Times Advocate. She enjoyed taking pictures of events and visiting with everyone as she sold advertisements for the newspaper around town.

Sue loved spending time with her grandchildren. She took great pride in their accomplishments. The grandkids were always very excited to see Grandma Sue. Family was top priority for Sue. She traveled all over the state to visit her daughters and their families.

In her free time, she enjoyed caring for her plants, both her outdoor garden areas and her house plants. She usually had a pet to keep her company.

She died Jan. 3, 2018, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota due to complications from a brain aneurysm. Sue fought so hard to stay in her Earthly body but ultimately entered the spirit world. It was a very peaceful transition with her daughters surrounding her during her passing. Her strength continues to amaze family and friends, even when she was up against such extreme circumstances. Her love for her family and life undoubtedly kept her strong for so long.

The family is devastated to have to continue without this amazing woman but knows she is in the best place now, reunited with Lonnie.

Susan is survived by her daughters: Amanda and Brady Hanson and grandchildren Jocelyn and Silas of Springfield, South Dakota; Chelsea and fiancé Patrick Price and grandson Owen of Miller, South Dakota; and Caitlin and grandchildren Emma and Gideon of Gregory, South Dakota; and special “daughter” Blair (Nathan) Sedlacek and children of Dallas, South Dakota. She is also survived by her sisters Jan (Tom) Endes of White River, SD; Linda (Gary) Bowers of Holdridge, NE; Anita Neitzel of Gregory, SD; and brother Dale (Regina) Woods of Cabot, AR; aunt Myrtle Osnes of Gregory, SD; mother-in-law Mildred Brozik of Winner, South Dakota; brother-in-law Dave (Bernie) Brozik of Winner, SD; sister-in-laws Kathy (Jeff) Askew of Pierre, SD; Cheryl Sperl of Gregory, SD; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Susan is proceeded in death by her husband Lonnie Brozik; her parents Ray Woods and Peggy and Charles Kappelman; father-in-law Ben Brozik; brothers-in-law Mike Neitzel and Rod Sperl; son-in-law Martin Kendrick.


John Voegeli, Jr., 94

John Voegeli, Jr. 94, Wichita, Kan., retired farmer and U.S. World War II Army veteran who served in the Pacific Theatre, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Jan. 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Wichita.

Voegeli is the father of Dr. John Voegeli of Winner.

Preceded in death by parents, John J., Sr. and Elizabeth (Spexarth) Voegeli, and 8 brothers and sisters. Survivors: wife of 73 years, Betty; children, Connie (Mike) Hotze, Michael (Dorothy), Marybeth (Jim) Lubbers, Pat (Wayne) Wirths, Kate (Dale) Mannebach, Dan (Judy), John III (Bobbie), Tim (Toni), Tom (Jennifer), Phil (Darla), Vince (Sandy), Marge (John) Meyer; brother, Francis Voegeli; 56 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials established with John and Betty Voegeli Seminary Burse, c/o Catholic Diocese of Wichita, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202 and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.

Death: December 29, 2017

Statewide Youth Business Plan Competition Celebrates 10th Year with Most Entries Ever

This year the statewide business plan competition, a part of the annual Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) that takes place every December, celebrated its 10th year with 33 competitors – nearly double last year and more than any other previous year. The participating students represented White River, Red Cloud, Little Wound, Lower Brule, St. Francis, Todd County, and Cheyenne Eagle Butte High Schools.

Sarah Keefe from White River High School won the top prize – a $1,000 scholarship – as the 1st Place Award in the Senior Division for her funeral home business idea. She will also have the opportunity to receive a $2,500 equity injection from Lakota Funds, a community loan fund on the Pine Ridge Reservation that sponsored the event. The equity injection would be paired with a business loan to support Keefe in starting her business.

“Sarah was really well spoken, assertive, and confident. She was extremely well prepared, and you could tell that she thought about every detail,” says Yolanda Clifford, a loan officer at Lakota Funds, who helped coordinate the event. Clifford was especially impressed by the environmentally friendly burial options that Keefe included in her plan.

Other winners of the competition included: Paige LeBeouf from White River High School with a 2nd Place Award in the Senior Division; Sam Grimshaw from Todd County High School with a 3rd Place Award in the Senior Division; Maia Taranto from Todd County High School with a 1st Place Award in the Junior Division; Arvish Bhinder from Todd County High School with a 1st Place Award in the Sophomore Division; and Wohpe Bull Bear from Red Cloud High School with a 1st Place Award in the Freshman Division.

“With each passing year, the contestants are getting more business savvy and becoming more aware of business and entrepreneurship. It’s great to see the level of fine detail into developing their plans is growing every year,” says Clifford.

Business ideas presented in the competition included a funeral home, taxi service, gym, livestock services, various restaurants, and more. All competitors were required to deliver a presentation to a panel of four judges that evaluated entries on several criteria, including market opportunity, management and operations, and financial projections. This year’s judges were: Jennifer Bear Eagle, an attorney for the Oglala Sioux Tribe; Denton Fast Whirlwind, an artist and small business owner; David Kelly, Director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Transportation, and also an entrepreneur; and Bud May of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Economic Development Office, and a long-time rancher.

This year’s LNI business plan competition was sponsored by Citi Community Development, Lakota Funds, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Office of Credit and Finance.

Farmers Ride on Rose Parade Float

South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal and former SDFB board member Phil Hamburger of Gettysburg, S.D., joined 98 other farmers to ride on a float in the 100th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 from Pasadena, Calif.

“Salute to Farmers” is the theme of the float sponsored by Ag PhD of Baltic, S.D. The float is one of only 18 commercial floats in the Rose Parade and checks in at 110 feet long, 18 feet wide and 30 feet high. A total of 100 farmers will ride on the float, and that will be the largest number of people on a float in Rose Parade history.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight agriculture in front of a very large audience,” said Scott VanderWal, SDFB president. “It is a special honor that this is the 100th Annual Parade and we have just celebrated 100 years of South Dakota Farm Bureau. Opportunities like this don’t happen every day!”

South Dakota Activates the “Blue Alert” System

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the State of South Dakota has added the Blue Alert system to their statewide notification systems. A Blue Alert is activated when there is a suspect at large who has killed or caused serious injury to a law enforcement officer or if an officer has been abducted or is missing.

“Anyone who seriously harms or kills law enforcement officers in the line of duty poses danger to all”, said Jackley. “The Blue Alert system will allow quick distribution regarding safety information and details about a subject to the citizens in the State.”

The Blue Alert system uses the existing Amber Alert network to broadcast warnings. Partners in this system include the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Central South Dakota Communications and the Division of Criminal Investigation. We would also like to recognize the Rapid City Police Department for their work in advocating the need for this statewide system.

The activation of the Blue Alert comes at the request of a law enforcement agency that is investigating an offense against a law enforcement officer. The following criteria must be met:
1. An individual has threatened a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, has used a deadly weapon against a law enforcement officer, has caused a law enforcement officer to suffer serious bodily injury or death, or the officer has been abducted or is missing while on duty;
2. The individual has fled the scene of the offense and there is sufficient descriptive information of the suspect, including any relevant vehicle and license tag information available for broadcast;
3. The law enforcement agency investigating the offense has determined the individual poses a threat to the public or other law enforcement personnel; and
4. Dissemination of available information to the public may help avert further harm or assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
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The current state notification systems include:

 South Dakota Amber Alert Plan- Statewide notification to South Dakota law enforcement and South Dakota media to disseminate specific details to the public to assist in locating an abducted child.

 Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) – A partnership between law enforcement and local broadcasters who notify the public about missing and endangered persons. It is designed for those instances when a missing person does not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert.

Karley Peters Named “Female Athlete of the Year”

Karley Peters of Parker has been named the Yankton Press and Dakotan female athlete of the year.

Karley has a strong connection to Winner as both of her parents grew up here and her grandparents live here.

Karley is the daughter of Dale and Jacey (Bruun) Peters. Grandparents are Carroll and Janet Bruun and Kevin and Cindy Peters.

As a sophomore, she was a key reserve on Parker girls basketball team that reached the Class B state tournament.

She was the Class B track MVP at the state track meet, where she won four events and guided the Pheasants to a second place finish.

And this fall as a junior she was a key figure on a volleyball team that reached the Class A state tournament and finished eighth.

Colome Downs Wessington Springs

Colome boys basketball team remains undefeated with a 51-29 victory over Wessington Springs on Dec. 30. Overall, the Cowboys are 4-0.

Jackson Kinzer led the scoring with 15 points followed by Layton Thieman, 14 and Kolton Salonen, 10.

Jackson Kinzer had 5 assists and 7 steals.

Thieman pulled down 8 rebounds, Calvin Ringing Shield, Kinzer and Salonen had 6 each.

The next action for Colome is Jan. 5 when they host Lyman.