June Ring, 80

June Bertha Martha Duchow was born on Nov. 3, 1937 in Havillah, WA, the third of seven children born to Rev. Marcus T. Duchow and Dorothea (Klotsch) Duchow. She was baptized into the death and resurrection of her Lord Jesus Christ at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Havillah, WA on Nov. 21, 1937. In her early years she moved with her family through various calls in Washington, Oregon, and Nebraska. She was confirmed in her baptismal faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Grants Pass, OR in 1952.

She graduated from high school in Meadow Grove, NE in 1956 and attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE, graduating in 1960. She taught in Billings, MT and Bay City, MI before God led her to a one room country school, Prairie View, in rural Norris, SD. There she married local farmer/rancher Lawrence Ring (Aug. 5, 1966) whom she had met previously when her father served as vacancy pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Norris. To this blessed union were born four children: Rachel Ring of Dallas, TX; Bruce Ring (Jessie) of Norris; Marcus Ring (Kristy) of Gregory, SD; and Daniel Ring (Michelle) of Seabeck, WA.

In addition to keeping a Christian home, she enjoyed singing in church choirs and gardening and was actively involved in Ladies Aid (LWML) and (SDSU) extension club. She was an avid reader, one of her favorite books from her childhood being “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Although she fell a little short of twelve children of her own, she shared her motherly compassion with the many children she babysat. After her children had grown she also enjoyed substitute teaching, quilting, puzzles, SD Cattlewomen, writing and presenting papers for the West River Historical Conference, and traveling to visit and care for her grandchildren. In all her travels she was proud to accomplish her goal of visiting all 50 states.

Remaining to cherish her memory are two sisters: Rose Wendt (Bob) of Olmsted, OH and Joyce Gierke (Chuk) of Omaha, NE; two brothers: James Duchow (Chris) of Stillwater, MN and Mark Duchow (Jane) of Imperial, MO; sister-in-law Judy Duchow of San Diego, CA; her four children, eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, etc.

She has joined in eternal life her parents, Marcus and Dorothea Duchow; her husband, Lawrence Ring; two brothers, Floyd Duchow and George Duchow; and many friends and relatives with whom she shared her faith-filled earthly life.


Toby Herrmann, 79

Toby Herrmann, 79, of Mission, SD passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Rapid City, SD.

Funeral service were held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Toby Hermann age 79 of Mission, SD was born on April 28, 1938 to Tobias Ervin Herrmann Sr. and Martha Clara Gall of Mosher, SD.

Toby was raised on the family farm 5 miles north of Mosher. Where he enjoyed riding horseback on his horse War Paint, hunting, fishing and hiking with his brother Harold. He helped his dad take care of the family livestock

He attended the Burns School 1 mile south of the farm house in Mosher, S.D. up to the 8th grade

In March of 1966 he married Sarah Yellow Face from Okreek, S.D. Together they resided in Mosher and raised 6 children.

He worked for the Mosher Elevator as a laborer then in 1980 he moved his family to Mission, S.D. and worked as a custodian for the Todd County High School until he retired in 2003.

During his retirement years his hobbies were reading, mowing the lawn, growing a flower garden and his enjoyment was visiting his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Toby is survived by his brother Jim Herrmann of Phoenix AZ along with 2 sisters, Margie Hanson of Ainsworth Nebraska and Dorothy DeWitt of Puyallup, Washington. Six children, Richard Yellow Face of Mission, SD; David Herrmann of Sioux Falls, SD; Donna Hermann of Mission, SD; Mark Herrmann of Britt Iowa; Jennifer Herrmann of Mission, SD; Kathy White Lance (William) of Rapid City, SD and 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Toby is preceded in death with his wife Sarah Herrmann and his parents Tobias and Martha Herrmann, brother Harold Herrmann and sister Lois Herrmann.

He will be greatly missed by one and all.

Robert Benda, 86

Robert Benda, 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on March 9, 2018. He will be laid to rest in Winner, SD.

Bob was born on Nov. 26, 1931 in Millboro, SD to John and Belinda (Hendrickson) Benda. The family moved to Winner, SD where he graduated from high school in 1950. He attended college at the University of South Dakota and Ohio State University.

In 1951, Bob married Leona Rice and 5 children were born to this union. His primary occupation was as a carpenter, and he built Hidden Paradise Resort on Spider Lake near Nevis, MN; where he also lived for several years. Once Bob retired, he moved to Mexico and built Minnesota Bob’s restaurant before returning to the U.S. to live in Iowa.

Bob was very social and always had a morning coffee group to start the day. He loved the outdoors, animals, playing cards, dancing and politics. His family will always remember his adventurous spirit, and will miss him dearly.

Left to cherish his memory include his children: Terry (Patti Griffith) Benda of Altoona, IA, Vikki Lewton of Bettendorf, IA, Roxanne (David) Neary of Des Moines, IA, and Robin Large of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren: Kindra, Kody, Kelsey, Jacque, Erin, Lauren, Danielle, Trevor and Christopher; 9 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Mazie Brandt of Rapid City, SD, and John Benda of Sparta, Il.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents: John and Belinda; son: Monte Benda; grandchildren: Van and Kelly Lewton and Kalyn Large; siblings: Peggy Ballou, Cornelia Yost, Russell Benda; and brothers-in-law: Larry Brandt and Leo Sieler.

Attorney General Jackley’s Bill to Strengthen Meth Laws Adopted by the Legislature

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that SB 63, a bill to strengthen the sentences for Distribution and Manufacture of Methamphetamine in South Dakota has passed both houses of the Legislature.

“America is living a methamphetamine epidemic and it is directly affecting South Dakota and hurting our families and communities. I want thank both the Governor and our legislators for joining our law enforcement in keeping South Dakota communities safe,” said Jackley.

Senate Bill 63

• Increases the penalty for the distribution and manufacturing of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine that includes to minors.

• Provides for a mandatory state penitentiary sentence for the distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine. Current law provides for mandatory sentences that are not consistently applied.

• A court would have discretion to go below the mandatory sentence if the court makes written findings that a defendant meets the following criteria that are designed to protect communities and to assist law enforcement in stopping drug distribution:
(1) the defendant does not have a prior violent felony
(2) the defendant did not use violence or credible threats of violence or possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon
(3) the defendant did not induce another participant to use violence or credible threats of violence or possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon in connection with the offense;
(4) the defendant was not an organizer, leader, manager, or supervisor of others in the offense; and
(5) the defendant has truthfully provided to the State all information and evidence the defendant has concerning illegal drugs;
(6) the offense did not result in death or serious bodily injury to any person.

By Jim Zachary
CNHI Deputy National Editor
Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times

Open government is not a political platform.

It is a basic American right.

The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives.

Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought to be something everyone can agree on.

Instead, conservatives want to reveal the secrets of liberals and liberals want to expose the actions of conservatives.

Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, independent, Libertarian or freedom caucus issue.

It often appears that whatever party is in the minority becomes the champion of transparency right up until the time it is in the majority.

Politicians stump on transparency and are all about open access, until they have something they want to keep secret.

The need for transparency in local, state and federal government transcends parties and political ideologies.

Checks and balances provide few checks and little balance when officials broker deals behind closed doors and conceal documents that contain important information that the public has the right, and often the need, to know.

Local government has the biggest impact in the lives of people on a day-to-day basis.

Whether it is in the form of property taxes, sales taxes, business taxes, state-shared dollars or federal grants, loans and funding, local government is 100 percent taxpayer-funded.

The public has the right to know how its money is being spent.

The decisions being made, the dollars being doled out and the records being kept by city hall, the county commission, the board of education or the utility district all belong to liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, independents, Libertarians and even politically disinterested individuals.

All stakeholders have a stake in open meetings and public records and should care about transparency issues.

The lack of and need for true government transparency should be about the most bipartisan cause that exists.

Any elected official who truly cares about public service in a real and meaningful way and fully understands what a representative form of government is all about, should not only champion openness in government, but should be the most effective watchdogs, looking out for the public trust.

Sadly, those kinds of elected officials are hard to find.

The press tries to keep an eye on government and expose clandestine actions and in response journalists are often ridiculed, belittled and even threatened for just doing their jobs, as they work to keep government honest by making use of access laws.

But, the public needs to understand that access to government documents and actions is not just a media right.

It is your right.


A South Dakota Quiz

Do you know where the largest fish has ever been caught in South Dakota? Or how about where you’d find the concrete donkey known as the Depression Nag? At South Dakota Magazine, we have spent 33 years traveling, studying and writing about our state. Along the way we’ve grown fond of testing our readers (and each other) with a bit of trivia. The following 14-question quiz is a little sampling. You can find more trivia on our Facebook page every Tuesday and in every edition of the magazine. Feel free to contact us if you think you have trivia that would stump our staff.

1. A sculpture known as “The Potato Man” stands in tribute to the thousands of Irish immigrants who settled in South Dakota in the late 1800s. Where can you find him?

2. What town is known as the birthplace of democracy west of the Mississippi River?

3. Established in 1867, what pow wow is the oldest continual event in South Dakota?

4. Ten murals by Oscar Howe decorate what arena?

5. How many steps does it take to reach the top of South Dakota State University’s Coughlin Campanile?

6. Fairways on what town’s golf course also serve as airport runways?

7. Geographically, which county is South Dakota’s largest?

8. Scotty Philip is known as the man who saved the buffalo, but from which South Dakota rancher did he buy his first animals?

9. What famous town founder is said to have discovered a cave filled with riches somewhere on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation?

10. At what bar is it a tradition to smash your empty beer bottle under the dock before ordering another?

11. During their journey up the Missouri River, Lewis and Clark explored what natural feature that Indians believed was guarded by “little devils?”

12. The exact center of the United States is found northwest of what city?

13. Mildred Fiksdal O’Neill’s collection of 10,000 pairs of shoes is housed in what museum?

14. Geographically, which is South Dakota’s largest Indian reservation?

Answers The largest fish ever caught in South Dakota was at White River and the Depression Nag is located in Tinkertown; 1. McKennan Park in Sioux Falls; 2. Elk Point; 3. Sisseton Wahpeton pow wow; 4. Scherr-Howe Arena in Mobridge; 5. 180; 6. Kadoka; 7. Meade County; 8. Fred Dupree; 9. Ed Lemmon; 10. The Ice House in Yankton; 11. Spirit Mound; 12. Belle Fourche; 13. Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry in Webster; 14. Cheyenne River Indian Reservation (4,267 square miles).

Katie Hunhoff is the co-publisher and editor of South Dakota Magazine, a bi-monthly print publication featuring the people and places of our great state. For more information visit www.SouthDakotaMagazine.com or email Katie at editor@southdakotamagazine.com.

Exploring Agriculture Day set for March 13

Winner Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Exploring Agriculture

Day on March 13 at the Tripp County 4-H Center. The event will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Agricultural businesses and organizations will provide hands on activities for youths to learn about agriculture.

Winner Elementary students will be bussed to the 4-H center to take part in this event.

Students will view and pet baby animals.

Students are encouraged to build a model farm. The farms can be dropped off at the 4-H center from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. They will be on display as part of Exploring Ag Day. The model farms can be picked up from 3-4 p.m. that day.
On the model farms, students are to place their name, grade in school, and cell phone number on the bottom of the board.

Also, students can submit a Life on the Farm scrapbook page. Scrapbook pages will be displayed on March 13. Pages will be given back that day.

Prizes will be given to all students who participate.


Revival of Pheasant Numbers Wanted in South Dakota

A state Game, Fish and Parks Department official delivered a slide presentation Friday on the past, present and future of pheasants in South Dakota.

The discussion came as South Dakota prepares for its centennial season of pheasant hunting in 2019. Governor candidates recently announced plans to spur a ringneck revival.

“We need to get everybody involved. Everybody in South Dakota should realize how important this resource is to us,” Barry Jensen of White River said in an article written by Bob Mercer.

“It’s important to the state economically,” the chairman told the other commissioners. “It may be an area we can get out there a little better.”

Kirschenmann, chief of terrestrial habitat for the state wildlife division, stresses habitat is essential for survival and production.

One slide showed the ups and downs of federal soil bank and conversion reserve program acres in South Dakota and the accompanying rises and declines in annual pheasant per mile estimates.

A new effort has some wildlife division staff analyzing game production areas. Their recommendations will be brought to the game commission later this year.

Encouraging landowners to grow short trees, shrubs and bushes that act as thermal barriers help pheasants get through bad weather.

Insects are the main food young pheasants eat the first eight weeks and the top source of hens after they’ve hatched their clutches of eggs.

“We know winter wheat can provide very valuable nesting habitat, “ Kirschenmann said.

Another chart showed locations for 19 habitat advisors from various organizations and governments throughout South Dakota.

Sioux Falls hosted Pheasant Fest last month which Kirschenmann said was “great timing.”

U.S. Senator John Thune wants the federal government to increase CRP acres to 30 million in the next farm bill. The current level is 24 million. 
While South Dakota pheasant numbers have dropped in the past decade, they’re still better than anywhere else.

More people from outside of South Dakota bought pheasant licenses year after year in recent times than hunters who live in South Dakota.

“Our tradition of pheasant hunting is none like anybody else has,” said Kirschenmann.

Wedding Planning is a Riot in Winner Community Playhouse Production

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

The Winner Community Playhouse production of “Dearly Beloved” is a wonderfully funny, shocking true to life and on target skewering of a Texas family on the occasion of wedding of one of their favorite daughters.

The opening weekend of the play was March 2-3. Persons still have a chance to see this comedy on March 8, 9 and 10. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Winner Community Playhouse. Playhouse. For reservations persons can call 842-1958.
The action takes place in a small Texas town of Fayro with most of the action taking place in the fellowship hall of the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church. The occasion is the wedding of Tina Jo Dubberly and Parker Price. Tina Jo is the daughter of Frankie Futrelle Dobberly and her husband, Dub.

Playing the bride and her twin sister is Candace Patmore. Tami Comp, who has played in several productions by the authors Jones, Hope and Wooten, is the frantic mother of the bride.

Doug Nelson, a fairly newcomer to the Winner stage, is cast as the father of the bride.

Though we never wee Parker Price we do see his mother, Patsy, played by newcomer to the Winner stage Roxanne Farley. Patsy is what some people call “high society” in Fayro. For her first experience on the Winner stage Roxanne does a great job.

Tina Jo’s wedding is the culmination of her mother’s dream who wants the wedding set to a “Gone With Wind” theme.

The wedding reception comes with a complete pot luck dinner.

The play has side story which makes it interesting. Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink are the lone surviving members of the Futrelle clan known as the Sermonettes. This gospel trio traveled the area on the revival circuit.

Brady Biggins plays Twink and Barb DeSersa is Honey Raye.

The Sermonettes broke up after Honey Raye’s ill fated marriage to an evangelist. The sister do a lot of arguing as wedding plans are made. However they get together to sing one more time prior to the wedding ceremony.

Performing the wedding ceremony is a seminarian played by Winner High School student Andrew Taylor. Taylor has been on the Winner High School stage but this is his first appearance in a community playhouse production.

Dan Patmore is the town peace officer who likes to show off his gun twirling skills.

Charles York plays Wiley Hicks the fiancé of Twink, though he does not know it.

There is event a psychic played by Linda Watson who has been a favorite in other Jones, Hope and Wooten comedies presented in Winner. Watson was recently named as the outstanding member of the Winner Community Playhouse.
Sarah Gustafson, a regular on the Winner stage, plays the wedding coordinator and local florist.

Director Sandra York keeps this group of actors and actresses on task and does a wonderful job directing.

Dan Patmore has put his usual nice touch on the technical aspect of the play and designed a nice set befitting the theme of the play.

It is a funny play and everyone does a wonderful job. If you want to have an enjoyable evening and not to have to worry about a snow storm, make reservations for this play.

FFA members Named Finalists

Winner Future Farmers of America chapter has received word that three members are proficiency award finalists and two are STAR finalists.

Justus Gregg is a finalist in grain production entrepreneurship, agricultural service entrepreneurship and is a Star farmer finalist.

Savanah Vogel is a state Star finalist in agriscience

Brandon Volmer is a finalist in beef production entrepreneurship.

In receive these awards, students complete an application based on their records of supervised agricultural experiences.

Final results will be announced at the state convention.