Six Wrestlers Place in Aberdeen

Winner Area wrestling team placed 9th out of 16 teams at the Lee Wolf tournament in Aberdeen on Saturday.

Six Winner wrestles placed in the tournament:

  • Tyrel Haley took third place as he won 7-6 over Shea Krause of Aberdeen Central.
  • Kayleb Brozik placed fifth as he won 3-0 over Nick Christensen of Huron.
  • Colby Curtis and Jayden Schroeder both placed sixth. Curtis lost 9-1 to Austin Cihak of Aberdeen Central. Schroeder was pinned in 2:34 by Josh Lasley of Canton.
  • Ty Bolton took 7th place as he won 14-0 over Carter Canham of Miller/Highmore/Harrold.
  • Taylor Watzel took 8th place as he was pinned in 2:08 by Ryan O’Connell of Sioux Falls O’Gorman.

“I really liked the way the team came out and wrestled,” said coach Matt Chambers. “They came out ready to go every match and battled all day long. Six of the eight wrestlers were able to place in a very tough tournament,” said the coach.

Chambers added: “I still think we are a little inconsistent in some of our matches but overall the boys had a good performances on Saturday.”

The next action for Winner will be at the Big Dakota Conference meet in Ft. Pierre on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Harter Reaches 1,000 Mark

reed harter 1,000 pointsReed Harter scored his 1,000 career point in the basketball game with Marty last Tuesday in Colome.

The Cowboys won the game 90-71. Harter scored 37 points and made five 3-pointers. Holden Thieman added 26 points and Reid Rutten scored 11.

“This was really a fun, up and down game from the opening tip,” said coach Drew Weber. “We were able to play a solid first half and had a nice lead but Marty shot the ball well from deep to get back into the game,” said Weber.harter action shot

Cowgirls Defeated Marty

sarah shippy colome gameColome High School girls basketball team defeated Marty 55-44 on Jan. 27.

Callie Heath scored 22 points with Colby Taggart adding 12. Heath pulled down 18 rebounds.

The Cowgirls lost the junior varsity game 38-29. Leading scorer was Rayne Hermsen with 8 points and Kaydee Heath, 7.

Heath pulled down 8 rebounds.

Lady Warriors Down Miller

Winner High School girls basketball team picked up its 10th victory of the season as they defeated Miller 73-43 on Jan. 26.

The game was close at the end of the first quarter with the Lady Warriors holding a 10-9 lead. Winner had a strong second half as they outscored Miller 47-23.

Kelsey Bertram had a strong night for Winner as she scored 23 points. The senior was 5-10 from the three point line.  It was a  good balanced scoring night for Winner as Sydney Fritz scored 18 points, Tawny Sherman, 14 and Bailey Volmer, 11.

Mildred “Millie” Kaiser, 90

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Mildred “Millie” Kaiser, 90, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner.  Funeral service was held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Mildred, known to many as (Millie) was born January 4, 1925, on the family farm south of Colome, SD, to Frank and Bertha Bertram. She had 5 sisters and 8 brothers. Mildred was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Colome, SD. Millie attended Colome High School until she had to quit and help with the farm and family. She later took a job south of Colome, SD working on a farm where she met Albert Kaiser. They married September 11, 1943 and settled into rural life near Millboro, SD where they farmed and milked cows. Three children were born; a daughter, Betty, son Gary, and the youngest daughter, Norma. They later bought a farm 9 miles S. of Winner, SD. Gary then took over the farm in 1969 when Albert and Millie moved to Winner. Albert died in January, 1970.

Sedonia Wagner, 93

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Sedonia was born on September 9, 1921 at home on a farm near Colome, SD to Lawrence and Marie (Spacil) Stritecky. She attended rural schools in Tripp County and attended Winner High School, graduating in 1940.

An adventurous young man swept her off her feet and she and Lawrence Wagner were married in Colome on June 18, 1940. They purchased Sedonia’s parents’ farm south of Winner in 1942, where they lived until 2006 when Sedonia suffered a major stroke. Following the stroke, she joined Lawrence at the Elder Inn. She moved into Winner Regional Long Term Care in August, 2010.

Sedonia was active in church and community. She was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, past member of Immaculate Conception church choir and Eucharistic minister, board member of Winner Senior Citizens, and Wilson Extension Club.

Lawrence and Sedonia shared many interests including square dancing and ballroom dancing (they danced the polka at their 65th wedding anniversary), attending Western Fraternal and ZCBJ Lodge meetings, supporting the Tripp County Democrats and Tripp County Historical Society.

Lawrence and Sedonia were instrumental in establishing the Tripp County Rural Water District. In recognition of their contribution of the land for the first well, a scholarship has been established in their name. The family was honored as the 1996 Farm Family of the Year by the Winner Chamber of Commerce.

Chalene Smith, 54

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Chalene “Cheri” (Dubel) Smith, age 54 of Gillette, Wyo., passed away from an ongoing battle with breast cancer on Friday, Jan. 23,  at Close to Home Hospice House in Gillette, Wyo. Chalene (Dubel) Smith was born on Aug. 17, 1960 in Winner, to James and Norma Dubel. She graduated from Casper College with a degree in computer programming. Upon completing college she moved to Gillette, and accepted a position as a computer programmer with the Campbell County  in Gillette where she worked for more than 10 years. She also worked for coal mines in the area, she worked a short time for the post office, 5 years at Razor’s Edge, an office position for P&H Mining, she also worked for Flightline and other various jobs, and finally at Global Heat Transfer for a couple years. Cheri had a superior work ethic.

She married Kurt Smith on September 16, 1989. He was the love of her life, and her broken heart was never the same after his departure to heaven. The couple had numerous dogs over the years which were like their children. She took pride in her customer service and showing her younger peers a good work ethic; and how to work with values and integrity. She always strived to make her employer a success. She loved walking her dog Lexi;  who is missing her. Cheri is survived by her sister; Becky (Brian) Kjensmo of Park City, MT, brothers; James (Nancy) Dubel and Larry Dubel  of Gillette, WY, aunt; Maxine Harter of Sturgis, SD, niece; Amanda (Chad) Herman of Gillette,WY, nephews; Zachary Dubel of Douglas, WY, Chris Dubel and Zackery Stevens of Gillette, WY, along with numerous cousins, great-nephews and a great-niece. She is preceded in death by her husband; Kurt Smith, her parents; James and Norma Dubel, cousin; Tim Harter of Michigan and grandparents.  The family welcomes all to attend the service and celebrate Cheri’s life. to thank Close to Home Hospice and their staff for all of the help, caring, and understanding. Donations may be made in Cheri’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Memorials and condolences may also be sent in the families name to Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or via website:

Arthur (Art) Zimbelmann, 85

Art ZArthur (Art) Zimbelmann was born July 26, 1929 on the family ranch near Hamill, the second child of seven to Henry and Clara (Korb) Zimbelmann. Art grew up on the ranch learning to work with cattle and ride horses. He developed a love of hunting and fishing during these growing up years.

Art went to the country school right behind their ranch until he finished the eighth grade. He worked on the ranch with his dad until he was called into service during the Korean War. Art proudly served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1954. It was only recently that Art talked about his time in the Tank Company of the 223rd Infantry. Art came back to work the ranch after his honorable discharge in January of 1954.

Art met Joan Fischer at a dance and on June 28, 1958 they were married. They had three boys: Arvis, Arden, and Gary.