Winner Golfers Placed 11th at State

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Winner Area golf team placed 11th at the state golf tournament last Monday and Tuesday in Madison.

Ronae Klein led the Lady Warriors as she placed 28th with a two day score of 202. Liz Jankauskas tied for 41st with a 213. Addy Root placed 77th with a 241 and Sam Marts placed 82nd with a 254.

Coach Randy Kludt said Klein had a nice finish moving up 15 places from last year. “The other girls had nice finishes on day two,” said the coach.

The first day was bitter cold with the girls playing in 39 degree weather with a steady wind of 30 miles per hour. “It really wasn’t a fair day to score very well for anyone,” said Kludt.

“There were 24 teams represented at the state tournament and finishing 11th with this young of a team was a good ending,” said the coach.

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Laprath Advances to State

The Colome boys and girls track team both took 7th place at the Region 6B meet on Thursday.

Results of the Colome girls include:

200—Callie Heath, 4th, :28.48

400—Heath, 4th, 1:05.22

1600 run—Jaclyn Laprath, 2nd, 5:53.55

3200—Laprath, 1st,  13:02.34

100 hurdles—Kaydee Heath, 5th, :18.66

300 hurdles—Heath, 5th, :54.69; Morgan Hofeldt, 7th, :55.11

4×200—8th, 2:10.64, Haylie Krumpus, Kaydee Heath, Taylor Hrabanek, Callie Heath
4×800—3rd, 11:07.79, Callie Heath, Jaclyn Laprath, Morgan Hofeldt and Taylor Hrabanek

Long jump—Taylor Hrabanek, 4th, 14-11.75

Triple jump—Krumpus, 7th, 28-11

Shot put—Colby Taggart, 4th, 32-3.75

Results of the Colome boys include:

100—Cole McCarty, 3rd, :11.46

200—Chase Hrabanek, 4th, :24.63; Reed Harter, 5th, :25.33
800—Cody Heath, 7th, 2:20.42

300 hurdles—Andrew Laprath, 7th, :53.99

4×100 relay—3rd, :48.14, Chase Hrabanek, Jackson Kinzer, Reed Harter and Cole McCarty

Medley Relay—3rd, 4:02.79, Reed Harter, Cole McCarthy, Chase Hrabanek, and Jackson Kinzer

Long jump—Hrabanek, 6th, 18-00.75

Triple jump—Jackson Kinzer, 5th, 38-9

Jaclyn Laprath will advance to the state meet and she will run the both the 1600 and the 3200.

The state meet is May 29 and May 30 in Rapid City.

Amateurs Open Season with Victory

The Winner/Colome amateur baseball team opened the season Thursday night at Leahy Bowl as they defeated Chamberlain 6-3.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the 8th inning. The Pheasants scored three runs in the 8th inning.

Leading hitters were Shane Pajl and Derek Graesser, each with a triple.

Pitching in this game were J. J. Farner, Tyrell Bauld, Derek Graesser, Drew Weber and Will Burke.

Coach Kevin Graesser says there will be 17 to 18 players on the Winner/Colome team this season.

Baseball Team Improved to 9-2

Winner/Colome club baseball team improved its record to 9-2 with a 12-2 victory over Todd County on May 18.

Reed Harter had a triple, single, 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored and 3 steals. Kelly O’Bryan had 2 singles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Ty Bolton added 2 singles and Riley Calhoon had a single, 2 runs scored and 4 steals.

Holden Thieman was the winning pitcher as he gave up no runs on no hits, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Riley Calhoon came on in relief and pitched 2 innings, giving up no runs, no hits, 2 walks and one strikeout. Ty Bolton pitched the final two innings  giving up 2 runs on two hits, no walks and 4 strikeouts.

“We had 15 days off due to the weather so it was nice to get back out and play,” said coach Drew Weber. “I thought we played pretty well but you could tell the lay off between games affected our hitting early on. Once we got comfortable again at the plate we had some success. I thought our pitchers threw really well and our defense was fairly solid behind them like they have been all year,” said Weber.

The playoffs started on May 26.

Jim Bolton, 91

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James Eugene Bolton was born March 31, 1924, at his grandmother’s

house on a farm near Hamill, SD to Clover (Milton) and Louis Bolton. Jim was the oldest son in the family and his brother, Donald, is the

youngest. They had older twin sisters who died shortly after birth.

Jim attended Winner High School where he graduated on May 20, 1943. On June 2 of that year, he entered active service in the United States Army. He served as a gunner at Fort Bliss, TX, and a finance clerk at Camp Bowie, TX, earned his liaison pilot wings at Camp Hood, TX, and finished out his service in Special Troops at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

During his three years in the service, Jim earned the rank of staff sergeant.

After returning from the service, Jim married Della Ann Frantz of Ideal,SD, in June of 1948. Together they have seven children: Scott, Barbara,

Bradley, Garnet, Guyla, Tammy, and Tony. In the early years of this marriage, Jim and Della lived in Winner where they owned and ran the Sweet Shop soda fountain. They then moved and farmed and ranched near

Ideal, Murdo, and Presho until moving to Colome in the early 60’s.

While living in Colome Jim owned and operated, with the help of his sons, Bolton Ditching and Trenching. The family also ran a bluegrass lawn sod business, bottle fed hundreds of Holstein calves, and ran a dairy farm. Later in Jim’s life he worked for the city of Colome as Utilities Manager.

Jim married Jan Petersen in 1985 and they have two children: Clayton and Lacey.

The happiest times for Jim were when he was hunting and fishing with his sons, taking road trips reminiscing about camping at Ghost Hawk Park along with other family outings, and spending so many meaningful times with his family and good friends.

Jim passed away on May 22, 2015 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center at the age of 91.

Virgil E. Hill, Jr., 89

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Virgil E. Hill, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas on Feb 26, 1926 to Virgil E. Hill and Gertrude Constella. He passed away May 17, 2015 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory, South Dakota at the age of 89 years.

Virgil’s mother passed away when he was just a few weeks old and was raised by his grandparents, George and Elizabeth Hill. He graduated high school in 1944. Virgil started driving for Standard Rending Co. in Kansas City from 1944 to 1950 until he enlisted into the army on Sept. 20, 1950. He received the Korean Service Medal, 3 bronze stars, and United Nations Service Medal.

Virgil was honorably discharged in Sept. 1952. He went to work for MeadWestVaco in Kansas City, making boxes, then working in the boiler room working 12 hour days. He met Mary Katherine McCarthy while working there. They dated for 4 years and were engaged for 2 years. They were married June 4, 1960. He continued to work there until he retired in 1989.

They sold their house in Kansas City and moved to Burke, SD in 1990. They built a new house just like the one in Kansas in 1991.

Virgil loved to drive. He would always be taking his friends somewhere. Going to Winner for rolls, taking them to Dr. appointments, road trips to Yankton or Platte.

The Destructive Power of Prairie Fires

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On the prairie, it was a monster of destruction without pity, consuming everything before it.

“Every spear of hay which the farmers had gathered for winter feed is gone, the corn fields are all practically ruined and it is probable that the cattle which were saved will now have to be sold, as it will be impossible for the farmers to buy all their feed,” stated an article in the Aberdeen Weekly about a prairie fire that swept through western Brown County on Nov. 15, 1905, laying ruin to an area about 20 miles long and five miles wide.

Front End of School Year Brings Discussion of Start Time in Fall

By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

The end of the school year doesn’t necessarily bring about thoughts of the beginning of the next. In fact, kids would shun that topic.

But adults in Sioux Falls this spring were certainly considering the start of school next fall. They voted to push it back after Labor Day.

The tourism industry in South Dakota generally applauded this step by the biggest school district in the state.

Perhaps other districts would follow suit, it was thought. Assuring the availability of young adults of high school age, at least, as workers on the job through the traditional end of tourism season.

But support for tourism, or the appearance of it, won’t last for long, predicts Alan Armstrong, superintendent of the Colome Consolidated  School District.

“I’ll bet you in two years they’re going to be changing it (in Sioux Falls).” he says, “Because it just doesn’t work in South Dakota to try to start school after Labor Day.”

A Look at You… Kara Connot

connot kara look at you fotoBirthplace:  Aberdeen, SD

Family:  Husband Bob. Children Ben, 20, Molly, 17, Shea, 14, Jenna, 9, and Annie, 6.

Currently reside where:  Winner, SD

Occupation:  Paraprofessional at Winner Middle/High School

The best thing about my job is:  Watching a student “get it” after they have struggled for a long time.

My favorite childhood memory:  Spending time with my Grandma & Grandpa Leach.

When growing up, I wanted to be: Singer/Actress

My most prized possession:  Double Wedding Ring and Dresdan Plate quilts that my Grandma Leach made for me.

Favorite sports teams:  Any team that is playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Winner Rage.

Favorite current television shows:  Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS Los Angeles, Once Upon a Time, Big Brother, American Pickers, Teen Wolf … Oh my gosh, I watch too much TV.

Favorite past television shows:  Growing Pains, Friends.

Favorite movies:  16 Candles, Breakfast Club, The Cutting Edge, Steel Magnolias (Little fact about me – I was also in the play Steel Magnolias, once in college as Ouiser and also for the Winner Community Playhouse as M’Lynn)

Favorite actors:  Dennis Quaid, Ryan Reynolds

Favorite actresses:  Sandra Bullock, Julie Roberts

Favorite musician/band:  Hootie and the Blowfish

Favorite book(s)/author(s):  I love to read but I don’t have a favorite author.

Favorite publication(s) (newspapers, magazines):   HGTV, Country Living Sampler, Food Network TV

Favorite holidays and why: Thanksgiving…family and food.

Favorite Bible verse:  Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hobbies:  Refinishing furniture, painting, scrapbooking, reading, gardening.

Three things that can always be found in my refrigerator:  Milk, eggs, and something empty that my kids just put back in the fridge instead of throwing it away.

My favorite snack:  My Mom’s chocolate chip cookies. (I sure do wish she would make me some.)

Pet peeve(s):  Loud eaters!

Someone I most admire and why: My Grandma Leach.  She was just an amazing woman.

Three words that best describe me:  Three isn’t enough.

People would be surprised to know:  I can sing and I love to sing but I don’t like to sing in front of people any more.  Freaks me out.

I’ve never been able to:  Let my hair grow.

I wish I could stop:  Wayne Hopkins from group texting.

When nobody is looking, I:  Sing and dance.

I’m better than most at:  Making cream cheese mints.

I’d like to have a dollar for:  Every time I ask Bob to spell a word for me.

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: New York City to a Broadway play.

If I won the lottery: I would have a kick-butt scrapbook room with childproof security.

My definition of a great evening is: A nice supper with my family, my favorite shows or a book, and no interruptions.

A goal I have for the future: Finish all of my kids’ scrapbooks.

The best thing about where I live:  My family and friends.

If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s:  If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Public Hearings Fill Council Agenda

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Several public hearings were held at Monday’s meeting of the Winner City Council.

The council approved vacating a portion of Eisenhower Street and rededicating a portion to an alley for utility access. Upon the recommendation of the planning commission, the council approved the request if a curb cut and valley apron were installed and if the trees within the 20 foot area  for an alley be removed.

A variance was approved  for a  setback regulation for constructing a garage at 311 W. 5th St. The application was filed by Larry and Lindy Harkin.

Al Ferwerda’s application for a variance of setback regulations at the southwest corner of Roosevelt and 8th St was approved. He plans to build a two unit townhouse. Some of the neighbors who live in this area say these are two very busy streets and they were concerned about safety issues for children in the neighborhood. They said they would like to see a single house not a double unit being built. Mike Brown, the city’s zoning officer, explained the area is zoned R2 which allows for two family housing units.

The application of Ron Taggart for a variance of setback regulations at the northwest corner of 5th and Washington St. was approved. Taggart plans to build three two unit structures.

The council approved annexation of East Addition No. 3 for six lots for the Mathis Brothers.

The council approved the transfer of the liquor license from Sargents to St. Mary’s Hall for the Kerner-Novotny wedding on Jun 13.

The date of June 1 was set for  a public hearing for the malt beverage renewals for 2015-2016.

The council approved a resolution establishing the rental rates for 2015.

The council approved cleaning out Dog Ear Creek bridge and accepting the quote of $3,500 from Northern Plains Construction of Winner.

Police chief Paul Schueth reported there were 86 inmates in jail on Monday. He said the two college interns have started work.

The council awarded a bid for hot mix. The bid of Commercial Asphalt, Mitchell, $75 per ton to be picked up at the North Star plant was accepted. The other bidder was Morris Inc., Ft. Pierre at $79 per ton and to be picked up in Ft. Pierre.

Derald Bachmann told the council the Winner Youth Fishing Day will be held May 30 at the bass pond. He asked that the deposit of $250 be waived for this event. The council agreed to waive the fee.

Bachmann explained he has been approached by some families to use memorial money to place benches at the piers of the new bass pond. Bachmann was requesting if it was OK to install the benches. He explained he has enough money for about four benches. There are eight piers at the pond.

A Boy Scout has asked Bachmann if he can build a sign for the bass pond for an Eagle scout project. The council asked that a drawing of sign and specifications be presented to the city. The council will have the parks committee look at the plan.

Also discussed was a sign to placed at the bass pond listing the donors who gave money to help build the facility.

Jim Vaughn who lives at 870 Pine Street told the council he would like to buy a portion of lot next to his and put a garage on this lot. He wants to put a bathroom in the garage but the current ordinance says he cannot do this. Vaughn explained he would like to see the ordinance changed. The council’s ordinance committee will meet this week and take a look at this ordinance.

Tom Kauer of South Central Development Corporation told the council the Tripp County Office of Development has been moved to the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce office and that Karla Brozik, executive director of the Chamber is the interim development director.

Kauer explained about a year ago he asked if a sidewalk could be placed at 316st St to the highway near McDonald’s. Mayor Jess Keesis explained the state will be redoing the highway through Winner in 2020 and some changes could be made that intersection at that time.

The council will advertise for drainage project in the alley east of Main Street.

The city will get quotes for the replacement of the sewer main in the alley between 10th and 11th Street.

Mayor Keesis presented a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Service scholarship to Tawny Sherman. MRES supplies electricity to the city of Winner.

The council met in executive session to discuss personnel.