Richey Scores Two Hits

Austin Richey of Winner had two hits in four at bats including a RBI double as the University of Sioux Falls dropped an 8-2 decision to Cal State University, San Marcos.

The  Winner sophomore also had a stolen base  which gives USF 15 for the season.

Richey helped USF to a win in an earlier game in California. Richey had a run scoring double in this game.

Darbi Gustafson Wins Spirit of Sue

Darbi Gustafson, a senior on the Ethan basketball team, won the Spirit of Sue award at the State B tournament in Huron this weekend.

Darbi is  the daughter of Jeff and Janet (Bertram) Gustafson, formerly of Winner. Janet grew up in the Colome area.

Ethan won the state title with a 31-28 victory over Sully Buttes. This was Ethan’s first state tournament in 34 years.

Sully Buttes also has a Winner connection. Sully Buttes is coached by Mark Senftner, who is married to Lynn (Daughters) Senftner. Lynn grew up in Winner and is a graduate of Winner High School.

AAU Wrestlers Qualify for State

Several youths  competed in the regional AAU wrestling tournament Saturday in Mitchell.

There are 27 Winner youths who made it to state.

Results include:

6 and under—Ellison LaDeaux, 1st; Roukyn Robbins and Legend Benedict, both 2nd and Hudson, Peters, 3rd

7-8—Hunter Kahler, Ryken Orel, Kylah Biggins, all 1st; Rylan Robbins, Brody Calhoon, both 2nd.

9-10—Karson Keiser, Konner Osborn, Maxton Brozik, all 1st; Landon Calhoon, Parker Mathis and Coy Assman, all 4th

11-12—Kaden Keiser, Joey Cole, both 1st; Riley Orel, Owen Duffy, both 2nd; Kamryn Meek, 5th

13-14—Kaleb Osborn, Trevor Peters, both 1st; Aaron Gilchrist, 2nd; Landon Debus and Xavier Cadotte, both 3rd and Adam Cole and Cailob Week, both 4th

15 and 16—Wyatt Turnquist, Jaikob Week and Jamin Dougherty, all 2nd

The state tournament will be held in Brookings March 28 and 28 at the Swiftel Center.

The wrestlers advancing to state are: Ellison LaDeaux, Roukyn Robbins, Rylan Robbins, Legend Benedict, Wyatt Turnquist, Hudson Peters, Trevor Peters, Hunter Kahler, Brody Calhoon, Landon Calhoon, Ryken Orel, Riley Orel, Kylah Biggins, Karson Keiser, Kaden Keiser, Konner Osborn, Kaleb Osborn, Parker Mathis, Coy Assman, Maxton Brozik, Owen Duffy, Joey Cole, Aaron Gilchrist, Xavier Cadotte, Landon Debus, Jaikob Week and Jamin Dougherty.

Phyllis Jean (Harmon) Godel, 81

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Phyllis Jean (Harmon) Godel passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral service were held at 10 a.m.  Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Winner.  Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Phyllis Godel was born to Ethel L. Johnson and Harold Hough in Randolph, NE., on February 19, 1934. In 1937 her mother married Connelly D. Harmon and with her sister, Betty, moved to Scottsbluff, NE. She attended grade school up to the 8th grade when in 1949 they moved to O’Neill, NE. Phyllis was active in all school activities and it was there that she met her future husband, Don. She graduated with the class of 1952.

After high school she went to work for Consumer Public Power District for 3 years at which time Don was discharged from the Navy in 1954. In 1955 Don and Phyllis were married in O’Neill on February 20. To this union seven children were born. After they were married they moved to Norfolk, NE. They were only there a short time when they decided to move to Onawa, IA where their first son, Randy, was born and resided there for one and a half years. They moved to Scottsbluff, NE. and lived with her parents while working for her father until late 1956. They moved to Omaha, NE.  where their second son, Rick, was born in 1957. Don was a shoe salesman while living in Omaha. Due to a life threatening car accident to Don’s father, Loyd, the decision was made to move to Holdredge, NE to hold the job open for his dad. Then in the spring of 1958 Don took a job with Prangs Apparel store in Winner where they have resided ever since.

While living in Winner the five remaining children were born. During Phyllis’s years in Winner she enjoyed playing cards, shooting dice, golfing, bowling, gardening, putting together jigsaw puzzles, collecting Cornhusker memorabilia, and especially looked forward to watching all her children’s sporting events. She also looked forward to the annual Godel Reunion every summer. During her years Phyllis was employed as a secretary for the Extension Office for Ray Eihlers and Home Extension agent for Dorothy Benson. She was the High School secretary for Frank Oschner for five years then went to work for the ASCS office (now known as FSA). She worked there for 25 years retiring in 1994. In 1997 she went to work for the Winner Advocate and was employed there until her health required her to step away.

Robert John Putnam (Bob), 83

Robert John Putnam (Bob), a long time Bristol resident, passed away near his home in Mesa Arizona on March 12th, 2015, at the age of 83.

Born October 29, 1931 on a farm south of Dallas, SD, the eldest son of Francis and Bertha (Determan) Putnam.  He attended Sunnyside Grade School, a one room school house south of Dallas.  While attending Gregory High School, Bob worked for the Gregory newspaper.  After graduating, Bob joined the Marines and was stationed in Japan.  Returning from the service, Bob started working for the Gregory Farmers’ Union driving the gas truck.  He was hired as the manager of the Bristol Farmers’ Union and to Bristol was where he brought his bride, Mary Jane Lang Putnam.  Mary Jane was “quite” surprised when Bob informed her he had traded their house in town for a farm west of Bristol.  With five little children at this point, Bob decided they needed room to run.  The farm, the Farmers’ Union, and their family continued to grow.

Bob was an active member of the Bristol ST. Anthony’s Parish, and served as a board member.  He volunteered as Bristol Fire Chief and was also President of the Bristol School Board.  He loved sports, serving as a little league baseball coach.  He enjoyed watching his children play sports and perform.

At the age of 53, Bob and Mary Jane moved to California, where Bob began a new career in the Automotive business, working for his brother Joe.  He quickly became a manager, and continued in the automotive business until he retired.  Bob and Mary Jane moved to Mesa Arizona, where Bob soon became an avid golfer, often rising before dawn to play golf before the hot Arizona sun was too strong.

March Madness, South Dakota Style

by Katie Hunhoff

March is a great month for South Dakotans. Not only do we feel the first signs of spring but it is also the month of high school state basketball championships — an exciting end to a sport that has entertained us through a long winter. This year the girls’ championships are March 12-14 in Brookings, Watertown and Huron and the high school boys’ championship games are March 19-21 in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen.

Fortunately for today’s fans, games will be broadcast live on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Find the schedule on the SDPB website, That wasn’t always the case, of course, and some fascinating games in our state’s history can only be remembered by word of mouth.

In this month of March, we are also celebrating South Dakota Magazine‘s 30th anniversary, and so our March/April issue is a collection of some memorable stories. Gann Valley’s attempt at the state B championship in 1955 was included as one of our readers’ favorites. The article was written by John Miles, son of Gann Valley’s superintendent and basketball coach Q.C. Miles. Coach Miles saw the Buffaloes through to the state B tournament despite being underdogs and facing several setbacks throughout the season.

John starts the story by introducing Ray Deloria and Alfred St. John, two Native American students who enrolled at Gann Valley and boarded with the Miles family after the school at Fort Thompson closed. Both were great basketball players, so the Buffaloes had an unexpected boost in talent.

“Ray Deloria was a wizard in our young minds,” wrote Miles. “His hands were so quick he could entertain us with only a basketball — spinning it on his finger, rolling it along his arms, making it disappear. But what really captivated us was his dribbling — behind the back, through his legs, around in circles, toying with us, challenging us to get the ball. We never could.”

John’s family had moved to Gann Valley, a tiny town near the Crow Creek Reservation, four years earlier when Q.C became superintendent. Q.C was a decorated pilot in World War II who returned home disturbed by memories of war. He was drinking heavily. After marrying John’s mom, Lila, teaching and coaching kept him busy and his thoughts far from the war.

Gann Valley hadn’t won a basketball game since 1942, but the second year that Q.C. coached they won seven games, and a conference championship the third year. Q.C.’s problems with alcohol nearly got him fired that third year, but, Miles wrote, “talk died down amidst the excitement over the upcoming season.”

Part of the excitement pertained to the talented new Native American players. But they also brought challenges. “Fellow coaches told Dad he would never be able to get the Indians and whites to play together,” wrote Miles. “The Indians played with a different style and tended to stay apart, conversing in their native Dakota language.”

The Buffaloes won the season opener, with Ray Deloria doing most of the scoring. One white player handed in his uniform. “If this is the way it’s going to be, I’m going to quit,” he told Q.C. Another parent was upset that his son did not get to play in the first game. He sent a note to Q.C. that said, “He is better than any of those Indians and if you don’t start playing him more I’m going to the school board.”

Despite that rocky start, the Buffalos finished the season 29-4. Word had spread that Gann Valley was a team to watch, and Ray Deloria was a sideshow all by himself. The team went on to the state tournament in Huron, which Miles said must have felt like Madison Square Garden to the boys from Gann Valley. They drew a crowd of over 6,000 fans. But then, Miles wrote, “they fell flat,” and lost the first game. Most observers blamed it on nerves from the overwhelming crowd.

The next day, Gann Valley faced Selby, the tournament favorite that had also been upset in the opening round. Often the stands are far from full for consolation games, but 4,000 people showed up. “They were not disappointed,” John Miles wrote. Both teams played well but the Buffaloes won, which put them against Brandon for the consolation championship.

This time, 5,300 people arrived to see Gann Valley. “In the annals of South Dakota basketball the 1955 State B consolation championship game is of little significance, but try telling that to those that were there,” wrote John. His father agrees. “People to this day still come up and tell me it was the greatest basketball game they ever saw,” says Q.C., who now lives in Watertown. Ray Deloria was the star of the show, putting on one of the most amazing dribbling exhibitions ever seen in a tournament. He ran circles around Brandon. Gann Valley led for most of the game, but that lead dwindled in the third quarter. Q.C. asked Ray to stall the game to try to maintain their lead.

“People said they had never seen anything like it,” writes John. “Except for my family. We had seen it in our house and in our yard. Nobody was going to catch this guy. They could not foul him if they could not catch him. Desperate lunges came up with nothing. Ray dribbled constantly, sometimes so close to the ground it looked like he was rolling the ball. Sometimes he found the open man under the basket, and that was the difference in the game.

“At the buzzer, the players lifted Dad on their shoulders and paraded with him around the Huron Arena. Dozens of people congratulated him. ‘I just gave Ray the ball,’ he said.”

We wish SDPB had been filming the games in 1955. But who knows what might happen in 2015? And this year the cameras will be rolling. Enjoy March, madness and all, in South Dakota.

Checkoff Teams Up with Retailers to Sell Beef

When shopping at the meat counter, one thing consumers might notice is the sticker price of beef is higher than in years past. A number of factors influence the price of beef, including a smaller U.S. cattle herd, an ongoing drought, and an increased demand for U.S. beef around the world.

However, despite the higher price tag for beef, consumer demand for beef remains strong, thanks in part to the Beef Checkoff Program. A recent study of the checkoff showed a return on investment of $11.20 for beef producers.

The checkoff assessment is used for promotion, research, education and new product development, and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is placing a new emphasis on helping retailers around the state sell beef to consumers.

“The SDBIC is here to support retailers,” said Briana Burgers, SDBIC nutrition assistant and director of online communications. “We want to focus more on retail and in-store visits.”

Burgers has made several stops to visit with meat managers at area South Dakota grocery stores including Coborn’s, Hy-Vee, Sunshine and Family Thrift.

“In visiting with the meat managers, it was very apparent there are a few barriers in selling beef, including the price of beef, lack of consumer knowledge on beef preparation, and staff education,” said Burgers. “We took this feedback and developed a strategy to tackle these issues for the retailers.”

Burgers created an e-newsletter to stay in communication with the retailers. Each month, she focuses on a specific challenge grocers might face in moving product. For example, the e-blast suggested packaging “sweetheart steaks” for February, with two steaks displayed in a red, heart-shaped container.

“I was pleased to hear Coborn’s in Mitchell used this packaging idea to sell pre-cooked prime rib, just in time for Valentine’s Day,” said Burgers.

In March, the e-newsletter focused on National Nutrition Month, and grocers were sent information on the nutritional benefits of beef. She was also able to alert meat managers when 96% extra lean ground beef was certified as a heart-healthy option by the American Heart Association.

“We are trying to introduce a few different strategies for retailers to implement at the meat case including cross-promotion and point-of-sale-influencing,” said Burgers. “With cross-promotion, retailers share a breakfast recipe with beef and eggs and a burger recipe with coleslaw mix. The recipes are then placed by the eggs and coleslaw to prompt an unanticipated beef purchase when the customer is outside of the meat case.”

In point-of-sale-influencing, Burgers is offering promotional stickers for grocers to place on fresh beef.

“The stickers are fun and eye-catching and say things like ‘Dietitians dig me,’ ‘I’m lean,’ ‘Protein to power through your day,’ and ‘Surprise, I’m part of a heart-healthy diet,'” said Burgers. “All of our retail locations are receiving these stickers to use through March.”

In April, the e-newsletter will focus on employee education and addressing how meat managers can boost the beef knowledge of staff members.

“We will offer educational pieces that meat managers can share with staff including beef cuts, preparation, internal cooking temperatures, the list of lean cuts, etc.,” said Burgers.  “Consumers make decisions about what they want to buy to feed their families in the grocery stores, so it only makes sense for the SDBIC to work with retailers to promote and sell beef. Without providing retailers with materials, staff education and supplies, we can’t expect them to help sustain beef as a competitive protein.”

Country Pride Cooperative Gives Back By Investing $100,000 In SDSU Ag

Country Pride Cooperative is proud to announce that the Board of Directors committed to a $100,000 donation to the Headhouse and Greenhouse Facility along with the Cow-Calf Facility projects at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. The company will donate a total of $20,000/year for five years to the ag projects at SDSU. “This was a great opportunity for Country Pride Coop to recognize SDSU’s contributions and the value that the university brings to the ag industry. With this donation, Country Pride is investing in the future of agricultural,” explains Country Pride CEO Mike Trosen.  “Both facilities will be key in continuing research work in the ag industry and will also provide a great area to educate and train students for future careers in agriculture.  Helping provide a monetary contribution to the ag projects is part of our company’s cultural values and Country Pride feels honored to be part of the projects being constructed at SDSU Representatives from SDSU recently attended a Country Pride Cooperative board meeting to express their appreciation for the donation. Mike Barber, SDSU College of Ag Bio Development Director stated, “We wanted a chance to say thank you for this generous gift. Both projects are instrumental in helping us move to the next level in research and your donation is greatly appreciated. ”  Dr. David Wright, Dept. Head/Professor for Plant Science and Dr. Joseph Cassady, Dept. Head/Professor for Animal Science also attended and discussed the progress of the projects. The Cow-Calf project includes a main building with offices, laboratory space and conference center, a multipurpose building for maternity or livestock evaluation pens, a monoslope research building, and replicated pastures for grazing management. They expect it to be ready for students in the spring of 2016.

The Headhouse and Greenhouse Facility project construction will start in 2015. It will replace the old buildings that were built in the 1940’s which were closed recently due to safety concerns stated Dr. Wright. The new Headhouse and Greenhouse facilities will create 12,000 sq. feet of new space to teach, conduct research and enable extension opportunities for producers in South Dakota. Research in these facilities will positively impact agriculture through the production of new crop varieties and through discoveries that will improve pest control, disease resistance and stress tolerance in crops. Research on range plants and invasive species will also help livestock producers across the state better utilize their pastures and grasslands. o ignored

According to both SDSU department heads the enrollment in the College Ag Bio has seen strong increases and is expected to continue. The new facilities will assist with meeting the needs of those students.

Beef Protocol

By Robin Salverson

SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist



The Beef Reproduction Task Force composed of representatives of the AI and pharmaceutical companies, veterinarians and reproduction specialists have developed based on research data and field use a list of recommended synchronization protocols for use in cows in 2015. The protocols can be found in the AI catalogs and on the Beef Reproduction Task Force website.

Recommended Protocols & Useful Tools

Take note that not all protocols are for both cows and heifers. There is a difference in physiological response between heifers and cows. It is important that you use a cow protocol. Likewise, follow the protocol, give the proper hormone injection or insert at the right time and don’t expect to jump-start all cows that are not cycling. To help increase the success of the synchronization protocol cows need to be at a body condition score of 5 or better during breeding season and be at least 50 days post calving. If there are young, thin and or late calving cows in the herd, it is likely they are not cycling. The addition of a progestin such as CIDR® in the protocol can help jump-start some of these non-cycling cows. However, caution needs to be taken, CIDR® or other progestins are not the “cure all” for thin, young and late calving cows. Consideration needs to be taken whether it is cost effective to synchronize these cows. An evaluation of the nutrition program is recommended if a high percentage of cows are not cycling.

Handling Tips

It is tempting to give a cow an injection in the rump, because there is the belief that cull cows solely end as hamburger beef. However, a majority of the “middle meats” such as ribeye rolls, short-loins, strip-loins, along with round are marketed as such. Therefore, Beef Quality Assurance guidelines should be followed when giving all injectable hormones. Secondly, giving the injection in the rump does not increase the efficacy or speed of the hormone because it was administered “closer to the ovary”. All drugs must enter the blood system and travel to the heart and lungs before reaching the target organ (i.e. ovaries).

When handling all hormones including CIDR® wear latex or non-latex gloves regardless if you are a man or a woman. Example, prostaglandin is a smooth muscle contractor, our intestines are the largest smooth muscle in the human body. If prostaglandin is absorbed through the skin it can “tie up” the digestive system. Additionally, the hormones function in the human body like it does in a heifer therefore, extreme care should be taken when handling all synchronization hormones.

Protocol Categories

The recommended cow estrous synchronization protocols have been put into one of three categories:

Heat Detection Protocol

Heat Detection and Timed AI Protocol

Fixed Time AI Protocol

1. Heat Detection Protocols: Cows in these protocols should be inseminated 6 to 12 hours after the first observation of standing heat. During peak heat activity which is approximately 48 to 72 hours after prostaglandin; heat detection should occur at a minimum of 3 times per day for at least 1 hour per check for a total of 3 hours with 5 to 6 hours of heat detection being better. Refer to the SDSU Extension publication HYPERLINK “”Detection of Standing Estrus In Cattle for more information on detecting heat. The heat detection protocols for cows include:

Select Synch

Select Synch + CIDR®

PG 6-day CIDR®

2. Heat Detect and Time AI (TAI) Protocols: These protocols include a combination of both heat detection and timed insemination. Cows observed in heat should be inseminated 6 to 12 hours after standing heat. After approximately 3 days of heat detection, all cows not showing heat after PG injection will be given an injection of GnRH and inseminated (i.e. timed insemination). The amount of time spent on heat detection is reduced and early responders have a better chance of conceiving compared to a single fixed-time AI. The Heat Detect and Timed AI protocols include:

Select Synch & TAI

Select Synch + CIDR® & TAI

PG 6 –day CIDR® & TAI

3. Fixed-Timed AI (TAI) Protocols: In a fixed-time, all cows are inseminated at a pre-determined time no heat detection occurs. It is important, when considering these fixed-time AI protocols, only synchronize the number of cows that can be inseminated in a 3 to 4 hour period. Fixed-Time AI protocols include:

7-day CO-Synch + CIDR®

5-day CO-Synch + CIDR®

PG 5 –day CO-Synch + CIDR® (For Bos Indicus cows only)

Using the Estrus Synchronization Planner can help you develop you compare synchronization protocols and develop a synchronization and breeding calendar for both cows and heifers. The planner can found on the  Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle website as a free download.

Wildfire Awareness Month “Tame the Flame” Poster Coloring Contest

To kick off the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month, South Dakota Wildland Fire is calling all kids, ages 3-12, to showcase their artistic abilities in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest.

This year’s entries will reflect the theme: “Tame the Flame.” Kids living in South Dakota are eligible to participate. All entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2015. Only one entry per child is allowed and submitted posters must be completed by the child with no outside assistance. Each entry must include a completed entry form. Paint, markers, crayons or colored pencils are mediums that may be used. 

The contest will have two age brackets with a prize awarded to each group.

•        Group 1 (Ages 3-7) Contestants submit the official “Campfire Dead Out” poster.

•        Group 2 (Ages 8-12) Contestants submit the official “Firefighter and Friends” poster.

A Smokey Bear plush toy will be awarded to the contest winners in each category on or before May 31. Posters will not be returned.

The coloring posters and entry form may be downloaded and printed from the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month website at this link:!coloring-contest/c1tkc.

All submissions must be mailed to: 

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

Attn: Cindy Hansen

3305 W. South St.

Rapid City, SD 57702

For more information, contact Cindy Hansen at (605) 393-8011 or email