Are You Listening?

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Anna Nesseth is using Facebook and music to help people.

By Marsha Risseeuw
We are feeling it, the stress and anxiety of living in a very different world. In fewer than 100 days our lives have become something that we don’t understand, that makes us fearful, that makes us ask a lot of questions.

A few of the obvious indicators include a feeling of restlessness, hyperventilating, difficulty concentrating, a general sense of irritation.

Anxiety is a natural response to stress, but, let’s take a clue from the people around us who encourage us to not give into these dark forces.

I say to all of you, grab your cup of coffee, put on a smile and make this day great.

One lady in our community has found a way to help us do just that. Anna Hockett Nesseth began sharing one of her many talents with us on Facebook. With little technical experience, Anna set up the phone camera in her living room next to her much loved piano and let the music flow.

Two miracles happened, her music and her connecting to Facebook.

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Rose Kahler, 72

Rose Marie Kahler passed away March 29, 2020 after a brief bout with cancer at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Burke, SD.

Rose was born June 29, 1947 in Burke, SD to Glen and Lucine (Haidle) Smizer.

She attended school in Burke, graduating from Burke High School in 1966. After graduating, Rose attended beautician school in Nebraska.

She met Paul Kahler in 1968 they were married Sept. 4, 1970 in Winner, SD. To this union, two children were born, Tammy and Tim. They lived in Winner until 1976, when they moved to Sturgis, SD.

In 1980 she moved with her family to Rapid City, where she lived the rest of her life.

Rose did childcare until she retired in 2010. She enjoyed listening to country music, dancing, bingo, going out to lunch with her friends and spending time with her grandkids.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Arnold; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rudolph and Lucille Kahler and son-in-law, Ira Sharpfish.

Grateful for having shared in Rose’s live are her husband, Paul; her children, Tammy (Brian) Snyder of Burke and Tim (Felicia) Kahler of Rapid City; her grandchildren, Steve Kautz of Burke, Shawn (Monserrat) Sharpfish of Honolulu, HI, Shawna Sharpfish of Burke and Shawntel Sharpfish of Burke; brother-in-law, Rudy (Lori) Kahler of Winner, SD; nieces and nephews and many good friends.

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

A private family service will be held on April 13, 2020, with a memorial service to take place at a later date.

Marilynn Jiracek, 96

Marilynn Jiracek, 96, of Winner, SD, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner, SD.

Marilynn was born to Martha and John “Shorty” Hoy on Dec. 27, 1923.

Marilynn was a well-known seamstress in Winner and the surrounding area. She loved painting and listening to country music. She spent many hours tending her flowers and garden.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Foss, sister June Tappe, son-in-law Vernon, daughter-in-law Deb; grandchildren Colleen (Mark), Laurel (Mike), Shawn, Michael (Alaina), Terry (Shasta), Stacie (Shane), and Kevin (Sheena); along with her great grandchildren Alex, Shaun, Nicole, Siara (Hersh), Taylor (Sam), Jacquelynn, Shawn II,

Bruce, Riley, Payton, Harley, Madden, Stetson, Sawyer, Satyana; and great, great grandchildren Hudson, Saxton, Magnolia, Everly, and Rowdy, as well as many nieces
and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Sheryl, son Billy, sister Ada, and brothers Lawrence and Billy.

James Hedlund, 76

James LeMoyne “Bubba” Hedlund, 76, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2020 from cancer at Monument Health in Rapid City, SD.

Jim was born March 13, 1944 in Winner, SD to Floyd John and Florence Louella (Talcott) Hedlund.

He graduated from Winner High School in 1963, going on to college at National College of Business studying to be an accountant. In 1964 Jim decided to enlist in the United States Navy.

He served aboard the USS Yorktown and the USS America, reaching the rank of AE-2. He enjoyed his experiences while serving, but after 8 ½ years, he and his wife decided to leave the service so their children could get to know their grandparents.

Before leaving the service he went to Barber College at night while stationed in California to have an occupation once separating from the Navy.

He married the love of his life, Linda Kay Derry, on Aug. 27, 1966 in Winner, SD. They were blessed with a son, Brent Wade, in November 1968 and a daughter, Noelle Michelle, in February 1971.

His immediate and extended family was his greatest joy.

After leaving the Navy, Jim and family moved to Rapid City and he became the barber he studied so hard to be, but had the opportunity to join the Civil Service where he became a mechanic in the vehicle maintenance squadron at Ellsworth AFB for nearly 29 years.

Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with everyone he met. After moving his family to New Underwood, he was active in the New Underwood Booster Club, being especially interested in the football team on which his son played. He worked hard to help raise money for a new scoreboard and crow’s nest in which he was an announcer for a short time.

Jim also volunteered to be an assistant coach for the football team, of which he was so proud.

Jim and Linda moved the family back to Rapid City and the couple began square dancing, and Jim went on to become a square dance caller and an avid golfer.

Jim had always enjoyed his favorite NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, watching them religiously. He would yell at the TV, especially when his game would be interrupted by another game coming on.

He also enjoyed the Denver Broncos and enjoyed discussing the games on the phone with his son.

His is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Brent (Jysie Abucay) Hedlund and Noelle (Larry) Scoles; grandchildren, Robert (Jensen), Timothy, and Daniel (Halee) Oberhauser and Sheridan Hedlund; 5 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Carol) Hedlund; one sister, Valerie (Tom) Stevens; and many nieces and nephews; and since 2002 he had gained step-grandchildren, Larry Scoles II, Amanda (Kevin) Osborne, Katrina (Scoles) Zimmer, Elizabeth Scoles, Gabrielle Roth, and Allyssa Abucay, Andrea Abucay, and Linda Rose Abucay; as well as 7 step-great-grandchildren.

Jim will be laid to rest at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Council approves shutdown to curtail virus

By Dan Bechtold

Winner City Council in a special meeting at noon on Monday approved a temporary emergency ordinance closing down places that attract large crowds due to the coronavirus.

The reason for the ordinance is to slow the spread of virus.

Going into effect today (April 1) all restaurants, coffee houses, bars, breweries, dance clubs, cafes are closed to on-site sale to patrons.

These businesses may continue to operate to provide take-out delivery, curbside service and drive thru service.

Also on April 1 all recreational facilities are closed including parks, pools, heath and fitness facilities, social clubs, fraternal clubs, event centers, meeting halls, music and entertainment venues.

This includes movie theaters and live production theaters.

Also closed will be pool halls, video game arcades, video lottery casino operations, bowling alleys.

The vote to approve this ordinance was 5-0 with councilman John Meyer not at the meeting.

Mayor Jody Brozik said this ordinance will expire on June 15 however the city council will re-evaluate this ordinance every two weeks to seek what changes need to be made if any.

At Monday’s meeting, Dr. Will Manke, a Winner dentist, advised everyone that they should be wearing a mask to help stop the spread of this disease.

As he talked to the council, Manke was wearing a mask. He presented four reason why it is important for the general public to wear a mask.

His dental office has donated 500 masks to the city of Winner.

Bob Kucera, owner of Kucera Electric, had questions about the ordinance. He asked where is the city’s liability when they tell a business they have to shut down.

Brozik citied state statutes giving the city the authority to shut down a business in an emergency.

Kucera explained in his business they are doing everything to be safe. All workers carry hand sanitizer in their trucks and are diligent in washing of their hands.

Brozik explained during this health crisis there will be measures that will hurt all of us. “We need to stand together,” he said.

In other business, the council offered full time employment to Adam Boss in the police department at $19 per hour with full benefits and six months probation.

Full time employment was offered to Katherine in the police department at $19 per hour with full benefits and six months probation.

Full time employment in the water department was offered to Matthew Schroeder at $17.12 per hour with full benefits and six months probation.

The council tabled indefinitely the purchase of a water slide for the city pool at a cost of $22,365. Some of the council felt this was not the right time to be purchasing another slide when it is not known if the pool will open this summer due to COVID-19.

Voting no on this motion was councilman Jeremy Clay with the rest voting yes. Meyer was not at the meeting.

Mosquito spray from Van Diest Supply Co. in the amount of $27,752.40 was approved.

City attorney Amanda Work explained the new federal law on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave due to COVID-19.

These provisions will apply from April 1 through Dec. 31.

The next regular meeting of the Winner City Council will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 6.

Courthouse closed to stop spread of virus

By Dan Bechtold

As a proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tripp County Courthouse will close its doors to the public effective at 5 p.m. on March 24.

Also closed will be the Tripp County Library, Tripp County Highway Shop and Tripp County recycling center.

The decision was made at the county commissioners meeting on March 24.

All offices will remain staffed and will conduct business for the public via telephone, mail or e-mail until May 1 when the situation will be reassessed at that time.

All added fees for credit cards and postage will be waved at this time.

The east doors of the courthouse, that are handicapped accessible, will be open to the Tripp County court system only on regularly scheduled court days and on regular commissioner meeting days.

Office phone numbers and contact information will be posted on the front doors and on the Tripp County website HYPERLINK “”

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