Winner High School Class of 1986

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The Winner High School Class of 1986 held their 35th reunion at homecoming. Pictured in front from left are Mel Williams, Winner; Chris Phillips, Chamberlain and James Mathis, Winner.
Two of the men in front are holding pictures of classmates who died Randy Condon and James Schmit. Second row from left are Lana (Pajl) Stickland, Winner; Todd Pravecek, Winner; Toni Vavra, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Jill (Giessinger) Langer, Gettysburg; Jane (Mechaley) Moser, Winner; Marty Pederson, Winner and Jean (Brown) Clark, Winner. In back from left are Amy (Steppat) Meinen, Gregory; Troy Best, Ideal; Ben Risseeuw, Plankinton; Laura (Schramm) Goodhope, Sioux Falls; Sam Goodhope, Sioux Falls; Wayne Hopkins, Arlington; Jason Jares, Pierre and Dr. Tom Covey, Winner.

Golfers place 2nd in pre-regional

Ryder Halligan led the Winner boys golf team at the pre-regional held Sept. 20 in Pierre.

The Winner golfer placed fifth with a 79. Halligan was followed by Karson Keiser who took seventh shooting an 82.

Landon Calhoon placed 10th and Maxton Brozik, 11th.

Carter Craven placed 18th.

As a team, Winner  took second with an 334. First place went to Parkston with a 329.

The Region 3A  golf meet was held Monday, Sept. 27 in Pierre.

Bike riders to travel through Winner

Cal’s Angels “War on Wheels” bike ride will travel through Winner on Oct. 1.

Cal’s Angels is a leading pediatric cancer nonprofit.

The ride will kickoff at Mt. Rushmore on Sept. 29.

Riders will bike nearly 1,000 miles from Mount Rushmore to St. Charles, Ill. to support pediatric cancer patients.

The route on Oct. 1 is Murdo to Winner and then Oct. 2 Winner to Platte. The group will have a rest day in Platte on Oct. 3.

There will be about 20 cyclists raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research and Cal’s Angels wish program.

The ride will end Oct. 11 in Illinois.

One new COVID case in Tripp County

Tripp County had one new confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Monday.

There are 26 active cases in the county.

Statewide, there were 287 new cases on Monday with 96 probable.

Recently, the S.D. Department of Health reported 10 South Dakotans have died due to COVID-19. That is the most virus deaths reported in a single day since February.

The number of statewide active cases has remained steady at 7,700.

New COVID-19 hospitalizations also remain steady and there are currently 184 persons hospitalized with the virus.

South Dakota’s death toll stands at 2,125.

South Dakotans have increasingly sought to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In the past month, 29,000 people have gotten an initial vaccine shot.

About 51 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated

A booster shot from Pfizer has been approved and will be available to persons over the age of 65 and high risk groups  in the state.

Approval is still waiting for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson booster shot.

Joyce Hermsen, 95

Services for Joyce Hermsen, 95, of Norfolk, Neb.,  will be at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk, NE. The Rev. Allan Stetz O.S.B. officiated for the funeral Mass at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m.  Graveside services were Monday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Colome Cemetery. A luncheon followed at St. Isadore’s Catholic Church basement, in Colome.

Joyce died on Sept. 22, 2021, at Faith Regional Services in Norfolk, NE. Brockhaus-Howser-Filmer Funeral Home in Norfolk is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce was born in Colome, S.D. on July 26, 1926, to Leon and Hilda (Stockman) Rehberg. She passed to eternity on Sept. 22, 2021, in Norfolk, NE.

  Joyce graduated from Colome High School in 1943 and was married to Albert Hermsen Jr. the same year. Joyce and Al made their home in Winner, S.D. and had three children, Garry (deceased as an infant), Gayle (Sister Kevin) of Norfolk and Gregory of Seattle.

Joyce was known as a great cook and meticulous housekeeper. She and Al traveled extensively during their marriage, visiting several countries in Europe and Asia. Al died in 1997 and Joyce continued to live in Winner until 2014 when she moved to the Meadows senior living facility in Norfolk, NE. She enjoyed having Sister Kevin closer and Greg visited often from Seattle.

She is preceded in death by her husband Al; infant Garry; her parents; and her two sisters, Shirley Mitchell and Mary Olson. Joyce’s mother Hilda died while Joyce and her sisters were still small children. They were raised by their maternal aunt, Clara Dedlow and her husband Ed on a farm near Colome. Their cousin Earlean Dedlow was a special “big sister” to them.

She is survived by her daughter, Sister Kevin of Norfolk; her son, Greg of Seattle, WA; two granddaughters, Marissa Hermsen of Seattle and Monica (John) Wisniewski of Bellingham, WA; three great-grandsons, Elijah, Ashton, and Ezren Wisniewski.

Several Tripp County 4-Hers received ribbons at the State Fair.

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Tripp County 4-Hers displayed many items and received numerous ribbons at the State Fair.

Results from Tripp County include:

Display Exhibits   

Aerospace & Rocketry       Blue -Lena DeMers & Ryken Kaup

Clothing & Textiles  Purple – Maggie DeMers  Blue – Lena DeMers

Electricity – Purple – Katie Welker, Elizabeth Wonnenberg

                Red – Cierra Bordeaux

Engineering – Purple – Elizabeth Wonnenberg

First Aid – Purple – Cierra Bordeaux

             Blue -Allie Littau

Foods & Nutrition – Purple – Amanda Edwards & Allie Littau

Health – Purple – Cierra Bordeaux

Home Environment – Purple – Madisan Graber, Elizabeth Wonnenberg

                           Blue – Miranda Fisher, Madisan Graber (2)

Photography – Purple  Lena DeMers, Maggie DeMers, Amanda Edwards, Bailey Fairbanks (2) Miranda Fisher, Madisan Graber, Chloe Kendall, Hudson Peters, Jocelyn Soles, Katie Welker (2)

Blue – Maggie DeMers,Amanda Edwards, Bailey Fairbanks(2), Chloe Kendall, Hudson Peters & Jocelyn Soles

Robotics – Blue –    Elizabeth Wonnenberg

Shooting Sports – Purple Katie Welker

Swine – Purple – Maggie DeMers

Visual Arts – Purple – Avery Antelope, Nadia Millian & Leah Wiechelman

                 Blue – Amanda Edwards, Chloe Kendall, Nadia Millian (2)

                       Red – Chloe Kendall


Showmanship – Purple-  Maggie Demers

                  Blue – Lena DeMers & Elizabeth Wonnenberg

Breeding Beef Blue – Elizabeth Wonnenberg (2)

Market Beef     Purple – Lena DeMers & Maggie DeMers

Dairy Cattle    

Showmanship – Blue – Bailey Fairbanks, Hudson Peters, & Miranda Fisher

Dairy Cattle     Purple – Grand Champion any other Breed Cow Miranda Fisher

                    Reserve Grand Champion Grade Holstein  Hudson Peters

                    Blue –  Bailey Fairbanks & Hudson Peters

Meats Goats    

Breeding Meat Goat – Purple – Bailey Fairbanks (3)


Market Sheep    Blue – Allie Littau & Evan Littau


Showmanship – Purple-  Brianna Bilchrist & Elizabeth Wonnenberg

        Rabbits – Purple – Brianna Gilchrist (4), Jaelyn Assman & Elizabeth Wonnenberg (4)

Youth in Action    

Fashion Revue        Blue – Cierra Bordeaux

Public Presentations– Purple – Bailey Fairbanks & Amanda Blare & Allie Littau