True Value named business of the year

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Winner True Value was named the business of the year at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce banquet on Jan. 12. Accepting the award are Dan and Coleen Patmore, owners of the business. Making the presentation is Keenan Knutelski, right.

Winner True Value was named the business of the year at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday.

The True Value legacy begins with Marvin and Florence Broline. Marvin and Florence lived in Hamill where Marvin ran a repair shop. They decided to move to Winner and Marvin worked for Grossenburg’s.

One day in 1951  Marvin stopped in the local hardware store for something. The story goes that day or very soon after he went home and told his wife he bought a hardware store.  It was the Coast to Coast store on Main Street. At that time the business was 25′ by 50′. How many men can go home today and tell their wife they bought a business?

Velma Jean Broline of course worked for her parents. One day a young man came into the store to have a key made. Velma Jean made his key. It must have been pretty impressive because in 1956 they tied the knot. Velma Jean married William Duane Patmore.  For a number of years they worked the family farm, Velma was also  a teacher. In 1970 they took the leap and moved to town with their family and purchased the Coast to Coast from her parents. They raised three boys in the store, Dan, Tim and Sam.

In 1997 after 18 years of living in Rapid City Dan and Coleen and three children moved back to assist with the business.

Many things have changed over the years. Of course size of the business.. Back in the day Marvin would hand write up an order send it snail mail. After a period of time he would get a call from the depot his order was here and go pick it up.  Next you called in your order and read all the numbers of items and hoped for the best. If the numbers weren’t transposed you may get some surprises.

Forward to technology the thing was call a Xon you would hook it to your phone receiver and it would make a lot of sound like a fax and would send coded order over the phone.  Today we do a suggested order, edit it to our likening and the touch of a button the order is sent within seconds. Twenty four hours later the order arrives at the back door of the store.

In 2000 Coast to Coast merged with True Value and it has been Winner True Value ever since. Many things have changed over the years but one thing has never changed, customers are always first.

The Patmore children have been raised in the store, Arianne Boerner who works part time,  Ross who helps quit often with unloading truck and other times when Dan calls and says can you help. Ross is a teacher in the Winner School District. Samantha lives in Brookings.  The Patmores have 8 grandchildren ages 13 to a newborn on Jan. 12.

“We need to thank some special employees currently Evelyn Mahoney, Byron Foreman , Arianne Boerner , Mallory Thayer, Alana Supik and up until very recently Loraine Price.  Some special past employees, Pearl Chambers , Sharon Voskia and Molly Connot. For many years Evelyn, Sharon and Pearl were the ‘ONES’”, said Coleen Patmore in her speech at the Chamber banquet. 

“Most importantly we want to thank the customers who have become family. Thank you for supporting us and Winner True Value for over 70 Years,” said Coleen.

One act plays open Jan. 19

A night of one act plays will be presented Jan. 19, 20, 21 at the Winner Community Playhouse.

There will be two Winner High School plays and one middle school play. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with the doors open at 7 p.m.

For reservations, all the high school at 605-842-8125.

The contest one act play is “Whispers” and is directed by Sarah Taggart with Dan Patmore as the technical director.

The cast for the contest play include Maggie DeMers, Leah Wiechelman, Tessa Mann, Hayden McMurtrey, Justin Hausmann, Faith Covey, Addi Heenan and Amanda Blare.

The technical crew include Illyana Crabb, Cassie Shutt and Mallorie Thayer.

The Winner High School play sponsored by Winner Community Playhouse is “The Pitch.”

Sandra York directs this play.

The cast includes: Kierra Bainter, Iver Boerner, Luke Boerner, Illyanna Crab, Amanda Edwards, Jacob Manke, Noah Manke, Rowdy Moore, Terrel Chasing Hawk, Clay Sell and Mallory Thayer.

Technical help is Ainsley Henderson and Paige Sachtjen.

The middle school play is “Superheroes” directed by Ross Patmore.

The cast includes: Jackson Grossenburg, Rylan Assman, Avery Antelope, Avery Manke, Allie Littau, Allie Henderson, Evan Taggart, Brayden Woods, Peyton Jensen, Jocelyn Soles, Riley Peppel, Evan Balsiger, Wyatt Winfield, Shannon Rank, Aiden Hespe, Lena DeMers, Evan Littau, Suchi Chaudhari, Chloe Taggart, Jaxon Day and Jed Blare.

Steinke named employee of the year

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Debbie Steinke, left, secretary for the Tripp County 4-H office, was named the employee of the year at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. Making the presentation is Laura Kahler, former Tripp County 4-H Advisor

Deb Steinke has a passion for helping the 4-H program in Tripp County. She is very involved as the secretary of the 4-H office in Winner.  The office is located in the Tripp County Courthouse.

Deb welcomes everyone who walks into the office with a smiling face and friendly greeting.

Steinke was honored Jan. 12 as the employee of the year presented by the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce.

Long time 4-H advisor Laura Kahler, who is now retired from this position, made the presentation.

Kahler said many people in Tripp County have been impacted by Steinke’s work.

Her greatest passion is helping the 4-H program be successful for the youth to grow whether it is public speaking, riding horses, fashion revue or more.

4-H recognition night is always special with Steinke adding extra touches such as photos on the envelopes of special event award winners.

This year has been an especially demanding year. A year ago when Laura resigned the expectation of having a new advisor in place by May never happened.

“While others in her shoes may have decided it was time to retire, she has responded the only way she know how—working harder and staying focused on her goal of maintaining a successful program for the kids in the area, requiring more than her job description of secretary,” said Kahler at the presentation.

Until December, Steinke has worked alone in the office and continued to assure that key aspects of 4-H continued flawlessly.

Elks hoop shoot winners

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These are the participants in the Winner Elks Hoop Shoot held on Jan. 14. The event was held at the Winner auxiliary gym. There were 14 winners in various age divisions.

The Winner Elks Hoop Shoot was held Jan. 14 at the auxiliary gym.

The girls winners are:

Ages 8-9—Roslyn Konechne, 1st

Ages 10-11—Kenli Pollard, 1st; Taylee Gant, 2nd and Allie Tideman, 3rd

Ages 12-13—Katie Pederson, 1st

Boys winners include:

Ages 8-9—Lincoln Zeigler, 1st; Dawson Peppel, 2nd and Liam Grossenburg, 3rd

Ages 10-11—Haydon Grossenburg, 1st; Kyzn Bartels, 2nd and Carter Peppel, 3rd

Ages 12-13—Levi Heenan, 1st; Langston Dutt, 2nd and Riley Peppel, 3rd

Marriage retreat set for Feb. 10-11

A marriage retreat weekend will be held in Winner Feb. 10-11 at the Holiday Inn Express.

The event is limited to 60 couples and the deadline to register for a chance at a free drawing is Jan. 27. To register on line, persons can go to wma-winner area churches.com

The Winner Ministerial Association has paid for this event and there will be a free will donation.

On Feb. 10 the retreat will run from 6-9 p.m. with a meal and on Saturday it will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Plans are being made to provide child care. Roger and Brenda Daum of Restoration Ministries will present the program.