Quiz Bowl Team Takes 2nd

The Winner High School quiz bowl team competed in the Q 107.3 competition on Jan. 6 in Mitchell.

The Winner team made up of Jacob Clay, Ronae Klein and Mary Calhoon took second place and won $500.

In the first round, Winner battled McCook Central and came out on top 6-5. Both teams entered the competition with no losses.

In the second round, Winner took on Hanson and were defeated by 2.

The third and fourth round Winner defeated Hanson 6-4, 6-5.

The final round, after two tie breakers, Winner lost by one to Hanson.

The competition began with 32 teams with radio competition and eliminated several teams down to 8 teams that were able to travel to Mitchell for the live competition.

Matches started in October and there were 63 total matches.

Handcock Becomes Partner at Animal Clinic

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Dr. Laura Handcock has become a partner at Animal Clinic of Winner.

She has worked at the veterinary clinic in Winner for three years and became a partner before Christmas.

The other partners are Dr. John Voegeli, Dr. Tom Covey, Dr. Eric Heath with Dr. C.A. Owen as an associate.

Born and raised in Australia, Handcock is really excited to be partner. “As soon as I started working in Winner I wanted to be a partner as soon as I could,” she said.

Dean’s List

Brandon Bicek of Winner has been to the fall semester dean’s list at Northern State University.

Named to the fall honors list at Dakota State University are Isaac Kortan of Colome; Blenda Hadsall and Tawny Sherman, both of Winner.

Area students have been named to the fall dean’s list at the University of South Dakota.  Named to the dean’s list are: Mariah Kinzer and Sarah Shippy, both of Colome; Bailey Volmer, Cohl Turnquist, Colby Curtis, Colton Best, Molly Sperlich, Natalie Gronlund, all of Winner.   Named to the academic honors list at USD are Kaitlyn Labahn and Sissy Orel, both of Winner.


South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Bertram Murder Conviction and Life Sentence

Picture Courtesy of Mitchell Daily Republic

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the first degree murder conviction and life sentence without parole of Russell Ray Bertram, a former law enforcement officer, for the shooting death of his fiancée Leonila Stickney.

“The South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the jury’s guilty verdict in this 2009 death case that could have likely gone unsolved but for the hard work of investigators and prosecutors,” said Jackley. “Bertram’s callous disregard for his fiancée Leonila was evident and he is being held responsible for her tragic death.”

The South Dakota Supreme Court rejected all of Bertram’s claims. The evidence revealed that even though Bertram was in bankruptcy and had debt exceeding $100,000 he purchased two life insurance policies on Leonila’s life totaling $920,000 with himself as the sole beneficiary. The jury also heard about his sexual encounters with other women immediately prior to Leonila’s death. The State argued all this evidence was relevant to Bertram’s motive for killing his fiancée and the Court agreed.

Bertram was convicted by a Gregory County jury in September 2016 and was sentenced to life without parole for first degree murder.

Wrestlers Win Tri Valley Meet

Winner Area wrestling team had five champions and won first place at the Tri Valley tournament on Saturday.

The five champions were Atlas Willuweit, Riggin Shippy, Sam Kruger, Wyatt Turnquist and Kaden Keiser.

Also placing for Winner were Jack Kruger, 4th; Riley Orel, 3rd; Trevor Peters, 3rd; Preston Norrid, 3rd; Owen Duffy, 5th; Achilles Willuweit, 3rd and Elijah Blare, 3rd.

Winner Area wrestlers will host a triangular with Kimball and Philip on Friday and on Saturday, Jan. 20, is the big Winner Invitational wrestling tournament.