Oral Interp Competes at Regional

Winner High School oral interp team competed at the regional in Chamberlain.

Results of the WHS students include: Presley Foudray and Kayla Natoli, 5th in duet; Andrew Taylor, 5th in storytelling; Megan Brozik, 5th in poetry; Shelby Scott, 5th in humorous; Presley Foudray, 7th in serious and Madyson Morehart, 5th in non-original oratory.


Hollenbeck to Perform in Lead

Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield will be among the performers at the Black Hills Cowboy Christmas concert and dance Dec. 9 at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead. Hollenbeck will be performing several of her poems.
This year’s event feature 15 performers.

The matinee show is at 2 p.m. and the evening show is at 7:30 p.m.

Students Explore Agriculture Topics

Tripp County high school students are taking part in the 4-H Science of Agriculture challenge. This is put on by the SDSU extension to encourage a team of middle/high school youth to explore an agriculture topic that is relevant to their community.

In the spring of 2018, participants will attend a statewide event to present their 4-H science in agriculture projects which will be evaluated and judged.

In Tripp County, cattle and pheasants are two important agriculture industries and so the team is looking at how pasture land can provide pheasant habitat. This project is a cooperation between Tripp County 4-H, Winner FFA and Rosebud chapter of Pheasants Forever. Pheasants Forever member worked with landowners to set up sites for the group to visit on Nov. 17 and the chapter sent a lunch along for the participants.

During the field trip, members observed each pasture and took notes on what food, shelter and water may be available to the birds as they prepare for winter.

Pheasants Forever biologist Jessica Downey and Jimmy Doyle, SDSU extension natural resources field specialist attended to help participants identify characteristics of each site that could help or hurt the pheasants survival through the winter.

In the spring, the group will go to the same sites to evaluate their quality for pheasant nesting habitat.

Sportsmen, Retailers Join Forces to Promote Hunting

By Dan Bechtold

Hunting and shooting remain two of the country’s most popular sports and pastimes. Plenty of hunting stories have been told through the generations and across the country. What hasn’t been widely told is the story of hunting—in particular the impact it has on the economy.

Hunting Works for South Dakota is a new organization that advocates for public policy that supports jobs and economic prosperity.

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the local development corporation recently joined Hunting Works for South Dakota.

FFA Students Place at District Meeting

Madyson Morehart won first place in employability skills at the district Future Farmers of America meeting in Mitchell on Nov. 13.

Also placing were Luke Henenbold, 2nd in ag broadcasting; Matthew Hartley, 2nd in prepared public speaking.
Senior parliamentary procedure won second and this team is made up of Casey Stickland, Matthew Hartley, Katy Lantz, Luke Hennebold, Elijah Blare and Alex Schaeffer.

All of the above students will advance to the state meet in Pierre on Dec. 3-4.

Chapter conduct of meetings won third place and are alternates for state. The members are Teresa Taylor, Meagan Blare, Landon Thieman, Aaron Gilchrist, Chase Boerner, Evan Farner and Tane Pravecek.

Katy Lantz was elected as the 2017-2018 District IV sentinel and Ryder Mortenson was elected as the 2017-2018 District IV student advisor.

Winners Named at Feeder Calf Show

The Tripp County feeder calf show was held Nov. 18 at the Tripp County fairgrounds in Winner.

This show is in its fourth year and was started when the Western Junior Livestock Show in Rapid City was cancelled due to the Atlas blizzard. This show is sanctioned by the South Dakota Junior Point Show Association.

The South Dakota Junior Point Show was organized to recognize youth who participate in showing beef, sheep, swine and goats throughout the state of South Dakota. Exhibitors range in age from 8 to 21 and accumulate points at different sanctioned shows across South Dakota. Year end awards are given out to the top exhibitors during the South Dakota State Fair.

At the 2017 Tripp County show there were just under 100 head of cattle and 56 exhibitors. The exhibitors include 13 from Tripp County area with others from Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. Several exhibitors traveled over 250 miles one way to attend this show.

Jake Scott from Gordon, Neb., was the judge for this year’s show. He works in market and customer relations for Krebs Ranch. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University where he judged livestock and majored in animal science.
The SDJPS mandates that the show must include classes for specific breeds and these include: steer breeds: Angus. Charolais, Chi, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Simmental, shorthorm, shorthorn plus, Limousin, Gelbveih and crossbred.

Heifer breeds: Angus, Charlois, Char composite, Chi, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, MaineTainer, miniature breeds, red Angus, Simmental, foundation Simmental, shorthorn, shorthorn plus and commercial.

Bovine Tuberculosis Confirmed in Cattle Herd

Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Tripp County beef herd.

The infected cow was identified by meat inspection during a routine inspection in October by a Texas slaughterhouse and official records linked the cow to Tripp County herd, according to state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic respiratory disease of cattle and infected animals can transmit the infection to other animals in close proximity.

“We are working closely (United States Department of Agriculture) officials, area veterinarians, neighboring herd owners and wildlife officials to evaluate the extent of he disease,” Oedekoven said.

Officials investigation will look to determine the source of the infection and precautions have been put in place to protect the health of the state’s cattle industry, Oedekoven said.

Country Girl Learning to Thrive in a Foreign City

By Tina DeJong

How could growing up on a ranch in what many consider the “middle-of- nowhere” prepare one for thriving in a foreign city? To go from wide open spaces to mile after mile of high rise buildings, from blue skies and fresh air to gray skies and pollution, being around people who grew up knowing all your neighbors and most everyone in town to not even knowing what your neighbors look like because your schedules are so different you don’t see one another, then to top it off, all the signs are in a completely different language and the main way of communicating with people is through charades because you cannot understand one another’s language – that should lead to homesickness, culture shock, and quickly finding a way back to “safety.” At first glance, the differences seem too immense to overcome and one would think that the country bumpkin would not even be able to last one day in a high-tech city! However, by God’s grace, He has shown me how to apply the lessons I learned growing up in the loving Winner community to thrive in this very different part of His world.

Country kids learn the importance of family and friends at a very young age. We work side-by-side in family businesses, share in one another’s joys and tears, and know that we can trust our loved ones to be there for us through thick and thin. Sure, we fight like cats and dogs at times, but that is one of the things that makes us stronger and it ends up bringing us closer as we work through our differences to understand one another better.

Of course there is the lesson of hard work and responsibility that go hand- in-hand. It is satisfying to work along side parents and mentors getting jobs done each day to keep the business going. I can still remember being almost eight when I was able to rake hay and finish planting my first field of oats/alfalfa. After being able to accomplish a task well then I could learn a different one, such as stacking bales, baling, and eventually windrowing! This process not only built up my sense of responsibility, it helped to cultivate a caring attitude toward the world around me.

Agriculture is not about being the most famous or the richest, but it is about developing the atmosphere where everything lives. We put in long hours of research and manual labor to produce the food that fuels the world. Hardly ever do we get recognized for it and if someone gets sick we may get blamed for it, so why do we do it? Because we care for those around us and have the hope that things will get better.

Flexibility is a must as the weather may not cooperate with what we wanted to do, something may break down, or an accident may happen. Instead of pouting about it, we figure out what we can do even with the current weather, fix what broke (pretty much anything can be fixed with duct tape, baling wire, and pliers!), or take time to help where the need is.

Those were the exact lessons that I needed to learn in order to be able to thrive in a big Chinese city. Getting to know good friends was the first important key. People who could show me where to buy what I need and who could help translate for me. These new friends have become like family as they are always there for me.

Figuring out how to do the jobs I was given well was my next task. Yes, it is a challenge to learn how to read signs or figure out what bus route to take, but so was learning to back up a tractor and feed wagon. With practice and
determination it becomes easier and I can now order food (knowing what I am ordering) along with navigate to a new place in town that someone recommends to visit.

My level of flexibility had to increase as I learned that time schedules are a suggestion and so are most “rules” for that matter. A visitor shows up in town and everything gets dropped to spend time with them. Someone is coming to fix your refrigerator and says they will come in the morning, but does not show up until early evening. You are standing in “line” when the two people who came in the door right after you are suddenly right next to you and then ahead of you – lines don’t really exist, you just need to keep pushing forward in the mass of people and remember not to leave any space between you and the person in front of you. When visa paperwork is due, you leave to do it whether you are in the middle of teaching a class or not. These are all things that have brought up some frustration at one time or another, but just as I learned to adjust my schedule and behavior at home based on life factors that are out of my control; I have learned to adjust here as well.

Part of that adjustment means studying the language to be able to better communicate. Joining a gym in order to make sure I get enough physical exercise each day – everything is conveniently located within a ten minute walking distance or I could have everything ordered straight to my door, so unless I make an effort physical exercise does not happen. As winter comes and the air quality gets really bad (pretty much in the hazardous range for three months) I’m sure to wear a mask outside and keep an air purifier on inside.

Then finally just as I had to pay attention to my surroundings on the ranch in case something was out of the ordinary and needed attention – such as extra water running on the ground indicating a leak or my horse getting high headed and perking up his ears because there was something coming over the hill – I need to watch the behavior of people around me. If there is a big crowd of people around a shop, there is probably a big sale going on and now would be a good time to stock up on cheap necessities. Using those careful observations is how I got to know the rhythm of the city: exercisers and breakfast shop owners out between 6:30-7:00am, people start heading to work between 8-9am, most stores open around 9 or 9:30, lunch from around 12 to 1 and then time for tea and Mahjong until around 3, then dinner can be anywhere from 6 to 9 followed by more tea and Mahjong. There are things that can be fast paced, but for the most part it is a pretty laid back city where people enjoy one another’s company and spicy food. I still prefer the country and I miss the wonderful community back home, I am currently happy and content with where God has placed now and how He has used the people around me both at home and here in China to show His love to me! So feel free to come and visit me anytime! My schedule is flexible and we can see pandas, drink tea, watch a mask changing show, play some Mahjong and bargain for goods in the market. Things are definitely different, but if you’re from the country you can thrive!

Blessings, Tina DeJong


Volunteers Needed for Salvation Army Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army in Winner will be dusting off their red kettles in preparation for their traditional Christmas kettle campaign. Bell ringers have been a familiar site at the Shopko in Winner and kettles placed at several area businesses throughout the Christmas season.

The bell ringing season will kick off on Nov. 24 at Shopko in Winner and run through Dec. 24.

A total of 90 percent of the funds raised during the campaign stay in the Salvation Army Winner unit to assist families.

Last year more than 124 people received assistance from the Salvation Army in Winner and Tripp County. All funds raised are used locally for services such as a disaster due to fire, aid to residents, groceries and special projects that benefit the community youth and members. The Salvation Army Winner unit distributed 132 backpacks to area youth and schools.

The bells will be run Monday through Saturday and there will be no bell ringing on Sunday. The time for bell ringing will be 10 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m.

Organizations can pick a day and split it up into shifts among the members.

Persons can contact Shana Flakus at 842-2736