Shannon Duffy is the Newly Elected President

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Shannon Duffy is the newly elected president of the National Rural Letter Carriers Junior Auxiliary at this years convention held in National Harbor, Maryland. Her father, Brad Duffy, is a member of the South Dakota Rural Letter Carrier organization and one of its past presidents.

The National Rural Letter Carriers organization is comprised of three areas: Association, Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary. The Junior Auxiliary is made up of children and grandchildren of rural carriers between the ages of 6 and 20. When the child/grandchild reaches the age of 14, he/she is able to run for a spot on the board, vote on new members of the board and policy changes. As president, Shannon will be responsible for the planning of activities for next year’s convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, she will appoint people to several offices at the national level and run the business meetings. Other board members include: 1st Vice President Cassandra Lynn of Missouri, 2nd Vice President Ruby Halcomb of Colorado, Secretary Josh Hackett of New York and Treasurer Chavannah Chesnut of Indiana.

Lee Honored with Modern Woodmen Award

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Mel Lee was recently honored for his community service by Modern Woodmen of America.

As a volunteer, he is one of the first to step up when needed. Lee, the owner of Mel’s Auto, received a bouquet of candy and good wishes just in time to share with his regular buddies during the social time at the shop.

Lee graduated in 1971 from Gregory High School and joined the National Guard the same year. He completed officer candidate school in 1981. While in the guard, he served in operation Desert Storm as a liaison officer where he received the bronze star. He retired in 1991 as a captain.

He has continued his service to veterans as a volunteer driver for the DAV van and spearheads the annual fundraiser to keep the van going.

Also, Lee is a member of the VFW and the Legion and often serves as a member of the honor guard. He is a member of the retired officers association of the National Guard.

Most recently, Lee and his crew organized and served the annual Labor Day barbeque. In addition to his connection to the military organizations, he presents Winner’s bid for the Legion baseball tournament at the state meeting.

Lee is a member of the Methodist Church, the Izaak Walton League, Winner Area Chamber of Commerce, Pheasants Forever and Shriners. He said “volunteering comes easy; it’s fun to do good things.”

He received the candy bouquet and a $100 gift for his favorite charity from the fraternal department of Modern Woodmen chapter 4414 of Winner.

Petersek Placed 4th

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Linkyn Petersek won fourth place in the tie down calf roping average over the Labor Day weekend at the South Dakota timed event championship.

Petersek roped a 14.10 to finish sixth in the first go around. He had a 13.66 second run in the second go to land him in fourth in the average with a 27.76 on two runs.

This is Petersek’s first time to compete in the timed event championship as he is now 14 years old. He also competed in the team roping and breakaway roping events.

The South Dakota timed event championship is not just an average rodeo. Approximately 100 youth compete for the title during the State Fair in Huron. They must be between the ages of 14-19 years old to enter.

Thousands of dollars worth of prizes including a championship trophy, Featherlite trailer, scholarships, trophy saddles, jackets and jeans, just to name a few were awarded.

Contestants will choose 3 to 6 timed events to compete in. These events include: calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, and goat tying.

Boys and girls compete against each other to determine South Dakota’s timed event champion.

Champions are determined based on a point system

New Pastor Named at Baptist Church

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Justin Wheadon is the new pastor of First Baptist Church of Winner. He was installed as the pastor on Sunday, Sept. 17.

There was an opening at the church when Pastor Bruce Miller moved.

Wheadon said he heard of the opening from the Moody Bible Institute job site.

In July, Wheadon came to Winner as a candidate for an interview and also preached one Sunday.

Originally from Miles City, Mont., Wheadon was the visitation pastor at Grace Bible Church in Miles City before moving to South Dakota.

The pastor says his goals for Winner are to see God work through this church and expand and reach more of the community and surrounding area. He wants to build on the Awana program and youth program.

Guests from Denmark Visit Winner Rotary

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Svend Jensen had never seen the beauty of the Black Hills or the expanse of the South Dakota Badlands.

The retired banker from Denmark was one of 13 people on a Rotary Friendship Exchange that spent part of their time in Winner.
The Denmark guests arrived in Rapid City on Sept. 7 and on Sept. 22 will return home after a stop in Sioux Falls.

A Rotary Friendship Exchange program provides a means through which Rotarians in one part of the world can experience life in another country or culture. Its goal is to advance international understanding and goodwill all through person to person connections across national boundaries.

A group of Winner Rotarians met the Denmark group in Wall where they had a tour of Wall Drug and then a tour of the Badlands before arriving in Winner on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Colome Student Essays

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Colome students in grades 2nd through 12th took part in an essay contest titled “Why I love to be Colome student.”

Here are some excerpts from the students’ essays.

“School is a building with four walls with tomorrow inside”—Lon Watters. Being a CHS student is the best thing that has ever happened to me and its because I went to bigger schools and got bullied a lot there, so I would think it would be the best thing that could happen to anyone. Colome is a small town with very nice people and no one seems to get bullied and “everyone” is very excepting and you can get to know “everyone” in the school. The teachers are great and can understand you if you just talk to them.

Cheer Team Places Third

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There were nine teams that competed in cheer Saturday at the Winner cheer and dance competition.

The Winner cheer team took third place.

“I was so happy that the stands were full. It’s great to see all of the support,” said coach Val Ewing.

“Considering our final pyramid fell, I am very happy with how we scored. Now it is just a matter of looking at the judge’s comments and seeing what areas we need to improve on,” said Ewing.

“We don’t compete again until Sept. 25 at Northwestern so we have some time to make some changes. My girls have been practicing really hard the past few weeks and we know there is a lot of cleaning up the routine we have to do. This week we are going to focus on increasing our difficulty and building our stunts making them more solid,” said the coach.

Dance Team Places 2nd in Local Meet

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Winner dance team placed second overall in the dance portion of the Winner cheer and dance invitational on Sept. 9.

Four teams competed in dance: Platte/Geddes, Dakota Valley, Gregory and Winner.

Winner placed first in hip hop, 2nd in kick and 3rd in pom.

Cyndy DeMers said as a coach she could not be more proud of the outcome of this competition.

“The captains and all of the girls have worked really hard on getting their routines choreographed and received good comments from the judges,” said DeMers.

The coach added: “We will continue to work on making movements sharp, clean and synchronized and keeping up our energy throughout the performance.”

Car Show Winners Named

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Chuck Oster of Mitchell won the best of show at the Prairie Cruisers car and tractor show on Sept. 2 in Winner.

Oster’s winning vehicle was a 1928 Ford Model A Tudor.

The car class winners include:
Class 100 (up to 1954)—Mike Supik
Class 200 (1955-1964)—Roger and Lisa Hauf
300 (1965-1971)—Norm Spreckles
400 (1972-1985)—Steve and Shirley Cap
500 (1986 to present)—Randy Spreckles
600 (up to 1954 modified)—Steve Bartling
700 (1955-1964 modified)—Allen Janas
800 (1965-1971 modified)—Erv Beckman
900 (1972-1985 modified)—Jack Ducheneaux
1000 (1986 to present modified)—Dave Randall
1100 (stock pickup) –Craig Schaeffer
1200 (modified pickup)—Carl Brakke
1300 (open car) Lonna Miller
1400 (street rod)—Glen Iverson
1500 (open motorcycle)—John Supik
1600 (rat rod)—Jan and Alissa Lounsbery

The tractor winner went to John Tunnissen with a 1954 John Deere.

Tom Strand won the derby car.

There were 69 entries in the car show held at the Tripp County Historical Society Museum.

Students Receive Build Dakota Scholarships


The Build Dakota Scholarship board has selected 285 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year.

The scholarships cover tuition and fees, books, equipment and other related program expenses for eligible programs with eight high need industry areas at South Dakota’s four technical institutes. Recipients were selected from a total of 1,028 applications.

The Tripp County area students selected include: Noah Hermsen of Colome, a scholarship to Mitchell Technical Institute; Jacob Woods, Winner, Western Dakota Tech; Spencer Earll, Wood, Lake Area Technical Institute.

The Build Dakota Scholarship program was announced in late 2014. The scholarship is funded by a $25 million donation from T. Denny Sanford and $25 million in future funds committed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Build Dakota aims to support students entering high need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutions to fill the state’s technical career fields with skilled professionals. The $50 million will provide approximately 300 full scholarships annually in each of the first five years of the scholarship program.

Scholarship recipients must commit to stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.