Tripp County 4H Rodeo Results

Arista Kaiser was crowned Senior Ambassador of the 50th annual Tripp County 4H Rodeo which was held Friday, July 13 at the Tripp County Fairgrounds. Avery Schacht was 1st runner-up. Arista Kaiser won the horsemanship. Arista will represent Tripp County at the State 4H Rodeo to be held August 17th, 18th and 19th in Ft. Pierre.

Kyla Mammen was crown Junior Ambassador and also won the horsemanship. Bailey Shelbourn was 1st runner-up.

All Arounds:

Jr Girls Tyra Gates

Runner Up Layni Stevens

Jr Boys Blake Volmer

Runner Up Eli Augen

Sr Girls Josi Stevens

Runner Up Cheyenne Carroll

Sr Boys Wyatt Cahoy

Linkyn Petersek


Jr Girls

Barrell Racing Saylor Schuyler 17.198

Tyra Gates 17.371

Shada Beeson 17.848

Katy Weborg 17.860

Pole Bending Shada Beeson 22.060

Tyra Gates 22.795

Brooke Knoll 23.016

Raylee Fagerhaug 23.174

Goat Tying Layni Stevens 9.730

Tyra Gates 10.320

Emelia Vandermay 12.700

Ashlyn Hoffine 12.760

Break Away Roping Caysen Gran 8.470

Jr Boys

Flag Race Swade Reis 8.522

Blake Volmer 8.687

Colton Michalek 8.791

Matthew Heathershaw 8.920

Goat Tying Haden Chase Alone 10.530

Eli Haugen 11.100

Blake Volmer 11.680

Donovan Rose 12.180

Break Away Roping Teagan Gourneau 4.08

Tristan Spencer 4.83

Rowdy Moore 5.05

Taten Hill 5.59

Cattle Riding Riley Shippy 46

Sr. Girls

Barrel Racing Sidney McCord 17.631

Bailey Bosworth 17.786

Shaw Nelson 17.810

Shelby Lang 17.923

Pole Bending Shelby Lang 21.467

Saydee Heath 22.104

Sydney Hollenbeck 22.925

Cheyenne Carroll 22.983

Goat Tying Laniee Schonebaun 9.740

Josi Stevens 10.540

Tarryn Petrak 11.580

Saydee Heath 12.100

Break Away Roping Natalie Zachanas 3.980

Josi Stevens 4.320

Bailey Olson 4.560

Lexy Leischner 5.430

Ribbon Roping Josi Stevens 8.860

Kazney Knippling 10.080

Sr Boys

Bareback Riding Clayton Smith 32

Saddle Bronc Riding Dylan Suhr 55

Malcom Heathershaw 49

Bull Riding Riggin Shippy 46

Tie Down Roping Blasius Steffen 13.090

Wyatt Cahoy 15.080

Linkyn Petersek 15.810

Beau Dean 17.760

Steer Wrestling Wyatt Cahoy 8.730

Linkyn Petersek 11.610

Dylan Suhr 24.120

Team Roping Blasius Steffen/Beau Dean 12.640

Austin Olson/Wyatt Olson 13.890

Josi Stevens/Westen Vanderpol 20.590

Wyatt Cahoy/Linklyn Petersek 22.310

Nick Ciaramitaro Working for SDSU Extension

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

When Nick Ciaramitaro graduated from college he wanted to do some public service before heading to law school

Nick joined AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.

He is working on the Pine Ridge Reservation and works out of the SDSU Regional Extension office in Winner. Nick will be spending a year with the VISTA program.

Nick is from St. Louis, Mo., and graduated in May from the University of Missouri with a degree in biology. He has a minor in environmental studies and a cultural studies certificate. He took a few classes focused on Native American culture while in college.

I always wanted to serve with AmeriCorps and I was looking for an opportunity that was environment based,” he said.

Nick looked on line at the VISTA openings and thought the site on the Pine Ridge Reservation would be ideal for what he was seeking.

Nick filled out an application and within a week was accepted.

He started work June 25 and will be living in Winner for the year and commuting to Pine Ridge as needed.

Nick will be working with the Beginning Farmer and Rancher program. His supervisors are field specialists from SDSU Extension.

He estimates he will spend part of the time in the office in Winner and the rest doing field work to connect with the community on Pine Ridge.

One of his main jobs is looking for grants and developing a guide for small-acreage farmers that will give them resources they can use to be successful.

Nick noted on the reservation, a lot of people do not have access to large ag land so they have small plots. “They need some way to access resources that will help them improve their land,” said Nick.

The short term goal is to create a way to provide fresh food for families and the community and long term goal is to turn this production into a profit for increased income on the reservation.

The main focus is creating training spaces where tribal members can come to learn gardening, cooking, and other technical ag skills.

As a VISTA volunteer, Nick is learning the values of the Lakota people. “That interests me because environmental justice is my passion,” he said. Nick noted that minority groups are disproportionately affected by environmental issues.

I want to learn what kind of problems they are struggling with policy-wise plus socially and use that knowledge to further serve them in the future.”

Nick added: “My goal is to understand more of the issues that Native Americans face when it comes to environmental problems.”

Nick likes the small town atmosphere of Winner and breakfast at Shirley’s Diner.

Nick’s long term goal is to go to law school and study environmental justice.

Some of the law schools he is looking at are the University of Colorado in Boulder and Tulane in New Orleans.

After this year is finished with VISTA, Nick might want to serve another year, it just depends on if it all fits into his long range goals for law school.

Now he is enjoying life in Winner and working side by side helping people make a living with sustainable agriculture.

The AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources.

Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are in tribal, rural, suburban and urban communities. Poverty can take many forms, which is why VISTA’s model is driven directly by communities in need.

AmeriCorps VISTA members help others while gaining valuable skills for their career.

For Nick, he feels his work with VISTA will be invaluable to his career as a lawyer.

Lorrin Naasz Chosen for Leadership Program

The tenth leadership class has been selected for the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.

Lorrin (Anderson) Naasz of Pierre, formerly of Winner, is one of 28 individuals from across the state that have been selected.

The program develops the skills, knowledge and character of leaders for rural communities and the state’s most essential industry.

The class members will begin their 18-month leadership development program in November. There are 12 seminars in the SDARL leadership series including one seminar in Washington, D.C. and one international study seminar.

In addition to diversity across the agricultural landscape, this class is geographically diverse,” said SDARL executive director Lori Cope. “Class members are from Buffalo, Sioux Falls, Peever, New Underwood and other cities and towns representing a broad expanse of agriculture and the rural nature of our state.”

Class X continues the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of the SDARL program,” said Don Norton CEO.
“When this class graduates in 2020 it will bring our list of graduates to 299. These are influential and impactful leaders in South Dakota agriculture.”

Selection to the program is competitive and requires a formal application and interview.

Winner Regional Starts Pediatric Teleaudiology Pilot Program

Winner Regional Healthcare Center has been chosen as one of two sites for a pilot program to conduct pediatric teleaudiology diagnostic testing. A HRSA (Health Resources & Service Administration) grant delivered to the South Dakota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Collaborative (EHDI), a partnership of the South Dakota Department of Health, the University of South Dakota’s (USD) nursing department and the department of communication sciences & disorders, and the South Dakota School for the Deaf, is being utilized to conduct this pilot program.

Initial screening to identify hearing loss is routinely conducted before babies leave the hospital, after being born. If a baby does not pass this screening, an in-depth diagnostic evaluation should occur before the baby is three months of age, allowing for an intervention, if necessary, to be in place by six months of age. Early intervention is desired to prevent further impact of the hearing deficits. This is referred to as the 1-3-6 guideline.

As this is a teleaudiology program, patients utilizing this new technology at Winner Regional Healthcare Center are connected via a video conference camera with Dr. Jessica Messersmith of USD. Winner Regional nurses assist in conducting testing, utilizing equipment which Dr. Messersmith is able to control and monitor in real-time on her computer. The first test is a direct visualization of the ear canal and the second is auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing, which tests the brain’s response to different sounds. The appointment takes about two hours, as it takes a while to get the infant to sleep, which is necessary for testing. Amazingly, Dr. Messersmith and parents are able to identify the degree of an infant’s hearing immediately.

It is the hope of Winner Regional Healthcare Center, USD and other EHDI partners that this pilot program will become long-term and permanent. In the meantime, it is an especially valuable and exciting program to offer new parents in the region. Referrals for the pediatric teleaudiology diagnostic testing can be made through a primary provider.

Ann Schwader

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Ann Schwader, who had served as an SDSU Extension nutrition field specialist, has taken a new job as program assessment and reporting coordinator with SDSU Extension.

Schwader started in her position on June 22 and will be able to continue to work at the Winner Regional Center.

As the program assessment and reporting coordinator, she plans, facilitates and delivers evaluation training, education and technical assistance to faculty, field specialists, 4-H advisors and other staff throughout the SDSU extension system.

She is also responsible for writing print versions of guides and training materials.

I’ll be providing leadership to technical writing for program business plans, programmatic impact statements and some section areas of grant applications,” Schwader said.

In addition, she is responsible for the preparation of the federal annual report and the federal Plan of Work for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She works with the North Central Cooperative Extension Association with the purpose of collecting and reporting data to the USDA.

This year she had the opportunity to help prepare the federal report, which is a very comprehensive annual report that covers all of SDSU Extension.

I’ll be providing leadership to the technical management of the SDSU Extension data system which collects reporting accountability data. I’ll strive to make the reporting system as user-friendly as possible, while at the same time meeting the needs of extension,” she said.

To make sure that staff is in compliance with reporting requirements, I’ll be conducting quality assurance audits. I’ll also be reviewing data to make certain extension is in compliance with civil rights rules and regulations.”

Schwader, who has spent 28 years in extension work, is excited about her new job. “I love to learn and I love challenges,” she added.

For over 6 years, Schwader served as the nutrition field specialist at the Extension center in Winner. She started in October 2011 with the reorganization of the Extension service. The reorganization put eight regional centers in strategic locations in the state with Winner being one of those centers. The Winner Regional Extension Center is located in the Winner City Hall building.

As a nutrition field specialist her efforts were focused on using innovative strategies to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity statewide to help prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Prior to working in Winner, Schwader was the Gregory County family and consumer sciences Extension educator. She held this position in Burke for over nine years.

For 11 years, Schwader worked as a family and consumer sciences Extension agent in Elizabethtown, NC. While working full time she was allowed time to receive her master’s degree from North Carolina State University. She has a Master’s of Education in adult education with special emphasis in extension sciences.

Raised in Spencer, Neb., her undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Schwader says the mission of Extension is meaningful to her. “To continue to be part of that in this new role is neat,” she says. “I look forward to lifting up everyone’s good work within the Extension system to showcase the credible, educational activities and research that is taking place.”

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Winner Area

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Monday, June 25.

The contractor will move from one project to the next in the following order:

SD Highway 44 – 9.4 miles, from 2 miles west of Wanblee to the junction of SD44/SD73 through the town of Wanblee. The chip seal will begin on Monday, June 25, and will take approximately two days to complete. The fog seal will take approximately another day to complete.

SD Highway 73 – 12.3 miles, from the Nebraska state line to south of the City of Martin. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section is two days. The fog seal will take another day to complete.

SD Highway 18 – 9.4 miles, chip seal of the asphalt shoulders from US18/SD53 junction to the west side of the City of Winner. Also includes chip sealing the east and west service roads in Winner. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section is two days. The fog seal will take another two days to complete.

On the two-lane routes receiving a chip seal and a fog seal, traffic will be reduced to one lane and guided through the project with the use of flaggers and a pilot car. A delay of up to 15 minutes can be expected while traveling through the work area during daytime hours.

Loose gravel will be present for a period of 36 to 72 hours after each day’s chip seal application. Traffic should travel at 40 mph or the speed limit, whichever is less, during this time frame. The permanent pavement marking is scheduled to be applied within 14 days of completion of the chip and fog seal projects.

The prime contractor on the $0.723 million contract is Jensen Rock & Sand, Inc. from Mobridge.

For complete road construction information, visit or dial 511.

Policies and Procedures on Cats and Dogs

The city of Winner police department does not trap any cats. Persons who notice a problem in their neighborhood or around their business, traps are available for use from the city.

It is the city policy to not destroy any animals. However, containment can be an issue. The city is in search of families or farms outside the city limits who need cats for mice. Persons who would like to put their name on a list, call the city office at 842-2606.

The police department cannot issue any dog nuisance violations without a signed complaint by the complainer. When reporting a disturbance, a signed affidavit must be completed then it is forwarded to the city attorney.

Hrabanek Receives MTI Award


Chase Hrabanek of Colome has received the Spirit of MTI award.

Hrabanek received a degree in animal science from Mitchell Technical Institute and the award was presented at graduation on May 4.

The students have been chosen by their instructors as this year’s graduates who best embody the “spirit” of MTI and exemplify their chosen occupation through study, hard work, reliability, contribution to the program and future potential in their employment field.