Colome Vocal Students Earn Awards

On Feb. 7 members of the Colome High School choir participated in the Kimball Vocal Contest.

Jeremiah Yeaman sang “Silent Worship” and received a superior. Grace Campbell also earned a superior with her solo, “Though Not Deserving.” Madison Gill sang “Piejesu” and was awarded a superior as well. Jaclyn Laprath and Taylor Chasing Hawk earned a superior for their duet, “My Heart’s in the Highland.” Becca Marso sang “Caro Mia Bien” and earned an excellent. Jordyn Seegers scored an excellent for singing “Kyrie.” Isaac Beltman performed the song, “My Lord, What a Mornin’” and received an excellent. As for the large girls group, an excellent was received for their performance of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

On Feb. 21, Madison Gill traveled to Chamberlain to present her trumpet piece in front of a group of judges. She received an above average score on her performance of “Habanera.”


Feasibility Report Given on Jail Expansion

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Toby Morris of Dougherty and Co., Pierre, presented a financial overview on the feasibility of expanding the city jail at the March 8 meeting of the Winner City Council.

The city is proposing to purchase the American Legion building and property for a  $2.45 Million jail expansion.

Morris said the city has run the current facility as a profitable enterprise. “From a business perspective this is huge,” said Morris.  The City of Winner would be obligated to a $150,000 payment a year for 20 years.

He added that crime is not going away and from a business side it makes sense to do the expansion.

Morris based his projections on an anticipated maximum  capacity of 35 additional clients of day. This would bring in a net income of approximately $300,000.

Community Connections, Inc. to Recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with Open House

Awareness is the first step to understanding and community inclusion. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month has been observed each March in the United States since 1987, and this year, to celebrate the month, Community Connections, Inc., CCI, welcomes the public to an open house to learn more about the organization.

From 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 23, all are welcome to attend the open house at Community Connections recently remodeled building “Corner Way” at 325 N. Main, Winner, formerly known as the Car Wash building.

Guests will enjoy cookies and beverages and be able to tour the remodeled building as well as have the opportunity to meet some of the many staff and people who choose to receive services from Community Connections. Guests are welcome to ask questions, learn about services offered by Community Connections, apply for a job with our organization, or just visit and meet some neighbors!

CCI’s mission is to support real people to make real choices and live real lives. What it means to live a real life is different for every person, but it often involves goals and dreams that people without disabilities have, like getting a job, pursuing a hobby, learning a specific skill, becoming more independent, or having closer relationships. CCI is proud to have been a part of the Winner community for the past 43 years, and strives to provide the highest quality services to meet the changing needs of people with disabilities in our community to assure that every person, regardless of ability, reaches their fullest potential.

Developmental disabilities may impact a person’s cognitive, behavioral or physical abilities. Examples of developmental disabilities include autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

To learn more about Community Connections please visit:

Homebuyers Education Class Planned

The South Central Development Corporation is hosting a couple of events in April.

On April 3-4 there will be a free homebuyers education class. It will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the city office.

Participants must attend both evenings to get a certificate of completion.

This class is in cooperation with NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources.

In a recent housing survey by the local development corporation, out of the 215 respondents, 83 said they would be interested in a homebuyers education class.

The NeighborWorks Homebuyer education course provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home buying process to help homebuyers make smart, informed decisions in every step of their homeownership journey.

Persons can RSVP on line at

Persons who have questions can call 842-1551.

The development corporation will be hosting a job fair in the Winner auxiliary gym on April 9 from 8-11 a.m.

Businesses who would like to have a table at the job fair can call Karla Brozik at the development office at 842-1551.

The development corporation will hold its annual meeting on March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Winner Legion.

Bertram Named All-Tournament

Keely Bertram of the Black Hills State University women’s basketball team has been named to the all-tournament team at the Colorado State University-Pueblo Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.

Bertram finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Black Hills defeated Fort Lewis College and Metro State—Denver to advance to the RMAC championship game. Black Hills State was defeated by Colorado University-Pueblo 84-69.

BHSU moved on to the NCAA TDII tournament and will play Angelo State on March 9 in Lubbock, Texas.

Bertram is the daughter of Rahn and Maria Bertram of Elk Point and the granddaughter of Larry and Sherry Bertram of Colome.

Delgarito Named “Student of the Month” at BHSU

Lyric Delgarito, special education major from Winner, was honored as the December 2017 Student Support Services Student of the Month at Black Hills State University.

Delgarito was nominated by Summer DiGioia, SSS retention advisor, who said, “Lyric puts forth effort and positivity in all that she does. Lyric is a very dedicated college student who has such enthusiasm and excitement when it comes to college.” Lyric says she struggled to understand the material during her early years in school. It wasn’t until she asked for help in her junior year of high school that she was tested and diagnosed with a reading disability. This diagnosis opened the door to new resources, which Lyric was eager to use.

Lyric said, “I feel that seeking out help in areas you do not understand is the first step. I learned that hard work goes a long way and that failure is not a breaking point or a reason to quit, but a reason to persevere.”

Lyric’s long-term goals are to return to her home reservation of Rosebud and work as a Special Education teacher to help youth overcome their challenges and follow their dreams. Lyric said, “My people deserve a great education and future for themselves.”

Exploring Agriculture Day set for March 13

Winner Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Exploring Agriculture

Day on March 13 at the Tripp County 4-H Center. The event will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Agricultural businesses and organizations will provide hands on activities for youths to learn about agriculture.

Winner Elementary students will be bussed to the 4-H center to take part in this event.

Students will view and pet baby animals.

Students are encouraged to build a model farm. The farms can be dropped off at the 4-H center from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. They will be on display as part of Exploring Ag Day. The model farms can be picked up from 3-4 p.m. that day.
On the model farms, students are to place their name, grade in school, and cell phone number on the bottom of the board.

Also, students can submit a Life on the Farm scrapbook page. Scrapbook pages will be displayed on March 13. Pages will be given back that day.

Prizes will be given to all students who participate.


Wedding Planning is a Riot in Winner Community Playhouse Production

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

The Winner Community Playhouse production of “Dearly Beloved” is a wonderfully funny, shocking true to life and on target skewering of a Texas family on the occasion of wedding of one of their favorite daughters.

The opening weekend of the play was March 2-3. Persons still have a chance to see this comedy on March 8, 9 and 10. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Winner Community Playhouse. Playhouse. For reservations persons can call 842-1958.
The action takes place in a small Texas town of Fayro with most of the action taking place in the fellowship hall of the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church. The occasion is the wedding of Tina Jo Dubberly and Parker Price. Tina Jo is the daughter of Frankie Futrelle Dobberly and her husband, Dub.

Playing the bride and her twin sister is Candace Patmore. Tami Comp, who has played in several productions by the authors Jones, Hope and Wooten, is the frantic mother of the bride.

Doug Nelson, a fairly newcomer to the Winner stage, is cast as the father of the bride.

Though we never wee Parker Price we do see his mother, Patsy, played by newcomer to the Winner stage Roxanne Farley. Patsy is what some people call “high society” in Fayro. For her first experience on the Winner stage Roxanne does a great job.

Tina Jo’s wedding is the culmination of her mother’s dream who wants the wedding set to a “Gone With Wind” theme.

The wedding reception comes with a complete pot luck dinner.

The play has side story which makes it interesting. Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink are the lone surviving members of the Futrelle clan known as the Sermonettes. This gospel trio traveled the area on the revival circuit.

Brady Biggins plays Twink and Barb DeSersa is Honey Raye.

The Sermonettes broke up after Honey Raye’s ill fated marriage to an evangelist. The sister do a lot of arguing as wedding plans are made. However they get together to sing one more time prior to the wedding ceremony.

Performing the wedding ceremony is a seminarian played by Winner High School student Andrew Taylor. Taylor has been on the Winner High School stage but this is his first appearance in a community playhouse production.

Dan Patmore is the town peace officer who likes to show off his gun twirling skills.

Charles York plays Wiley Hicks the fiancé of Twink, though he does not know it.

There is event a psychic played by Linda Watson who has been a favorite in other Jones, Hope and Wooten comedies presented in Winner. Watson was recently named as the outstanding member of the Winner Community Playhouse.
Sarah Gustafson, a regular on the Winner stage, plays the wedding coordinator and local florist.

Director Sandra York keeps this group of actors and actresses on task and does a wonderful job directing.

Dan Patmore has put his usual nice touch on the technical aspect of the play and designed a nice set befitting the theme of the play.

It is a funny play and everyone does a wonderful job. If you want to have an enjoyable evening and not to have to worry about a snow storm, make reservations for this play.

FFA members Named Finalists

Winner Future Farmers of America chapter has received word that three members are proficiency award finalists and two are STAR finalists.

Justus Gregg is a finalist in grain production entrepreneurship, agricultural service entrepreneurship and is a Star farmer finalist.

Savanah Vogel is a state Star finalist in agriscience

Brandon Volmer is a finalist in beef production entrepreneurship.

In receive these awards, students complete an application based on their records of supervised agricultural experiences.

Final results will be announced at the state convention.