Buus to be Memorial Day Speaker

Derris Buus will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Winner Cemetery on Monday, May 28. The service will begin at 11 a.m.

Buus is in the National Guard and is a former teacher and coach in Winner.

The service at the cemetery will be conducted by the Winner American Legion and the Legion auxiliary, the Winner VFW and the VFW auxiliary.

The Legion and VFW will also be conducting honors at area cemeteries on May 28. The schedule includes: St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Clearfield, 9 a.m.; Holy Spirit Cemetery, Ideal, 9 a.m.; Lenker Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. and ZCBJ Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

The public’s help is requested to put up the flags at the Winner Cemetery for Memorial Day.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday the small flag and cross will be put on the grave of every veteran, at 4 p.m. Sunday the flag poles will be placed next to the holes.

On Monday at 6 a.m. the large flags will be placed on the flag poles and Monday at 4 p.m. will be the removal of the small flags and crosses and the large flags.

Harter to Speak at Colome Memorial Day Service

Toby Harter, a member of the U.S. Air Force, will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service at the Colome Legion at 2 p.m. on May 28.

Harter, originally from Colome, is stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.

Jeff Hrabanek of the Colome American Legion will be the master of ceremonies at the Memorial day program.

The national anthem and a musical selection will be played by Jadviga Strubel

Lyle Krumpus will give the roll call of the departed comrades.

The Colome Legion will conduct graveside services at area cemeteries. They will conduct a service on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

There will be a service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ascension Chapel, south of Millboro.

A service on Monday, May 28, will be at the Hamill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. there will be a service at the Miniska Presbyterian Cemetery.

The Memorial Day services in Colome are conducted by the Colome American Legion and the Colome American Legion Auxiliary.

Athletes Honored at Winner Awards Night

Winner High School athletes were honored as well as community members at the Winner Quarterback Club athletic awards night on May 14.

Jason Christensen, head women’s basketball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, was the speaker.

The award winners include:

Volleyball—Sam Marts, MVP; co offensive player of the year—Morgan Hammerbeck and Abby Marts

Defensive player—Alexis Richey

Spark plug—Ellie Brozik

Miss hustle—Gracie Littau

Maytag player—Richey

Most improved—Mackenzie Levi

Most inspirational—Addy Root

Most representative—Sam Marts

Cross Country—Most representative, Dawson Phillips and Jaclyn Laprath

Outstanding boy—Kade Watson

Outstanding girl—Sidda Schuyler
Competitive cheer—Triple A—Jenna Hammerbeck

Newbie—Sutton Schweigert

Most inspirational—Macie Ferwerda

Most improved—Jeslyn Felix

Most representative—Maddy Hanson and Macy Olson

Competitive dance

Outstanding pom—Maddy Hanson

Best hip hop—Gracie Littau

Best kick—Abby Marts

Most improved Torre Buus

Most enthusiastic—Madeline Watzel

Most representative—Gracie Littau

Class of 1988 Most inspirational—Macy Olson

Judy Rysavy scholarship—Maddy Hanson


JV player of the year—Joren Bruun

Most improved—Phillip Jorgensen and Oscar Pravecek

Special team player of the year—Ty Bolton

Most valuable defense—Levi McClanahan

Outstanding running back—Matt Smither

Senior lineman—Justus Gregg

Offensive and team MVP—Riley Calhoon

Most representative—Dalton Baker

Taylor Watzel scholarship—Riley Calhoon

Friend of football—Glenn Carlson

Girls basketball

Most representative—Gabby Kocer

110 percent Lady Warrior—Gabby Kocer

Defensive MVP—Madison Thieman

JV MVP—Maggie LaCompte

Most valuable player—Morgan Hammerbeck

Boys basketball

C team MVP—Evan Farner

Defense MVP—Landon Thieman

JV MVP—Kameron Meiners and defense, Oscar Pravecek

Varsity hustle—Shea Connot

Defense—Joren Bruun

Co-MVP—Brandon Volmer and Brady Fritz

All improved—Waylon Eagle Star, Nolan Sachtjen

Most representative—Brandon Volmer


Most takedowns, near falls and falls—Kaden Keiser

Most reversals—Trevor Peters

Most escapes—Peters

Most valuable wrestler—Keiser

Most improved—Elijah Blare
Most representative—Atlas Willuweit

Boys golf

Most representative—Gage Watson

Girls golf

Most representative—Ronae Klein

Klein Finishes High School with Perfect Attendance

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

As a freshman at Winner High School, Ronae Klein set a goal to have perfect attendance.

She accomplished that goal as she graduated Saturday with perfect attendance all four years of high school.

The outgoing student is very active in school and is the top golfer on the Winner Area golf team. She is the daughter of Doyle and Brenda Klein.

The graduating senior almost had perfect attendance in middle school. She missed once, check out day, due to attending the graduation of a cousin.

In order to not miss school, Klein has had to move around orthodontist appointments and doctor appointments. In fact, she kept her braces on for an extra month so she would not miss school. The orthodontist told her she is the only person he knows of that kept on braces for an extra month.

Klein says it is beneficial to have good attendance in school. “It means you are not missing a lot of information in class and you do not have to do a lot of makeup work.”

She also sees that colleges will look at her transcript and see she made an effort to attend school.

In high school, Klein enjoyed the extracurricular activities. The senior said it helped her make friends.

And so as she walked a cross the stage Saturday afternoon to accept her diploma there was a sense of pride in her smile that she achieved one her major goals in high school.

Klein will attend Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where she will be a member of the woman’s golf team. She wil major in English education and athletic training with a minor in coaching. She will also do the tech work for the DWU theater productions.

Curtis Graduation

Ashley (Curtis) DeHaan, a 2012 graduate of Winner High School, has received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota.

She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and minor in Psychology also from the University of South Dakota graduating with Cum Laude honors in December 2015.

She is currently employed with Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell as a speech pathologist.

Also graduating from USD was Merideth Pistulka,Winner, with a master of arts in speech—language pathology.

Shaydel Davies of Winner graduated with a master of science in basic biomedical sciences.

Colome Fire Department Receives Grain Bin Rescue Training

The Colome Fire Department received life-saving grain bin rescue equipment on May 14 through a donation from Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica). A grain bin rescue exercise followed to train firefighters in the use of the specialized equipment.

The Colome Fire Department received a 10-panel system, slide hammer and other accessories manufactured by Outstate Data in Elbow, Minn. The equipment is designed by rescuers specifically for grain bin entrapments.
Even as the overall rate of serious injuries and fatalities on farms has fallen, the number of grain bin entrapments remains stubbornly steady, in part because the country’s high grain production has led to more bins that require more grain workers.

Grain can engulf and bury a worker in less than 30 seconds. The Colome Fire Department recognizes that grain bin rescue equipment significantly increases the chance of saving a life. Colome Fire Department is among the 42 rural and mostly volunteer departments receiving grain bin rescue equipment and training through FCSAmerica in 2018. Most of the recipient departments are part of mutual aid agreements that allow multiple communities to use and benefit from the equipment.

“FCSAmerica is proud to make grain bin rescue equipment a community service priority, said Michelle Pluta, vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Pierre office. “As a cooperative for farmers and ranchers, we understand the importance of farm safety. We see grain bin rescue equipment as one of the most worthwhile investments we can make in the rural communities we serve.”

Farm safety experts caution that bins in many areas of the country are filled with high-moisture corn and beans because of a wet harvest. Crusting can develop inside these bins, increasing the risk of entrapment. Safety experts advise against entering bins without at least two others present; everyone involved should know the steps to take in the event of an entrapment; and nobody should attempt a rescue alone.

Former Winner Man Dies in Shooting


A former Winner man was among people who died in a murder –suicide in Maryland.

Dan Murphy, who grew up in Winner, was visiting friends in Brookville, Md.

The suspect in the case Christopher K. Snyder had held his wife hostage. She escaped to a neighboring home. This is the home where Murphy was visiting. The husband of the woman who was held hostage burst into the home and started shooting.

Authorities say Snyder shot and killed three people at the neighboring home.

Murphy was a middle school English teacher a Brandon Valley Middle School from 1969 to 2004.

Murphy was born in Winner and graduated from Winner High School in 1965. He then went on to South Dakota State University in Brookings.

During his spare time and in the summer Murphy worked as a contractor building and remodeling many homes in the Brandon area.

“It Takes a Hero”

By Karlee Brozik

“It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle,” said Norman Schwarzkopf. I think veterans are American’s heroes because they are brave enough to risk their lives for the freedom of our country. Some people think of veterans and just think of the people who are armed, but there is many more than just those strong men and women, the others may not be fighting the enemy but instead fighting to keep a solider alive. There are so many heroes in the U.S. military that all need to be recognized.

Everyday soldiers are deployed and sent to battle away from their families. It takes someone that is strong, brave, and someone who has faith, and even more courage. Leaving your family and know you are risking your life is dreadful. But knowing that you are freeing America and other countries, well that is a feeling you can never recreate. These people who keep risking their lives battle after battle are our heroes, America’s heroes!

There are many kind of soldiers in the military, each play an important role in every battle. Doctor, dentist, cooks and even truck drivers are our heroes. Each and all of them are people that children look up to because they have lots of courage and fight for what’s right. This is an important aspect to have when you are a hero of a country.

Know you know why I think people who have served in the military are America’s heroes and should be recognized, fight or not they do a lot for our country. I hope you devote some time to learning some more about veterans. They are heroes we need to respect and honor them for what they do.

VFW Auxiliary Hosts Rock Hunt

The Winner VFW Auxiliary recently held a patriotic rock hunt at the Tripp County Historical Society grounds.

The high winds did not stop youngsters from hunting for a patriotic rock, having lunch and touring the military equipment on site near the Tripp County military museum.

Retired brigadier general Bob Benson, the Tripp County Ambulance Cadets, several historical society board members assisted the auxiliary in hosting the event.

The auxiliary expresses its gratitude to all who helped make this fun afternoon a reality.