Winner 3rd Quarter Honor Roll


Honor – Jayce Assman, Bailey Baker, Kelsey Bertram, Colton Best, Nathan Galbraith, Brenden Harter, Arthur Huges, Kelly Kidwiler, Kaitlyn Labahn, Dusti Littau, Casey Norrid, Coleton Schuyler, Sydney Schuyler, Tawny Sherman, Lesley Soles, William Woods

Merit – Brandon Bicek, Brooke Bohnet, Lyric Delgarito, Tyrel Haley, Deloris Herman, Nick Hossle, Angelica Laurent, Haley McKenzie, Sam Naasz, Darbi Nelson, Trevor Sachtjen, James Sharkey, Baleigh Turnquist


Honor – Molly Connot, Colby Curtis, Hayley Halverson, Kylie Horstman, Luke Jedlicki, Devon Leiferman, Eleanor Moleterno, Karissa Odenbach, Sydnie Peters, Cohl Turnquist, Bailey Volmer, Chase Watson, Grant Winter

Merit – Windsor Barry, Cameron Biggins, Calah Covey, Marcie DeHaan, Sid Durrin, Payton Eagle, Duncan English, Riley Frazier, Sydney Fritz, Jaydn Gregg, Sam Hossle, Pete Hughes, Dacey Kocer, Michael Massa, Seth Olson Lattrel Terkildsen, Skyler VanDenHul


Honor – Chloe Bartels, Sidney Bohnet, Drew DeMers, Shannon Duffy, Luke Engel, Wyatt Ewing, Sydney Hollenbeck, Kenzie Irick, Chase Kingsbury, Krockett Krolikowski, Camerson Kuil, Abi Leyden, Isaac Naasz, Samantha Schuyler

Merit – Payton Antoine, Shane Antoine, Trevor Bertram, Amanda Boerner, Kayleb Brozik, Bethany Cable, Nathan Erickson, Aaron Hacecky, Bailey Harter, Brea Heath, Liz Jankauskas, John Kludt, Trace Larson, Kyran Meek, Alex Meiners, Rhys Middlesworth, Emily Moser, Hannah Peterson, Jayden Schroeder, Rachel Sherman, Ryan Sherman, Jordan Turgeon, Jacob Woods


Honor – Dalton Baker, Meredith Calhoon, Riley Calhoon, Madyson Frazier, Hannah Hanson, Matthew Hartley, Ronae Klein, Hanna LaCompte, Nick Lantz, Zach Lapsley, Samantha Marts, Brekkyn Nagel, Lexie Nedved, Lauren Norrid, Macy Olson, Ale Schaeffer, Ian Tunnissen, Taylor Watzel

Merit – Aidan Bachmann, Michaela Bachmann, Ty Bolton, Carter Brickman, Macie Ferwerda, Justus Gregg, Daesha Klein, Levi McClanahan, Tanner Moeller, Charles Novak, Matthew Smither, Nathan Smither, Savannah Vogel

8th Grade

Honor – Sophia Lewis, Gracie Littau, Abigail Marts, Makenna Petersen, Alexis Richey, Logan Tunnissen, Brandon Volmer, Sadie Woods

Merit – Taylor Audiss, Bayli Beehler, Elijah Blare, Shea Connot, Jeslyn Felix, Sierra Hansen, Autumn Harris, Luke Hennebold, Gabby Kocer, Katy Lantz, Natalie McKenzie, Nolan Sachtjen, Colton Schroeder, Hunter Shopene, Casey Stickland, Madison Thieman, Wyatt Turnquist, Tedra Vrbka, Tyson Westendorf

7th Grade

Honor – Austin Bicek, Jacob Clay, Kiersten Durrin, Kara Ewing, Jaynee Gregg, Morgan Hammerbeck, Emmarie Kaiser, Isabelle Leyden, Trevor Peters, Addy Root, Saige Schuyler, Kenndal Turnquist

Merit – Joren Bruun, Landon Debus, Jackson Ducheneaux, Phillip Jorgensen, Kameron Meiners, Loren Moeller, Nathan Monk, Ryder Mortenson, Abby Pajl, Heather Rowe, Marlee Schaeffer, Angelic Shaw, Charlotte Shopene, Ethan Vesely, Gage Watson, Jady Whitley

6th Grade

Honor – Megan Brozik, Kady Cable, Shannon Calhoon, Evan Farner, Hayley Hanson, Taylor Headrick, Katherine Jankauskas, Arista Kaiser, Maggie LaCompte, Mackenzie Levi, Steven Lin, Preston Norrid, Shelby Scott, Landon Thieman

Merit – Brennan Bachmann, Zach Bohnet, Bailey Brown, Taya Burleson, Jesse Colson, Owen Duffy, Tamika Eisenbraun, Kaylee Eli, Carly Fischer, Brady Fritz, Robert George, Jackson Hansen, Jaime Juarez, Dawysn Kahler, Allie Lapsley, Aissa Long Crown, Aryn Meiners, Kayla Natoli, Delanie Nelson, Gennefier Schuppan, Marlie Schuyler, Deja Thompson

Cast Chosen for All-School Play

Winner High School will present the all-school play “Twelve Angry Jurors” April 9, 10 and 11 at the Winner Community Playhouse.

The cast includes: Brody Woods, Peyton Antoine, Angelica Laurent, Alex Meiners, Shannon Duffy, Kenzie Irick, Duncan English, Sadie Woods, Jace Voegeli, Emily Moser, Mathew Hartley, Meredith Calhoon, Nick Blare, Jacob Woods, Eleanor Moleterno and Trace Larson.

The stage and technical crew are Molly Connot and Bailey Baker.

The play is directed by Roger Wonnenberg with Dan Patmore as the technical director.

Auxiliary Gym Proposal Presented to School Board

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

A proposal to build an auxiliary gym near the Armory was presented to the Winner School Board in a special meeting Monday night.

Supt. Bruce Carrier explained the school district has the funds to build a 90 x 100 foot structure without raising taxes or a bond issue. He said the estimated cost of the project would range from $1.8 to $2 million.

Carrier presented drawings of four proposed locations for a new auxiliary gym. One would be south of the administration building, another would be east of the Armory, a third proposal would be in the southwest corner of the Armory and the final one would be between the high school and the Armory and would have a connection to the high school.

The proposed gym would be large enough to have two basketball or two volleyball matches going cross court for middle school and/or grade school use. It would seat 200 to 250 people and have a wood floor.

The building would contain six baskets, two on the main court and four on side courts.

There would be a movable screen to separate the main court when needed.

There would be a small reception area which would contain restrooms and a small concession area plus would have two dressing rooms.

There would be two storage areas for physical education and athletic equipment.

In addition, there would be a custodial area and small office area for physical education teacher and officials.

Dan Aaker, activities director, said with the current middle school auditorium downtown the middles school students have to be bussed for practice.

He said the tile floor is slick and is a safety issue. He noted it is an aging facility that will need continuous maintenance and upgrades to use at the current level.

Aaker said an auxiliary gym would prevent wear and tear on the Armory as physical education classes would be held in the new building. He said it would reduce the set up/takedown of breakfast and lunch tables and be more flexible for setting up games and concerts.

Aaker added it would help in flexibility with practices and games. On double header nights a C and JV games can be played at one site.

He added that other schools Winner’s size have auxiliary gyms including Wagner, Bon Homme, Parkston, Mobridge and Miller.

Business manager Laura Root explained the funding plan for start of the 2016-2017 school year.

She said from the 2015-2016 budget $400,000 would be used for capital outlay and $250,000 form impact aid.

From the 2016-2017 budget, $200,000 would be used from capital outlay and $250,000 from impact aid.

This would give the district $1.1 million toward the project. The remainder of the cost would come from a combination of reducing the capital outlay fund balance and borrowing the  funds for five years.

Root said funding for the auxiliary gym for the start of the 2017-2018 school year would use $400,000 from capital outlay and $250,000 from impact aid from the 2015-2016 budget; $200,000 from capital outlay and $250,000 form impact aid from the 2016-2017 budget and $400,000 from capital outlay and $250,000 from impact aid from the 2017-2018 budget.

This would give the district $1.75 million toward the project. The remainder of the cost would come from reducing the capital outlay fund balance $250,000.

Root said the $88,000 payment made from capital outlay budget for the high school heating and cooling project will end Jan. 20, 2017.

No architect has been hired and no decision was made on the project at Monday’s meeting.

Tovi Bartels, who works with the youth basketball and coaches a Y ball team, says one of the biggest underserved areas is youth. She said she would like to see an auxiliary gym plus keep the middle school gym.  Bartels said there is a need for gym space for kids to practice. Bartels says she supports the proposal.

Carrier explained if a new gym is built the school would continue to operate the current middle school gym.

Board member Rusty Blare questioned if the school district could afford to do both.

The superintendent explained financially the school district could handle both buildings.

Wayne Meyer suggested the school eliminate the current administration building on 7th street and suggested putting the auxiliary gym in that location.

Carrier said the discussion of whether to hire an architect will be on the April 13 meeting agenda. If the school board gives the OK to move forward with the project at the April meeting, a committee will be formed to select a location for the proposed building.

In other business, the school board hired Darrel LaDeaux as a fifth grade teacher. Also hired was Tania DeMers as middle school and high school special education teacher.

The board accepted the resignation of 5th grade teacher Crystal Sinkler who was taught in Winner for 10 years.

The board met in executive session to prepare for contract negotiations.

Good Friday Closings

Some government offices in Winner will be closing early on Good Friday in observance of the Easter holiday.

The Tripp County Courthouse will be closing at noon on Friday, April 3. The Tripp County Library will also close at noon on Friday.

All state offices in Winner will be closing at noon on Good Friday.

The Winner city office will be open regular hours.

Financial institutions that will be open regular hours on Friday will be First Fidelity Banks of Winner and Colome, Wells Fargo and Sentinel Federal Credit Union.

BankWest of Winner will be closing at noon on Good Friday.

The Winner Advocate will be closing at 3 p.m. on Good Friday.

There will be a noon meal at the Winner Senior Citizens Center on Good Friday.

Southern Plains Behavioral Health Services will be open regular hours on Friday.

Main Gate Counseling in Winner will be closed all day Friday.

There will be no school in Winner and Colome on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Plan Ahead For Winner Bow Hunter Education Course

The Winner Bow Hunter Education course is going to be held April 11at Rosebud Arrow, Rod, and Gun Club from 8 am-6 pm. Successful completion of a Bow Hunter Education course is required to legally purchase a South Dakota bow hunting license. The class is designed to teach the fundamentals of being a safe, skilled and responsible hunter. The most important part of the course is how to handle archery equipment responsibly. The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and assisted by the local Wildlife Conservation Officer.

The class is free, registration should be done online prior to April 11. But you can still register that morning. Students must attend the entire session to pass  the course.

The Bow Hunter Education course is designed for all persons wanting to bow hunt in South Dakota. Persons who are 11 may participate, but will not be issued a Bow Hunter Education certification card until their 12th birthday, unless the card is clearly marked that the card is not valid until the person’s 12th birthday. Exception: If a student’s 12th birthday falls on or between September 1 and December 31, he/she will be issued a card and is eligible to obtain a license and hunt beginning September 1 of that year. Once again the class is free, so I invite everyone to attend.

More info about Bow Hunter Education and registration is available online at  HYPERLINK “”  If you have any questions contact Wildlife Conservation Officer Chris Dekker 842-0894 or email

End of Plane Ride Meant End of Playing Days as Well for Zach Horstman

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By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

He got off the team-chartered airplane in Sioux Falls late last week knowing that the ride was over.

Winner native Zach Horstman’s competitive sports playing days for a school are over.

“I’ve always been in a sport ever since, shoot, probably fifth grade.

“It seems like there was always that one more game.

“But after that last game (South Dakota State University vs Vanderbilt, Fri., March 20) you come back to Brookings and you realize you don’t get another one,” Horstman said.

He’s carrying on with his education at SDSU, planning to graduate in 2016 as a phys ed teacher with a health education minor.

The Vanderbilt contest was in Nashville, Tenn., in a second round game of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

South Dakota State had advanced there having defeated Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo. on Wed., March 18.

The win over Colorado State was SDSU’s first for the men’s team in Division 1 basketball post-season play. An historic milestone for that team.

There have been others and Horstman has experienced them the past four seasons playing for the SDSU Jackrabbits since he graduated from Winner High School in 2011.

When reached by phone Sun., March 22, Horstman applauded his fellow Warriors on the boys basketball team he played for in high school.

He lauded the current WHS boys basketball team for getting into the evening session of the State A tournament and coming away with third place. Historic landmarks for the boys basketball program at Winner.

“It’s good for them and good for the community,” Hortsman stated. “They had a great year. I’m happy for them.”

He said he and former Winner athlete Carson Covey, who is also at SDSU, had watched the boys team on-line during the season.

“Whenever we got time, we’d tune-in to see how they were doing. We watched quite a few of their games.”

He expressed admiration for the leadership and direction provided by first-year coach Brett Gardner, a Winner native.

“I grew-up watching him play.”

He said he was impressed by the kind of coach Gardner is.

“He brings a lot of energy to that team. He’s always excited.

“I never got to watch him live, that is in person. But I watched him on the internet and he looks like he’d be a great coach to play for.

“And just knowing him, personally, I know he loves basketball. He’s going to be a really good coach for a really long time.

“I’m not surprised at all that Winner did so well at the state tournament.”

Horstman’s schooling is directed towards phys ed teaching, but he’d like to be a basketball coach as well, he noted.

He has something to contribute to teams that he some day may be in charge of, he added. He’s had years of playing experience and coaching guidance through a variety of levels of competition from grade school through Division 1 college.

But those years are now over. It’s strange to think that spring weight-training and drills, which get underway soon, for the SDSU men’s basketball program won’t include him, Horstman commented.

“I’ll have to find something to do to stay in shape, that’s for sure. Keep lifting and keep workin’ out, I suppose.”

During Horstman fours years at SDSU, the men’s team went to the “Big Dance” NCAA post-season tournament twice, the CBI (College Basketball Invitational), and the NIT.

He had as a teammate for two seasons Nate Wolters who went on to play professional basketball.

Horstman was a starter for SDSU the last three games of the season in spring 2014 and the first half of the winter season of 2014-15. But an ankle injury sidelined him and when healed, he returned to the role of coming into games off the bench.

“He’s such an unselfish guy,” said SDSU coach Scott Nagy, speaking about Horstman and his now completed years playing for the Jackrabbits.

“He’s done what we’ve asked him to do and it’s very difficult for me to say good-bye to him.

“I love him; he’s such a tremendous teammate.”

In high school, Horstman played for long-time, legendary Winner High School coach Jim Drake.

His parents are Brad and Johnyne Horstman, Winner. Grandparents, also of Winner, include Barry and Carol Horstman and Carroll and Janet Bruun.

He has a sister, Kylie, who is a junior at WHS and who is involved in sports just like her big brother was in high school.

Zach Horstman said his family has seen a huge majority of his games from grade school days, through high school, and into college. He’s extremely grateful for that.

“I’ve had great support from them my whole career. I have to thank my parents and the rest of my family and all my friends for the support.”

Winner didn’t forget him when he traveled northeast to play at Brookings beyond high school, he noted.

“I’d get texts and e-mails all time, saying ‘Good luck, with this,’ or ‘I’ve been watching you here.’

Just to have that was a huge blessing. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

He summed-up his school years in sports: basketball in college and in high school there were football, baseball, and track as well.

“I’ve been fortunate to play on a lot of championship level teams throughout my playing career.

It’s been a great overall ride.”

Toilet Mailbox

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By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

Scott Nahnsen’s toilet mailbox in Winner was there for postal employees. For about a year, he said.

And they used it, no questions asked. They used the mailbox portion that is.

But no more. The whole thing— toilet and mailbox —tipped over and broke in chilly spring wind gusts early last week.

Gone is a place in town where people got out their cameras. “Every once in while you’d see people driving by taking pictures,” Nahnsen reported.

“It was on Facebook a couple of times.”

Nahnsen is in the process of remodeling a home in the 400 block on East Third. He had curbside delivery of mail into a mailbox duct-tape strapped to an old toilet.

It apparently wasn’t a problem for the postal delivery people on the route, he noted. Mail was placed regularly inside the slightly smashed mailbox — the side of it in the back was pushed-in.

But the mailbox door opened and shut with no major troubles.

Nahnsen said mail was generally delivered after lunch. But sometime during a wind gusty afternoon Monday, March 16, the toilet and mailbox were pushed to the ground, smashed, and rendered unusable.

He tossed them onto a nearby scrap heap of remodeling debris.

He was in the process of locating a post and new mailbox he said when contacted March 16. “You can get one down at the hardware store.”

But now, his residence won’t be distinctive, anymore, he acknowledged.

“My old man actually said I had the most unique mailbox in town.”

But he wasn’t thumbing his nose at the post office, Nahnsen made it known. “If they would have complained about it, I would have gotten rid of it right away.”

According to post office regulations, for curbside delivery, mailbox holders must be 41- to 45-inches in height and the mailbox facing the curb, 6- to 8-inches recessed from it.

Toilets aren’t generally seen as mailbox holders. A favorite are old-time cream cans.

Looking at You: Rusty Blare

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Name: Rusty Blare

Birthplace: Winner SD

Family: Wife, Rita and 8 children; Cody, Jessica, Nick, Elijah, Meagan, Amanda, Austin and Jedediah

Currently reside where: Hamill, SD

Occupation: Farmer/Rancher, part time police officer, full time dad

The best thing about my job is: variety

My favorite childhood memory: Working with my grandfather on the farm

When growing up, I wanted to be: 

A fighter pilot

My most prized possession: My family

Favorite current television show: NCIS

Favorite past television shows: MASH

Favorite movie(s): Crocodile Dundee

Favorite book(s)/author(s): Louis L’Amour

Favorite holiday(s) and why: Easter because it is when my Savior arose

Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Hobbies: Family

Three things that can always be found in my refrigerator: Milk, eggs and cheese

My favorite snack: Mixed nuts with M&M’s

Someone I most admire and why: Abraham Lincoln, because of his perseverance and faith.

Three words that best describe me: Honest, sincere and happy

I’ve never been able to: Play the banjo

When nobody is looking, I: Dance and talk to myself.

The best time of my life: Becoming a father

I’d like to have a dollar for: Every time my mom chewed me out.

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go to: Home

If I won the lottery: I would keep farming until it was gone.

My definition of a great evening is: Watching my children playing and having fun with each other.

The best thing about where I live: The people of this community, they all really care about each other.

If I’ve learned one thing in my life, it’s: To be patient.

FFA, Ag Classes Preparing Students for the Future

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Dan Bechtold, Editor

The Winner Future Farmers of America chapter in Winner has grown. Together with FFA and ag classes offered at Winner High School, today’s students are being training to be tomorrow’s future farmers and good stewards of the land.

Wyatt DeJong is the FFA adviser along with teaching ag classes. The classes that he teaches this semester are: introduction to agriculture, food and natural resources, animal science, ag business and marketing, horticulture and natural resources.

DeJong sees the classes as a way for students to find their interest.

DeJong explains he has been able to work with businesses in Winner who have allowed the students do some job shadowing. Country Pride Coop has hosted students in the agronomy and feed departments.

In class the students are growing plants and the school recently received a grant from the South Dakota FFA Foundation to purchase a science kit to help students learn more about plants. This kit will be used in the horticulture, agronomy and some in the ag business class.

Soon, a 24×30 greenhouse will be set up where students will be able to grow plants during the month of April and May. “We will look at all facets of  growing plants,” said DeJong. He said the class will look at grown fruit, vegetables and some shrubs.

The teacher said a lot of his classes are small and he uses a lot of hands on training so students can see how science is applied to the agriculture world.

“I tell students when they don’t know what they want to do past high school is to experience something and see what is out there,” DeJong said.

In the ag business class there is a lot of math. All students in this class have a specific project they work on outside of class. DeJong said they could be anything from babysitting, working at Elder Inn or owning their own cattle. “They can use the some of the principals we talk about in class to manage their own projects,” he explained.

DeJong has seen a growth in FFA in Winner. The officers are: Calah Covey, president; Leslie Soles, vice president; Sydnie Peters, secretary; Jace Assman, treasurer; Cody Amidon, reporter and Dacey Kocer, sentinel.

Recently 14 FFA members attended a Career Development Experience (CDE) in DeSmet. The Winner natural resources team took 8th place. Members of the team are: Kayleb Brozik, Avery Gilchrist, Bethany Cable, Sydnie Peters and Amanda Boerner.

Individually, Gilchrist took 10th place.

Peters had the highest test score of the 110 students.

Nathan Ducheneaux was one of five students who scored well on welding quality.

John Kludt will be competing at state in ag broadcasting. The state contest is April 12-14 in Brookings.

Two Winner seniors, Leslie Soles and Nick Hossle, will receive their state FFA degree at state convention.

Also at state, Payton Eagle will be recognized for her work in equine science.

“This year has been a huge growing year for FFA,” said DeJong. The adviser has a lot of experience in FFA as he served as a state officer when he was in school and was  also the national central region vice president in 2010-2011.

The adviser said one of the highlights of the fall FFA work was working with the parliamentary procedure team. He explained each one of the students on the team spent over 40 hours on their own working on this project.

“FFA opens doors for students,” said DeJong. He said the focus of FFA is leadership, personal growth and career success.

As an adviser DeJong likes to help his students succeed.

The teacher loves being the classroom and helping students become more curious of the world around them.

Mike Henderson Joins Swier Law Firm

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Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC  announces the expansion of its nationally recognized legal practice with the addition of Mike Henderson.

Mike will lead the law firm’s Appellate Law Practice Group and focus his practice on complex legal research and writing.  Mike has extensive experience and has been involved in numerous appeals before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mike grew up on what is now a fifth generation family ranch in northwestern South Dakota. He graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors for the South Dakota Law Review.  Following law school, Mike served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Upon completing his clerkship, Mike joined a Sioux Falls law firm where he practiced for several years.

“Mike Henderson brings a keen analytic mind and an excellent understanding of appellate law to our firm’s practice,” said Scott Swier.  “Mike is one of the foremost appellate attorneys in South Dakota and we are thrilled to welcome a lawyer of his caliber to our law firm.”