Karley Peters Named “Female Athlete of the Year”

Karley Peters of Parker has been named the Yankton Press and Dakotan female athlete of the year.

Karley has a strong connection to Winner as both of her parents grew up here and her grandparents live here.

Karley is the daughter of Dale and Jacey (Bruun) Peters. Grandparents are Carroll and Janet Bruun and Kevin and Cindy Peters.

As a sophomore, she was a key reserve on Parker girls basketball team that reached the Class B state tournament.

She was the Class B track MVP at the state track meet, where she won four events and guided the Pheasants to a second place finish.

And this fall as a junior she was a key figure on a volleyball team that reached the Class A state tournament and finished eighth.

Burtz to be Inducted into Winner Hall of Fame

Dan Burtz will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame on Dec. 28 during the Snowball Classic. Burtz will be inducted at the halftime of the Winner boys game.

Lt. Col. Burtz is a 1993 graduate of Winner High School. He holds a bachelor of science degree in space operations from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master of engineering in space operation from the University of Colorado and a PhD in astronautical engineering from the Naval Post graduate school.

After receiving his commission, Lt. Col. Burtz held positions in nuclear missle operations, reconnaissance satellite development and command and control of GPS and military communication satellites.

Burtz served as an adjunct facility member for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Maryland university college, commanded a squadron of satellite operation instructors and served as the acting dean of the National Security Space Institute.

He is currently an assistant professor of astronautical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Acadmey.

Burtz has played the tuba in three symphony orchestras including the Colorado Springs Brass which he is the founder.
Burtz is an avid living historian and horseman, reenacting cavalry action from the Mexican War through the Civil War and Indian War.

Together with his wife, Angie, they have two sons: Mason and Baxter.

Burtz is the son of Malon and Alona Burtz of Winner.

Farm Loan Officer Trainees Get Experience in Winner

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Two farm loan officer trainees are working at the Farm Service Agency in Winner.

Working as trainees are Jenna Ripp and Becca Kartak.

Ripp grew up on a dairy farm in Dimock and graduated from Parkston High School in 2012. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 2016 with a degree in ag business and a minor in ag marketing.

Ripp started as a trainee at the FSA office in Chamberlain and was there for a year before moving to Winner. Since the end of November Ripp has worked in the Winner office.

Ripp said the last two years of college she worked for the temporary program tech an FSA office. When she graduated from college here were openings for a loan officer trainee, so she applied for the Chamberlain position.

Ripp has always had in interest in agriculture and being an advocate for agriculture.

As a trainee, she has helped young farmers and helped them get a start and then watch their operation grow.

Kartak has been a trainee in the Winner office since January. She graduated from Colome High School in 2011 and from Eastern Wyoming College in 2015. She has two associate degrees in agribusiness and farm and ranch business management.
In October of 2015, Kartak worked on the county side of the FSA office and then applied for the position as a farm loan officer trainee.

Kartak says she likes working with the producers.

Trainees are required to send so many dockets to the state office for their approval before becoming a full fledged loan officer.
The local supervisor for Ripp and Kartak is Marty Mortenson.

Beth Wilcox Bratton to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Beth Wilcox Bratton will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame on Dec. 21.

Winner will host Bon Homme in a boys and girls basketball double header on Dec. 21. The ceremony for Bratton will be held at the halftime of the girls game.

Wilcox Bratton graduated from Winner High School in 1999 where she participated in basketball, volleyball and track.

She competed on the varsity level in basketball from her 8th grade year on earning Southern Plains Conference all-conference honors from 1995 to 1998 and Big Dakota all conference honors from 1996-1997.

In 1997, Beth helped lead the Lady Warriors to a third place finish at the State A basketball tournament and was named to the 1997 and 1998 Class A all state teams.

She holds the State A tournament record for most 3 pointers and steals.

In track, she placed 2nd in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump at the 1997 state track meet.

After high school, she obtained a degree in criminal justice and psychology. She pursued a career as an attorney and received her law degree from USD in 2006.

Since law school, Beth has clerked for three superior court judges, she has worked as a part-time court commissioner and has become the first associate to be offered a partnership where she practices. She practices law in the state of Washington.

Beth and her husband, Nathan, have three boys: Jensen, Mason and Rayden.


Pheasants Forever Youth Council Members Spent Time in Winner

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Whether hunting in Kansas, Wisconsin or South Dakota youth on the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council share a similar bond.

Shelby Scott of Winner is a member of the national council and recently hosted three other members of the council at a pheasant hunt.

The youths, members of the local Pheasants Forever chapter and adult leaders of the national council enjoyed a steak supper at Lazy J Grand Lodge in Ideal last Sunday.

The visiting youths were Kyle Holden and Hunter Sperle, both of Menomanie, Wis. and Jared Austin of McPherson, Kan.

Elsa Gallagher of Missouri and Rich Wissink, who work with the youth council, accompanied the visitors to Winner.

Second Public Meeting Held on Replacing Platte-Winner Bridge

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

The public learned more details about plans to replace the Platte-Winner bridge at a public meeting in Winner on Dec. 12.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation hosted the meeting to outline the proposed plans and the progress the department has made since unveiling the project in May. When the project was first announced last spring a public meeting was held in Winner.

Plans are to replace the long Platte-Winner Bridge sometime in 2024-2025. The new bridge will be in a different location but somewhat close the current bridge. Traffic will be maintained on the current bridge while construction is going on.

Last year the state DOT completed a statewide major bridge investment study. That study recommended the SD44 bridge over the Missouri River should be replaced sometime in the mid-2020s. The existing SD44 highway alignment between highways SD47 and SD50 has also experienced numerous landslides since the current bridge opened in 1966, resulting in extensive repair and mitigation expenses.

The DOT has collected data and used public and agency input from the first meetings to prioritize the area where a new river crossing should be located.

Tim Thoreen of HR Green of St. Paul, Minn., consultant project manager, said since the project will impact the Snake Creek Recreation Area, architects and project managers have been working closely with state officials to ensure the route chosen for the new bridge is as efficient as possible for all entities.

Architects are anticipating the new bridge to be the same style as the current one but expanded from 28 feet wide to 36 feet wide. Architects want the new bridge to last for 100 years.

Figures show that 900 vehicles cross the bridge on a daily basis and estimates are that will expand to 1,400 vehicles by 2050.
Based on input and data analysis, more than 20 criteria were developed for the evaluation of an initial set of bridge location options. The DOT has screened down the number of alternatives to three after a comparison of each alternative.

Some criteria appear to be the key factors that will be instrumental in the final determination of a preferred alternative location. Some of the criteria looked at include geotechnical conditions, impact to recreation resources (specifically Snake Creek Recreation Area) and cultural resources.

Some people at the meeting questioned whether the current Platte-Winner Bridge could be repurposed as a pedestrian and bike path. Thoreen said that will probably not happen. He said the liability of making that bridge a pedestrian bridge is not worth it.

A third set of public meetings about the project are planned for the summer of 2018.


Winners Named in Elks Hoop Shoot

The Winner Elks Lodge held its local Hoop Shoot on Dec. 2 at the middle school auditorium.

Results include:


12-13—1. Cici Watson
10-11—1. Cora Moss, 2. Ava Craven


12-13—1. Blake Volmer, 2. Joseph Laprath, 3. Justin Hausmann
10-11—1. Aiden Semrad-Schroeder, 2. Jared Bennett, 3. Zach Olson
8-9—1. Carter Craven, 2. Carter Foster, 3. Langston Dutt

The state Elks Hoop Shoot will be Jan. 27 in Pierre.


South Dakota 4-Hers Donate 19,474 Pieces of Clothing to Those in Need

South Dakota 4-Hers donated more than 19,000 pieces of clothing to neighbors in need as part of the Head-to-Toe statewide service project launched in 2016.

Organized by the South Dakota 4-H Youth Council, the annual service project provides an opportunity for 4-H members to give back to their communities, explained Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator.

“4-H proudly promotes service learning,” Erickson said. “Each year the Youth Council selects a project youth from all counties across the state can become involved in to create a state-wide impact.”

To add some friendly competition to the service project, counties competed to see which could donate the most pieces of clothing. Tripp County won, donating nearly 7,000 pieces of clothing.

The club responsible for this win was the Clovervale Club, collecting 6,962 pieces of clothing and distributing them to 15 community organizations, shelters, non-profits and state agencies to help meet community members’ clothing needs.

“When we went to the shelters to donate and we saw people who do not have what we have, it made me happy to see that I could go out of my way to help someone else other than myself,” said Ryan Sell, 14.

Although their entire 4-H club was involved, Sell, together with his brother, Clay and good friend, Rowdy Moore, were the members who dedicated the most time to the endeavor – meeting for about three hours every other Friday for five months to sort clothing donated to the Tripp County Extension Office.

“It was a huge time commitment. I figured it would be a one-time collection and delivery, but then clothes kept coming,” explained Jill Sell, Ryan and Clay’s mom.

4-H’s service to others focus, is a big reason the regional manager for South Dakota Department of Social Services enrolled her sons in the program. “I want my kids to grow up and not be self-absorbed. They need to be willing to help and be involved,” Jill explained.

Because of Jill’s work, her sons knew that there are many South Dakotans in need, however, it was not until Clay, participated in the Head-to-Toe service project, that he really understood what his mom meant when she told her sons they were fortunate.

“I saw the people at one of the places we dropped off clothing and was like, whoa, this is what it means not to have what you need. My mom would tell us that we have a lot compared to some, but I never actually witnessed that,” explained Clay, 12 and seventh grader at Winner School District.

Clay added that because Winner does not have school on Fridays, spending time with his brother and good friend, made the time away from class fun.

“I get bored easily. This kept me busy,” Clay said.

His friend, Rowdy Moore agreed.

“It was fun to spend time with the Sells and it felt good to help people because they don’t have the stuff we do,” Moore, also a seventh grader explained.

Hands for Larger Service
Service to others has been part of 4-H mission since the beginning of the organization more than a century ago, explained Laura Kahler, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor – Gregory and Tripp Counties.

“It’s right here in the 4-H Pledge. 4-H has a lot of resources for volunteers and youth to connect them to projects to help their communities,” Kahler said. “I am wowed by the quantity of clothing this club was able to gather and distribute and by the time the youth dedicated to the project.”

Tripp County did win the state-wide competition. They county will be presented with a plaque and a $50 in 4-H Mall (shop4-h.org) credit the Tripp County 4-H Youth Program Advisor can utilize to cover costs of materials for county programming.