This holiday season Remember: Drive sober or get pulled over

This holiday season, Winner Police Department will strive to keep vehicle drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers. From Dec. 13-31 law enforcement is partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the danger of impaired driving.

“This holiday season, drivers will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Winner police chief Paul Schueth. “It is vital; we keep our roads and our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. With extra travelers on the roads and people attending holiday parties, we will likely see an uptick in drunk driving.”

The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher number or drunk drivers to the roads endangering those drivers and others. Drunk driving can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes when a drive had a blood alcohol centration over the limit of .08.

In fact, in Tripp County from October 2016 to present, one person lost their life in a motor vehicle traffic crash due to alcohol involvement along with five other vehicle accidents resulting in injuries reported to have alcohol involvement contributing to the collision.

“This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories,” said Schueth. “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping drunk drivers off the road. Choosing to drink and drive is a selfish choice—one that will see harsh consequences.”

Drunk driving offenders often serve time in jail, lost their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs and lost wags due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.

Petersek is Reserve Champion

Linkyn Petersek of Colome is the Rising Stars reserve champion in breakaway roping.

Over Thanksgiving break, Petersek went to Guthrie, Okla., to compete in the Rising Stars calf roping at the famous Lazy E Arena. This is the largest youth calf roping event in the world.

The roping consists of three rounds and a short round. The top 15 make it back to the short go to compete for the average title.

Petersek finished second in the first round with a 2.6 and then had runs of 2.99 and 2.91. He was the fourth high call back for the short go. He roped a 2.75 in the short go to win second in the average with an 11.25 on four head.

Petersek won a saddle pad, a pair of Twisted X boots and $1,718.

There were 381 runs in the breakaway roping on Saturday. Petersek also participated in the tie down calf roping.

Oral Interp Competes at Regional

Winner High School oral interp team competed at the regional in Chamberlain.

Results of the WHS students include: Presley Foudray and Kayla Natoli, 5th in duet; Andrew Taylor, 5th in storytelling; Megan Brozik, 5th in poetry; Shelby Scott, 5th in humorous; Presley Foudray, 7th in serious and Madyson Morehart, 5th in non-original oratory.


Hollenbeck to Perform in Lead

Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield will be among the performers at the Black Hills Cowboy Christmas concert and dance Dec. 9 at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead. Hollenbeck will be performing several of her poems.
This year’s event feature 15 performers.

The matinee show is at 2 p.m. and the evening show is at 7:30 p.m.

Students Explore Agriculture Topics

Tripp County high school students are taking part in the 4-H Science of Agriculture challenge. This is put on by the SDSU extension to encourage a team of middle/high school youth to explore an agriculture topic that is relevant to their community.

In the spring of 2018, participants will attend a statewide event to present their 4-H science in agriculture projects which will be evaluated and judged.

In Tripp County, cattle and pheasants are two important agriculture industries and so the team is looking at how pasture land can provide pheasant habitat. This project is a cooperation between Tripp County 4-H, Winner FFA and Rosebud chapter of Pheasants Forever. Pheasants Forever member worked with landowners to set up sites for the group to visit on Nov. 17 and the chapter sent a lunch along for the participants.

During the field trip, members observed each pasture and took notes on what food, shelter and water may be available to the birds as they prepare for winter.

Pheasants Forever biologist Jessica Downey and Jimmy Doyle, SDSU extension natural resources field specialist attended to help participants identify characteristics of each site that could help or hurt the pheasants survival through the winter.

In the spring, the group will go to the same sites to evaluate their quality for pheasant nesting habitat.

Sportsmen, Retailers Join Forces to Promote Hunting

By Dan Bechtold

Hunting and shooting remain two of the country’s most popular sports and pastimes. Plenty of hunting stories have been told through the generations and across the country. What hasn’t been widely told is the story of hunting—in particular the impact it has on the economy.

Hunting Works for South Dakota is a new organization that advocates for public policy that supports jobs and economic prosperity.

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the local development corporation recently joined Hunting Works for South Dakota.

FFA Students Place at District Meeting

Madyson Morehart won first place in employability skills at the district Future Farmers of America meeting in Mitchell on Nov. 13.

Also placing were Luke Henenbold, 2nd in ag broadcasting; Matthew Hartley, 2nd in prepared public speaking.
Senior parliamentary procedure won second and this team is made up of Casey Stickland, Matthew Hartley, Katy Lantz, Luke Hennebold, Elijah Blare and Alex Schaeffer.

All of the above students will advance to the state meet in Pierre on Dec. 3-4.

Chapter conduct of meetings won third place and are alternates for state. The members are Teresa Taylor, Meagan Blare, Landon Thieman, Aaron Gilchrist, Chase Boerner, Evan Farner and Tane Pravecek.

Katy Lantz was elected as the 2017-2018 District IV sentinel and Ryder Mortenson was elected as the 2017-2018 District IV student advisor.

Winners Named at Feeder Calf Show

The Tripp County feeder calf show was held Nov. 18 at the Tripp County fairgrounds in Winner.

This show is in its fourth year and was started when the Western Junior Livestock Show in Rapid City was cancelled due to the Atlas blizzard. This show is sanctioned by the South Dakota Junior Point Show Association.

The South Dakota Junior Point Show was organized to recognize youth who participate in showing beef, sheep, swine and goats throughout the state of South Dakota. Exhibitors range in age from 8 to 21 and accumulate points at different sanctioned shows across South Dakota. Year end awards are given out to the top exhibitors during the South Dakota State Fair.

At the 2017 Tripp County show there were just under 100 head of cattle and 56 exhibitors. The exhibitors include 13 from Tripp County area with others from Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. Several exhibitors traveled over 250 miles one way to attend this show.

Jake Scott from Gordon, Neb., was the judge for this year’s show. He works in market and customer relations for Krebs Ranch. He is graduate of Oklahoma State University where he judged livestock and majored in animal science.
The SDJPS mandates that the show must include classes for specific breeds and these include: steer breeds: Angus. Charolais, Chi, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Simmental, shorthorm, shorthorn plus, Limousin, Gelbveih and crossbred.

Heifer breeds: Angus, Charlois, Char composite, Chi, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, MaineTainer, miniature breeds, red Angus, Simmental, foundation Simmental, shorthorn, shorthorn plus and commercial.

Bovine Tuberculosis Confirmed in Cattle Herd

Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Tripp County beef herd.

The infected cow was identified by meat inspection during a routine inspection in October by a Texas slaughterhouse and official records linked the cow to Tripp County herd, according to state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic respiratory disease of cattle and infected animals can transmit the infection to other animals in close proximity.

“We are working closely (United States Department of Agriculture) officials, area veterinarians, neighboring herd owners and wildlife officials to evaluate the extent of he disease,” Oedekoven said.

Officials investigation will look to determine the source of the infection and precautions have been put in place to protect the health of the state’s cattle industry, Oedekoven said.