Gov. Daugaard Proclaims Great Sioux Horse Effigy Day in South Dakota

sioux horse effigy

PIERRE, S.D. – During an event at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Monday, Oct. 12, celebrating both Native American Day and the return of the Great Sioux Horse Effigy, Gov. Dennis Daugaard released a proclamation making that day Great Sioux Horse Effigy Day across South Dakota.

The proclamation honors the return of the iconic effigy from its international touring exhibition “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth & Sky” back to its home in South Dakota. Monday’s special event at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre includes an open house from 1-4 p.m. CDT, and a special ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Matt Michels serving as the emcee. Speakers during the ceremony include: Secretary Steve Emery, South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations; Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; Gaylord Torrence, the Fred & Virginia Merrill senior curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; and Francis Whitebird, board of trustees, South Dakota State Historical Society.

Spiritual Leader Roy Stone of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe lead a cleansing ceremony and prayer following the guest speaker comments.

“We thank Gov. Daugaard for his proclamation honoring the Great Sioux Hose Effigy,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. All of the events, with the exception of the Sunday night banquet which requires advance ticket purchase, are free and open to the public.

The Great Sioux Horse Effigy went back on display at the Cultural Heritage Center on Saturday, Oct. 10, in a new display which features horse memorials borrowed from the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). The loan from NMAI marks the first object borrowed from the Smithsonian Institution since the State Historical Society became a Smithsonian Affiliate in January 2013.

tom tobin and jay vogt

Pheasants Forever Banquet is Oct. 23

Rosebud Chapter Pheasants Forever banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Mary’s Hall in Winner.

The happy hour, raffle and games will start at 5:30 p.m. The prime rib dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.   There will be over 60 guns raffled off during the banquet.  Featured auction items will be an English setter puppy, a Labrador puppy.  There will be original paintings by John Green, Mark Anderson and local artist Nelson Chasing Hawk.
Also auction off will be an art creation made by Nolan Benzing, the new S.D. Farm Bill biologist in Winner.

Tickets are available at BankWest, Statewide Ag, Farmers Union Insurance, Mathis Implement, any board member or at the door.

14 Students to Attend National FFA Convention

Fourteen members of the Winner High School chapter of Future Farmers of America will attend the national convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 27-Nov.1.

The students attending will be Kenzie Bachmann, Elijah Blare, Kayleb Brozik, Bethany Cable, Shea Connot, Calah Covey, Payton Eagle, Avery Gilchrist, Trace Larson, Sydnie Peters, Casey Stickland, Logan Tunnissen, Savanah Vogel and Brandon Volmer.  Also attending will be FFA advisor Wyatt DeJong.

The Winner group will be traveling with the Parkston and Platte/Geddes FFA chapters.

Dance Team Takes First

cheer pyramid in faulkton

Winner High School dance team won first place at the Faulkton competition on Oct. 12.

“It was great to see a couple of different teams, Northwestern and Clark-Willow Lake, competing in the dance division,” said coach Cyndy DeMers.  She explained it was a close contest in both the kick and pom categories. “We scored very well with our hip hop dance. The girls did the best they have done this season, but we know that this is the time of year that we need to keep improving,” said DeMers.

Dance Team 2nd at Platte

kick at platte

Winner dance team placed second in the Platte tournament on Saturday. In individual categories, Hip hop was first; kick, 3rd and pom, 3rd.

“With less than a week before our state competition, perfecting the timing, sharpening the motions and increasing the energy of all three dances is very important,” said coach Cyndy DeMers.

hip hop in platte

Snavely Inducted into Honor Society

Chris Snavely-Pi Alpha

Chris Snavely, Winner, PA-C, 1995 graduate of the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant studies program, was recently inducted into the physician assistant Pi Alpha national honor society as a distinguished alumni member.

Pi Alpha is the national physician assistant honor society organized for the promotion and recognition of both PA students and graduates. Membership signifies the inductees significant academic achievement and honors them for their leadership, research, community/professional service and other related activities. The society also encourages a high standard of character and conduct among students and graduates.

In addition to his induction, Snavely also served as the keynote speaker for the 2015 graduating class of the physicians assistant studies program. He spoke of his love for his family, his hometown and the patients he serves in the community of Winner.

Also graduating that day was Rachele (Schrader) Vietor, Winner. She received the PA program’s didactic achievement award for her outstanding academic performance during her tenure in the program. She will be living in Winner and practicing with Horizon Health Care Inc.

rachele schrader vietor

Has it really been 50 years?

dan bechtold at reunion

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Check those figures. This can’t be right. It does not see possible that it has been 50 years since I graduated from high school.

But it is true. This weekend I returned to Sioux Falls to celebrate the 50th reunion of the 1965 class from O’Gorman High School. This was a historic reunion because the class of 1965 was the first class to go all four years to O’Gorman High School.

O’Gorman High School opened in 1961. Our class was the trendsetter, the pioneers of what O’Gorman High has become today.

As I looked at the pictures on the wall, there was a photo of myself and my dad the late Herb Bechtold being greeted by the late Bishop Lambert Hoch. I was the first freshman boy to walk through the doors of O’Gorman High School.

Cast Chosen for Play

The cast has been chosen for an upcoming production by the Winner Community Playhouse.
“The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” is the play which will be presented Dec. 4, 5 and Dec. 11-12 at the playhouse.
The cast includes Barb DeSersa, Kara Connot, Sam Patmore, Kallie Foudray and Emily Moser.  The play is directed by Michele Hagenlock.

4-Hers Compete in Shooting Sports

younger 4h shooters with katie welker

Tripp County 4-H sent five qualified shooters to the 2015 state shotgun and muzzleloader contest in Mitchell Sept 11-13.

Results include:

Muzzleloader—Megan McCarty, white (first junior)
Trap—Casey Assman, blue; Cody Assman, blue; Chet Bryan, purple (3rd senior), George Clark, purple, (2nd beginner), Jentry Gregg, purple (1st beginner); Justus Gregg, red; Luke Hennbold, purple; Wade McClanahan, blue; Loren Moeller, purple (4th junior); Tane Pravecek, blue and Katie Welker, purple.
Sporting clays—Chet Bryan, purple (1st senior); George Clark, blue; Jentry Gregg, purple, (3rd beginner); Justin Gregg, blue; Luke Hennebold, red; Wade McClanahan, blue; Loren Moeller blue; Tane Pravecek, white and Katie Welker, purple.
Skeet—Chet Bryan, purple (3rd senior); Jentry Gregg, blue; Luke Hennebold, blue; Wade McClanahan, red and Loren Moeller, purple.

Biggins crowned high school points champion

cameron biggins and race track trophies

Cameron Biggins of Winner is the 2015 high school points champion at the Oahe Speedway of Pierre.

By participating in the points series, Biggins qualifies to compete at the ET finals for NHRA member tracks. Biggins, a Winner High School senior, competed at the 2014 ET finals along with 13 other Oahe Speedway racers in Denver at Bandimere Speedway.

Biggins was unable to participate in the 2015 ET finals held in Topeka, Kan., due to his high school football schedule.