Schramm Wins Outstanding QB Member Award

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The Winner Quarterback Club presented its outstanding member award to Scott Schramm Friday night. The honor was presented at the annual Winner QB Club athletic awards night.

Scott is the son of Jeff and Sharon Schramm of Winner and a 1990 graduate of Winner High School. He participated in football, basketball and track during his high school years.

It was also at that time, in 1987, that he started working part-time as a DJ on local radio station KWYR.

After high school graduation, he attended the University of South Dakota majoring in mass communications. After graduation, Scott pursued his career on the eastern side of the state in Sioux Falls and Vermillion and on the western end of the state in the Rapid City radio market.

In 1996 he make the major decision to commit to local radio by purchasing KWYR.

Winner and the surrounding area are fortunate to have a local connection broadcasting games, sponsoring “Coaches Corner” and posting results and schedules for various events around south central South Dakota and north central Nebraska.

Scott’s commitment to the Winner School District was evident in 2009 when he opened the phone lines of his radio station to a radiothon to help the district raise the necessary funds to keep working at its current level of competency. Over $40,000 was raised during that one day event.

Calhoon Sparks DWU Championship Game

Austin Calhoon of Winner who plays baseball for Dakota Wesleyan University came up with the game winning RB I single as DWU won 7-6 over Midland University to win the Great Plains Conference Athletic Conference.

Calhoon’s biggest moment came in the seventh inning. After junior Cole Wenande led off the bottom of the inning with a single and advanced to third on a bunt and Midland error, Calhoon poked the game winning hit.

“We’ve been preaching on good at bats and one inning at a time,” Calhoon told the Mitchell Daily Republic. “I was just looking for my pitch and whenever I find it, I’m looking to swing.”

The junior outfieldier hit a bloop single in left field that put DWU up 7-6 and it later proved to be the difference in deciding the GPAC championship.

“He’s been a spark all year long,” said DWU coach John Greicar. “He’s really settled into his approach and knows what he has to do. It’s been his role to provide leadership, whether it’s a walk or a huge hit. He’s capable of a lot of things and we count on him to have strong at-bats.”

Calhoon finished the game 2-2 with two runs and an RBI enroute to helping the Tigers claim their fourth GPAC title since 2009.

Calhoon was named to the GPAC all-conference honorable mention list.

“It feels great after we came up short last year,” said Calhoon. “It feels amazing to come back and get the job done.”

Calhoon, the son of John and Jodi Calhoon, has played in 29 games  and has a batting average of .392.

DWU played Missouri Baptist in the first round of the NAIA baseball tournament on Tuesday, May, 12, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Carlson to be Inducted into Winner Hall of Fame

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Glenn Carlson will be inducted into the Winner School Hall of Fame at the quarterback club track meet on Friday, May 15.

Carlson began teaching in Winner in 1973 and continued through 2006. During his tenure, he taught mainly math classes along with some science and PE classes.

Carlson has touched the lives of countless students who still hold him in high regard.

Carlson was a four time All-American athlete at South Dakota State University  and held the high hurdle record for over 30 years and was a member of record setting relay teams in college. He brought his knowledge with him to Winner and continued to share his expertise with the Winner athletes for close to 40 years. He helped coach track, football, basketball and cross country during his career and has continued to be an assistant coach for the high school football and track teams.

Coach Carlson is a hands on coach that can be found on the field with the kids at a meet getting them ready for an event, cheering them on and offering kinds words and encouragement after the race.

There have also been many awards given to Carlson including twice named teacher of the year, twice named homecoming parade marshal, Spirit of Howard Schramm award, Bill Pistulka award and the first recipient of the Winner Quarterback Club volunteer of the year award.

Carlson is married to Rebecca and together they have two daughters, Lisa Jankauskas and Carrie Kuil. Glenn and Becca have five grandchildren.

Tripp County Commissioners

By Dan Bechtold, Editor 

Tripp County Commissioners heard an update on the Keystone XL pipeline from Bud Andersen, an independent contractor working for TransCanada.  Andersen spoke at the April 28 meeting.

He told the commissioners the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has postponed its public input session on the pipeline which had been set for May 4.

TransCanada is applying for recertification to build the pipeline across western South Dakota. If approved, the pipeline will cross a portion of  Tripp County.

Andersen told the commissioners he through the hearing before the PUC would be on July 27.

TransCanada received its original permit from the PUC for the  South Dakota segment of the project in 2010.

But because construction did not start within the four year window allowed the company must certify all the permit conditions will still be met.

Andersen also explained he has been meeting with west river counties on road issues. Roads that will be used by the company will be repaired once the project is completed.

However, there has been no final approval from the president on the project.

The commissioners approved a change in the day the recycling center is open. The new days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month they are open from 9 a.m. to noon.

The commissioners will advertise to lease five trucks to be used by the highway departments. The bids will be opened at the June 23 meeting.

Robin Carlson of Eddie’s Truck Sales of Ft. Pierre told the commissioners she could help with pricing for the trucks and help with the bid process.

Carlson explained there are several options for leasing a vehicle.

John Calhoon of Brosz Engineering presented the Mathis addition plat for approval. The county board approved the plat.

Tripp County highway superintendent Roger Sund reported new weight limit signs will be needed for all bridges.

The county will advertise for a secretary in the treasurer’s office.

Tripp County ambulance director Bev Vaughn met with the board.

Expenses were authorized for state’s attorney Alvin Pahlke to attend the South Dakota state’s attorney conference May 7-8 in Deadwood.

The council set the date for its surplus sale for May 23 at the county shop yard.

The next meeting of the commissioners will be at 10 a.m. on May 12.

Now a Superintendent, Kindle’s Proud He’s a WHS Grad

By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

One thing he knows for sure, Winner is a great place to be from.

And he’s very glad to be from here says the superintendent of the Yankton school system Dr. Wayne Kindle.

“I received a terrific education in the Winner School District. My teachers were wonderful and really had a positive impact on my life,” Kindle said.

He made his comments last week just prior to the month changing to May — the month of high school graduation in town.

Were he to talk with this month’s graduates, 1983 WHS graduate Kindle said he’d have some advice:

“Appreciate where you grow-up.

“And the great quality of life we enjoy in South Dakota.

“And take a moment to thank those people who made a difference in your life. I believe they would appreciate it very much.”

Those people won’t involve just school teachers, no doubt, as is the case with Kindle.

“Many great people in Winner treated me so well growing up,” he said.

“My high school friends. And Cal at Cal’s DQ who gave me a job and even bought me a bike so I could get to work.

“Pamida for my DECA job in high school. And Judy and the late Butch Novotny as well and their family for taking me into their home during my high school years.”

He named many others. “It was a blessing to be raised in Winner,” he stated unequivocally.
He is currently finishing his second school year as the superintendent at YSD.

Kindle and wife Marge (Olson of the Ideal area) both graduated from Winner High School and moved on to teacher training at Northern State College, Aberdeen (now NSU). The two graduated in 1989.

Naasz to Receive Eagle Scout Award

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Sam Naasz will receive his Eagle scout award in a Boy Scout court of honor Sunday, May 10 at the Holiday Inn Express. The ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m.

Naasz, a senior at Winner High School, is the son of Brian and Sharon Naasz. He is a member of Troop 100 and has been in scouts for 12 years.

His Eagle scout project was landscaping the elementary school sign and planting grass after construction. All of this is located at the north entrance of the school.

Several other Boy Scouts awards will be presented at the court of honor.

Organizations Join Forces

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In time for planting season, Modern Woodman of America with Vicki Condon, financial representative and Winner Ladies Auxiliary VFW #4674 delivered planters to Rose Manor of Colome, Golden Prairie Manor and Elder Inn both of Winner.  The  project was completed in conjunction with the Good Neighbor program.  The planters built by veteran Ken Van Kekerix are designed to resemble “feed bunks”.  The dirt and plants were also provided to the facilities. Residents of the facilities should be able to work in the garden without having to get down on their knees.  A wheelchair or chair will facilitate their planting, weeding, harvesting and anything else that needs done to a flower or vegetable garden.

The public is encouraged to drive by and look at their beautiful garden in late July or August.  One resident stated, “I can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt and watch the flowers grow.”

Members Demonstrate Leadership Skills at State FCCLA Conference

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1,400 students recently attended the state convention of the South Dakota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), which was held April 26th  – 28th at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls. The Hunger Games themed event was a great success. FCCLA members attended workshops, competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, and ran for leadership positions. On Sunday night, students listened to highly acclaimed keynote speaker Kent Julian. Students also had the opportunity to attend workshops presented by Kent Julian, State Leadership Team members, and special guests.  Shannon Duffy presented a workshop for the Trends State Leadership Team.  Molly Connot, a 2014-15 State FCCLA Officer, presided over the meeting along with the 9 other state officers.  On Monday, the new state executive council was announced.  Abi Leyden, a sophomore at Winner High School, was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 SD FCCLA Vice President of Chapter Recognition where she will help recruit and retain over 2,000 members across the state. STAR Event winners were also announced; seventeen members competed in various STAR Event competitions that advanced from district competition.  Gold medal winners in their respective STAR Event Categories include: Shannon Duffy, Sydnie Peters, Abi Leyden, Bethany Cable, Bailey Harter, Marcie HeHaan, Brea Heth, Deiyondra Gillis, Chantelle Brill, Dani Ferguson, Janine Bartels, and Taylor Audiss; Silver Medal Winners include JoHannah Whiting, Molly Connot, Emily Moser, Alex Meiners, and Hannah Peterson.  Top Superior Medal Winners include:  Brea Heth, Bethany Cable, and Shannon Duffy.  Shannon Duffy won the overall plaque in Career Investigation and will be representing South Dakota at the national meeting in Washington, DC in July. Molly Connot was selected to serve on the Advocacy State Leadership Team for the 2015-2016 school year.  The chapter received numerous Power of One Awards and was named a Gold Level Merit Chapter State award winner.  Mrs. Brockhoft was named the South Dakota FCCLA Adviser of the Year.

The Winner Chapter received a Gold Award from the State Outreach Leadership Team and a Silver Award from the Trends State Leadership Team for service projects completed throughout the year.  The Winner FCCLA Chapter also received the District VI Top Honors Award for having the highest STAR Event score average of all schools competing from District VI.
Judy Duffy, Brad Duffy, Linda Nelson, and Susan Hauff accompanied the students as chaperones and served as judges for the event.   Kris Brockhoft, Winner FCCLA Adviser, accompanied students and served as a STAR Event Lead Consultant for the Career Investigation competitions.

FCCLA was first established in 1945 and in South Dakota in 1946.  The family has served as the focus of this organization since its establishment.  It is a career-technical student organization that prepares youth to assume adult roles in society as wage earners, community leaders, and caring family members by giving them the “life skills” they need to thrive in their communities, careers, and families.

Students Honored at DWU

Area students were honored at the Dakota Wesleyan University  honors banquet on April 24.

Michael Rohde, Colome, received the Harriet Houk scholarship; Anthony Husher, Winner, St. Joseph Hospital endowed scholarship; Austin Calhoon, Winner, Education Learning Through Service scholars; Lindsey Calhoon, GBHEM United Methodist scholarship; Anthony Husher and Michael Rohde, Phi Kappa Phi; Tyler Vavra, Pi Gamma Mu, a national social science fraternity intended to stimulate achievement by students in the social sciences; Husher, Rohde, Austin Schroeder, Sigma Zeta—science and mathematics; Emily Richey and Tyler Vavra, F. Dwain Randall scholarships; Anthony Husher, Michael Rohde, Tyler Vavra, Sara Husher, honor scholarships; scholar-athlete awards—Anthony Husher; NAIA-Daktronics All America scholar athletes—Rohde, football.