College Student Spends Month at Animal Clinic

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Brittney Schlaikjer, Dell Rapids, has spent the month of June working at the Animal Clinic in Winner.

She will be a senior at South Dakota State University majoring in animal science and pre-vet.

Schlaikjer is the daughter of Alan and Sheba Schlaikjer, formerly of Winner. Grandparents are Patsy Schlaikjer of Winner and the late Art Schlaikjer and Bonnie Robinson and Kence Robinson, both of Winner.

Schlaikjer said she has been shadowing the veterinarians at the Winner clinic. She has had a chance to work in the clinic and also make farm visits.

“I have really enjoyed it and it has been a great experience,” she said.

Friday, June 26, was her last day of work at the clinic for the summer.

Schlaikjer says she is in the process of applying for veterinary school. Her goal is to be a large animal veterinarian.

The 2012 graduate of Dell Rapids High School grew up with horses which sparked her interest in veterinary medicine.

Location Different, New Job Similar for Peterson

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By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

She’s changing location but her job won’t change all that much, says Megan Peterson, the 4-H youth program advisor for Tripp and Gregory counties.

Or at least she was the advisor; she left the job Tues., June 23, to go to Nebraska to work there.

“I’ll be a 4-H Extension educator,” Peterson of Winner, commented late last week (June 18).

“Pretty much the same job. For two counties, Harlan and Furnas.” They are located near the Kansas border.

For this summer, she’s been replaced by Laura Schwengel of Gregory at least through Labor Day, when the SD State Fair ends.

Circus Set for June 27 in Winner

The 62nd annual Rosebud Shrine Circus will be held in Winner on Saturday, June 27, at the Tripp County rodeo arena. The circus will start at 8  p.m. and is sponsored by the Rosebud Shrine Club.

The George Carden Circus International will feature three rings of interesting acts.

This is a family event for all ages. There will be a concession stand and circus novelties will be available.

Tickets for the circus are available at Winner True Value and Nelson Electronics.

The circus travels over 40,000 miles every year in the United States and Canada. The season lasts 42 weeks.

Proceeds from the circus benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., and area families.

Bolzer to Head Street Department

Bob Bolzer has been hired as the new head of the Winner city street department.

Bolzer was chosen in a special meeting of the Winner City Council Friday at noon.

Bolzer’s salary will be $45,000 a year with six months probation.

He replaces Harlan Muhs who has retired.

Bolzer started work for the city in 2007 and has been the shop foreman.

Muhs worked for the city for six years.


Brooke 2015-2Brooke Schloss of Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC, has been selected by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as a “Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40.”

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top family law attorneys in the nation. Through a stringent selection process, the NAFLA awards the best family law

attorneys in each state with its most prestigious honor of being named “TOP 10.”

On the Campus

•Rebecca Kartak of Colome has been named to the dean’s honor roll at Eastern Wyoming College.

•Named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at University of Nebraska at Lincoln are Jordyn Heinle and Lexie Heinle, both of Hamill.

•Named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of Sioux Falls are Haley DeMers, Winner, nursing major; Dayna Diez, Winner, nursing major and Ashleigh Tuttle, Winner, criminal justice and psychology major.


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Clint Sargent of Sioux Falls was presented with the annual South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award during the Association’s annual meeting in Rapid City on June 18.

The award is based on service to the trial bar and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. The Association noted Mr. Sargent’s achievements in trial and appellate practice throughout his career. His efforts to educate the public concerning the need to preserve the integrity of the civil justice system and other public service were noted by the panel.

Ideas Shared at Town Hall Meeting

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By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Ideas on how to promote Winner and attract more people here were expressed at a town hall meeting June 18.

The meeting is part of a project by the South Central Development Corporation. Conducting a community survey and serving as moderators at the meeting were Jamie Halverson, Jacob Naasz and Clay Hoffman. All are graduates of Winner High School  with Hoffman and Halverson recent college graduates and Naasz with one year left of college.

Halverson said the goal of the survey is to understand the feelings and views of those in Tripp County in order to better move forward in improving the community and region.

‘Jurassic’ movie has giant animals; Lenkers have giant plants

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By Dan Merritt, Advocate reporter

“Jurassic World” movie, recently released, shows gigantic reptiles lumbering around the countryside.

In town, in Winner, there are gigantic rose plants 15-feet tall and probably higher at the David and Pat Lenker home, southwest Winner.

The rose blooms tower high, nestled among the foliage of cedar evergreens. The trees support the rose plants as they stretch upward.

“They want to climb to the sky! We’ll stand back and see,” Pat observed.

When she and her husband put five “little shrub” plants, they said, into the soil at the back of their lot near a neighbor’s cedar trees in 2001, it wasn’t known they were climbing roses.

But the plants kept getting taller. “When they met the trees, they went up,” Pat commented.

Through 14 winters. Normally, other flowering rose plants on their place have to be covered in winter to protect against freezing.

But the Lenkers’ towering bavily (or possibly baffin) rose plants can’t be covered.

For some reason, exposed to winter cold, they have continued to survive. And thrive in the summers.

“We’ve never done anything, they just stay alive. That’s an unusual trait,” Pat noted.

The freakishly tall plants sport numerous blooms — in the hundreds, maybe thousands, said Dave.

Former business owner dies in plane crash

The former owner of a crop spraying business in Winner died Monday, June 8, in a plane crash outside of Kadoka.

Joseph Schneller, 49, Keystone, owned Semper Fi Aviation in Winner for a couple of years.

Schneller was a former Rapid City police officer and a U.S. Marine.

According to a story in the Rapid City Journal, Schneller had just taken off from the Kadoka Municipal Airport at 4:18 p.m. in his alfalfa crop dusting plane when the aircraft apparently had a mechanical failure said Jackson County sheriff Ray Clements Jr.

Witnesses saw the plane rising, then saw the right wing dip suddenly.

The plane crashed across the road from the airport along a sports field fence on the east side of town.

Federal investigators reviewed the crash site June 8 to determine the cause of the crash.